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Free museums, cherry blossoms, and more

It’s always a great time to visit or revisit Washington, D.C. — or DMV as the locals call it (the District, Maryland, and Virginia). Winter ended March 1 and spring is about to arrive which, of course, means cherry blossoms. There’s so much to do —  and much of it free.

Mile High Fun

Queer Travelogue: Your Denver Weekend

Denver is a Millennial magnet and has grown 20 percent since 2010. The metro area now has 2.9 million people. Happily, they put in an excellent light rail system in anticipation of the boom.

Gay Tropical Bargain

Queer Travelogue: Your Puerto Vallarta Vacation

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is the premiere LGBTQ resort town in North America, and winter is a perfect time to visit. It’s the dry season, and temperatures are in the low to mid-80s every day.

Parlez-vous français?

Queer Travelogue: Enjoy a Taste of France in Montréal at a Bargain Price without Even Leaving the Continent

If you like French food and culture, like getting a good exchange for your U.S. dollar, and love a big and fun gay village, there is no better vacation than to Montréal. The region of 4 million people is the second-largest city in Canada and is more than 375 years old.

Milwaukee is hopping

Queer Travelogue: Free Street Car, Great Museum, a Public Market and More

Milwaukee, Wisc. is just a short hop from Chicago, Ill. With seven roundtrip trains a day on Amtrak, you are there in just 90 minutes.

Car show, wine tasting, biking, and more

Queer Travelogue: Fun in Saugatuck, Mich.

You can’t beat a weekend in Saugatuck-Douglas in southwest Michigan. It’s the Midwest’s only gay resort area and just a short drive from Chicago, Detroit and many other cities. You can also fly into nearby Grand Rapids.

Northwest charm meets outdoor wonderland in Portland

Queer Travelogue: Enjoy the Sights and See 89-Year-Old Drag Queen Perform

Portland, Ore. makes for a perfect vacation that combines the stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest with great food and libations — and a vibrant, hip scene where LGBTQ life is integrated into the mainstream (albeit offbeat) culture.

Your ‘Windy City’ Weekend Getaway

Queer Travelogue: Chicago Bound

Chicago is a great city to visit any time of year. Fabulous architecture, incredible museums and affordably-priced hotels (with no hidden resort fees), plus a great gayborhood (aka Boystown) mean there’s lots to do.

Motor City Getaway

Queer Travelogue: Bring Your Passport — We Are Going to the D

Grab your passport. Your Detroit weekend getaway includes a trip to Windsor, Ontario (Canada) — just two miles away via bridge or tunnel.

Island Paradise

Queer Travelogue: Honolulu is a Perfect Escape from Winter Mainland Blues

Sick of winter yet? Then Honolulu is a perfect escape. The temperatures are in the low 80s year-round. I only packed shorts.