1. Galena, Illinois
There aren’t LGBTQ+ bars or clubs in this Midwestern town, but its welcoming vibe, historical sites, lush countryside, and inviting LGBTQ-owned inns, such as the Inn at Irish Hollow and Aldrich Guest House, make Galena a real charmer. Stroll Main Street for over 125 locally-owned restaurants and stores housed in lovely 19th-century buildings. For a magical experience, visit during December for Night Of The Luminaria, when the entire town is illuminated by candlelight.