The winners of the 2017 Best of GayCities Awards are here, queer and fabulous

The results are in, and GayCities history has officially been made.

The site — still the world’s most popular LGBTQ-driven city guide — just announced the winners for The 2017 Best of GayCities Awards, with San Francisco taking gold honors as the “Most Welcoming City” of 2017.

Over 48,000 voters participated, weighing in on 13 categories as varied as best “Travel Instagrammer” to the city with the best “Singles Scene.” (“What’s your poison…?”)

“I’m thrilled to accept the 2017 Best of GayCities ‘Travel YouTuber Award!'” cried Davey Wavey upon learning of the win.

“We are elated beyond words to learn that New Orleans Mardi Gras has been named the Best Festival Destination for 2017 by GayCities,” said Mark Romig, President and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, the city’s leisure travel promotion organization.

Below, you’ll find a complete list of categories, winners, and nominees:

Most Welcoming City

• Gold = San Francisco
• Silver = New Orleans
• Bronze = New York City
• Runners Up = Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City

City That Makes You Happy

• Gold = Key West
• Silver = Palm Springs
• Bronze = Vancouver
• Runners Up = Buenos Aires, Nice, Puerto Vallarta, Vancouver

Travel Instagrammer

• Gold = Nomadic Boys (@nomadicboys)
• Silver = Two Bad Tourists (@twobadtourists)
•Bronze = Kasedna Travel (@kasedna_travel)
• Runners Up = Blake Sterling (@byblakesterling), Danny Boy Travelz (@dannyboytravelz), Nattalia Dantas (@nattaliadantas)

Foodie Paradise
• Gold = San Francisco
• Silver = Paris
• Bronze = Barcelona
• Runners Up = Bangkok, Brooklyn, Philadelphia

Fun in the Sun
• Gold = Provincetown
• Silver = Miami
• Bronze = Sydney
• Runners Up = Gran Canaria, Las Vegas, Orlando


• Gold = Eagle Bar (San Francisco)
• Silver = Good Friends (New Orleans)
• Bronze = Boxers (New York City)
• Runners Up = Berghain (Berlin), G-A-Y Bar (London), The Abbey (Los Angeles)

Travel YouTuber

• Gold = Davey Wavey
• Silver = Marco in a Box
• Bronze = Courtney Act
• Runners Up = Allie & Sam, Fiona Solis, Matthew & Ryan

Hotel Experience

Gold = Axel Hotel (Barcelona)
Silver = Bellagio (Las Vegas)
Bronze = Four Seasons (Maui)
Runners Up = Palomar (Washington, DC), Renaissance Vinoy (St. Pete, FL), St. Regis (New York City)

Singles Scene
Gold = Fort Lauderdale
Silver = Montreal
Bronze = Seattle
Runners Up = Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Portland

Romantic Getaway
Gold = Paris
Silver = Barcelona
Bronze = Amsterdam
Runners Up = Manchester, Montreal, Reykjavík

Festival Destination

Gold = Mardi Gras (New Orleans)
Silver = Stonewall 50 (New York City)
Bronze = Market Days (Chicago)
Runners Up = Circuit Festival (Barcelona), Tel Aviv Pride (Israel), Winter Party (Miami)

Best Gayborhood
Gold (tie) = Boystown (Chicago) & West Hollywood
Bronze = Wilton Manors (Fort Lauderdale)
Runners Up = Capitol Hill (Seattle), Gayborhood (Philadelphia), Oak Lawn (Dallas)

Inaugural “GayCities Icon”

Gold = Armistead Maupin (Author)
Silver = Ellen Page (Actress)
Bronze = Arne Sorenson (Marriott CEO)
Runners Up = Chip Conely (Author), John Tanzella (President, IGLTA)