There are plenty of gay neighborhoods across the country (like in Manhattan, San Francisco, West Hollywood, etc.), but there’s none as history-rich as the French Quarter in New Orleans (250 years strong!). New Orleans has survived wars, epidemics, natural disasters, and fires, proving its one of the most resilient cities in America. It’s also chockfull of historic attractions like Cafe du Monde (www.cafedumonde.com), one of the most Instagrammed places in the state, and Cafe Lafitte in Exile (www.lafittes.com), the oldest gay bar in the country. Stay at Pontchartrain Hotel (www.thepontchartrainhotel.com), a design-driven, historic hotel in the Lower Garden District where Tennessee Williams famously wrote A Streetcar Named Desire. Among the historic, fine-dining restaurants in New Orleans that date more than 100 years, make a reservation at Commander’s Palace (www.commanderspalace.com), known for elegant New Orleans cuisine (the fish is to die for) in an upscale setting. Take a stroll through the French Quarter for amazing galleries and exhibitions, including the Napoleon exhibition at famed M.S. Rau Antiques (www.rauantiques.com), which specializes in 18th and 19th-century antiques and fine art.