Columbus, Ohio has won the NewNowNext Travel Award for gay travel destination of the year.

Ohio's most populous city and home of The Ohio State University was voted the best travel destination from six alternatives by readers.

Columbus fended off Baku, Azerbaijan, Cartagena, Colombia, Floriandopolis, Brazil, Istanbul, Turkey and St. Petersburg, Russia to take home the coveted travel title.

In a Meet the Nominees item, NewNowNext editors described Columbus as a thriving metropolis.

“Yes, Baku, Cartagena … Columbus. But really! It's a major and thriving college town, a center to big-time business like Abercrombie & Fitch, it's got a rollicking bar scene, and a burgeoningly hipsteriffic arts and cultural community. Seriously, it's delivering a lot of innovative and welcoming perks that make for a killer weekend. Hello, Columbus!”

Indeed, Columbus is home to one of the largest gay populations per capita. Gay shops, bars and lively restaurants line both sides of High Street between downtown and The Ohio State University – an area called The Short North. German Village is of equal interest to the gay traveler. An estimated 100,000 revelers participate in the city's annual Gay Pride Parade and Festival.