WASHINGTON, D.C., IS MORE than just the nation’s capital. It’s also a hub for LGBTQ life and tourism, with a vibrant array of nightlife and events that represent the city’s role as a national gathering place. D.C. also happens to be in the running to host Gay Games 2022, competing against Hong Kong and Guadalajara, Mexico, to welcome the world’s largest LGBTQ sporting event.
“As one of the top destinations for LGBTQ travel, Washington, D.C., recognizes the importance of leading by example for freedom and equality,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, president and CEO, Destination DC, the city’s official tourism organization. “We have a rich history of civil rights and LGBTQ activism and proudly welcome people of all backgrounds in our destination.”
The ideal starting point for any visit is Dupont Circle, a long-running LGBTQ-popular neighborhood with small bars, shops and restaurants. The larger gay nightlife options are in other areas. Sports fans may opt for a drink at Nellie’s Sports Bar, which hosts “drag bingo” every Tuesday and live DJ music on its year-round patio. Also, a long-time favorite, JR’s on 17th Street, is known for its lively happy hour and Showtunes night on Mondays.
Visitors looking to hit the dance floor won’t want to miss venues like Town, one of the city’s largest gay clubs, where Tuesday happy hours, weekend drag shows and top DJs are among the draws. Male revelers (as well as a few females) pack Ziegfeld’s/Secrets, a two-level club that hosts drag shows on the first floor and male dancers on the second.
There is no dearth of gay-friendly accommodations in Washington. Top choices include the Embassy Row Hotel, conveniently located in Dupont Circle; the Mayflower, an Autograph Collection property listed on the National Register of Historic Places; and the Park Hyatt Washington, which offers a Masters of Food & Wine series as well as a bicycle valet service so guests can explore the city by bike.
In June thousands flock to D.C. for Capital Pride, the annual LGBTQ pride celebration, which includes a parade, street festival and lots of parties and related events.
Destination DC makes it easy for travelers to plan a visit with a robust listing of LGBTQ attractions, activities and gay-friendly businesses throughout the city.
Airplane travel evokes a lot of emotions these days: excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and nervousness, just to name a few. But when you do take to the skies again, the giddiness of getting pampered at 35,000 feet can most certainly wash away the surrealness of the past year and a half — at least for the duration of a long- haul flight — as you sip Champagne and slip your feet into plush slippers. While some global airlines have paused or pushed back plans for upgrades and refreshes to their premium cabins, others have introduced exciting changes that await in your pod or lie-flat bed in first and business classes. What’s more, amenities like privacy screens, sliding suite doors and space to spread out all serve a dual purpose as methods to luxuriate in the air while keeping social distance. Here are some nice- ties to expect now and in the near future, from retrofitted seat configurations to updated décor to Michelin-starred meals:
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
United Airlines is making international travel more accessible. United announced the largest trans-Atlantic expansion in its history, including 10 new flights and five new destinations including Amman (AMM), Jordan; Bergen (BGO), Norway; Azores (PDL), Portugal; Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Spain; and Tenerife (TFS) in the Spanish Canary Islands. All new routes, set to begin in spring 2022, are not served by any other North American carrier.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Walker Hotel Tribeca is blushing pink with an exclusive offer benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Throughout the month, guests can book an all-pink guestroom, among additional amenities.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
Insight Vacations, Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland are offering the chance to win a free trip to Ireland for two, valued at $6,000. Oct. 18–22, The Road to Ireland contest page will be updated daily with a new clue and question that contestants will need to answer for a chance to win a trip for two on Insight’s Country Roads of Ireland tour in 2022. Contestants have until 11:59 p.m. PST Oct. 29 to submit answers.