As more travelers hit the road again, they tend to travel shorter distances. That includes LGBTQ+ globetrotters, who find a variety of great vacation options without leaving the continent. These five top destinations for LGBTQ+ travelers in North America offer lots of reasons to reignite wanderlust.
PALM SPRINGS, California’s desert paradise, is gearing up for its annual pride celebration in November, now revamped to follow safety-minded hygiene protocols. In addition, more attractions are reopening, and the city announced plans to close some streets to expand outdoor dining. The Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau has all the details.
IN FORT LAUDERDALE both the Stonewall National Museum & Archives and the World AIDS Museum are moving this year to new and improved facilities. Travelers looking for an evening out, meanwhile, can stop by Pride Mondays, a new weekly happy hour on the rooftop deck at Bar Rita. Consult the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau for the latest travel inspiration.
SAN FRANCISCO was in Phase 2 of its COVID-19 recovery plan at press time with a gradual reopening of businesses. Even without nightlife, you’ll find lots to love in the city by the bay, with outdoor museums, outdoor dining, state parks, some retail establishments and other attractions functioning. The San Francisco Travel Association updates its website regularly.
ATTRACTIONS, BARS and nightclubs were open in Puerto Vallarta at 50 percent capacity at press time according to the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. The Malecon waterfront promenade is not yet fully open, but restaurants and shops are. Hotels also operate at 50 percent capacity.
TRAVELERS FROM THE United States may have to wait a bit before they regain easy access to this Canadian metropolis, but Toronto promises to wow whenever visitors arrive. Nightlife is getting back into the swing of things with social distancing and masks required, and attractions like CN Tower, Art Gallery of Ontario and Ripley’s Aquarium are open with timed-entry tickets. The Toronto Convention and Visitors Association keeps visitors up to date.
The Airline Passenger Experience Association and SimpliFlying recognized United Airlines for providing a hospital-grade standard of cleanliness and safety during travel. Among the four largest U.S. carriers, United is the first to receive Diamond Certification, the highest in the new APEX Health Safety audit powered by SimpiliFlying.
Custom order your Volvo through the Overseas Delivery Program and receive round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and a personalized delivery at the Volvo Factory Delivery Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Your experience begins in Sweden with insurance and registration included, enabling you to drive your new Volvo throughout Scandinavia and Europe. Create the adventure of a lifetime with the program named Best Overseas Delivery four years running, and return home with the ultimate souvenir.
A couple of my friends and I decided to rent a house in the Camelback Mountain area of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains for New Year’s Eve. To find the perfect place, we used Vrbo.com; there were a bunch of properties to choose from, but, in the end, we decided to rent a place in The Village at Camelback.
The International Air Transport Association and Etihad Airways partnered to launch the IATA Travel Pass for passengers on the Gulf carrier. The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app that helps passengers manage travel in line with government requirements for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. It will be initially offered on select Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi in early 2021, with plans to extend the offer if successful.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection recently debuted a complete redesign, now standing as a luxurious, modern mountain resort in Telluride, Colorado. At 10,540 feet, the ski-in/ski-out retreat boasts new social spaces, a refreshed lobby, a new boutique, a collection of new guest experiences and amenities, and wellness offerings. Additionally, Madeline features a collaboration with Olympian Gus Kenworthy, who helped create the hotel’s Recovery Ski Lounge.