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.
Mövenpick, Accor’s premium Swiss-born hospitality brand, officially launched its first property in New Zealand. Situated in Auckland, Mövenpick Hotel Auckland sets a new standard in the world of hospitality with unique and exciting amenities and a warm, contemporary design found throughout the property.
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Turkish Airlines offers premium travelers something new. After signing an agreement with fashion brands Coccinelle and Hackett, the carrier introduced redesigned premium amenity kits for its business-class passengers flying eight hours or more on long-distance flights. The new kits were introduced April 29.
Lisbon’s popularity has soared in recent years, but within an hour’s drive of Portugal’s capital city, lots of quiet towns and interesting regions that are still somewhat off-the-beaten path await.
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Saudi Arabia is currently undergoing a bit of a transformation, repositioning itself as a tourism destination and debuting new developments and attractions. While perhaps not a “development” or “attraction” per se, NEOM is one of these new initiatives — but one beyond many of our wildest dreams. NEOM, a special economic zone within the country of Saudi Arabia, has been dubbed “a vision of what a new future might look like” and “a city of the future.”
California invites visitors and locals alike to experience some of Hilton’s newest hotel openings and renovations this year. Set to debut this fall, Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton lies between Malibu, and Santa Barbara, in Oxnard, California. Following a multimillion-dollar renovation and conversion, the resort will accept reservations beginning Oct. 1.
When American travelers make plans to visit Portugal, Lisbon is usually their first stop.
City Experiences recently announced its first U.S. food tour offered exclusively by the award-winning, international tour provider Devour Tours. This addition sees City Experiences further expand its offerings in New York City.