10. USA

DNA Magazine - - TRAVEL FEATURE -

The USA is a con­sis­tently pop­u­lar LGBTIQ desti­na­tion and of­fi­cial tourism bod­ies pro­mote San Fran­cisco, New York, Philadel­phia, Fort Laud­erdale, Chicago and Port­land as the gayest cities of all.

Some­what sur­pris­ingly, the Visit The USA web­site takes a fam­ily-friendly ap­proach and even rec­om­mends “the Hap­pi­est Place on Earth” to rain­bow par­ents: “Most pride fes­ti­vals have kid-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties but for a fam­ily va­ca­tion, you can’t beat the un­of­fi­cial Gay Days in June at Walt Dis­ney World in Or­lando, Florida, and in Oc­to­ber at Dis­ney­land in Anaheim, Cal­i­for­nia. Thou­sands of LGBT fam­i­lies show up in red shirts to pro­mote queer vis­i­bil­ity, cre­at­ing a fun com­mu­nity and sol­i­dar­ity at the beloved theme parks.”

2019 is be­ing de­scribed as a “mon­u­men­tal” year for New York from an LGBTIQ per­spec­tive. The city will host WorldPride for the first time – a month-long fes­ti­val from the 1st to 30th of June, with the cel­e­bra­tions co­in­cid­ing with the 50th an­niver­sary of the Stonewall ri­ots.

Of the gay friendly des­ti­na­tions in­side the US, New York is the num­ber one choice for Aus­tralians, who stay longer and spend more than vis­i­tors from other coun­tries but, if you’ve been be­fore, con­sider a re­turn visit be­cause there’s more than just the big­gest LGBTIQ party in the works.

MOMA is ex­pand­ing. A whole new res­i­den­tial, din­ing and shop­ping district, The Hud­son Yards has been cre­ated. Gov­er­nor’s Is­land, less than a kilo­me­tre off lower Man­hat­tan, now of­fers glamp­ing. The air­ports are en­joy­ing gen­er­a­tional up­grades. An ar­chi­tec­tural marvel, The Shed, is a must-visit new per­for­mance space. And, most im­por­tantly, The Devil Wears Prada mu­si­cal is set to open on Broad­way soon-ish. Watch this space.

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