BORN IN THE USA

Cel­e­brate all that’s new from sea to shin­ing sea

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - BEST FOR 2019 | UNITED STATES - KRISTIE KELLAHAN

The new year her­alds a bo­nanza of ho­tel open­ings, new ex­hi­bi­tions and com­pelling rea­sons to visit the Land of Stars and Stripes. From Broad­way block­busters in New York to luxe LA ho­tels and glamp­ing, the United States is rolling out the wel­come mat for Aussie visi­tors in 2019.

IF YOU DREAM OF FLY­ING THERE IN STYLE

Start sav­ing those fre­quent flyer points. Delta Air Lines is posh­ing up the travel ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween Aus­tralia and the US with the launch of its up­graded Boe­ing 777 on the Syd­ney-LAX flight, from April 18. Retro­fit­ted with Delta One suites, the world’s first all-suite busi­ness class, this is just the ticket for mile­stone birth­days or an­niver­sary trips. DELTA.COM

IF YOU LIKE TO BE ONE OF THE FIRST TO CHECK IN

The na­tion’s cap­i­tal will wel­come its first Con­rad ho­tel when Con­rad Wash­ing­ton, DC, opens in the first quar­ter of 2019. De­sign-for­ward and fo­cused on the best cui­sine and high­end re­tail, this ho­tel will raise the bar. CONRADHOTELS3.HIL­TON.COM

Detroit’s res­ur­rec­tion con­tin­ues with the open­ing of Detroit-branded Shi­nola Ho­tel. Doors of the 129-room ho­tel, fash­ioned like a pri­vate Lon­don club, are set to open in De­cem­ber 2018. SHI­NOLA.COM Fans can cheer on the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers then walk a few min­utes to their five-star ho­tel when Park Hy­att Los An­ge­les at Ocean­wide Plaza opens in late 2019. The ho­tel will be ad­ja­cent to the Sta­ples Cen­ter. HY­ATT.COM

The Celino South Beach, Mi­ami, will con­nect two for­mer ho­tels and one apart­ment build­ing in vin­tage Art Deco style to create a beach­front prop­erty that drips old-school glam­our. Pass the mar­tini shaker. THECELINOHOTEL.COM

While you’re hark­ing back to a golden age of travel, book a room at the TWA Ho­tel at JFK Air­port in NYC’s Queens. Slated to open in 2019, the ho­tel is a dream for fans of mid-cen­tury mod­ern decor, and avi­a­tion geeks. TWAHOTEL.COM

IF YOU WANT TO WAVE THE RAIN­BOW FLAG

In June 2019, NYC will host WorldPride, the first time the global LGBTQ event has been held in the US. With three mil­lion at­ten­dees ex­pected over the 30-day event, fes­tiv­i­ties will peak June 25-30. NYCPRIDE.ORG

Next year marks the his­toric 50th TWA HO­TEL WELL­NESS TREND an­niver­sary of the Stonewall Up­ris­ing, con­sid­ered to be the US birth­place of the mod­ern gay rights move­ment. Fifty events are planned in NYC. STONEWALL50.ORG

At New­seum, one of Wash­ing­ton DC’s most im­pres­sive at­trac­tions, the an­niver­sary will be marked with an ex­hi­bi­tion that ex­am­ines the events of 50 years ago and their legacy to­day. NEW­SEUM.ORG

IF YOU WANT EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

Need a good rea­son to fly to Ve­gas? Lady Gaga’s megawatt res­i­dency at Park MGM Las Ve­gas is it. From De­cem­ber 28, 2018, to Novem­ber 8, 2019, LADY GAGA ENIGMA will belt out her hits on 23 se­lect dates. Tick­ets are less than $US80 (about $111). VE­GAS.LADYGAGA.COM

On the East Coast, an­other diva story comes to life when The Cher Show opens on Broad­way on De­cem­ber 3, 2018. Fea­tur­ing three ac­tors as Cher, the show takes au­di­ences through six decades of hit mu­sic, heart­break and tri­umph over ad­ver­sity. THECHERSHOWBROADWAY.COM

When the Acad­emy Mu­seum of Mo­tion Pic­tures opens on LA’s Mu­seum Mile in 2019, it will be the world’s first large-scale mu­seum ded­i­cated to the art and science of movie-mak­ing. Ex­pect im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ences, ex­per­i­men­tal dis­plays and real in­sights into movie-mak­ing. ACADEMYMUSEUM.ORG

Qan­tas Hol­i­days can get you seats in the stands at ma­jor league base­ball games, NFL, ice hockey, bas­ket­ball, as well as more niche in­ter­ests such as mon­ster trucks or UFC. PACK­AGES.QAN­TAS.COM/EVENTS/USA-SHOWSSPORTS

IF YOU PLAN TO JUMP ON THE LAT­EST TRAVEL TREND

Camp­ing is hav­ing a mo­ment. From the city-slick­ing ver­sion on NYC’s Gov­er­nors Is­land to Mon­tana’s luxe spots to sleep un­der the stars, it’s about get­ting back to na­ture but not too far away from Wi-Fi and hot wa­ter. VISITMT.COM

Try the new, new glamp­ing: yurts and tipis. Ad­ven­ture travel hounds are seek­ing out indige­nous ac­com­mo­da­tion ex­pe­ri­ences. Yurts and tipis can be found in North Dakota’s Cross Ranch State Park, Lake Metigoshe State Park and Fort Abra­ham Lin­coln State Park. NDTOURISM.COM MEM­PHIS

PIC­TURES: SUP­PLIED, HY­ATT, IS­TOCK, MAX TOUHEY

Ex­plore trans­for­ma­tional travel; Park Hy­att Los An­ge­les is ad­ja­cent to the Sta­ples Cen­ter; the Mem­phis in May Fes­ti­val will hon­our the 200th an­niver­sary of the city’s found­ing, and de­sign fans and avi­a­tion nerds will love JFK Air­port’s TWA Ho­tel.

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