12 Perfect Places to Stay to Celebrate Pride
Get ready to break out your rainbow sunglasses, because June is lighting up with Pride festivities around the country commemorating World Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Celebrate around the country at these destinations that are celebrating Pride 2019, LGBTQ milestones, and diversity.
New York City
Nestled on a charming corner of the leafy streets of the West Village is the Stonewall Inn, the epicenter of the Pride movement that launched here 50 years ago. In 2016, President Obama designated Stonewall a National Monument, and it will be front and center during World Pride 2019 which takes place through the month of June and culminates in the NYC Pride March and is expected to draw an estimated 3 million people. The luxe boutique James New York—NoMad Hotel is conveniently located at the beginning of the parade route and is an official sponsor of World Pride. While you’re exploring the city, don’t miss these New York City hidden gems most people don’t know about.
The City by the Bay’s San Francisco PRIDE Parade, one of the oldest in the country, steps off at the Embarcadero June 30 and more than 100,000 are expected to gather to celebrate the city’s storied diversity. Take in all the Pride month festivities at the city’s iconic luxury hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, located just a half mile from the Embarcadero, and is embracing PRIDE month with a series of festive offerings. Hungry? San Francisco has one of the largest, and best, Chinatowns in the United States.
Sizzling South Beach’s fabulous nightlife and the sandy shores of southern Florida draw more than 1 million LGBTQ travelers to Miami each year, according to Orbitz. And with great weather year round, there’s plenty of opportunities to celebrate, with a Pride weekend in the spring filled with live music and performances, and a new celebration launching this June with a weekend of events at Wynwood Marketplace. Loews Miami Beach Hotel is set right on the South Beach sand close to chic shopping on Collins Avenue and near the hip streets of Espanola Way and Washington Avenue.
Santa Fe is celebrating Pride with a side of Western swagger. Not only will the City Different throw its usual epic Pride parade and party on the historic Santa Fe Plaza on June 29, but it will also welcome the New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association’s Zia Regional Rodeo the same weekend. There’s no better time to visit Santa Fe, and visitors can grab a front row seat for it all at historic La Fonda on the Plaza, which sits at the terminus of the Santa Fe Trail and is the only hotel on the famous Santa Fe Plaza.
Atlanta is a great place to visit any time of year, with attractions from The World of Coca Cola to the Georgia Aquarium to the Center for Human and Civil Rights located right in the heart of downtown at Centennial Park. The Pride Parade here, now in its 49th year and held in October, is the largest in Atlanta and attracts more than 300,000 people. There also a full month of Stonewall Pride events in June, including a film festival, dance party, and walking tours. The design-centric Hotel Indigo Midtown Atlanta is conveniently located right in front of the Atlanta parade route so you can fully enjoy the festivities.
Not many cities have a beach right in their downtown, which makes Chicago and its lovely stretch of lakeside sand a fabulous summer destination to explore. The Chicago Pride Parade here attracts nearly one million visitors annually to the Boystown neighborhood on the last Sunday in June. VRBO suggests staying downtown in style at a spot like the elegant four-level house that feels like a high-end estate-like retreat in the middle of the city and sleeps 17, so you can bring all your friends.
It may feel difficult sometimes to get a handle on sprawling Los Angeles, which encompasses everything from the golden beaches of Santa Monica to the famous footsteps that line the walkways of Hollywood. Instead of trying to traverse the city, base yourself in the newly hip Downtown LA area, DTLA. Not only is it where the hottest new artists have set up shop, but it’s also where to find the DTLA Proud Festival August 23-25, 2019. The Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown is offering a “Summer of Love” to help celebrate Pride all summer long.
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With myriad monuments, museums, and attractions to explore, many of them free, the nation’s capital draws more than 20 million visitors every year, many of them in the summer vacation months. Like most major cities in the United States, Washington, DC has a Pride festival, which includes a lavish parade that takes place every June. Unlike many cities, however, Capital Pride resides under an extremely large tent, according to Orbitz, which recommends staying in the heart of the city at Kimpton Carlyle Hotel, so you’ll have a chance to attend additional Pride celebrations throughout the year.
With music playing day and night along in Honkey Tonks and all over Lower Broadway, it always feels like Nashville is the middle of the celebration., In June, that party atmosphere extends to the Nashville Pride Festival in Public Square Park on June 22 and 23 which features more than 200 vendors and three stages of local and national touring acts. Stay in style at the art-filled Kimpton Aertson Hotel, which boasts a luxurious rooftop pool for private views of the city. Here’s how to navigate Nashville like a local.
Providence, Rhode Island
Rhode Island PrideFest returns to Rhode Island’s capital city for its 44th year on Saturday, June 15 with live music, block parties, and the show-stopping illuminated night parade, the only one of its kind in New England, which includes a dazzling display of floats and performing artists. Stay at the new Graduate Providence, ideally positioned in the heart of downtown and boasting stunning views of downtown from its rooftop garden.
One of Orbitz’s top 10 Hottest Gay Destinations for 2019, San Diego made the list in large part for its Pride Weekend which will be held July 12 to 14 and boasts beach and pool parties, a parade, a 5K, and festival in Balboa Park with 100 performers across four sizzling stages. Check into historic Hotel Del Coronado; the city’s iconic beach hotel is also a sponsor of San Diego Pride. San Diego is also one of the most beautiful coastal towns in the country.
Another top ten entry in the Orbitz Hottest Gay Destinations for 2019 list, earning its spot for, among other attractions, a residency stint by Lady Gaga at the Park Theater throughout 2019. Extra bonus: You still have plenty of time to plan a visit to Sin City for the annual Las Vegas PRIDE Night Parade and Las Vegas PRIDE Family Festival, which are held in the fall on October 11 and October 12. Live it up in luxe style at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas which feels like a tropical oasis in the middle of the city.
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