From the perennially popular Strip to its resurgent downtown, there's always something new in Las Vegas, including hotels, restaurants and larger-than-life shows. And while its "What Happens in Vegas" campaign is still going strong, in recent years Sin City has diversified beyond its iconic call to indulgence, with a thriving spa industry, revamped menus and other initiatives offering healthy options amid its famed excess.
Famous for Bourbon Street and the French Quarter and for being home to the annual Mardi Gras, each year the birthplace of jazz draws millions of visitors eager to experience the city's French Creole cuisine and architecture, ubiquitous music and world-class museums. The city is slated to open a $650 million airport terminal in 2018 and plans to expand its convention center with a hotel and entertainment district.
New York lures millions of visitors to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park and the Statue of Liberty as well as world-class shopping, restaurants and musicals on Broadway. This year the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association announced it will hold its 36th annual Global Convention in New York in 2019, which will be New York's first time serving as host of the educational and networking event.
Orlando welcomed 66 million visitors last year, the sixth consecutive record-setting year for the city. Orlando is home to multiple theme parks, notably Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios. Multiple accommodations of all types and prices are offered in Orlando and its suburbs as well as at the parks themselves.
With its stunning beaches (and near-perfect year-round weather to go with them), San Diego is a sun lover's paradise. Meanwhile, its Gaslamp and downtown areas and other city neighborhoods offer increasingly sophisticated culinary and cultural scenes. Since 1970 San Diego has been host to Comic-Con International, the nation's premier gathering for fans of comic books and related media, with tens of thousands of attendees packing the city's convention center over four days.
San Francisco continues to charm and enchant with attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Chinatown and the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Diverse and progressive, the city is popular with visitors of all stripes, particularly gay and lesbian travelers.