For a destination that feels farther away than it is—a 90-minute nonstop flight from NYC—head to Quebec’s largest city. Its cobblestoned streets, French-Canadian accents and serious culinary scene make it feel like a trip to Europe without leaving North America. The city’s Gay Village, thought to be the largest in North America, is home to tons of bars, restaurants and nightclubs that cater to the LGBTQ community, as do many of the city’s celebrations, including Montreal’s Fringe Festival and Piknic Électronik.
Stay: The glam W Montreal, centrally located between Old Town and downtown, gives you a chic weekend vibe amidst the city’s Old World feel. In addition to the sexy on-site cocktail bar and spa overlooking Victoria Square, the hotel hosts the “Queer Me Out” panel series, igniting conversations about the LGBTQ community in fashion, music, art and politics.
Do: Be sure to catch the infamous Drag Race at Montreal’s Fringe Festival, which runs from May 27 to June 16, 2019. The competition includes teams of drag queens competing in obstacle courses, audience makeovers and lip-sync battles.