5 Trips to Try This Spring

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com February 07 2013 7:00 AM ET


Escape the Rain and Snow in a Hurry
There’s nothing like boarding a plane in snow boots and arriving to your destination in flip-flops. Delta Air Lines will fulfill your dreams by offering direct flights from New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport to Key West, Fla., for a quick winter escape. Flights from New York depart each Saturday from March 2 through April 6, the longest commercial flight to serve the Keys. Flights from D.C. will be offered each Saturday through April. 

Rainbow Reykjavik LGBT Winter Festival January 31-February 3
View the northern lights, relax in the steamy and rejuvenating waters of the Blue Lagoon, visit waterfalls, geysers, and glaciers, and enjoy cosmopolitan city life in progressive Iceland, the first country to elect an openly gay candidate to head its government. And be sure to visit the Icelandic Phallological Museum, which has examples of penises from every mammal species in the nation. RainbowReykjavik.com

LGBT WinterPride: Annual Gay and Lesbian Ski Week February 3-10
This event in the ski resort town of Whistler, in Canada’s British Columbia province, promises plenty of snowy action on the slopes and chances to warm up with dances, parties, food, and drink. GayWhistler.com

White Party Palm Springs March 30; related activities March 29-31
The queen of all circuit parties will have buff guys dancing round the clock in the California desert while wearing as little as possible. Several top DJs are booked to provide music, and a “superstar performer” is to be announced for the main event. JeffreySanker.com

Dinah Shore Weekend April 3-7 & Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival Dinah April 4-7
It’s the ladies’ turn to take over Palm Springs with these girlicious annual events. Club Skirts’ the Dinah, billed as world’s largest girl party, offers pool parties, dancing, beer-fueled hookups, and nonstop activity, plus celebrity entertainment to be announced. The Jazz Festival, a.k.a. the Dinah in Color, brings performances by Grammy-winner Terri Lyne Carrington and other musicians, plus a screening of the documentary The Girls in the Band by director Judy Chaikin. TheDinah.com and PSWomensJazzFestival.com