The Best Places in the U.S. to Spend New Year’s

If you don’t want to just sit on the couch with your friends this year watching the ball drop from your living room again, why not plan any of these amazing New Year's getaways? We will help you customize your very own dream New Years Eve night and New Year's Day in any of the best places to celebrate in the United States!

Maui, HI - Stay warm all day and party all night as you enjoy the fireworks, beach parties, dinners, and cruises Maui offers on New Year's Eve. The next morning is the big show though, if you get an early rise and head to Haleakala summit to see one of the most spectacular sunrises in the world. You will enjoy so many different traditions and celebrations in this melting pot of culture, so be sure to eat some ozoni and say Hau’oli Makahiki Hou before you go!

The Bahamas - Get ready for relaxing days and wild nights here at the Bahamas as you take part in parties, parades, and firework displays comparable to New Orleans' Mardi Gras. Spend the night at Atlantis or the Grand Lucayan before seeing the famous Junkanoo Street parade downtown on Grand Bahama Island or in downtown Nassau.

Napa and Sonoma Valleys, CA - Since winter is the slow season for wineries this is the perfect time to find the more laid back, less crowded part of Napa and Sonoma Valleys and see what it’s like to party in wine cellars, wine caves, and wine trains. Hit the Black and White Gala at Etoile, the candlelit dinner at Trinites Cellars Wine Cave, or spend the night on the Napa Valley Wine Train!

Las Vegas, NV - Sin City has an incomparable selection of concerts, shows, and parties hosted by local casinos and hotels all night long on New Year’s Eve. Take part in the famous Downtown Countdown in person or head up to any of the most popular rooftop bars or restaurants such as the Voodoo Lounge, Ghost Bar, or Air Bar in Stratosphere to see the fireworks from up top.

New York City, NY - While many find it cheesy, many others find it magical watching that glorious 12 foot wide crystal ball drop in Times Square. You can watch with a million others (literally) as they drop the 12,000 pound ball, watch from a bar down the street, or watch as you take a fun nighttime cruise down New York Harbor.

New Orleans, LA - If you think Mardi Gras is wild wait till you see the madness on Bourbon Street and Latin Quarter during New Year’s Eve. Here you can see a very impressive 15 minute firework show off of the Mississippi River and also take part in a slightly more odd tradition, Fleur De Lis Drop, or New Year’s Baby Drop (no actual children are harmed in the making of this celebration).

Miami, FL - Florida is always a good place to go to party, between the warm weather of about 75 degrees this time of year and the many beach side and bay front parties happening through the night and day. Take advantage of the Lummus Park celebration or head downtown to Bayfront Park to see one of the largest dance parties and firework displays in the state.

Walt Disney World - If you are travelling with the whole family and you have some kiddos on board you are going to love this last godsend, Orlando’s Walt Disney World New Year's Celebration. Join Mickey and the gang as you participate in day long festivities, from Cirque Du Soleil performances and dance parties to confetti blasters and the Magic Kingdom Jingle Jungle Parade. See the lights and laser show at Epcot before watching the grand firework show at midnight on your way out (the park closes at 1 am).


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