New Year’s Eve is one of the most popular days of the year to go out and celebrate, saying goodbye to the past year and welcoming in the new year. Following are some of the best New Year's Eve parties and New Year's Day activities as reported by About's travel and city guides. Here I will highlight the most popular destinations to visit for New Year's Eve.
New Year's in New York City
New York City is, of course, the most famous place to spend New Year's Eve in the United States, thanks to the legendary party thrown each December 31st in Times Square.
Click below to learn more about the Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop and other ways to spend New Year's Eve in New York City. There are many cool ways to spend New Year’s Eve in New York, even if you aren’t standing in the middle of Times Square.
- New Year's Eve Ball Drop
- New Year's Eve at NYC's Bars and Clubs
- New Year's Eve Concerts and Shows in New York City
- New Year's Eve Cruises in New York City
- For the morning after: 16 New Year's Day Brooklyn Brunch Ideas
New Year's Eve in Los Angeles
Los Angeles offers cool California breezes for ringing in the new year. It's also the place to be if you want to check out the time-honored New Year's Day tradition of the Tournament of Roses Parade in nearby Pasadena. If you don’t enjoy the North's snowy nights, escape to L.A. and experience a warmer New Year’s Eve.
- Los Angeles New Year's Eve Celebrations
- New Year's Eve Parties in Orange County
- Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena
New Year's Eve in Chicago
Chicago is brrrrisk at New Year's, but it still throws some hot parties and offers some family fun, too. If you aren’t afraid of the chill, Chicago is a must-see on NYE.
New Year's Eve in Washington, DC
There are plenty of parties, balls, and bars to residents and visitors to enjoy in the Nation's Capital on New Year's Eve.
Beyond the DC line, there are are family-friendly First Night celebrations in Washington's nearby suburbs, including Old Town Alexandria.
- New Year's Eve in Washington, DC
- Washington, DC Hotel Specials for New Year's Eve
- Where to Dine in DC on New Year's Eve
- First Night Alexandria
- First Nights in Maryland and Virginia
New Year's Eve in Las Vegas
The roster of high-rolling activity on New Year's Eve in Las Vegas is exhaustive, with blockbuster shows and loads of parties. About's guide to Las Vegas Travel has the low-down on the best nightclubs events, performances, and bars to check out on New Year's Eve.
New Year's Eve in Florida
Head down to Miami for a wild and glitzy New Year's Eve or consider a New Year's Eve for the whole family at Disney World. Warm Florida is always a good choice for ringing in a new year.
New Year's Eve in New Orleans
Spend New Year's Eve partying on Bourbon Street, listening to jazz music, and/or anticipating the Sugar Bowl. New Orleans is always up for a party, so New Year's Eve here is an easy—rather a "Big Easy"—choice.
The Rest of the Best
What region of the country are you in or headed to for the New Year's holiday?
Here are more great ideas for New Year's Eve fun as listed by About's guides to regional travel.