New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and the entire world will be celebrating with fireworks and oversized clocks counting down the last few minutes of 2009. Where will you find the best New Year’s Eve parties and most unique celebrations in the United States? Check out these top New Year’s Eve travel destinations in America.
Top 5 New Year’s Eve Travel Destinations in America
5. Orlando, Florida
Orlando is a great place for families to celebrate New Year’s Eve together. The amusement parks will be packed, but Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios are each sure to give you your money’s worth in terms of fireworks displays and celebratory parades. Do, however, consider spending the night in a very nearby hotel if you want to avoid spending the first several hours of 2010 sitting in traffic.
4. Los Angeles, California
What makes Los Angeles stand out as one of the top New Year’s Eve travel destinations is not the celebrity residents, but rather the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade that coincides with college football’s Rose Bowl. The parade comes complete with floats made of roses, marching bands and a celebrity Grand Marshal that leads the way. After the parade, you’ll find an over the top party at hundreds of world class nightclubs all over Los Angeles, and of course, a spectacular fireworks display at midnight.
3. New Orleans, Louisiana
You’ll find the New Orleans locals heading to Frenchmen Street for New Year’s Eve, but Bourbon Street is sure to be overflowing with partying tourists. No matter where you get started, you’ll want to be at Jackson Square by midnight to see the ball drop. This year, the Sugar Bowl teams (Florida Gators and Cincinnati Bearcats), alumni and students will also be in New Orleans for New Year’s Eve, which is sure to add to New Orleans’s infamous party atmosphere. Expect dancing in the streets, impromptu brass bands parading through, eccentric costumes, and tailgate style madness.
2. Las Vegas, Nevada
It’s no surprise that Las Vegas is a top New Year’s Eve Travel Destinations. Sin City is notorious for knowing how to throw a good party, and New Year’s is no exception. The strip is pedestrianized for one giant outdoor party, complete with fireworks, sound and light shows. Of course every casino, nightclub and hotel in Las Vegas will be offering specials and over the top parties of their own. And who knows – maybe you’ll ring in the New Year with a jackpot win!
1. New York City, New York
Of course, the most famous New Year’s Eve event in the world is the celebration in New York City’s Times Square. Dick Clark’s big ball drop is watched by a million people in the flesh, and a billion more on television. Yes, that means you’ll have to fight an unbelievable crowd, but star-studded musical performances, pyrotechnics and the sheer notoriety of the event put New Year’s Even in Times Square on many “must do once in your life” lists.