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Wild celebrations, fireworks, local traditions and extravagant spectacles welcome the new year across the United States. New Year’s Eve is an exciting time, an opportunity to look back on your achievements and celebrate the future.
We took a look at the destinations U.S. travelers searched for over the last two years when planning travel for New Year’s Eve. Here’s our countdown of the most popular places to be as we look towards the start of 2019:
- San Francisco
- New Orleans
- Los Angeles
- Las Vegas
- New York City
New Year’s 2019 Top Destinations and Inspiration
They party hard in the Big D and New Year’s Eve is no exception. The celebrations for the countdown to midnight center on Victory Park with music and fireworks lasting from 7pm-12.30 am.
Fly into Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and aim to stay in accommodations near Downtown. Find yourself a restaurant or bar nearby and welcome the New Year with a feast of chicken and waffles before you order a round of craft beers to toast 2016 in Texas.
Visitors travel from all over the world to spend New Year’s Eve in San Francisco and witness the spectacular fireworks display that lights up the night sky between the Ferry Building and the Bay Bridge. The eclectic community in the city ensures you’ll find entertainment around every corner during the day and a wealth of parties to explore at night.
Many of Chicago’s top hotels put together special packages for New Year’s Eve, ensuring that a trip to the shores of Lake Michigan is a popular choice for travelers. Chicago House dance music venues attract superstar DJs while live jazz or blues plays in local lounges and theaters.
Dinner cruises on Lake Michigan give the best view of the fireworks which launch above the rides and attractions at Navy Pier. Families can hang out at the Chicago Children’s Museum during the day for their annual lunchtime Noon Year’s Eve festivities.
Blessed by year-round sunshine and one of the world’s entertainment capitals, it’s no surprise that New Year’s Eve vacationers choose Orlando. The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World throws one of the biggest New Year celebrations on the planet and attracts families eager to see the parades, light shows and star performers in a glitzy celebration pageant.
Nearby Universal Orlando Resort is not to be upstaged. The theme park boasts the largest outdoor dance floor in the area which will be packed with revelers as the clock strikes midnight. The local focus for New Year’s Eve celebrations is the Church Street Entertainment District in Downtown Orlando.
Travelers moving in a different direction choose to embrace winter with a flight to the Mile High City and start the New Year with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop in Denver. Get active and combine your stay in the city with a trip to the nearby Winter Park Ski Resort with spectacular views and over 3,000 skiable acres to explore.
The Southwest Rink at Skyline Park is another great local winter attraction, so end your year with a spin around the ice before finding a party to join in the local celebrations. This year, there will be two spectacular fireworks shows over the 16th Street Mall, at 9 pm and midnight, with magicians, mascots, balloon artists, stilt walkers, and comedians entertaining the crowd.
Like most occasions, New Orleans has its own fun traditions for the turning of the year. The city represents a particular fusion of cultures, food, music and good times, presenting an ideal location for many travelers seeking a special celebration.
The party starts early on the fabled Bourbon Street strip before crowds flock to Jackson Square for live music before a giant fleur de lis drops at the top of Jax Brewery to signal the arrival of New Year’s Day and to cue a fantastic fireworks show over the Mississippi River. Celebrate through the night before spending a relaxing day enjoying Louisiana Creole cuisine in the French Quarter.
A flight to LAX gives you the sprawling confines of Los Angeles to explore for a New Year’s Eve of infinite possibilities. From raucous nightclubs to laidback lounges, cocktails at the beach, headline concerts and every cuisine known to man – you’ll find it all in the City of Angels.
Los Angeles is just too big a metropolis to have any obvious focus for New Year’s Eve, the party is all around you. If you bag tickets to one of the coolest parties you’ll be rubbing shoulders with chic urbanites for the evening or dancing at a warehouse party or all night gig. There is plenty of space for peace and quiet amidst the bright lights with tranquil spots beside the sea to await the arrival of the New Year.
The popular choices for where to fly for New Year’s Eve share a similar theme at the top of the countdown. Travelers are drawn to the energy and world-class nightlife of vibrant cities for this important date on the calendar.
The third most popular destination and a city that is truly memorable, Miami offers the myriad attractions of South Beach and Miami Beach venues for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Choose to party at your hotel or snag tickets for nightclubs like Mansion, Club 50 and Mango’s. Make sure to book a New Year’s Day brunch for the next morning.
If ever there was a night to be in Las Vegas, New Year’s Eve is the night. The list of stellar celebrity entertainment is second to none while the casinos and hotels spare no expense to offer a jaw-dropping spectacle for guests.
The entire strip is closed to traffic and units around 300,000 people for one big neon-lit block party. At midnight the casinos launch a fireworks display that is an overpowering show of color and noise.
Meanwhile, across Las Vegas, the likes of Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars are taking to the stage to perform special shows and huge nightclub parties are raging till dawn. A Vegas New Year’s Eve is showbiz at its very best.
Arguably the international capital of the New Year, all eyes turn to Times Square at midnight on the east coast as the ceremonial ball lowers as anticipation builds before confetti, balloons, and fireworks confirm that 2016 has begun.
Joining the thousands in the Times Square area of one of the nearby parties feels like being part of a global event and travelers pick New York as the most memorable place for New Year’s Eve.
Parties in Brooklyn offer a view of the fireworks over the East River or snag a ticket to a black tie ball in an exclusive venue to party in style. Each place on the list has its own attractions but nowhere quite has the same sense of occasion as a trip to New York City.