"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." ―Oprah Winfrey
Las Vegas, Nevada
The city of Las Vegas has this year-long party going on, but New Year's Eve is when it reaches its tempo. The New Year's Eve street party on the super-iconic Las Vegas Strip is absolutely humongous. The Strip stays closed to vehicular traffic (but of course), with people spilling on to the boulevard like there's no tomorrow. Catch your spot in the middle of the street to get your Instagram-worthy pics of the superb fireworks that light up the desert sky at midnight.
Those looking to party indoors, may head to any of Sin City's famous hotels and casinos, where you're sure to catch some fabulous entertainment and performances. So take your pick, be it the Bellagio | 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, or the MGM Grand | 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, or perhaps The Venetian | 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, or anywhere else; good times are always guaranteed when you're in Vegas.
New York, New York
The sheer magnitude of the revelry in New York's Times Square is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Ball Drop ceremony is, of course, the highlight of the evening here in Times Square, with about a million people in attendance, along with over a billion people watching it on live television worldwide. As soon as the clock strikes midnight, a shower of confetti rains over the crowd, accompanied by a prolonged burst of firecrackers.
If there ever was a competition to decide the best New Year's Eve bash in the world, New York City would be a winner, hands down. Ushering the new year in New York City is perhaps the one common item in every party animal's bucket list. The ball drop event itself has a rich history of its own, and completed 100 years in 2007. So, if you wish to be a part of the most iconic party in the world, you know where you're supposed to go.
Relaxed and laid-back, Hawaii is where you come when you want to get away from it all. But, don't let its tropical charm fool you. Hawaii maybe quite the sedate state, but come New Year's Eve, and it can teach you a thing or two about how to party. If you fancy a Hawaiian cruise, you'll have plenty of options, provided you've booked them in advance. Besides this, there are several private beach parties to keep your spirits high throughout the night as well.
The fireworks show at Waikiki beach starts at 11:55pm with one firework every minute till midnight, when the show really takes off. The party of the year is going to be at Aloha Tower Marketplace, with loads of food and entertainment.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is synonymous with the Mardi Gras, so it's almost guaranteed that you'll find a one-of-a-kind celebration here. Just as New York has its famous ball drop, New Orleans gives you the Fleur-de-Lis that is dropped at midnight in the heart of Jackson Square, which is the epicenter of the street party in New Orleans. This is followed by a brilliant display of fireworks over the Mississippi River. This display is considered one of the best in the country.
Hip, hot, and happening, Miami never needs a reason to party. If you're a hardcore party person, the only place you should head to is South Beach. Even otherwise, the city of Miami offers endless options for partygoers on new year's night. The whole city wears a festive look, and everywhere you go, you're sure to find some celebration going on for sure.
If clubbing is what's on your mind, a few places to visit include Mynt Lounge | 1921 Collins Ave, or Nikki Beach Club | 1 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, Mansion Nightclub | 1235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, or even Fontainebleau | 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Now let's head to a destination where partying isn't the sole highlight. Salt Lake City's EVE festival is a three-day event that will include fine arts performances, live local music, dance parties, DJs, film screenings, laser shows, art installations, kids' activities, storytelling, and a spectacular midnight fireworks show on New Year's Eve, scheduled at venues spread throughout the city. If you're looking forward to some family fun, the EVE festival is just right for you.
Passes for the festival are on sale on their website, and at the venues as well. You can also avail package deals that combine hotel stays along with the EVE festival passes.
SeaWorld San Diego | 500 Sea World Dr will have an early fireworks show at Mission Bay; perfect for families with young children. Big Night San Diego New Year's Eve at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront | 1 Park Blvd is an all-inclusive event that promises some high-voltage entertainment, combined with free-flowing drinks and food.
A tad unconventional, Austin may not immediately feature in a list of party towns. But yes, it does have its charms, since the celebrations here aren't too in-your-face, as they could be in New York or Miami. Besides, you're sure to have the regular parties, firework displays, and entertainment at venues across town; all with some Austin's flavor.You can start the day with ANY, Austin's New Year. Get to the annual alchohol-free celebration for a look at art, food, live music, and fireworks.
San Francisco, California
Clubbing, cruises, beach parties, street parties―you name it, and they have it here in San Francisco. And what's more, it comes sans the shimmer and glimmer of neighborhood LA. Parties here are all about having fun, without paying too much attention to being glamorous.That said, the city's massive gay community brings in the new year, with the most awesome burlesque shows you'll ever see. The best fireworks show can be seen along the Embarcadero between Mission and Howard street at midnight.
In addition, prominent hotels like Westin St. Francis | 335 Powell St, along with JW Marriott | 515 Mason St will also be hosting some fantastic parties.
The Windy City is bound to be freezing around New Year's Eve, but that won't take the heat out of the celebrations that are lined up. There is no dearth of party venues across Chicago, with live music and DJ beats pouring through the streets from hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs.
The place to be is The Navy Pier | 600 E Grand Ave as it decks up for the occasion, and certainly doesn't disappoint. The Lakeview Terrace at the Navy Pier is the venue for the Resolution Gala, an event full of good food, excellent music, and all-night revelry. Not to mention, the stunning views of Lake Michigan and the city's skyline are an added advantage.
And on that note, we bid you farewell, and hope that you make it to one of these fabulous destinations this New Year's Eve. Have a rocking celebration!