Food, fireworks, beaches, or the freezing cold, cities around the world have their own special way to celebrate the end of one year and beginning of the next. Tired of the same ole New Years? Have you always wanted to get away and do something different? It’s not too late, whether you decide to stay stateside or travel overseas—here are 5 top cities to ring in the New Year!
Viva Las Vegas
For those who have paid a visit to Sin City, the temptation of club-hopping or hitting the casinos from dusk till dawn is a reality—but on NYE everyone celebrates. Party at one of the many hotels or hit the strip and countdown with strangers to the start of the New Year. Tired of the scene on the Vegas strip? Head to downtown Las Vegas to Fremont and see the live entertainment. Don’t forget to buy your lucky numbers, afterall its Vegas baby!
Rio de Janiero, Brazil
We all hear the stories about Rio de Janerio–guess what it’s all true! Host to some serious partiers—this South American hotspot is the place to be. Since its summer–the weather is sunny and warm weather in January! This NYE, buy that last-minute ticket to Rio and get more bang for your buck. Celebrating all day long, start off your day at the beach but once evening hits you will want to stop at Copacabana where the party rivals that of Brazil’s annual Carnaval. Thousands of people dress in white and throw flowers in the water for good luck in this dazzling and eccentric locale. In Rio, the fete doesn’t stop at midnight but goes on until it runs its zealous course.
If you love a crowd—you’ll love the Big Apple. This most famous New Year’s Eve celebration draws hundreds of thousands to Times Square each year to watch the ball drop! If you usually watch on TV and you want to join others as they scream in anticipation for 2010 then —bundle up in layers—NYE is usually one of the coldest days of the year. Book a flight and celebrate NY style!
Want to ring in the New Year in a city with no inhibitions? Book a flight to Amsterdam. This European city is a top destination for travelers who wish to celebrate NYE overseas and try a little something new. Hit up the red light district, sip some absinthe and enjoy the party amongst people who love to have a good time.
Bourbon Street comes alive on December 31 as the entire French quarter is filled with live music from evening until well past midnight. Partiers indulge in drink and merriment at this extremely popular NYE city. The official countdown takes place in Jackson Square, which features its own ball drop from the roof of Jax’s Brewery.