By Brandi M. Seals
Ringing in the New Year in style can be difficult if you do not know where to go, but I have some great state-side suggestions for you. Sure you can spend New Years in front of the television again or you can get out and have a wonderful time at one of these great destinations.
4.) Aspen, Colorado
If you love snow and skiing then Aspen is right up your ally. Use the New Year as an excuse to hit the slopes this holiday season. If someone in your party is not so hot on schussing down the slopes, you can still talk them into a trip to Aspen. Aspen caters to the wealthy type and is thus known for gourmet dinners and excellent drinks. A trip to Aspen is certainly a classy way to celebrate the coming year as the old one is ushered out.
3) Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is known as party city year round. The words Las Vegas conjure images of gambling, partying and everything in excess. Why not choose Las Vegas to ring in the New Year. Party down right in Sin City. Each year the celebration gets bigger and wilder. Prepare yourself to be mesmerized by pyrotechnics and block parties. Not to mention the fabulous night clubs and gourmet restaurants throughout the area.
Each year thousands of people flock to Las Vegas for the New Years celebration. The place to be is the America’s Party. The usually busy Strip is shut down to traffic and turned into a viewing area for the fantastic fireworks that will be shot out over the city skyline. If you are looking for a really good time, splurge on the Fremont Street Experience. Tickets cost $80 and give purchasers access to a state-of-the-art lights show and huge block party. Confetti will rain down at the stroke of midnight when everyone celebrates with a wine toast.
2.) Miami, Florida
Get out of the cool winter air and enjoy a warm and sunny New Years down in Miami. Soak up the sun and explore the hot spots before counting down the New Year. If you are lucky you might just catch a glimpse at some Hollywood stars. Rumor has it they like to head Miami for one of the exclusive, over the top parties. While you may not be able to worm your way into one of these parties, you can certainly celebrate the holiday at one of the trendy clubs or restaurants that line the streets.
If you do not have a lot of money to spend, celebrate at Bayfront Park. It is the site of a free concert and New Year’s countdown. You will even get to see Miami’s version of a ball drop – the Orange drop. You will also catch a beautiful fireworks display over Biscayne Bay.
1.) New York, New York
What could be better than spending new years right in the middle of things? You have probably watched the ball drop in Times Square from the comfort of your living room since you were a child, but have you ever been there in person? Add that experience to your repertoire with a trip to New York City at the end of the year.
The ball drop got its start 100 years ago in 1907. Celebrate its centennial with the millions of other visitors that flock to New York this time of year. You will be treated to confetti free floating down the street, a block party like you would not believe and the chance to see several celebrities. Who knows, if you do everything right, you might just end up on Dick Clark’s Rocking Eve.
If you do not want to be crammed into Times Square with thousands of other people, opt to spend the evening at one of the local clubs or bars. There will be plenty of private parties that will last into the wee hours.
There are plenty of other spectacular destinations to spend New Years. If you cannot get to one of the top 4 cities, try spending the holiday in New Orleans, Detroit or other large city. You will be sure to find plenty going on to suit your mood.
Happy New Years everyone!