New York City aka The Big Apple has the quintessential New Year's party every year, when Times Square fills up to the brim to watch the ball drop. In addition to the main attraction, party on at world famous night clubs and bars and rub elbows with celebrities.
Whether you have kids or whether you're a big kid yourself, Disney World has magic aplenty to ring in the New Year. In addition to the plethora of fireworks going off around the Disney Castle, get photos with all the Mickey Mouse club members and dine at one of the four-star restaurants in the theme park.
Other parts of the country suffer through cold when the calendar turns over, but in LA the temperature is always warm and the beaches are always inviting. Do your best to get into a Hollywood party, and if that fails, hike up to the top of Mount Lee to watch the fireworks.
Sin City celebrates everything in style, and New Year is just one more excuse to throw a great party. Party from dusk till dawn on the Strip, the largest street with the largest casinos, as limousines and stretch Hummers drive by with tourists and celebrities alike. If you like to try your luck on the first of the year, venture into any one of the casinos and get free drink service as you gamble.
It's not called Hotlanta just because of the temperature, though it rarely freezes over in the winter. There's always a party nearby in the Peach State as everyone waits for the 800-pound peace to drop. Nibble on hors d'ouevres with the Atlanta symphony or dance the night away at famous night clubs like the Cosmopolitan Lounge.
Take your talents to South Beach, and you find beautiful scenery as well as beautiful people in abundance. After a day of trophy fishing, put your 12-foot marlin on ice and then book a table in the VIP lounge of clubs like Cameo and LIV to take in the competition of flashing lights, swinging skirts, and pumping music.
The Big Easy is better known for Mardi Gras than for New Year, but don't think a Cajun celebration fails to measure up. Visit the French Quarter, where there's always a party on the streets in the New Year's evening, to watch the paper-mache Baby Bacchus drop from atop of the Jax Brewery building in the French Quarter. Grab an oyster po'boy sandwich and a Sazerac cocktail to make it a true New Orleans experience.
One of the largest cities in the country plays host to one of the largest block parties in the country. San Antonio regularly crams the River Walk with hundreds of thousands of people, boasting fifty bands on three stages to draw attention while the fireworks blast until the wee hours of the morning. Watch from the ramparts of the Alamo, as Texas' forefathers did a century and a half ago, and soak up one of the most important events in US history.
Better known for its proximity to the great outdoors than its own activities, a New Year in Denver means spending most of the day skiing or rock climbing or hiking. Stand a full mile above sea level, and then take to the hills to conquer some of the tallest peaks in North America. Once you're at the top, take a breather and watch the fireworks from the capital city.
The city of the Founding Fathers rings in each New Year in sheer style. Rather than curse the cold, Bostonites throw a competition to chisel out everything from snowmen to mugshots in the ice, then judge them as the fireworks illuminate their art. With a huge array of famous bars downtown, hop from one to the next and sample any of the city's microbreweries that have made it a beer hotspot.