New Year’s Eve warrants a special kind of celebration, complete with fireworks, music, and confetti. If you really want to make this New Year’s Day one to remember, think beyond your local midnight bash. Ring in the New Year spectacularly by booking a stay at vacation rentals in Denver, Las Vegas, and other exciting destinations. From family-friendly celebrations with balloon artists to parties raging until dawn, these top New Year’s Eve destinations offer end-of-the-year fun for every type of traveler.
1. Times Square, New York City
If you’re looking for a traditional New Year’s Eve experience, head to Times Square to watch the famous ball drop alongside a million other people ready to celebrate with balloons and confetti. For something a little less hectic, get the best views of the fireworks display from a boat ride along New York Harbor.
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2. Miami, Florida
Ring in 2018 minus the hats and earmuffs in balmy Miami, where you can choose from public and private celebrations. South Beach, Bayfront Park, and Lummus Park offer music, midnight fireworks over the ocean, and other festivities for a memorable evening. Plus, you can’t beat relaxing on one of the sandy beaches on New Year’s Day.
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3. Providence, Rhode Island
Unlike some of the more popular New Year’s destinations, Providence delivers a more laid-back celebration or families and vacationers looking for a more peaceful New Year’s Eve amidst small-town vibes. Attend the One Providence New Year’s Eve Ball for live music, or head to a restaurant or a theater for a party that celebrates music and the arts.
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4. Las Vegas, Nevada
If you’re looking for a good time, head to Vegas to join 300,000 other people along the Strip when it’s closed off to traffic to host laser shows, bands, and spectacles of light. When the clock strikes midnight, the Strip’s biggest casinos put on a memorable firework display. While the party can get a little crazy, you can always watch the fireworks from your Las Vegas vacation rental to enjoy the big show without all the hustle and bustle.
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5. Dallas, Texas
Find a vacation rental near downtown Dallas to enjoy a family-friendly New Year’s party in Texas’ high-tech metropolis. Book your last dinner of 2017 at one of the city’s vast dining options, and head to Victory Park to enjoy music and activities leading up to a midnight fireworks display. You can also find private celebrations at the museums, event centers, bars, and comedy clubs throughout the city.
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6. Oahu, Hawaii
Combine your New Year’s Eve bash and your winter getaway with a trip to this Hawaiian island that knows how to ring in the year. Enjoy a casual night of fireworks and fun at Waikiki Beach, or join in the fun at one of the city’s many resorts, many with open bars. You can also hop aboard a Star of Honolulu cruise to enjoy live entertainment and unbeatable views of the midnight fireworks. After watching the clock strike 12, head back to your Oahu vacation rental to rest before enjoying some surfing and beach time on New Year’s Day.
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7. New Orleans, Louisiana
While it may be best known for Mardi Gras, New Orleans is also one of the premier New Year’s Eve destinations in the USA. Parades and other festivities serve as prelude to the bash in Jackson Square, where you can watch a fleur-de-lis drop, listen to live music, and marvel at the firework display over the Mississippi at midnight.
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8. Salt Lake City, Utah
Take your kids to this fun mountain town for a family celebration that delivers plenty of affordable fun. Don’t miss Snowbird’s New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade, the mirror ball drop at Temple Square, and children’s activities across town. The Living Planet Aquarium and Hogle Zoo also offer activities earlier in the day and evening for children who may have trouble staying awake. Be sure to book your New Year’s Eve dinner ahead of time. For some laid-back fun, stroll through downtown to gaze at the holiday light displays.
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9. Denver, Colorado
The cold weather and snow-capped buildings of this Colorado destination may seem like a strange place to discover vacation rentals for New Year’s, but the capital city offers a brilliant firework display set against the Rockies as well as family-friendly carnival classics, such as balloon artists and magicians. Head to one of the nearby ski resorts or the Southwest Rink to ski or ice skate in the days leading up to the celebration.
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10. Nashville, Tennessee
Every year, the nation’s hub of bluegrass and country music hosts a free New Year’s Eve celebration at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, complete with a massive fireworks display and the countdown drop of a giant music note at midnight. You can also find plenty of concerts and restaurants hosting live music within minutes of your Nashville vacation rental.
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