When determining where to go in Wyoming for New Year’s Eve, you can take your pick from plenty of exciting cities that range from Cheyenne and Casper to Teton Village and Alta. Look forward to festivities that include torchlight parades, fireworks, fine dining, and dancing. A vacation rental in Wyoming puts you in the heart of the country, as well as in proximity to Yellowstone National Park and breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains. Find out the best cities for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve getaway in Wyoming.
1. Teton Village
The sky lights up and the fun is abundant at the festivities in Teton Village, beginning with a torchlight parade at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The kids can march along the streets at the Glow Worm Parade while the adults don the torchlights to ring in the new year. The city hosts a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. Teton Village also offers activities to enjoy throughout your holiday stay at your Wyoming vacation rental. Take a ride on the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram or hike and ski the snowy trails at Teton Pass. Top off your New Year’s Eve celebration with drinks at the Handle Bar or Italian cuisine at Il Villaggio Osteria.
Opt for a family-friendly event when joining in the festivities at First Night in Casper, featuring improv dancers in the street, Native American storytelling, magicians, and a community drum circle. Stick around for the fireworks at midnight before retreating back to your warm and cozy vacation rental. The next day set out to explore the city’s historic sites, such as the Tate Geological Museum, Fort Casper, or the Werner Wildlife Museum. Stop in for a hearty breakfast, too, at Eggingtons.
It’s no secret that people wondering where to go in Cheyenne for New Year’s Eve wind up at the city’s downtown area for the annual ball drop. Just west of Manhattan, thousands of locals and tourists line the streets to listen to live music, sample the food of local restaurants, and await the drop of the 200-pound ball that descends from the Hynds Building. Put on your formal wear to attend the festivities at the Wyoming Ballroom or stop in for cocktails and dinner at Hathaway’s Restaurant and Lounge. You can also solve a murder mystery when reserving tickets for the annual gala at the Nagle Warren Mansion.This capital city offers plenty to do for families during the day, too, with tours of the Wyoming State Capital or Wyoming State Museum.
As the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, the city of Cody provides you and the family with opportunities to get to know nature, hike miles of snowy trails, or camp in the dead of winter for New Year’s Eve. The city is also home to ice climbing at the falls of the South Fork. Once you get your fill of snowy adventures, spend your New Year’s Eve with live music, fine dining, champagne, and the Irma Ball Drop at Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel. When feeling lucky, head over to the Triple Crown Race Party that includes racing action the entire day and American cuisine.
Nestled in the heart of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, a vacation rental in Alta offers country charm with cabins and cottage options for families. On New Year’s Eve, join in the fun at the Grand Targhee Resort with dinner at the Branding Iron Grill, live music in the evening, and a torchlight parade and fireworks display at midnight. Extend your stay into the new year to see the USSMA Ski Mountaineering Classic in Alta.
Put on your cowboy hat and boots and head to Gilette to ring in the new year with some bull riding. The Gillette’s Buck and Ball celebration includes live music, a rodeo, bareback events, and a fireworks display. Keep the kids occupied during the day with visits to the Bicentennial Park, Camplex Park, or the Campbell County Rockpile Museum. Grab a few beverages and some tasty American cuisine at Humphrey’s Bar and Grill or opt for Mexican fare at Los Compadres Mexican Restaurant or Fiesta Tequila Mexican Restaurant and Bar.
Thermopolis is home to one of the largest mineral springs. Take advantage of the healing waters that were once habitated by dinosaurs when celebrating New Year’s Eve. Soak in the springs and make a New Year’s resolution before heading out for dinner with the family at the Stones Throw Restaurant or Black Bear Cafe. A vacation rental in Thermopolis during the holidays also puts you within close proximity of the Wyoming Dinosaur Center and the Hot Springs Historical Museum. If you’re seeking some night life to toast to the new year, head over to Shorty’s Saloon or Macs Bar.
8. Rock Springs
Put on your dancing shoes before leaving your Rock Springs vacation rental to attend the city’s New Year’s Eve Dance at the Sweetwater Events Complex. This event includes dinner, dancing, and midnight toasting with the sounds of live music throughout the night. The Holiday Inn also hosts the Top Hats and Tiaras celebration for a more formal celebration, complete with a silent auction, music, and fine dining. Before joining one of the city’s dance parties, tour the area with a visit to the Fossil Butte National Monument or the Rock Springs Historical Museum.
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