Whether you had a great year or you can’t wait to see it go, flipping your calendar to a fresh start is exciting. As you make your resolutions and anticipate what the next 365 days have in store, take some time to celebrate with friends and family. Reflect on all of your milestones, hurdles, successes and memories. Dust off that bucket list and make new plans for the year ahead. Around the world, people will be doing the same. To join in on the celebrations, consider one of these 6 best New Year’s Eve vacation ideas:
New York City
One of the most infamous places to celebrate New Year’s, New York City has to be at the top of the list. Although the crowds might dissuade some from making the trip, visiting Times Square to see the ball drop is bucket-list worthy. To make your New Year’s Eve vacation experience even more unique, find lodging by swapping homes with someone in the Big Apple.
Frequented by celebrities, Palm Springs, California is the perfect laid-back retreat, just two hours from L.A. Head to the desert for New Year’s, and you’ll have your choice of bashes from DJ dance parties to orchestra performances. The Living Desert Zoo hosts a unique, early evening NYE event in Palm Springs with an East Coast countdown, if you’re jetlagged. Find a rental home nearby the excitement.
Known for its five-star dining and vibrant nightlife, Aspen, Colorado is the mountain to visit for a top-notch New Year’s. Ski the day away before joining in on the festivities. For something different, head to Aspen Art Museum and enjoy fine wine, excellent food, art activities for the whole family and some of the best views of the fireworks over Aspen Mountain. Stay close by at The Inn at Aspen.
Across the pond, join people in the thousands descending on the Thames riverbank to marvel at the London Eye ablaze in fireworks while Big Ben chimes in the background. Stick around for the after show, where performers come into the streets and you might just catch a glimpse at the procession of the Queen’s horses. Swap your home with someone in London for a memorable trip.
One of America’s most historic cities, Charleston, South Carolina is a popular winter vacation idea to escape the cold. On New Year’s Eve, you can join fellow party-goers at the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier for a memorable night. The USS Yorktown was built during World War II and has since been decommissioned. For New Year’s, it comes alive with live music and incredible harbor views. Browse vacation rental homes on Charleston’s Islands to welcome the New Year with a beach vacation too.
Panama City Beach
If you’re a beach bum at heart, you won’t want to miss the Beach Ball Drop in Panama City Beach, Florida. The family-friendly celebration takes over the streets of Pier Park with free live music and entertainment. For the little ones, there’s an 8:00 p.m. countdown with over 10,000 inflated beach balls dropped from nets, followed by a fireworks show. Stay near the action with an oceanfront condo.