You've survived yet another 365 days, so now it's time to celebrate and welcome a new year. Champagne, midnight countdowns and fireworks are all part of the traditional New Year's Eve. Did you know that more than 360 million glasses of champagne clink at midnight around the country?
We've put together the best cities to celebrate New Year's Eve. Yes, you can head to New York's iconic Times Square celebration, but we've included some surprising stops. Also, who wants to clean after a party? Join the millions that travel to see the clock strike midnight and welcome the new year in a new city.
Pastel-colored Miami has some of the best nightlife in the U.S. Right by the beach, the boardwalk shows the Art Deco history of the city through time. What better background to watch the fireworks as they go off on the horizon?
Luckily, the city has plenty to do before and after New Year's Eve with plenty of beach opportunities, great Cuban cuisine and attractions like the Vizcaya Gardens and the larger-than-life murals at Wynwood.
Viva Las Vegas! The other city that never sleeps starts planning its New Year's Eve celebration early with events that include performances, celebrity appearances, gambling and, of course, fireworks. The main strip transforms into a pedestrian-only party and while cold, the party starts early in the late afternoon, and it gets crowded.
Ring in the new year as you watch each major hotel set off their own fireworks show. You'll have many clubs, parties and shows. Check out performers that have residencies in the city at Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace and others.
Denver knows how to throw a party. Ring in the new year downtown as the city brings not one, but two firework shows, with live DJs to sync up and count down to midnight. Don't miss out on annual parties at Denver Union Station and several downtown hotels, including the Grand Hyatt with a secret silent disco.
After you celebrate the New Year, start 2020 with a few runs down the local slopes and with luck, you'll have fresh powder.
Find the magic over New Year's Eve in Orlando. With Disney just around the corner, you can make this trip a family affair. Spend the day enjoying the park and see the fireworks explode over Cinderella's castle.
The Magic Kingdom and Epcot put on an incredible show, too, at midnight. After the kids are asleep, head to Downtown Disney or Universal CityWalk for dancing, drinking and live entertainment. Who better to ring in the year with than Mickey Mouse and the gang?
Bring in the New Year on a yacht in San Diego. Yes, you heard that right! In San Diego, there are cruises and yachts for rent with on-board dining and entertainment. The Spirit of San Diego, for example, has three levels and two dance floors to countdown to midnight — and it's been going on for 15+ years. The view of the fireworks will be fantastic.
Don't want to be on the water? Head to the pier, where you can see the fireworks and enjoy an open bar and live bands that will play into late hours of the night.
This one is a little unusual. About an hour outside of Atlanta, the town of Tallapoosa does a possum drop at midnight. Not a peach drop, but a possum drop. The stuffed possum drops from the town's oldest building in a lights-covered ball.
The possum drop is an ode to the town's former name, Possum Snout. The New Year's Eve celebration takes over the town as tourists and locals alike take over the square. There's live music, food and fireworks at midnight.
Downtown goes crazy on New Year's Eve in Nashville. No matter where you look, there will be a party happening. The city's main celebration is Jack Daniel's Music City Midnight, featuring big country stars, including Keith Urban and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit.
Free live music starting in the late afternoon, the party goes all night. At midnight, a 15-foot-tall music note drops about 145 feet in honor of the music city. Once it drops, a musical firework kickstarts the second part of the night.
Austin keeps up its weird personality even on New Year's Eve — we're talking a David Bowie-themed ball, '80s tunes party, a roaring '20s bash and more. Most of the parties happening in the city require tickets for entry, are all-inclusive and invite you to dress in your best garbs.
If you're not up for clubs and fancy parties, head down to East Austin for a family-friendly fireworks display. Pups are welcome, but alcohol is not.
At midnight, be on the lookout as per tradition, runners join the First Run event in Portland. Both 5K and 10K events happen just after the ball drops. If you're not into starting your resolutions so early, the 29th annual Champagne Ball at the Hilton has three dance floors and more than 15 bars. It's an iconic way to celebrate New Year's Eve in the city.
If you'd rather laugh, head to Curious Comedy's NYE Extravaganza to start your year with a smile on your face and a quick champagne toast.
For the biggest party of them all in New Orleans, head to Jackson Square as dancing happens until midnight strikes and the Fleur De Lis drops. The Quarter will be the place to be to receive the new year.
To start the year right after fireworks, head to Frenchmen Street, where the music never stops and dance into 2020 with the local band. Then, grab a bite to eat at the nearby late-night spots like Three Muses. New Orleans is not for the faint of heart, so don't say we didn't warn you.
Ring in the new year with new resolutions, a pantry full of good luck foods and maybe a new gym membership.
Join the millions of Americans traveling to start the year in a new place — even if only temporary. No matter where you decide to spend the last day of the year, be sure to clink your champagne glasses high and have a great time with your friends and family. You can stay in next year.
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