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Best Places to Go for New Year’s in the USA

While it might be getting pretty close to midnight, it’s never too late to get a last-minute destination picked out to help you celebrate the New Year. There are hundreds of cities across the US that have amazing parties, firework displays, and open bars that will make it even better. I’ve got a few cities picked out for you that has all these plus more. Here is my list of best places to go for New Year’s in the USA that you should consider putting on your calendar.

best places to go for New Year's in the USA

Where should I go for New Years in USA?

Top 10 Cities in the USA to Spend New Year’s Eve

  • Miami
  • Nashville
  • Chicago
  • Portland
  • Denver
  • Orlando
  • New Orleans
  • Los Angeles
  • Las Vegas
  • New York City

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Best Places to Go for New Year’s in the USA

Miami, Florida

If you’re more of the partying type, Miami, Florida is a great city to party on New Year’s. We’re sure it’s warmer there than you staying at home. The Fontainebleau at Miami Beach will kick off the New Year with a concert performed by the Jonas Brothers. 

It doesn’t get much cooler than that!  A party at Biscayne Bay NYE is in the works for 2020. There you can enjoy a 3-course meal, with live music, alcohol, and an outstanding array of fireworks. 

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Nashville, Tennessee

The city of Nashville is another great city to spend the New Year in. For an awesome night that takes place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, the Big Night Nashville New Year’s Eve Gala is where you’ll want to be. 

You’ll also want to get your room reservation there for the early morning. It’s an amazing hotel experience with gorgeous indoor gardens and walkways that make for a romantic walk.  

Chicago, Illinois

If you’ve never been to Chicago and gone window shopping down Michigan Street, (The Magnificent Mile) it would be a great way to spend an afternoon in Chicago on New Year’s Eve. Many people living in the city enjoy heading to Navy Pier to watch the mesmerizing fireworks, with Lake Michigan in the background. 

There’s also a handful of prestigious museums for you to explore, such as the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Here’s a list of some of the best NYE parties in Chicago you can choose from.   

Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is a neat city to visit, with a majestic mountain landscape that sits far off in the distance. Looking for a celebration that’s a little different? How about dressing up in 20’s attire for the Gatsby’s Cruise New Year’s Eve 2020? 

This 2½  hour cruise will take you by stunning views, while you enjoy an open bar, appetizers, and delicious snacks. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to dance in the New Year with the DJ that provides today’s biggest hits. If a cruise isn’t your thing, Portland has many other  NYE Parties that might be more up your alley.  

Denver, Colorado

How about heading to the Rocky Mountains of Denver Colorado? It’s a great city to celebrate and your opportunity to brush up on your skiing skills. There are several venues in Denver, Colorado that is the perfect place to celebrate the New Year. If you’re looking for the most exclusive party in Denver, look no further. 

The Mile High Station is hosting the New Year’s Eve Black Tie Party 2020, where they have 2 live bands, an open bar, and Vegas casino games in their 3 ballrooms. If you’re looking for a little wilder night, the 2020 Denver New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl is a great way to experience numerous Denver bars in one night!  

Orlando, Florida

Orlando is one of the world’s entertainment capitals so it’s no surprise that New Year’s Eve vacationers choose Orlando. With almost year-round sunshine you are practically guaranteed warm weather to ring in the New Year. The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World throws one of the biggest New Year celebrations on the planet and attracts families eager to see the parades, fireworks and performers in a glitzy celebration.

Nearby Universal Orlando Resort takes New Years Eve partying just as seriously. The theme park boasts the largest outdoor dance floor in the area which will be packed with guests as the clock strikes midnight.

New Orleans, Lousianna

It should come as no surprise that New Orleans does New Year’s Eve quite well, making it one of the best places to visit for New Year’s in the USA. Many visitors may not expect that it’s possible to have an intimate, (relatively) quiet New Year’s Eve in New Orleans. Of course, there are big celebrations within the French Quarter and downtown, but even in that storied neighborhood, a night out on New Years Eve can be both as crazy or chill as you please.

Back this year is Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve broadcast live from New Orleans, including a concert beginning at 9 p.m. on the Riverfront. This year’s performers include Usher and Sheryl Crow. The free show will be broadcast on ABC, but if you’d like to be a part of the crowd, make sure you get down there early. Celebrations conclude with fireworks at midnight.

Los Angeles, California

Ring in 2020 with thousands of Angelenos at the closest event L.A. has to a communal countdown. NYELA in Grand Park is a free family-friendly party for every one in town. Show up early for DJ sets, photogenic installations and food trucks, and stick around for a midnight countdown projected onto City Hall.

Of course there is always Disneyland or Universal Studios where you can attend a similar party to what you will find at the theme parks in Orlando.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

No list of the best places in the USA to ring in the New Year would be complete without a mention of Sin City. The entire Strip is shut down to traffic and it becomes one giant block party for you and 300,000 of your closest drinking buddies. At midnight, the casinos launch a choreographed fireworks display that makes the Times Square ball drop look like child’s play.

Inside, Las Vegas shows rock with the hottest entertainment and nightclubs in Las Vegas are packed with celebrities and partygoers who are dressed to impress. The hardest decision will be choosing which party on the strip to attend.

New York City, New York

New York City is a classic destination for New Year’s Eve. If your New Year’s Eve in New York City fantasy involves watching the ball drop in Times Square, you are not alone—approximately a million revelers fill Times Square each year to watch the ball drop at midnight. Be prepared for the weather and make sure you get there EARLY if you want to get anywhere near where the ball drops. Rumor has is the folks who get anywhere near the action have to wear adult diapers so they don’t have to lose their place to go find a bathroom.

These are several of the best places to go for New Year’s in the USA. Do any of these spark any interest for you and your friends? Where have you visited in year’s past on New Year’s that you enjoyed?    

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