If you’ve stayed home the last few years and watched the ball drop on New Year’s Eve – it’s time to shake things up and usher in 2012 with a little excitement.
Here are five affordable and festive destinations that might just become an annual tradition.
Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada – Talk about an amazing backdrop to ring in the New Year. Join 40,000 other revelers in Queen Victoria Park – the main area to view the magnificent falls – for a concert and two brilliant fireworks displays.
Savannah, Georgia – Surround yourself with southern hospitality this New Year’s Eve by celebrating in the historic coastal city of Savannah. Whether you want to spend the night outside listening to music or on the river – there are plenty of options. Head to City Market for an outdoor street party, which features live music that starts at 9:00 p.m. and goes well after midnight.
Austin, Texas – Known as the “Live Music Capitol of the World” – the city of Austin, Texas certainly knows how to energize a crowd, and this year is no different, but instead of leaving the kiddos behind – bring them along and celebrate “Austin’s New Year”
Key West, Florida – Why not go to a place where any goes –Key West. Whether you’re dressed up or dressed down, it doesn’t matter in Ky West. Celebrate in the southernmost city at Sloppy Joe’s Bar where they have their annual dropping of the conch shell. If you’re looking for all-night fun, this is the place to go. Plus, its toasty warm and you don’t need a passport.
Las Vegas, Nevada – The party is so big in Las Vegas they shut down the entire Vegas Strip to accommodate the thousands of people who come to Las Vegas to usher in the New Year. Known as “America’s Party” this year’s theme is “Party Las Vegas.” The festivities are free and include a spectacular fireworks display, but remember if you don’t want to spend the whole night outside, get into a hotel before 11:00 p.m. That’s when they stop letting people in.