5 Best Places to Ring in the New Year!

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New Years Eve is one of the biggest parties of the year! New Year, new you! NYE is the perfect night to throw a big party with all your friends, have some great cocktails, and watch the ball drop! If you're not sure where you are going to spend the NYE holiday this year, then check out these popular 5 locations! Once you decide where you want to party it up this NYE then give us here at B and A Travel a call and let us help you book your vacation!


While others brave the cold and snow, you’ll be enjoying L.A.’s mild winter temps and cool nightlife scene. Stay in Downtown L.A. to avoid the traffic that comes with neighborhood-hopping—you’ll be in the thick of some of the city’s most buzz-worthy restaurants and bars, so you won’t want to leave anyway. Not to mention that it boasts a robust walking culture, a rarity here—and a New Year’s Eve essential.
Chicago, the “City in a Garden,” offers a striking urban skyline—romantic, tree-lined sidewalks and the sprawling, verdant Millennium Park. Plus, as the hub for United Airlines, Chicago is reachable via direct flights from pretty much every major airport in the world. Once you've arrived, its winter-friendly public transportation system and underground pedways make for easy adventures through its neighborhoods. Throw in a thriving restaurant scene, a cosmopolitan cocktail culture, and the world’s best performing arts, and you’ve got a Midwestern mecca that’s perfect for ringing in the New Year.

Whether you’re a design maven, outdoors fanatic, or culture buff, you’ll get the feeling that San Francisco caters only to you. During holiday time, the downtown neighborhoods have a bustling shopping and dining scene, but if you know the right places, you can feel like you have the whole city to yourself. A new crop of restaurants is catering to walk-in diners (a perk for last-minute travel planners), and you’d be hard-pressed to find a destination with a more interesting cocktail scene.

You won’t have to worry about cloudy skies or cold in this mid-century modern mecca—good news for the rain-weary population of the Pacific Northwest, who have access to nonstop two-hour flights from Seattle and Portland (it’s also just a two-hour drive from L.A.). Even in January, the mean temperature hovers around 70 degrees. And the area’s iconic design and effortless cool will put you in a laid-back head space as you enter the new year. 

 It might sound counterintuitive, but between Christmas and New Year's Eve is the perfect time to explore New York City like a local. Sure, the city is mobbed with out-of-towners—but that's all the more reason to avoid the big, iconic attractions, and gravitate towards the city’s less tourist-dense, quirkier areas instead.