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New Year: American Locations

December 17, 2013

If you want to start the new year by way of an adventure in your own country, travel just might be the way to go. If you’re looking for a destination, look no further. We have compiled a list of the top locations in the US and Canada to say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014 with a party and a new experience.

Providence, Rhode Island

If you’re looking for a community that has something for everyone – for those who want the crowds and partying, the Bright Night Providence is fueled by art and fun. For those who’d rather not be in huge crowds, the city’s neighborhood food joints can provide solace from the energetic crowds, along with good food and fun. 

Denver, Colorado

In Denver, residents and visitors ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks show, and if you’re looking for a little alcohol, the city’s microbreweries provide flavorful bubbly drinks.

San Francisco, California

One of California’s most well-known cities offers a host of activities and is the LGBT capital of the world. Whether you’re looking for fireworks or classic cinema or even a party, San Francisco offers all of that. You can see the fireworks from almost any point in the city, while classic films are centered at Grace Cathedral.

Toronto, Canada

Toronto offers a party similar to New York City’s rockin’ New Year’s Eve experience. Many visitors will find it easier to get a cab to move around town if they’re in Toronto. In the city, celebrities, residents and visitors gather in Nathan Square and fireworks mark the start of the new year. If you’re not looking for that kind of party, you’ll have your choice of culture to explore, including the Victorian buildings, cafes, galleries and bars in the Distillery District.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Louisiana’s most happening city has jazz, great food and rowdy people to ring in 2014. From Jackson Square to Bourbon Street, there’s something for everyone. An eight foot tall fleur-de-lis drops from the top of Jax Brewery, along with a 10-minute fireworks display.  Bourbon Street offers a wide range of nightclubs to enjoy live and recorded music. Or, you can jump on a riverboat – the Creole Queen paddlewheeler or Steamboat Natchez just might be cruising down the river to give amazing views of celebratory fireworks. If you have kiddos going on your trip with you, check out The Louisiana Children’s Museum or Audubon Zoo for kid-friendly celebration.

Nashville, Tennessee

The Music City New Years Eve Bash on Broadway brings thousands of individuals together to ring in 2014, with live music by Hank Williams, Jr., Brett Eldredge, the Kopecky Family Band and Blackberry Smoke, among others. At midnight, pull on your party hat and enjoy yourself as you wait for the city’s Music Note Drop and fireworks.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think of these choices – are there others that should be on this list?  Or even better, decide to take a trip and experience the fun of New Year’s Eve in a new city. Sign up at Trekeffect to get feedback on your travel plans, as well as new ideas.

April Bamburg

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April Bamburg
April Bamburg is a freelance writer specializing in community news, travel writing, press releases and other blog posts. She dreams of traveling the world and getting lost in Italy, Turkey or even Scotland.