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With many looking to turn that last page of the calendar in 2020, you’re probably thinking about the best way to celebrate. Whether you want to be in the heart of it all, perhaps catching a fireworks display without having to leave your accommodation, or enjoy a setting that allows for a relaxing vacation on the beach, you’ve got options. The key is to book now as the closer we get to 2021, the more likely those top spots will be taken.
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This one-bedroom apartment in North Beach boasts east-facing views of the Bay Bridge, downtown and Embarcadero. The New Year’s Eve fireworks typically launch from barges located a thousand feet out in the bay, near the Embarcadero which means you’ll be able to watch right from your window while enjoying the comforts of home. It’s one of the city’s rare dog-friendly options for those who want to bring their furry friends, and comes with a full kitchen and dining area, while a shared washer/dryer is just steps from the door.
If you want to enjoy a serene tropical paradise setting for New Year’s Eve, Poipu Beach on Kauai is the place to be with a spectacular fireworks show taking place right here. By booking the Poipu Vista Villa, a custom home in Poipu Kai Resort, you’ll get a view of the mountains and the Pacific, making it ideal with its design literally bringing the outdoors in. Bring the extended family too, as it sleeps up to 12 in five bedrooms. One of the highlights is its 40-foot wall of glass-paneled mahogany doors leading out to your own private tropical garden with a lava rock sunken spa, pond, and all sorts of colorful flowers and lush greenery.
New Orleans is famous for its parties, and while the festivities are likely to be cut back during the pandemic, it also boasts one of the country’s best New Year’s Eve fireworks displays. You’ll be able to watch the kaleidoscope of colors cascade over the Mississippi River, and the Fleur de Lis drop-in, reminiscent of the Times Square Ball drop at Jackson Square. Staying in this two-bedroom apartment, located inside an 1820 mansion, is a great way to celebrate the coming year right in the heart of the French Quarter. It sleeps up to eight and includes a huge sparkling chandelier, ceiling beams and exposed brick walls, along with antique wood floors.
On December 31st, the famous Vegas Strip is closed to vehicle traffic and opened up to those who’d like to celebrate. Fireworks are shot off from surrounding rooftops, which means this condo between the city center and Bellagio will put you in the heart of the action. It includes two bedrooms, accommodating up to six, and you’ll get free use of the Cosmopolitan Bamboo pool along with a host of other resort amenities too.
If you want to enjoy the big show, this Executive Corner King Room in the Paramount Hotel is right inside Times Square, ideal for enjoying one of the world’s biggest and most famous New Year’s Eve celebrations. Perfect for a couple, it includes a private bathroom and lots of luxurious amenities, like a large flat-screen TV and extra-comfy bed with Egyptian cotton sheets, all at a rather budget-friendly price, especially for this location in the city.
Seattle’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display that takes place right from the Space Needle is often ranked among the best in the country, and this penthouse loft offers views of the water and the iconic landmark. Located in downtown’s Belltown area, it’s the only water-facing penthouse on the tour floor of a converted 1914 warehouse and includes two balconies while being within walking distance of the top attractions. It has two bedrooms, sleeping up to four, along with all the essentials.
Located in Lakeshore East, this three-bedroom condo boasts breathtaking 90-degrees of Chicago, including the skyline, Lake Michigan, Millennium Park and the south shore from the 55th floor. With the New Year’s Eve fireworks display launching above the Navy Pier, you’ll have a perfect seat for the show while staying in a luxury space. It sleeps up to six and has a modern custom design with bay windows while providing access to an indoor heated pool, professional fitness center and expansive outdoor courtyard.
Disney is a great place to be for New Year’s Eve with Walt Disney World in Orlando throwing one of the world’s biggest celebrations, including fireworks. There are usually parades, light shows and all sorts of performances, often featuring big-name stars. This luxury four-bedroom townhouse provides one of the closest locations to the park without being a Disney property and includes some great amenities like a pool, hot tub and gym. You’ll be able to cook your own meals in the kitchen, or grill out on the patio, and enjoy an indoor fireplace too.
If you want to take advantage of some of the country’s best skiing and enjoy the festivities for New Year’s Eve, consider starting the new year with the Rockies as a backdrop in Denver. Fireworks shows take place over the 16th Street Mall, accompanied by all sorts of entertainment, while multiple ski resorts can be reached within about an hour’s drive. This one-bedroom apartment in the Rino Art district, five minutes from downtown, is the perfect base for it all. You’ll enjoy lots of historic character in a remodeled 1890 building with brick walls, wood ceilings, skylights and your own private outdoor courtyard and fire pit.
In San Antonio, the weather will not only feel like spring for those craving some warmth but along its famous RiverWalk is a party that includes a grand finale of fireworks. By booking this exclusive Riverwalk Apartment, located in one of only a few homes that back to the RiverWalk, you’ll enjoy its rich history and a perfect vantage point. It faces the river for a fabulous view, has its own private entrance from the garden and an extra-large king bed, sleeping up to two.
If you want a more laid-back celebration and a winter wonderland setting, South Lake Tahoe is ideal, with most of the action taking place at Heavenly Mountain Resort, including the world’s only gondola ball drop among many other events, not to mention the world-class skiing. This Heavenly Cabin puts you within walking distance of it all and includes three bedrooms, accommodating up to six, along with an indoor fireplace and full kitchen.
Boston hosts the biggest NYE celebration in New England, typically with a wide range of activities and multiple fireworks displays from Boston Common, Copley Square and over the harbor. Enjoy it all by booking this small private studio that sits at the top of Beacon Hill. Set within a 1789 home, the second oldest in the neighborhood, you’ll enjoy the historic character in a quiet setting, just minutes from the country’s oldest park, Boston Common.
Another great destination for those who want to enjoy plenty of sun and sand for New Year’s Eve, the South Beach neighborhood of Miami is the place to be for enjoying all the festivities, including fireworks. This two-bedroom condo is steps from the beach and includes a full kitchen, a plasma TV with Netflix and Amazon TV, and really cool designer South Beach decor.
For a laid-back New Year’s Eve that includes a memorable dinner, Dallas may be your ideal pick with many big-name restaurants and a New Year’s fireworks display from its iconic Reunion Tower. Booking this industrial apartment will put you in the center of downtown, complete with views of the city skyline while enjoying special perks like access to a pool, gym and free valet. It sleeps up to two in one bedroom and includes a full kitchen as well as a light breakfast on your first night.
Perfect for those who want to enjoy a resort-style stay while enjoying easy access to events like Tempe’s NYE Pyrotechnic Spectacular Extravaganza at Mill Avenue, the four-bedroom Desert Oasis accommodates eight comfortably although it can sleep as many as 14. It comes with your own private swimming pool and covered hot tub, an outdoor sound system, BBQ, pool table and darts.