5 Underrated New Year’s Eve Destinations in the US

November 22nd, 2022

On December 31st, we’ve all seen it: People kissing under the dazzling lights of Times Square or having the time of their lives surrounded by the opulence of Las Vegas. And while these are popular destinations, they are often overcrowded, overpriced, and overrated. Instead, let us introduce you to some of the underrated New Year’s Eve destinations in the United States to spice up the end of the year.

Key West, Florida

people partying on new years eve with glitter and sparkling lights

Forget about the Times Square ball drop, as Key West, Florida, has its own unique drops. Yes, you’ve read that right. There are 4 locations that host the iconic NYE drop in Key West, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

We recommend joining the annual Shoe Drop, hosted by the Bourbon Street Pub, to witness an amazing performance by the famous drag queen Sushi. This party is so popular that CNN covers it every year.

Tip: Bourbon Street Pub is situated on historic Duval Street. You can also make it easier for yourself by staying at The Guesthouses at Southernmost Beach Resort, just down the road!

Head down to this beach city in the south of Florida, and enjoy an end-of-year party that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Key West is definitely the better option if you don’t want to freeze in New York this December!

Don’t forget to make your trip more wholesome by heading up to Miami, where you can fill your day up with fun parasailing, sightseeing, sport fishing, and especially, partying.

Portland, Oregon

woman dressed up in fancy dinner celebrating at underrated new year's eve destination

Another hidden gem to spend your NYE in is Portland, Oregon. Rivalling the foodie capital of the US, San Francisco, Portland is home to a variety of concept restaurants and bars.

Make sure to be there on time for the annual Champagne Ball Party at the Portland Art Museum. This event is among the most exciting gatherings of the year, featuring live music and a spectacular light show. There’s no better place to ring in the new year than in Portland, the Rose City.

After the party, you might want to crash in a comfortable bed. We recommend taking a look at the Hyatt Regency, just across the river from the Champagne Ball Party.

But as we mentioned, Portland is home to a lot of good eats. Take a hike and wine tour for a refreshing experience. Or, if you have a sweet tooth, go on a coffee and donut tour downtown. We promise, you’ll never run out of things to do here.

Nashville, Tennessee

country music fan cheering for their favorite artist in underrated new year's eve destination

No one parties as hard as the Southerners do. That’s why Nashville is the ultimate destination for party-goers to enjoy a good time at the turn of the year.

Get tickets to the state’s largest music festival: Jack Daniel’s NYE Live at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Experience some fine country music, with the biggest names in the industry. But if you’re not a big fan of country music, you can also enjoy multiple firework displays around the city.

While you’re in Nashville, have an upscale stay at the Sheraton Grand Hotel downtown. Stay close to the city’s most popular attractions, and enjoy Southern American cuisine at their open bar.

San Antonio, Texas

river walk in san antonio texas

Looking for a warm winter? Then you’ll love it in San Antonio. This city has some of the best new year celebrations in the country, including the NYE 5K. This symbolic event is meant to challenge participants one last time before the year ends, and open them up to a new year of unlimited possibilities.

However, if you’re just looking for a nice and intimate time with your significant other, San Antonio has some of the best bars and restaurants that offer prix fixe meals and ample privacy, to create a special ambience for you.

Most of the NYE parties in San Antonio are gathered around the River Walk. So, you might want to do yourself a favor by choosing the Mokara Hotel and Spa, just 5 minutes away. And don’t forget to hop on the boat tour of the best of Alamo City.

Anchorage, Alaska

firework in Anchorage alaska

Anchorage is for the inner child in you who wants to experience a true winter wonderland. Different from other cities on this list, Anchorage has a serene charm that awakens your inner peace. The parties here are not as flashy or exhilarating as the others, but they’re wholesome and heartwarming. Hold hands with that special someone, and celebrate the new year under the dazzling lights of the Christmas markets, and firework shows.

Anchorage is also home to some of the most authentic Christmas markets in the US, so make sure you visit while you’re there. The winter in Anchorage Is also the best season to enjoy some fun activities, such as hiking, ice skating, and snowshoeing. As a tip, book your stay with The Lakefront Anchorage, for a magical view of lake Spenard and a five-star experience.

There’s no better gift to give your loved ones than the gift of experience. We hope this list gave you some inspiration for the better places to spend your NYE in the United States this year. So, pack your bags, and let’s get flyin’!

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