There are so many destination places that people want to be for New Years Eve. I know that being an American, I would love to spend New Years Eve in places like Paris, Greece, or Tokyo. Who wouldn’t want to see the world and experience their new years celebration at the same time. Sometimes it is not always possible to take a multi thousand dollar trip. Not for most of us anyways. A new years eve Washington DC is just as good as any other big city for this fun and exciting holiday.
There are plenty of reasons to celebrate new years eve Washington DC and it is fairly easy to get to DC from pretty much anywhere on the east coast. Within twelve hours drive are almost a dozen states and flights from any of them are very affordable. New Years Eve does raise the price of hotels just like any other place in the world so making reservations early might get you in before they raise the rates.
The magic of the city alone is worth the experience. Where else can someone attend a New Years Eve gala at a hotel that looks over the White House property? Washington DC is the only place where you can see monuments like the Lincoln memorial and the Washington Monument lit up by celebratory midnight fireworks.
The Potomac has restaurants and bars up and down its coast taking advantage of the view of the annual fireworks by drawing in guest to enjoy their convenient location. Most places host big parties with open bars and live music. It is easy to just pay at the door at a lot of these places but some require advanced purchase of tickets to their New Years Eve celebration.
There are a lot of big hotel parties in DC that have attendances of over two thousand people. They provide unique themes and things to do for all that attend, as well as multiple open bars and some even have speed dating in the venue for their single attendees.
Another popular parties which can be found on New Years Eve as well a various other nights in the years are lock and key parties. At these singles events men are given a key and women are given a lock. Everyone then meanders around the party trying to find the right fit for their piece of the duo, striking up conversations with people along the way.
When I mention big New Years Eve celebrations in the United States most people think of New York City in Times Square. I have experienced the ball drop with the hundreds of thousands of people that made it to Times Square that year and it was very spectacular.
All the lights from the surrounding buildings are quite a site. They make the streets seem brighter at night than during the day. All the people’s excitement radiates through the crowd as well as their excitement. It spreads like wildfire. Listening to that many people count down as the ball drops over Times Square is a stunning and somewhat eerie experience.
I am definitely not saying that someone should not experience New York New Years Eve at least once in a lifetime but they don’t change the tradition too much. Once someone has seen the ball drop in New York once, there is not much more to see. The surrounding venues do throw their own parties but most tourists are not there for the other activities the city has to offer.
Hawaii is also one that I hear a lot about and it sounds great. I had a friend spend a Christmas and New Years there a few years back and they had an amazing time. They were on the big island and had a condo right on the beach. They could see the waves crashing from their balcony.
The days between Christmas and New Years were spend exploring the islands volcano, snorkeling, and buying souvenirs which makes the trip worth it right there. On New Years Eve they celebrate with by hitting the beach. Bonfire blaze up and down the coast rain or shine. People celebrate with plenty of booze and fireworks and tons of delicious food.
The resorts around the island have large galas that they sell tickets for around one hundred to one hundred and fifty dollars. They range from black tie affairs to outdoor luaus so there is something for everyone. But like New York, the traditions don’t change much from year to year.
There are many options out there for such a great night but I urge anyone looking for something new to try a 2013 New Years Eve DC. With so many options, all just a short metro ride away, it could be the New Years Eve to remember.