Travel Expert Andrew M. Berke Has Some Timely Suggestions On New Year’s Eve Destinations

Andy Berke
Dec 19, 2017 · 2 min read

In a few short days, the final moments of 2017 will be upon us. It’s been a wild ride of a year and we know you’re itching to throw back a glass of champagne, bid farewell to the 365 days that were and look toward the 52 weeks on the horizon. That’s why travel guide expert Andrew M. Berke is here to run down a recently-released list of the best places in the U.S. to mark the New Year, sing “Auld Lang Syne” in unison with thousands of other strangers and generally enjoy the comraderies of it all.

According to a WalletHub study released on Dec. 11, 2017, it should come as no surprise that Times Square in New York City nabbed the no. 1 spot. With unrivaled food and entertainment options and good safety measures in place, the only cause for concern is the cost of being in the world’s most famous place to ring in the new year. According to the study, only San Francisco and Miami came close to rivaling the cost of partying in Manhattan. Next on WalletHub’s list of second-best place to enjoy New Year’s Eve is Orlando, Florida. Contrasting to Time Square’s high marks for cost, Orlando is supremely affordable and has a good number of food an entertainment options. According to travel guide expert Andrew M. Berke, the fact that Atlanta and Los Angeles round out the top 5 shows that most people would like to celebrate New Year’s Eve outdoors and not bundled up.

The WalletHub study dives a bit deeper than general suggestions on which cities are the best for a New Year’s Eve party. For example, the lowest price for a ticket that will get you into any number of parties that night can be had in Durham, North Carolina. Conversely, Virginia Beach, Virginia will cost you the most. For those who’ll take wine over champagne, the WalletHub study would suggest traveling to Indianapolis, Indiana over Portland, Oregon. Finally, Tulsa, Oklahoma boasts the lowest rate for a room in a three-star hotel while those in New Orleans, Louisiana will be paying the most.

According to the study, some 180 million Americans will switch on their television sets to watch the ball drop in Times Square. Those who’ll head out that night will, on average, spend $200 in a single night. Where you want to spend New Year’s Eve is up to you, says travel guide expert Andrew M. Berke. Still, those looking to have a good time and not simultaneously break the bank would do well to find a city that’s a bit off the beaten path to enjoy companionship with total strangers likely looking to accomplish the same thing.

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