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Priceline.com Releases Its Annual List of Top New Year’s Party Spots



Sometimes we par­ents just need a to take a lit­tle adults-only vaca­tion and leave the kids in the trust­ing care of their lov­ing grand­par­ents. New Year’s Eve seems per­fectly suited to a quick adults-only get­away. On the other hand, it’s a also a great time to get your entire fam­ily together to ring in the new year. Whether or not you need a break from the kids or want to ring in the new year, fam­ily style, you’re prob­a­bly ask­ing your­self “isn’t it too late? And where should we go?”

Luckily, priceline.com knows the pain of our last-minute inde­ci­sion and is here to help with their 6th annual list of top 50 des­ti­na­tions for ring­ing in the New Year. For the 5th year in a row, Las Vegas is the #1 des­ti­na­tion for New Year’s rev­el­ers. Typically, the list is top-heavy with east– and west-coast loca­tions, but Chicago does weigh in at num­ber 21, so we mid­west­ern­ers have that going for us.

Another thing we’ve got going for us is slightly cheaper hotel rates this year. According to priceline.com, the aver­age pub­lished rate for a 3-star or higher hotel in the U.S. for New Year’s 2009 is $129, which is slightly less than last year’s aver­age pub­lished rate of $132. “With room rates in many cities still under pres­sure, a New Year’s get­away is an excep­tional value,” said priceline.com’s in-house travel expert Brian Ek.

For family-friendly fun, four des­ti­na­tions on priceline.com’s list stand out: #21, Chicago’s Millennium Park/Loop/Grant Park area; #12, Orlando Disney’s Maingate;  #49, Orange County, Disneyland/Orange/Garden Grove; and #50, Orange County, Disneyland/Anaheim.

To com­pile the list, priceline.com looked at a sam­pling of more than 30,000 Name Your Own Price® hotel room book­ing requests made by priceline.com cus­tomers for the New Year’s hol­i­day. Because the sur­vey is based on actual book­ing requests, and not on con­sumer pref­er­ence polls or votes, priceline.com believes its annual sur­vey is one of the more accu­rate pre­dic­tors of New Year’s travel trends. Also, by focus­ing on hotels instead of air­line tick­ets, the priceline.com sur­vey is able to include the travel inten­tions of con­sumers who will drive to their destination.

This year, a hand­ful of cities and des­ti­na­tions were the big win­ners in the sweep­stakes for New Year’s rev­el­ers,” said Ek. “The Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area cap­tured 7 spots on the list, while New York City and Los Angeles/Orange County each took 6 spots, and Las Vegas was named 4 times. The grow­ing strength of New Orleans as a tourist des­ti­na­tion was also evi­dent by being named to the #5 and #8 spots on the list.”

Priceline.com’s Top 50 New Year’s Destinations

  1. Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity South
  2. New York City, Chelsea Area
  3. New York City, Times Square/Theater District
  4. Miami, South Beach/Ocean Drive
  5. New Orleans, Downtown
  6. New York City, Empire State Building Area
  7. Atlanta, Downtown
  8. New Orleans, French Quarter
  9. Orlando, Sea World/International Drive/Convention Center
  10. Fort Lauderdale, Beach Area
  11. Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity North
  12. Orlando, Disney Maingate
  13. Key West
  14. Orlando, Lake Buena Vista/Downtown Disney
  15. Maui, Wailea/Makena
  16. Oahu, Waikiki Beach
  17. San Francisco, Union Square West/Nob Hill
  18. New York City, Madison Square Garden/Convention Area
  19. Fort Lauderdale, Downtown
  20. Puerto Rico, San Juan
  21. Chicago, Millennium Park/Loop/Grant Park Area
  22. Las Vegas, Near Las Vegas Strip East
  23. Chicago, North Michigan Ave./River North Area
  24. Oahu, Waikiki Marina Area
  25. San Antonio, Riverwalk Area
  26. Fort Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale/Airport North
  27. Miami, South Beach/Collins Ave. Oceanfront
  28. Toronto, Downtown Toronto South
  29. Newark, Meadowlands/Jersey City
  30. Sydney, City Centre
  31. Boston, Harbor Front/Aquarium
  32. New York City, Midtown East
  33. Los Angeles, Central L.A./Hollywood
  34. Atlanta, Midtown
  35. Miami, Miami Beach
  36. Los Angeles, Central L.A./Beverly Hills/West Hollywood
  37. San Diego, Downtown & Harbor Island
  38. Paris, Eiffel Tower/Port de Versailles/Montparnasse
  39. Seattle, Downtown/Pike Place
  40. Rome, Central City
  41. Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley/Pasadena
  42. Boston, Copley Square/Theater District
  43. New York City, Downtown/SoHo/Financial District
  44. Las Vegas, Convention Center
  45. Miami, Coral Gables/Coconut Grove
  46. Los Angeles, Central L.A./Airport
  47. Amsterdam, City Centre & Museum Quarter
  48. Miami, Downtown
  49. Orange County, Disneyland/Orange/Garden Grove
  50. Orange County, Disneyland/Anaheim

Are you plan­ning a quick get­away to cel­e­brate the New Year? If so, where are you going? Are you includ­ing the entire fam­ily or plan­ning an adults-only escape from the kids? Share your plans by leav­ing a com­ment below!

Happy New Year’s to all!


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