All in a Day: New York for New Year’s Eve

Manhattan is the ultimate place to ring in the New Year. Experience all the city has to offer when you make a trip to New York for New Year’s Eve.

Rockefeller Plaza windows at Christmas that you can see when you New York for New Year's Eve

The Rockefeller Plaza windows will still be decorated for Christmas if you visit New York for New Year’s Eve

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Catch the End of Holiday Decorations

Christmastime in New York City is absolutely magical. Manhattan offers no shortage of holiday cheer; the borough boasts the massive Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center and the famous department store window displays. Luckily, the decorations traditionally stay up through the first week in January, so if you’re visiting for New York for New Year’s Eve, you can still enjoy the Christmas decorations around the city.

Visit a Classic New York Tourist Stop

No matter if you’ve been to the city many times or if this is your first trip, the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the City of New York and the Statue of Liberty are great ways to experience the city’s history when you visit New York for New Year’s Eve. (Pro tip: Get to Lady Liberty via the New York Water Taxi.) Spend your morning visiting one of these tourist favorites before jumping into your afternoon adventures.

Get a view from Top of the Rock whne you visit New York for New Year's Eve

Get an aerial view of Manhattan from Top of the Rock when you visit New York for New Year’s Eve

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Get the Best Views

If you’re looking for the best vantage point from which to see the city, you can’t go wrong with the Empire State Building’s observation decks and the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center. If you’re not a fan of heights, take in views of a different kind—the famous works of art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Attend a Broadway Show

An evening on the town in New York City isn’t complete without a Broadway show. When you visit New York for New Year’s Eve treat yourself to a night you’ll never forget with tickets to a popular musical. If you want to grab some dinner before the show, be sure to make reservations well in advance of your trip so you’ll be able to get a table at the restaurant of your choice.

 After spending New Year’s in New York, plan your next vacation to another iconic American city with a day trip to New Orleans.

AAA Travel offers a variety of trips to some of the most colorful celebrations in America. Call 877-396-7159 or contact a AAA Travel Counselor to start planning.

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Heidi Kazemi, AAA Travel Counselor, Roseville, Calif.

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