2023 is on the horizon, and if you’re like us, you’re ready to bring in the new year in a new city. Over 80 million Americans will travel for the New Year’s holiday, with almost half driving to their destination. 

So what should you consider when choosing a destination to travel to this New Year’s Eve? Personal finance website WalletHub recently released its 2022 list of Best Cities for New Year’s. The company compared the 100 biggest cities in the U.S. across 29 key metrics such as safety, vaccination rates, quality food options, costs, and more. 

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2022’s Best Cities for New Year’s Travel

  1. New York, NY
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. Las Vegas, NV
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Atlanta, GA
  6. Denver, CO
  7. Washington, DC
  8. Chicago, IL 
  9. Los Angeles, CA
  10. Seattle, WA
  11. Miami, FL
  12. Austin, TX
  13. San Antonio, TX
  14. San Diego, CA
  15. Nashville, TN
  16. Louisville, KY
  17. Boston, MA
  18. Philadelphia, PA
  19. El Paso, TX
  20. New Orleans, LA

Money-saving tips for New Year’s travel

“Depending on your goals for the New Year’s Eve weekend, smaller destinations have learned in the pandemic era how to be attractive to potential visitors with a great collection of activities, restaurants, and breweries etc,” says Robert M. O’Halloran, Ph.D., Professor & Director, School of Hospitality Leadership, East Carolina University. 

“Some smaller destinations have also created their own version of “Times Square” like celebrations. Because this will be a weekend, daytime attractions and activities will be in demand. Towns near outdoor recreation sites, state and national parks, forests etc. are great for hiking, heritage tourism and more. Smaller destinations still are less expensive than major cities and markets across the country,” O’Halloran continues. 

Read the full report here.

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