It's the last hurrah for 2012 tonight and judging by the travel press, we'll have a lot of visitors for the celebration. Along with perennial favorites New York, Orlando and Waikiki, New Orleans is again making quite a few national lists, including at Away.com. because of "A good mix of things to do in New Orleans and a lot of things are free," says Away.com Senior Editor Kate Chandler.
New Orleans already owns Halloween and Mardi Gras, but we're starting to get well-known for our New Year's Eve bash too. Travel and Leisure ranked New Orleans as the #1 destination this year. The travel magazine rankings gives the Crescent City high marks for anything related to partying, but loses points for cleanliness.
Away.com has chosen the city as one of the best places to be tonight, as a still under-the-radar pick. Chandler says with the accessibility of the French Quarter to the fireworks, it's perfect for tourists. But they warn visitors to be on the lookout for people shooting guns at the stroke of midnight.
From Away.com: "If you're looking for the best New Year's Eve party, you've come to the right place. The New Year's celebration of New Orleans is one of the city's best-kept secrets; other than the 100,000 or so football fans in town for the annual Sugar Bowl, you'll be partying mainly with the city's locals, especially if you head away from Bourbon Street, towards the east edge of the Quarter and across Esplanade into the funky Marigny district. The Big Easy has no Big Secrets....just pop in to a neighborhood bar and enjoy the revelry. My only word to the wise: Keep your head down at the stroke of midnight; chances are, someone's going to fire a few shots at the sky to celebrate the New Year!"