Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Whether you aim to follow the crowds or avoid them on New Year's Eve, you may find a recently released Priceline list interesting-and even helpful, if you're unprompted and have not yet cemented your plans.
For the sixth year running, the travel-booking website has put out a list of the top 50 New Year's Eve destinations. The collection of areas globally is based on more than 30,000 "Name Your Own Price" hotel reservations made by U.S. and Canadian customers for the night of Dec. 31 via Priceline.com.
With offerings both grown-up and family-friendly, Las Vegas South Strip area ranks No. 1, as it has since 2007; the North Strip area is No. 11. (Prior to 2007, Priceline organized the zones in a different fashion, and the Strip in its entirety was consistently ranked No. 1, according to Brian Ek of Priceline.)
The top-ranked site in California is the Union Square West/Nob Hill area of San Francisco, at No. 17. Orange County areas near Disneyland sit at the No. 49 and 50 spots.
Destinations are specific to a neighborhood or area in a city or region. For instance, "Central L.A./Hollywood" in the Los Angeles region ranks higher (at No. 33) than the "San Gabriel Valley/Pasadena" area (No. 41), which is also considered part of Los Angeles in this list.