PHOTOS: Las Vegas named as a top spot for New Year's Eve

TripAdvisor has published its yearly list of best places to party on New Year's Eve. For specific info on what's happening in Las Vegas, click here.

  • New York City, New York -- Everyone knows about the big event in Times Square, but for those looking to get a head start on their New Year’s resolutions and avoid the biggest crowd, Central Park hosts the Midnight Run, where at the stroke of midnight festively-dressed runners hit the pavement for a four-mile dash around the park. Running revelers will enjoy fireworks along the way and, at the halfway mark, a refreshing, sparkling cider toast. Registration for the NYRR Midnight Run is $60. TRIPADVISOR

  • San Francisco, California -- Travelers can literally ring in the New Year in San Francisco, where the Asian Art Museum hosts the 28th Annual Japanese Bell Ringing Ceremony. From 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. on December 31, guests can try their hand at pounding the museum’s sixteenth-century bronze bell, an act that symbolizes leaving the past behind and starting anew. Museum entry is free to the public.

  • Chicago, Illinois -- Visitors to the Windy City can enjoy sparkling fireworks over Lake Michigan without having to brave the chilly Midwestern winter. In its second year, the Chicago Resolution Gala at Navy Pier features floor-to-ceiling windows that provide the perfect place to watch the fireworks illuminate the night sky. The event features an open-bar and food stations from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. General admission tickets start at $110. TRIPADVISOR

  • Las Vegas, Nevada -- The Strip shuts down to traffic at 6:00 p.m. to make way for revelers headed to the over-the-top nightclub celebrations and performances that will include Maroon 5 at Mandalay Bay and Bruno Mars at the grand opening of “The Chelsea,” the Cosmopolitan’s hopping new spot. Tickets for Maroon 5 start at $99.50, Bruno Mars tickets start at $150. TRIPADVISOR

  • Orlando, Florida -- New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest days of the year at Orlando’s amusement parks. Families can enjoy celebrations for youngsters at Legoland’s “Kids New Year’s Eve” where the BRICK Drop begins at 7:00 p.m., while parents can head to the adult-only “Eve at CityWalk” party held at Universal Orlando. Kids New Year’s Eve at Legoland is included in the price of park admission (tickets are $81 for adults, $74 for children); Eve at CityWalk admission is $99.99. TRIPADVISOR

  • New Orleans, Louisiana -- There will be no shortage of celebrations in the Big Easy, as New Orleans puts its own spin on the traditional ball drop with an eight-foot-tall illuminated fleur-de-lis that descends from the Jax Brewery building. When the clock strikes 12, the six-foot-tall Styrofoam “Baby New Year”—donning a purple and gold diaper and more than 200 clear bulbs—will light up the night. The event is free to the public. TRIPADVISOR

  • Boston, Massachusetts -- Since 1975, First Night Boston has served as an inspiration for more than 200 global New Year’s celebrations of art and culture. This family-friendly, city-wide festival features impressive ice sculptures; an array of art installations and performances; a grand procession with puppets, drummers, and Duck Boats; and a vivid display of fireworks over the Boston Harbor. Outdoor invents are free to the general public; indoor events require the purchase of a $10 First Night button. TRIPADVISOR

  • Los Angeles, California -- West Coast revelers can step into their dancing shoes and “Lindy Hop” into 2014 boogieing to the big brass sounds of swing-revival band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the high-energy, nine-piece ensemble will rock in the New Year with a champagne toast and will even perform a stylized version of “Auld Lang Syne.” Tickets start at $41. TRIPADVISOR

  • Honolulu, Hawaii -- Five hours after the ball drops in the Big Apple, Honolulu will say “aloha” to 2014. Travelers to this island paradise can enjoy the grand fireworks display launched from a barge off the shore of Waikiki Beach. This 10-12 minute extravaganza will light up the night with impressive bursts featuring glittering designs including a palm tree. The event is free to the public. TRIPADVISOR

  • Washington D.C. -- With more than 175 foreign embassies in Washington D.C., travelers can head to the Capitol for a global New Year’s gathering. The annual New Year’s Eve Gala at the Ritz Carlton, put on by the International Club of DC, welcomes 1,500 attendees and features ballrooms transformed into eight spectacular around-the-world destinations including a romantic casino in Casablanca and a late-night Moscow discotheque. Tickets for the gala start at $112. TRIPADVISOR