After a few rounds of "wake up too late on New Year's Day because New Year's Eve went a little too long" we started looking for alternatives. Why not wake up on the first day of the New Year doing the thing we love the most -- spending time outside? Here are some ideas from around the country where you can wear yourself out on New Year's Eve playing in the outdoors and waking up New Year's Day with the opportunity to do it all over again.
Watch Fireworks at a Ski Resort
Ride the powder all day. Grab some dinner and head back outside to welcome the New Year with FIREWORKS! Many resorts have fireworks displays as part of their planned New Year's celebrations. Jackson Hole in Wyoming has a torch parade preceding their fireworks display. Copper Mountain in Colorado has a glowstick pageant and a rail jam. Many other resorts across the country have events planned too; check some of them out here. Pick any of these and you've got the makings of a New Year's celebration you'll be talking about for years to come.
Spend New Year's Eve in the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon provides an expansive, awe-inspiring backdrop any time of year. The light in the desert is particularly spectacular in the winter. Hiking, Camping, rafting, the activity doesn't matter since the place is what it's all about. What a great place to welcome a new year. (More information here.)
Go Camping (or Glamping)
Winter can be an excellent time to go camping. The summer crowds have gone home along with the bugs and beating sun. Sites like Hipcamp and Glamping.com can help you find the perfect camp site if you're looking for an alternative to one of the many National Park camp sites. Make the evening special by packing in a small bottle of champagne to toast the New Year (our BRAND NEW Nesting Champagne Flutes will keep you from drinking straight from the bottle like some kind of heathen).
Big Bend National Park in Texas has the least light polution of any National Park in the lower 48 making it the perfect place to see the night sky in all its glory. Couple that with warm(ish) temperatures and you've got a recipe for a very memorable way to ring in the New Year. Book a campsite, grab your telescope or just a blanket to lay on. A fantastic NYE is yours for the taking.
Take a sunrise bike tour, go crosscountry ski or snowshoe your favorite trail with friends, have a backcountry bonfire (just be careful), go night sledding, check out the aurora borealis. Really, it's hard to go wrong if you're outside with friends.
Happy New Year Everyone! #NYEOUTDOORS