Music City Bash: Nashville, Tennessee
Why: New Year's has become Music City's biggest night, with nearly every one of its 120-plus venues hosting a great show. Plus, there's the sixth annual Bash on Broadway, a free-for-all street concert with midnight fireworks.
What to Do: The only thing as good as the music is the food, and the prix fixe menu at Capitol Grill is one of the most decadent in town. But the best new place is Rolf and Daughters, a rowdy Italian joint in Germantown. For a slightly more intimate bash than the one on Broadway, check out Old Crow Medicine Show at the 120-year-old Ryman Auditorium.
Where to Stay: The boutique Hutton Hotel is ideal: close enough to downtown that walking is easy but far enough away that you escape the chaos on Broadway.