12/08/2012 09:21 am ET Updated Feb 07, 2013

5 Surprising New Year's Eve Travel Destinations

It's often said that New Year's Eve is for amateurs. To that end, there are some obvious destinations that any joker could tell you will be "fun" on New Year's Eve. Steer clear of the obvious and increase your chances of getting to the front of the line without having to use your elbows, and of course, your wallet.

A little research can unlock some equally exciting New Year's Eve celebrations at slightly less traditional destinations.

Here's our rundown of the most obvious New Year's Eve hot spots and their off-the-beaten-track alternatives:

5 Best New Year's Alternative Destinations

Check out the city that almost made the list on Hopper's Blog!