9 last-minute places to escape the holidays for less than $1,000


New Orleans

Visit the Big Easy for New Year’s Eve and you’ll have the chance to ring in 2017 in the storied French quarter, plus catch spectacular fireworks displays. “The city knows how to throw a party, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. From parades to a fleur-de-lis drop and, of course, fireworks, as well as general revelry in the streets and live entertainment in Jackson Square and beyond, there is celebrating at every turn,” Festa says. To optimize savings, she suggests skipping town after Jan. 2, which marks the start of the college football Sugar Bowl. Google Flights lists round-trip flights from Los Angeles from Dec. 29 to Jan. 3 starting at $305. As for accommodations, Bason points to the four-star Hilton New Orleans as an ideal choice for Christmas week with a special $191 member rate nightly, an excellent bargain given the property’s central location.

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