South Lake Tahoe (Nevada/California).

Let’s face it, when you can dazzle the kiddies with family fun and play the slots, you’ve found a perfect vacation spot to celebrate the beginning of 2013. South Lake Tahoe makes the list for its sheer variety. More than a half-million revelers pick the towns that dot the California/Nevada border each year, choosing between a dizzying array of entertainment options for all ages. Heavenly puts on the best family-style event, filling the afternoon and evening with games, experiences, ice sculptures, music, and a gondola ball drop and fireworks display. Then there’s the gambling and casino experience that fills the hotel venues with those trying to, perhaps, start off 2013 with a few more greenbacks in their pockets. Of course, there’s always the ultimate party experience, SnowGlobe, a three-day dance and music festival that will test the youth of just about any skier or boarder trying to party all night and ski the next day.