New Year's Eve Fireworks in San FranciscoThe Embarcadero Fireworks Show goes off at midnight above the Ferry Building. To view it from the street, head toward the end of Market Street at The Embarcadero. You can also watch from inside at hotels with a good view, especially the Hotel Vitale, Harbor Court and the Hyatt Regency, but you'll need to make reservations well in advance.
New Year's Eve Cruises
Take a sail around the bay, have dinner and dance the night away on a Hornblower New Year's Eve Cruise, aboard paddlewheeler San Francisco Belle or the Commodore New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise, which departs from Alameda's Mariner Square.
The Speakeasy New Year's Eve Cruise is one of the first San Francisco celebrations to sell out every year, with music and black jack tables to keep you entertained when you aren't looking at the scenery.
New Year's Eve Parties
Many big hotels host New Year's Eve galas, including the Westin St. Francis, Top of the Mark at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, Harry Denton's Starlight Room at the Sir Francis Drake, Hyatt Regency and the Westin.