Finland and Sweden - Tornio Finland and Harapanda Sweden
Picture this: neighboring towns split by a river, not just any river but the Torne River, dividing Scandinavia like a celestial zipper. Finland does its thing in Eastern European Standard Time, while Sweden sways to the rhythm of Central European Standard Time. Fireworks in Tornio, a casual stroll across the river, and boom – you've just pulled off a two-timing New Year's Eve. Plus, up in Lapland, you might catch the northern lights showing off, putting man-made light shows to shame.
Portugal and Spain - Badajoz Spain and Estremoz Portugal
Spain and Portugal, the Iberian Peninsula buddies who don't sync their clocks. Badajoz, Spain, kicks off the festivities with Spanish flair, and a short hop west takes you to Portugal's Alentejo region for round two. It's like a party relay race with countryside views and white-marble architecture that predates your smartphone.
California and Arizona - Lake Havasu City and Mojave National Preserve
Needles, California, the not-so-hidden gem for West Coast revelers. Begin your evening in Lake Havasu City, admire the London Bridge, and catch some riverside fireworks. A quick trip across the river to Needles offers another fireworks display and a gateway to Mojave National Preserve. Sure, it might not be the wildest party, but the views make up for it – a New Year's double feature, nature-style.
The Forgotten Coast, Florida - Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach
Florida's Panhandle, where time can't decide whether it's Eastern or Central Standard. Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach, practically neighbors with a time zone twist. In the past, they've thrown a party called "Celebrate Twice," offering a scavenger hunt, double fireworks, and a free trolley to hop between time zones until the wee hours. Hurricane Michael might have canceled this year's shindig, but mark it on your calendar for future fun – because who wouldn't want to celebrate New Year's twice and support the Forgotten Coast?