"First Light: U.S. New Year's in Paradise

Point Udall, St. Croix, is the first place in the U.S. to ring in the New Year at 12:01 a.m.

The location boasts the Millennium Monument, a sundial sculpture marking the occasion.

Visitors can enjoy the Caribbean's stunning views and hike to Isaac Bay from the monument.

St. Croix's warm weather, around the 80s in the day and mid-70s at night, draws celebrants.

Sunrise viewing at Point Udall on Jan. 1, 2024, has become a popular celebratory tradition.

Kiritimati Island in the Pacific celebrates New Year a day earlier due to international datelines.

Niue and American Samoa in the South Pacific are among the last inhabited spots to welcome the New Year.

Baker Island and Howland Island, U.S. territories, are the last places that are uninhabited.

Traveling across datelines allows for multiple New Year celebrations in one year.

Planning and private flights enable celebrating New Year's Eve in different time zones, like Sydney and Los Angeles.