When it comes to deciding how you'll greet the new millennium, you have a lot of choices. You can tread in the ambitious footsteps of the hikers who plan to walk from the North Pole to the South Pole, arriving at the International Date Line in time for New Year's Eve. You can beat drums and hold hands with some of the One Million Pagans who'll be gathering in Death Valley. You can hunker down in the island nation of Kiribati in the South Pacific and be among the first to see the sun on January 1, or head for the Cook Islands and be among the last. Or you can decide to have some fun. The six cities that follow are throwing parties so big they just might live up to all the Y2K hype. In fact, New Year's Eve is just a warm-up--the celebrating will continue all year long. We've compiled a run-down on plans for the last hours of 1999 and listed some key events for 2000. We've also picked restaurants that capture each city's zeitgeist. After all, one of the best things about taking an urban holiday is that you'll have a few more dining options than at the South Pole.
Why go? No city is getting more millennial hype than Sydney, which style watchers are touting as the New York City of the 21st century. The main event of 2000, of course, will be the summer Olympic Games. From September 15 through October 1, the world's eyes will be trained on the brand-new Olympic Stadium at Homebush Bay.
New Year's Eve A million people are expected to watch as a barrage of fireworks is launched over Sydney Harbour from seven synchronized firing platforms. The best vantage point is a Park Hyatt suite. Just one problem: every room was booked three years ago. Plan B? Rent a boat to watch from the water.