If you're staying in Los Angeles proper, then the best option has got to be the goings on over at Grand Park. Events are totally free and start around 6pm, then run throughout the evening ending with plenty of fanfare at midnight. Expect photo booths, live music, art installations, and a countdown at City Hall. They’re even showing the ball drop from New York City as well—although that's early in the eve at 9pm. You are sure to stay well nourished, as plenty of the city’s food trucks will be on hand providing all kinds of tasty treats. Best of all when midnight finally rolls around you’ll have a great view of fireworks in and around the area.
Going farther south is always an option, and that’s probably a great idea if you have kiddos joining you as you bid farewell to 2013. There’s always Disneyland in Anaheim, and of course they have a full slate of parades, fireworks, and other stuff as Mickey leads the countdown towards 2014. Activities are included with the cost of admission, but that’s not saying a lot since a single day ticket starts at $92 for adults. If this is on your itinerary just be sure to get there early—like 10am not 10pm—as this is usually one of the days where they actually close the turnstiles when the park hits capacity.
Pretty much no matter where you decide to do the countdown you’re bound to have a great time in and around Los Angeles. After all, it’s not going to be snowing, there’s plenty of palm trees, and it might even be warm and sunny.