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The Best Places to Go for First-Time Solo Travelers

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Going on your first solo trip is scary, but the countries on this list make the experience easy and worthwhile. Many travelers prioritize safety, breezy navigation and friendly locals. If you’re one of those travelers, this list is perfect for you.

Here are the best places to go for first-time solo travelers. After visiting these countries, you’ll be thinking, “I should’ve done this a long time ago!”

Famous for its good wine, sandy beaches and football, Portugal is a great place for first-time solo travel. It’s hard to resist the historic cities, rich culture and beautiful, sunny weather.

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Portugal is safe and comfortable for tourists to get lost in. The approachable locals are known to help or chat with tourists. Plus, the Portuguese love learning about other groups of people, which shows in the variety of their museums.

Voted one of the world’s friendliest places for visitors, Lisbon is where everyone goes. Wander the hills or cobblestone streets. Check out the dazzling architecture and growing arts scene. Some notable points of interest include the Baixa district, the medieval Belém Tower, Alfama’s rooftops and St. George’s Castle. The Lisbon experience would not be complete without riding on a tram or eating a freshly baked “pastel de nata” (custard tart).

Porto is another charming city with plenty to offer. Harry Potter fans flock here to visit the magical Livraria Lello bookstore that inspired the Hogwarts Library in J.K. Rowling’s books. Tourists also go to admire the 12th-century Porto Cathedral, the 1800s São Bento railway station and the historic Bolsa Palace.

Thailand is Southeast Asia’s most popular destination with a long history of welcoming international tourists. Solo travelers will love that the country is budget-friendly and easy to navigate. Its street food scene is world-famous. Even better, the locals are warm and inviting.

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Many travelers highly recommend stopping in Bangkok to fall in love with the city. Its main attractions include the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn).

Want to get away from city life? Hop to one of Thailand’s islands. Check out Koh Tao and lie back in a hotel room that costs $20 a night or less. With miles of clear waters and white sand, the island is a beach-lover’s dream.

Many travelers can’t stop talking about how safe, clean, organized and technologically advanced Japan is. Plus, the locals are very respectful and friendly. These aspects make the country an ideal destination for those flying alone for the first time, especially when you don’t know the language or where you’re going. Any time is the best time to visit, but many travelers strongly suggest going in the springtime, when it’s blooming season for cherry blossoms.

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The “golden triangle” is a popular journey for travelers that features three of Japan’s major destinations. First stop? Tokyo, a big modern city with bright lights and towering skyscrapers. Must-see attractions in the city include Tokyo Tower, Tsukiji Market, the temple Sensō-ji and Shinjuku’s entertainment district.

After exploring Tokyo, hop on Japan’s impressive high-speed bullet train to Kyoto or Osaka. Full of peaceful temples, old neighborhoods and real geisha, Kyoto is much more traditional and relaxing than Tokyo. Popular attractions in Kyoto include Arashiyama (a bamboo forest), Fushimi Inari Taisha (a Shinto shrine with famed gates) and Kinkaku-ji (the iconic golden-colored temple).

Osaka, another big city, often gets compared to Tokyo. However, once visitors step into Osaka, they see that it has its own unique vibe. Check out Japan’s Universal Studios and Dōtonbori, a.k.a. the bright heart of the city.

New Zealand

Widely known as the filming location of The Lord of the Rings , New Zealand is one of the top destinations for solo travelers. The country provides a welcoming and laid-back environment to keep residents and tourists happy.

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New Zealand is one of the safest countries in the world, giving solo travelers who prioritize safety peace of mind. The country is also great for outdoorsy travelers. Two islands make up New Zealand — North Island and South Island.

On North Island, go on a tour at the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Check out the powerful Huka Falls. Of course, the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour is also a must-do.

Behold the natural beauty of Milford Sound on South Island. Many mountains, lakes and parks are waiting to be explored there, like Abel Tasman National Park and Mount Cook.

Hawaii isn’t just for lovers; Hawaii is actually an extraordinary destination for travelers flying solo for the first time. Cue the fireworks! Whether you’re looking for relaxation, adventure or a lesson on history, there’s plenty of fun things to do in Hawaii. The state has four major islands that travelers can visit — Kauai, Maui, the Big Island (also named Hawaii) and Oahu.

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Dubbed the “the Garden Isle,” Kauai is best for travelers who want to get away from the crowds. Kauai is home to miles of lush foliage and dramatic cliffs. See the Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”

Maui is a great destination for beach bums and adventure seekers. Catch the sunrise at 10,023 feet in Haleakala National Park. Take a long scenic ride on the Road to Hana, which is also famous for its twists and turns. Some travelers argue that Maui has some of the best beaches in the world.

Animal lovers and outdoorsy visitors will appreciate the Big Island the most. It has all sorts of landscapes and climates, from snow-capped mountains to humid rainforests. Some popular attractions include Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Waipi’o Valley and the Kohala Coast (to spot green sea turtles).

Oahu is best for foodies, shoppers and travelers who love city life. Although it seems as if the island is all about action, travelers can still find time to unwind. Check out the iconic Waikiki Beach or learn about history at Pearl Harbor museums and memorials.


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The Best Solo Travel Destinations in the United States for an Unforgettable Adventure

Whether you're looking for activity or relaxation, your dream trip awaits.

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Whether you're planning your first adventure on your own or are a solo travel veteran, choosing a destination can be overwhelming, especially if you still have a lot of places to check off your bucket list . The good news is, you don't have to go far for the adventure or relaxation you crave, because there are plenty of options across the U.S.

Weighing variables such as walkability, safety, self care opportunities, number of historic sites and museums and access to nature, we've come up with a list of the best places in the U.S. for solo travelers — ranging from mountain and beach destinations to small towns and large cities. Time to book your ticket for one, plan your itinerary (or don't, remember, it's your trip!) and answer to no one except yourself for a few days.

Saratoga Springs, New York

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This beautiful upstate New York town is a short Amtrak ride from the city, so it's ideal for NYC residents looking for a quick solo escape. Watch a horse race at the historic Saratoga Race Track, jam out at a concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and enjoy the mineral spring baths (where the city gets its name!) at the Saratoga Spa State Park. Oh and don't miss the fabulous dining and shopping up and down Broadway.

Waco, Texas

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Ideal for the Fixer Upper fan looking for a low-key getaway, the heart of Chip and Joanna Gaines's Magnolia empire is a fun Texas town that's a short drive from both Austin and Dallas. Stop at Magnolia Market for tasty treats and farmhouse chic shopping. Beyond Magnolia, there's boutique shopping, wine and beer tastings and an impressive nightlife downtown. For more fun, tour the Dr. Pepper Museum, check out the Mammoth National Monument or visit the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.


Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

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You'll feel like the main character in a storybook in Carmel-by-the-Sea — but in addition to marveling at the fairytale-like village, there's plenty to do. You'll find the famous Pebble Beach golf course, the Carmel Mission Basilica Museum, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and the white-sand Carmel Beach all nearby. Pro tip: Carmel Bakery and The Cottage of Sweets are great treat-yourself stops.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Santa Fe is a prime destination for art lovers, as it's home to both the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the original Meow Wolf (an experimental, immersive art exhibit that doubles as something of a psychedelic escape room). Art galleries, antique stores and craft shops line picturesque downtown Santa Fe, which is also a great place to try New Mexico's famous red and green chiles. Don't forget to book a spa day at the Inn & Spa at Loretto .

Burlington, Vermont

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If relaxation is what you crave, Burlington is a bucolic little town with a laid-back atmosphere. Saunter through the lovely Church Street Marketplace, tour the Ben & Jerry's factory, grab a cold drink at a craft brewery or take a cooking class at Essex Resort & Spa (just a short 20-minute drive away). When the weather's warm, partake in all of Lake Champlain's fun — from boating and sunbathing at the beach to hiking along the shore. Or visit during the fall, when the foliage is nothing short of superb.

Flagstaff, Arizona

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Flagstaff has as many activities as a big city, but with a small town vibe. It's close to natural and historical wonders, like the Grand Canyon, Walnut Canyon and the Wupatki National Monument, but you won't need a car to see them — plenty of tour operators are located in Flagstaff. If you're into space, the famous Lowell Observatory — a.k.a. where astronomers first discovered the ex-planet Pluto — is just outside of town. The city's downtown is a destination in its own right, with restaurants and bars to fill your time between adventures in the desert.

Portland, Maine

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Ranked one of the 25 safest places to live by U.S. News , Portland is a pristine New England seaside city with beautiful lighthouses, an art museum and opulent Victorian mansions. Stop by any of the waterfront restaurants for the fresh catch of the day, or pop into a local brewpub for a pint.

New York City, New York

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Big city energy seekers, this one's for you! Solo travelers will never run out things to do in the city that never sleeps. Visit some of the world's best museums, catch a Broadway show or join the hunt for the "best" slice of pizza or bagel in the city — both matters of some dispute. You'll need the extra carbs to explore the vast city by subway, from Central Park and Battery Park to the hipster enclaves of Brooklyn and the multi-cultural offerings of Queens.

The Poconos, Pennsylvania

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The Poconos, a mountainous region in northeastern Pennsylvania filled with ski slopes and charming small towns, is a great option for adventure and relaxation seekers alike. You'll need a car to get around, but driving through the scenery — especially in the fall — is one of the area's highlights. Hit hiking trails, like the one to Bushkill Falls, and stop at local gems, like Callie's Candy Kitchen. If you're seeking relaxation (and a spa) more than action, stay at one of the many resorts in the Poconos, like Skytop Lodge.

Savannah, Georgia

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Savannah is best known for its historic district, filled with beautiful architecture, museums, art galleries and lush green squares — all ideal for solo exploration. Plus, the "Hostess City of the South" is a foodie paradise, with a diverse range of restaurants and cafes serving all sorts of delicious cuisine. But don't forget to make time for Southern food while you're there!

Boise, Idaho

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Another one of the U.S.'s 25 safest places to live , Boise is surrounded by mountains, making it a scenic location and hiker's paradise. The city itself has quite a few green spaces, including the Idaho Botanical Garden and Camel's Back Park. On Saturdays from mid-April to mid-December, it hosts the Capital City Public Market, filled with local food and craft vendors. If you happen to visit in late summer, don't miss the magical annual Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic held in Ann Morrison Park.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Ann Arbor is an under-the-radar town perfect for museum lovers, thanks to the University of Michigan. Worth a visit are the institution's Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History and Museum of Archaeology. We also suggest strolling through the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and catching a show at the Hill Auditorium. Off campus, visit the Nickels Arcade for shopping and eats.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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To put it simply, Oklahoma City is an underrated destination. Between its boisterous Bricktown neighborhood, unique Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, beautiful Myriad Botanical Gardens and whitewater rafting and kayaking facility, you might be surprised by how much there is to do. For food and accommodations, check out the newly-opened National Hotel, housed in a former bank (psst, there's a cocktail bar in the old vault).

Reno, Nevada

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Sure, Las Vegas might get most of the attention in Nevada, but Reno is a more approachable destination for a solo trip. Yes, there are casinos here, but you'll also find impressive art and automobile museums, a lovely rose garden and the Nevada Historical Society. In the winter, skiing is nearby, and in the early fall, Reno hosts the world's largest free hot air balloon event. "The Biggest Little City in the World" certainly lives up to its moniker.

Tampa, Florida

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Most travelers are familiar with South Florida's hotspots, but Tampa to the west (also considered one of the safest cities to live in the U.S. ) is rightfully drawing attention. Its most famous attraction is Busch Gardens, but the city has more to offer than roller coasters. Head to the Tampa Riverwalk for waterfront dining, or visit Ybor City for lively nightlife, classic cigar lounges and the original 118-year-old Columbia Restaurant — home to one of the tastiest house salads you'll ever eat and a must-see flamenco show.

Asheville, North Carolina

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Asheville has an impressive range of offerings for all types of interests. Are you a fan of history? There's the Biltmore Estate.Shopper? Head for the Grove Arcade. Hiker? The Blue Ridge Mountains are yours to explore. Art Lover? Stroll through the River Arts District. Oh, and did we mention the local breweries and exceptional Southern comfort food?

Boulder, Colorado

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Before you hit the ski slopes or hiking trails (depending on the season), check out the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, filled with quirky shops and tasty eats. You might not expect it, but Boulder is also home to a landmark tea spot called the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse (a solo afternoon tea sounds divine to us), a contemporary art museum and the Shelby American Collection of classic cars.

Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago may be a big city, but it's easy to navigate on foot — or on the "L" train system. There's no shortage of activities, whether you're interested in taking an architectural history boat tour, visiting the Art Institute of Chicago or Field Museum or taking a selfie with the famous "Bean." This should go without saying, but make sure to take yourself on a deep-dish pizza tour, because you deserve it (and you'll have the whole pie to yourself).

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

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If you're interested in hiking part of the Appalachian Trail, hit the region around Harpers Ferry. The visitor center is considered the "psychological midpoint" of the trail, and there are a number of scenic day hikes in the area. The town itself — which boasts small-town charm — is part of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and has an antique shop (called The Gilded Flea) and a historic candy shop.

South Bend, Indiana

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College towns make for perfect weekend getaways for solo travelers, with lively downtowns and impressive museums — and South Bend is no exception. There's a three-story automotive museum, two art museums, a gorgeous neo-Gothic church, the Morris Performing Arts Center and a scenic riverfront park to fill your itinerary. It also has several chocolate shops, the Indiana Whiskey Company for tastings and restaurants serving cuisine from all around the world.

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Stefanie Waldek is a Brooklyn-based writer covering architecture, design, and travel. She's worked on staff at Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and Oyster.com, a TripAdvisor company, and has contributed to Condé Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, Design Milk, and Hunker, among others. When she's not dreaming about midcentury chairs, you can find her re-watching The X-Files,  likely in an airport lounge or on a plane.

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The 18 best solo trips in the U.S.

Ready to venture out on your own? Our selection of the best solo trips in the U.S. are the perfect way to get started.

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Solo travel is booming—for good reason. Sure, sharing experiences with friends, family, or your significant other is fun, but taking a trip alone is a whole other type of adventure. You can build confidence, take in moments without distraction, and, best of all,   get to do exactly what you want to do. No debates about where to eat or what to see, just you and your whims. Being solo also makes it easier to strike up a conversation with a stranger, be it a local or fellow traveler. 

Fortunately, you don’t have to venture too far to enjoy a fulfilling solo sojourn.  Whether you’ve done this before or are looking to take your first trip alone, we've rounded up the best cities to visit as a party-of-one that will provide plenty of new experiences, whether you're an art enthusiast, foodie or beach lover. From the historic streets of Boston to the mountains of Colorado to the hills of San Francisco , here are some of the best solo trips to take in the US with plenty of itinerary suggestions to boot. 

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Nashville, TN

1.  Nashville, TN

Let your love of music—and hearty Southern cooking—guide your trip through Nashville . For a toe-tapping good time, head to the Basement and possibly catch a 'secret' show from a national headliner in an intimate setting. Before the music, fill up with some finger-licking good Tennessee pork shoulder at Jack’s Bar-B-Cue , where you’ll make friends while waiting in long lines (trust us, it’s totally worth it) or test your limit for spicy food at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack or Hattie B’s . Celebrate a successful solo sojourn by ordering a cocktail at White Limozeen , the pink-hued, Dolly Parton-themed rooftop bar atop the Graduate Nashville .

Marfa, TX

2.  Marfa, TX

Independent travelers with an artistic side need to visit Marfa, which has quickly become a top destination for artists looking for a productive retreat. Miles away from any other city and hours from the nearest airport, this teeny-tiny small town (population: less than 2,000) in the desert boasts large-scale art installations (including the Instagram-famous Prada Marfa one), the Chinati Foundation art museum, and a historic army fort . Unsurprisingly, there aren’t many hotels here; however, we recommend Hotel Saint George , a minimalist-inspired boutique hotel with a bustling lobby bar and stylish interiors.

New York, NY

3.  New York, NY

While being alone in a city as densely populated as the Big Apple might seem lonely, we guarantee it’ll feel quite freeing in no time. Get in a New York state of mind while heading to the city’s fabulous museums (including the MoMA , The Met , and the Whitney ), gorgeous public spaces and phenomenal performances on Broadway or at the Metropolitan Opera. Don’t forget to get a taste of the world-renowned Brooklyn food scene , and never fear going to a restaurant or bar to dine solo—in New York, that’s standard fare. Make SoHo your home base for exploring by staying at the design-centric Crosby Street Hotel , where guests and locals can mingle throughout the chic public spaces.

Boulder, CO

4.  Boulder, CO

Hiking boots are a must if you’re visiting Boulder. Skiers and snowboarders take over the city in the winter, and when the weather is good, visitors flock to Eldorado Canyon State Park , Flagstaff , Chautauqua Park , and the Flatirons . Stay in the heart of town at the historic Hotel Boulderado , which puts you within walking distance of the vibrant Pearl Street Mall . Along this four-block-long pedestrian-friendly hotspot, you’ll find a slew of shopping, drinking, and dining options .

Portland, OR

5.  Portland, OR

Portland's laid-back vibes and numerous attractions make it ideal for a solo trip. Join fellow foodies as you sample your way through SE Division Street, including a savory breakfast at Pine State Biscuits and a creamy milkshake from Fifty Licks . Then, retreat to nature with a hike through Forest Park ; alternatively, stroll among thousands of flowers in the International Rose Test Garden . Looking to make new friends? Try hitting up a concert at local favorite Mississippi Studios or grab a beer at the city's many breweries. After an action-packed day, retreat to your room at The Nines , conveniently located downtown.

Asheville, NC

6.  Asheville, NC

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this dynamic North Carolina city is a favorite among artists and outdoor lovers alike. The tranquil waters of the French Broad River, located within the city limits, are perfect for a kayak trip, while the nearby mountains offer plenty of great hikes and look-out spots for photographers and nature enthusiasts. If you want a more refined experience, check out the palatial Biltmore Estate , America's largest privately owned house. You can even spend the night here: Three properties can be found within the 8,000-acre grounds. Beer enthusiasts will also love it here: Asheville has more breweries per capita than any other city in America.

Boston, MA

7.  Boston, MA

While Boston might loom large in American history (it is the oldest city in New England, after all), you can walk the narrow winding streets and explore the relatively small center in a day. The nearly 400-year-old town is full of hidden treasures that can be discovered on a self-guided walking tour. Tired of trekking on foot? Try one of the trolley tours—the guides are top-notch, and you might just make some friends while aboard the bright vehicles. Also, history buffs will especially appreciate staying at The Liberty , a 19th-century-era jail-turned-luxury hotel.

Bozeman, MT

8.  Bozeman, MT

Even when you're alone in Bozeman, you're never lonely. The city is beloved not just because it's the perfect home base for solo activities like hiking, skiing, and horseback riding but also because the scene in town boasts interesting museums, distilleries, breweries, and restaurants. When you've had your fill of Palisade Falls, the Gallatin Canyon, or Bridger Bowl , stroll around the laid-back town's historic brewery sector or dig into the heritage of this wild northern landscape at the Museum of the Rockies before heading back to your room at the upscale Kimpton Armory Hotel Bozeman .


9.  Chicago,IL

With top-notch museums and parks and a public transportation system that rivals any other across the country, Chicago is a winning bet for a vacationer still unsure about the pros of solo traveling. Indulge in some retail therapy along the Magnificent Mile (North Michigan Avenue) and visit an amazing spa for some much-needed R&R. Along the Magnificent Mile, you’ll also find a slew of splurge-worthy stays, including The Peninsula. In terms of entertainment, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Check out the city’s top comedy clubs , including The Second City and the Laugh Factory . Or, if it’s postcard-worthy views you’re after, make your way to one of the city’s many rooftop bars .

Seattle, WA

10.  Seattle, WA

Make sure to pack a comfy pair of shoes when visiting the city’s top attractions , including the Space Needle , Pike Place Market , Fremont , and Pioneer Square . Art lovers will also appreciate a stay at Hotel Max , followed by visits to Chihuly Garden & Glass , the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), and the Frye Art Museum . Before you skip town, grab a cup of the world-famous coffee from a local café (we recommend Elm Coffee Roasters ) and hop on one of the Puget Sound ferries to take in the scenic landscape, including the skyline, waterfront, and, in the hazy distance, Mount Rainer.

San Francisco, CA

11.  San Francisco, CA

In a city that fully embraces free spirits, your desire to fly through local museums, restaurants, and eclectic neighborhoods solo will see you fit right in. Tourist sights include the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island , and hopping aboard one of San Francisco’s historic cable cars. Once you've checked those off your list, explore one of the city's charming neighborhoods, such as Hayes Valley, Noe Valley or Pacific Heights. Try the Proper Hotel, which features a swanky rooftop bar, for accommodations.

Florida Keys, FL

12.  Florida Keys, FL

If it’s sunny days, warm temperatures, and turquoise water you’re after, look no further than this laid-back locale. Rent a bike and take a leisurely ride around the Keys, stopping at cafés and shops along the way. In the afternoons, head for the beach with a book and get ready to meet fellow travelers with a colorful cocktail in hand at the beachfront bars. If you want ultimate peace and seclusion, head straight to Little Palm Island , a private island resort about 30 minutes away from Little Torch Key via boat.

Washington, D.C.

13.  Washington, D.C.

Visiting D.C . solo allows you to explore the entire city at your own pace. Many  museums are free and deserve an entire day of exploring—like the National Gallery of Art , the National Museum of African American History & Culture , and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History . In the evening, take in a transformative performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts or enjoy a play with a side of history at Ford's Theatre , where President Lincoln was assassinated. Prefer to shop and eat your way through vacation? Make sure to visit Dupont Circle and Georgetown , where splurge-worthy stays–including the Four Seasons –abound.

Austin, TX

14.  Austin, TX

Young-at-heart solo travelers will find Austin’s lively spirit infectious. The city attracts creative types, many of which regularly flock to local music venues. Visit the Continental Club for fun-filled nights, take a stand-up paddleboard tour of Lady Bird Lake , and stroll down South Congress Avenue , dotted with fantastic shopping. Of course, no trip to Austin is complete without some good ol’ Tex-Mex, and options abound, including Veracruz All Natural , Gabriela’s , and Matt's El Rancho . Once you’ve hit food coma status, head back to your room at the trendy LINE hotel and hop into bed.

Philadelphia, PA

15.  Philadelphia, PA

Whether you’re a history buff looking to delve into our nation’s past, you want to eat your way through vacation, or you simply need some time by yourself, Philadelphia is the place for you. Stay near Center City (you can’t go wrong at The Loews ) and the whole shebang will be easily accessible: Gorgeous Rittenhouse Square —and the surrounding shopping area—is a stroll away, as is Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell . Art enthusiasts should visit the magnificent Barnes Foundation and the sprawling galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art . Foodies, on the other hand, will appreciate the city’s booming culinary scene , including top restaurants like Laser Wolf and Vernick Food and Drink—just be sure to save room for a cheesesteak or two.

Detroit, MI

16.  Detroit, MI

Formerly down-and-out Detroit has experienced quite the renaissance in recent years. Today, the city is a dynamic canvas for art, music, and thought. Hoof it around the Grand River Creative Corridor , the Dequindre Cut Greenway , and the so-called Guggenheim Ghetto to take in some incredible street art at your own pace, or head to landmarks of Tha D's Motown heritage like the Motown Museum and the homes of hitmakers Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Aretha Franklin. When you've worked up an appetite, follow your nose for some Detroit-style pizza at Loui's or Polish dumplings at Pietrzyk Pierogi . Finally, rest your head at the chic, centrally located Detroit Foundation Hotel , so you’re never too far from all the action.

San Diego, CA

17.  San Diego, CA

San Diego is all about the beach, surf, and California burritos. The 1,200-acre Balboa Park deserves a full day (or two) of your attention. Here, you’ll find gardens, hiking trails, museums, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo . After a day of museum hopping and wildlife spotting, you’re sure to work up an appetite. So, make your way over to the Gaslamp Quarter neighborhood and take your pick of eclectic eats, including American Junkie for pub grub, the Butcher’s Cut Steakhouse for top-notch chops, Asti Ristorante for Italian fare, and Bang Bang for fresh sushi. Stay close to all the action (or, in this case, incredible eats) by booking a room at the Andaz San Diego .

Phoenix, AZ

18.  Phoenix, AZ

Excellent eats, stunning desert surroundings, and gorgeous sunny weather: Expect all this and more in Phoenix. While visiting Arizona’s capital city, take advantage of the plentiful hiking opps, including Papago Park, Camelback Mountain  and Phoenix Mountains Preserve . Later, bar-hop your way through downtown Phoenix ( Khla , Barcoa Agaveria  and Baby Boy are a few of our favorites). Finally, catch up on some R&R at the tranquil Royal Palms Resorts & Spa , where you can lounge by the pool, people-watch in lush courtyards, hit the spa, and take cocktail-making classes—all while admiring beautiful flora and Camelback Mountain in the distance.

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Solo Vacations: The 20 Best Places to Travel Alone in the U.S.

These destinations make traveling solo easy — and extra fun.

Evie Carrick is a writer and editor who’s lived in five countries and visited well over 50. She now splits her time between Colorado and Paris, ensuring she doesn't have to live without skiing or L'As du Fallafel.

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Traveling alone is all about freedom and independence — freedom to go where you want, when you want, and independence in your ability to visit new places and meet new people without the crutch of a travel companion. It's not for everyone, but those willing to venture off on their own are rewarded with a compromise-free vacation and unforgettable experiences. Exciting things just seem to happen when you're traveling solo .

But where to go? If you're just testing the waters of solo travel , you might want to stay close to home, which is where these U.S. destinations come in handy. Whether you dream of a spa vacation with plenty of time to relax and reset, a trip packed with activities, or a soul-searching expedition, these U.S. destinations cater to the solo traveler , thanks to their ease of transportation and large selection of things to do.

Ready to book your next solo trip? Read on for the best places to travel alone in the U.S.

Naples, Florida

If you have your heart set on a beach vacation , consider Naples, a relatively small community in southwest Florida . There are plenty of ways a solo beach traveler can occupy themselves in Naples. You can check out the beach at Naples Pier, go kayaking in the mangroves , or hit the links at one of the area's 90+ golf courses . If you're looking for an activity that will leave a big grin on your face, book a dolphin watching cruise from Marco Island , just 30 minutes south of Naples. Plus, the city was ranked number one in a recent list of safest places to live the U.S. , thanks to its low crime rates.

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston may be a big city, but it can often feel like a small town . Thanks to its walkability, you'll be able to explore the city's historic center on foot and can take the T, the local subway system, across the Charles River to Cambridge. In Boston, you'll find a wellspring of history and culture in museums like the fun Boston Tea Party Museum and the impressive Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum , the site of one of the world's most famous art heists.

Boulder, Colorado

Those looking for quiet solo travel in the U.S. can spend their days exploring the mountains and hills surrounding Boulder . Eldorado Canyon State Park is just 20 minutes south of downtown, the approximately two-mile trail up Flagstaff Mountain is just 15 minutes to the west, and the iconic Flatirons (red sandstone formations) are less than 10 minutes away by car. And If you're feeling social, head to Pearl Street Mall , a bustling pedestrian-only street with some of the city's best restaurants, shops, and bars.

Portland, Oregon

Not everyone feels comfortable eating out at a restaurant alone, especially when traveling solo, but Portland makes mealtime a nonissue, thanks to its bustling food cart scene. There are many food cart parks scattered about the city where you can go and peruse a diverse offering of cuisine, from pizza to Senegalese, and enjoy your meal in a atmospheric and fun shared space. Food aside, Portland's reliable transportation, great parks, and community vibe make this city an easy choice for people traveling alone. Between the good meals, you can also enjoy the tranquility of the Japanese Garden or browse the shelves at the famous Powell's Books .

Asheville, North Carolina

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If your perfect vacation includes hiking and biking during the day and gulping down beers with new friends at night, there's arguably no better place than Asheville, a city situated in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Bikers will want to tackle the Blue Ridge Parkway , while hikers can head to the Craggy Pinnacle Trail (an approximately one-mile hike with serious views) or climb Mount Pisgah (2.6 miles round-trip). After a day in the mountains, reward yourself with a beer on the pup-friendly patio at Wicked Weed Brewing .

Sedona, Arizona

Traveling solo may be the only time you're able to truly check out from the grind and relax. That's why spa destinations like Sedona are so perfect for solo travelers. In addition to beautiful scenery, Sedona is packed with spas and wellness offerings. For a full resort experience, book a stay at the Amara Resort and Spa , or test out a few of the city's plentiful day spas: A Spa for You and Sedona's New Day Spa are long-standing favorites.

Charleston, South Carolina

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Art lovers will find themselves in their element in this colorful coastal city in South Carolina. The small city of Charleston is home to over 35 fine art galleries and hosts an Art Walk on the first Friday of every month. If you're hoping to make some art yourself, the French Quarter is sure to inspire, while the city's warm southern hospitality will make you feel right at home. If the temperature is right, you can even take a trip out to Isle of Palms , to enjoy some quality time on the beach.

Nashville, Tennessee

If your idea of a dream solo trip is getting out and meeting new people, book a ticket to Nashville and let the city of music connect you to others. The Basement​​ , a live music venue known for its cozy vibes and spacious patio, is a must, as is 3rd and Lindsley . Just don't leave the city without trying the spicy fried chicken at Hattie B's . A trip to Nashville is also a chance to try out one of its best hotels like the classic Hermitage Hotel.

Portland, Maine

This may be the second Portland on the list, but this one has a coastal advantage. From the seaside city you can hop on a ferry or boat charter, or eat your way through the city's best lobster rolls at Luke's Lobster . When you're not out enjoying the water or stuffing your face with deliciously fresh seafood, you can meander in and out of the shops and boutiques at the historic Old Port .

San Francisco, California

When you're traveling solo, public transportation is key (no one wants to foot the bill for a weekend full of Uber rides). That's where cities like San Francisco shine. Between Muni buses, trains, streetcars, and cable cars, you can get to every corner of the city without hopping in a cab. Surrounded by beautiful bay views and offering easy access to experience a Redwood forest in Muir Woods , there are plenty of things to do in and around San Francisco.

Bayfield, Wisconsin

Located on the shores of Lake Superior , and home to quaint B&Bs and beautiful Victorian homes, Bayfield is a warm and welcoming coastal destination and one of the loveliest small towns in the U.S. Solo travelers can roam the intimate downtown or head to the nearby Apostle Islands National Lakeshore , best known for its series of caves that freeze during the winter months.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Just off California's iconic Highway 1 is Carmel-by-the-Sea, a small beach city on the Monterey Peninsula that will capture your heart the moment you see it. Traveling solo is no problem here, as the city offers plenty to do — surfing, sea animals, and a village-style center that feels like it belongs in a storybook. However, solo travelers may feel most at ease exploring the many art galleries like the Carmel Art Association and Bennett Sculpture .

Boise, Idaho

Boise is a paradise for lovers of the outdoors. Solo travelers will find riverside walking and biking trails that run right through town, skiing (in the winter) and hiking (in the summer) at the city's Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area , and easy access to mountain towns like McCall and ski areas like the rapidly growing Tamarack Resort .

Savannah, Georgia

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Savannah 's welcoming nature makes solo travel a breeze. If you're feeling social, join a haunted pub crawl through town or book an architectural tour . And if you're looking for a quiet escape, rent a bike and explore the history-rich city on two wheels. The best time to visit Savannah is in the fall and winter, when the temperatures are cooler and you can embrace the spooky spirit during Halloween when the city goes all out with on-theme activities .

Hot Springs, Arkansas

As you might guess, Hot Springs, Arkansas, is known for its natural hot springs , which have drawn visitors since the early 1900s. For solo travelers, there's nothing like a serene soak in the natural thermal waters found on the historic Bathhouse Row, followed by a refreshing drink of spring water and a lazy hike through the dense woods at Hot Springs National Park . In addition to the gorgeous scenery of the park, you can also discover it's unique history as a wellness destination .

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole may be home to a world-renowned ski area , mouthwatering cuisine, and high-end galleries, but you'll still find Old West-style bars where cowboys throw back PBRs (check out the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar ). It's the perfect place to throw on a Stetson and dress the part for a night or two. The town itself offers plenty to do when you're not drinking or skiing, like rodeo nights at the Jackson Hole Rodeo and incredible pastries at the James Beard-recognized Persephone Bakery .

Seattle, Washington

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If you want access to nature without sacrificing big-city amenities, Seattle offers an ideal balance. Spend a couple of days checking out Pike Place Market (don't miss a cup of mac n' cheese from Beecher's ), going to the top of the Space Needle , and visiting the Museum of Pop Culture before hopping aboard a ferry and getting away from it all. From the heart of Seattle, you can take a boat across Elliott Bay to Bainbridge Island and onto Olympic National Park , home to both glacier-capped mountains and 70 miles of wild coastline.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

It's been said that one can hardly be called an architect if they haven't designed something in Minneapolis — the city showcases work from Jean Nouvel, Herzog & de Meuron, César Pelli, and Frank Gehry, among others. The city's love of design is also noticeable in the hotel scene , where sophistication meets Midwestern hospitality. So, while it's perfectly acceptable to wander through the city looking up, you don't want to miss a cruise on one of the famous bike paths, which wind past lakes that are perfect for a dip in the summertime.

Salt Lake City, Utah

It may be Utah 's largest city, but Salt Lake City doesn't feel like a giant metropolis. Maybe it's the fact that it's surrounded by mountains or the open expanse of the Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island State Park to the west. Either way, this friendly city has everything a solo traveler could want — great food (check out Feldman's Deli ), plenty of sun-drenched days, and easy access to both the mountains and water. Among the many things to do in town , you will also have your pick of exciting day trips to nearby state parks, or you can use the city as a launchpad to explore Utah's stunning geology at national parks like Zion and Bryce Canyon .

Fort Collins, Colorado

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If you're a beer lover , head to Fort Collins, a Colorado town with plenty of heart and really good beer. Start your tour of the city in the taproom of New Belgium Brewing (the company behind Fat Tire) and follow it with a pint at a few lesser-known breweries — we recommend Zwei Brewing Co. , Maxline Brewing , and Black Bottle Brewery . By the end of the day, you'll have your own beer-loving posse to explore the city with. Solo travelers will love the atmosphere of the downtown area, which is so charming it was the inspiration for Walt Disney when designing Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland .

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30 BEST Places in the USA for Solo Female Travelers in 2023

05/07/2023 by Kristin 27 Comments

The United States is gorgeous, from sea to shining sea. I love being from such a huge and varied country with all kinds of different landscapes, cultures, and sights. If I spent my lifetime only exploring the States, I’d have so much variety it would still feel like I’d traveled far and wide.

It’s incredible that in one country you have some of the highest mountaintops, tropical beaches and icy glaciers, and rocky deserts with some of the most breathtaking formations on planet Earth.

So for those who want to test out solo traveling at home before they go abroad, or if you’re from elsewhere and want to see what the US has to offer, you’ve made a great choice. But with so many options, you might be wondering where to start. For a visual tour, watch the video below, or keep reading for an explanation of each below:

These are some of my favorites in the USA, plus the advice of several other solo female travelers to get you started:

Table of Contents

1. Maui, Hawaii

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I forgive you if you don’t think of Hawai’i when you think of great places to travel solo, and I wouldn’t have either until I actually went to Maui alone last year. It was fantastic! There was so much to do , from a women’s surf school to driving the Road to Hana to joining snorkeling trips.

I thought I would be surrounded by honeymooners, but I actually found that people were very outgoing and friendly, coupled off or not. I highly recommend Maui solo, much to my surprise!

Book your stay in Maui here.

Book guided tours in Maui here .

2. The Big Island of Hawaii

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The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the best places for adventurous solo female travelers. With volcanoes, world-class dive and snorkeling sites , interesting beaches, and miles of hiking trails, there’s more to discover on the Big island than any other island in Hawaii. In fact, it’s larger than all of them, combined! After visiting more than six times, my favorite things to do are swim with the Manta rays at night, hike to the Captain Cook memorial, and join boat tours.

It’s easy to meet friends through activities, at the beach, and by going on day tours. The island is easy to navigate with a rental car, as there is one main road that circles the entire island. Most people consider going to the more tourist-heavy islands like Oahu , but the Big Island is amazing, too.

Book your stay in The Big Island here , or consider staying in a real treehouse (!).


The perfect Hawai’i Big Island itinerary

The best beaches on the Big Island of Hawai’i

24 amazing things to do on the Big Island of Hawai’i

3. Alabama Hills, California

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The Alabama Hills is BLM land, meaning it’s owned by the public (the Bureau of Land Management), with arches, beautiful views of the eastern Sierras, and lots of Hollywood history. I did a solo road trip here and enjoyed every minute of it. If you are a photography lover, the Alabama Hills has plenty of photogenic stops, including the popular Movie Road (pictured above), Mobius Arch (go at sunset!), Boot Arch, and Miss Alabama herself.

As a solo traveler, you’ll get lots of solitude in the Alabama Hills and the other deserts on my California deserts road trip , which I loved. This is one of the beautiful things about traveling in this part of the world: all the wide-open spaces and the spiritual vibe. Plus, you can’t beat the stargazing or the sunsets!

The ultimate Alabama Hills, California guide

4. San Francisco, California

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Whenever people who aren’t from the state visit California, almost everyone ends up falling in love with San Francisco. As a native Southern Californian, it’s in my DNA to roll my eyes and find this offensive, but deep down, I silently agree. The Bay Area in general is beautiful and temperate, and has a unique culture. My European friends often say it has a charm that reminds them of home.

I love it for the ease of getting around on the BART system, how small and contained the city itself is, and how picturesque and multicultural it is. Try a yoga or meditation class, head there during Pride, or see some live music at the Outside Lands festival. It’s the perfect place to jump off from or end up in when on a road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway too!

Book your stay in San Francisco here.

5. Big Sur, California

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I’ve looked on every continent and I still haven’t found anywhere as beautiful or majestic as Big Sur on the central coast in California, though it’s seen its fair share of disasters lately. Still, when accessible, McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is one of the dreamiest waterfalls I’ve seen.

Big Sur is a fantastic place to unwind. If you want to meet others, the campsites can be pretty social. However when I’m out there, I find the best companions are the dolphins and whales jumping out of the gorgeous Pacific Ocean, and the squirrels and deer on the trails.

For more on my favorite state and national parks in California, check out my musings on Alamo’s Scenic Route.

Book your stay in Big Sur here.

6. Lake Tahoe, California

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One of my favorite spots to explore on my own is in my backyard – Lake Tahoe! There are nearly limitless trails to discover (like in Emerald Bay ) during the summer months , including Tallac pictured above.

For those who don’t feel comfortable hiking or biking on their own, there are multiple companies that offer guided tours . There’s also much to do that doesn’t have to do with hiking, like taking pictures at some of the most beautiful parts of Lake Tahoe . If you’re into skiing, sledding, or just taking a scenic gondola ride, winter in Lake Tahoe has so much to offer as well.

Need a place to stay? We’ve got you covered with a list of the best Airbnb’s and boutique hotels .

7. Mendocino, California

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If you’re looking for moody coastline, crashing waves, spotted seals, incredible sunsets, adorable BnBs , and an abundance of inspiration, Mendocino is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway.

This is more of a retreat for those who want some peace and quiet. Walk along the coastal bluffs, explore Van Damme State Park, check out the glass sand beach in Fort Bragg, and eat delicious food at the Noyo Harbor Inn.

8. Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

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When it comes to national parks in Washington , Rainier is easily my favorite. It’s such a prominent volcano, you can see it from most major freeways and suburbs of Seattle. Hiking around it is also easy enough, with trails like the Skyline trail serving up beautiful views all along your way.

Rainier is a popular national park, so if hiking solo , you’ll rarely be truly alone.

9. Seattle, Washington

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If you want to visit a city teeming with activity but still find time for solitude, head to Seattle where the various neighborhoods and activities provide opportunities for both, sometimes even on the same day. Here you’ll find cultural foods , fantastic museums , and beautiful public parks. Talented local musicians perform throughout the city on most nights, so you’ll hear jazz, experimental, rock, punk, metal, baroque, blues, hip-hop.

You can navigate the city via public transit by day, or taxi/ride-share by night. Seattle is very solo-traveler friendly, so you’ll notice other people dining and enjoying the musical ambiance alone. Don’t hesitate to reach out and get past that ‘Seattle Freeze’ as people are friendly once you start the conversation.

Book your stay in Seattle here.

10. Portland, Oregon

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The beauty of Portland is that a solo traveler can be as social as they’d like in the city and then retreat to the forest for solitude at any time. Portland is just a short drive away from the Columbia River Gorge , where you’ll find the majestic Multnomah Falls, among others.

In the city, you’ll enjoy bearing witness to all of Portland’s quirks, like its quintessential underground donut scene . Biking is quite popular in Portland, and you can join in on the cycling fun by taking a bike tour that focuses on the city’s vibrant art and poetry culture.

11. Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas wouldn’t have been the first place that I would have expected to be awesome traveling alone, but with so much to do, it’s actually perfect! People are in a good mood. They’re there to be social and have a good time. I almost always make friends when I visit, whether with a group, or by myself.

There are fun indoor activities like the famous wax museum, Madame Tussaud’s , and there’s so much to see that isn’t on the strip, like the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam . These are my favorite day trips to take from Las Vegas. Las Vegas is also an excellent jumping-off point if you want to explore Reno (below). You can plan your road trip based off this guide .

12. Reno, Nevada

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My current hometown , Reno is truly the biggest little city in the world. Because of it’s pretty small size but excellent amenities, Reno a wonderful place to travel alone. It’s a hub for those looking to get lucky at our casinos, and the perfect spot for events like the balloon race each September, when hundreds of hot air balloons take to the sky. Thanks to the art, food and culture boom of the last decade, there are tons of funky little cafes and restaurants.

If you love nature, there’s a place for outdoorsy people, too, who want to hike or ski in and around Lake Tahoe. You’ll find bobcats, the extraordinary lake, migratory birds, hiking trails, mountains, salt pans, sand dunes, brilliant stars, and hundred-year-old trees. In Reno, you’ll have the time and space to take it all in.

13. Page, Arizona

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Page is the jumping-off point for several of Arizona’s most beautiful places. I was blown away in particular by Horseshoe Bend and of course the famous Antelope Canyon. Since this part of the world attracts so many travelers, I found it easy to have conversations with others who were free-camping with me, and even made a friend when I ventured to the paid campsites for a shower (but not in the shower itself, we met in the parking lot later, I swear).

If you’re considering which of the two canyons to visit, I did a comparison of Lower and Upper here , though both are worth checking out for different reasons!

Book your stay in Page, Arizona, here.

See tours available in Page here .

14. Moab, Utah

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Utah is one of my favorite states to road trip through solo . I’ve done it twice and I’d do it again!

Although Zion National Park is gorgeous, and I love the national forests around Provo, it’s Moab that I find the best as a solo female traveler. Moab is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. There are tons of parks like Canyonlands and Arches National Parks as well as Dead Horse Point State Park . Basically it’s one of the most gorgeous areas on earth, with a high concentration of incredible rock formations and free campsites, and plenty of things to do .

I tend to find that when a place attracts people because of common interest, especially something outdoorsy, it tends to be social. Moab is no exception. It’s a favorite amongst van-lifers, which means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet others on the trails, in cafes, and at viewpoints .

Book your stay in Moab here .

15. Sun Valley, Idaho

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Idaho really must be one of the most beautiful states in the wintertime . I stayed in Sun Valley for a winter and fell in love with the tranquil views, the spectacular sunsets, and snowmobiling when my legs were too tired from snowshoeing and skiing.

Sun Valley is a quaint town with fantastic skiing and snowshoeing, natural hot springs, and locals who are more than happy to have a conversation with visitors and newcomers. If you want to venture outside of Sun Valley, there are tons of amazing hot springs to check out. You can find my itinerary here .

Book your stay in Idaho here , or stay in a cozy, heated treehouse !

16. Glacier National Park, Montana

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Glacier National Park in Montana is a magical slice of outdoors heaven that is perfect for solo travelers with an adventurous spirit and who thrive in solitude. Here you’ll find crystal-clear lakes, abundant greenery as far as the eye can see, and some of the best stargazing in the US.

Don’t be intimidated by the park’s size, because it’s totally doable to visit for just a couple of days. Check out everything you can do in Glacier National Park in just 48 hours for inspiration.

17. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe seems like the more upscale, artsy, and design-focused part of New Mexico — and I love it! While other parts of the state have their own character, Santa Fe served up that quintessential Southwestern vibe that most people picture when they think of New Mexico.

This is where you’ll find some of the finest restaurants, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA). The Meow Wolf Museum was a trippy wonderland, and the galleries of Canyon Road had me enchanted. It’s a solo traveler’s paradise, with many awesome things to do .

18. Bayfield, Wisconsin

Midwesterners are known for being friendly, and they lived up to their reputation when I visited Bayfield, Wisconsin. It’s an artsy town with outgoing residents, and it’s small enough that it feels intimate, yet big enough that there is plenty to do. Join a kayaking or boat trip, or take a drive around to the various orchards.

There are plenty of beaches and quirky hangouts as well, and camping opportunities abound. If you visit in the winter, the famous caves ice over, which looks incredible. If you’re into photography and the outdoors, then you will absolutely love this little town on Lake Superior, the jumping-off point for the Apostle Islands .

Book your stay in Bayfield here.

19. Chicago, Illinois

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Visiting such a large city solo gives you a sense of anonymity that can be exciting. When I lived in Chicago, I loved going on solo adventures all over town and discovering cultural gems, quirky restaurants, and unexpected museums. Each neighborhood in Chicago has a personality of its own, filled with endless adventures. Whether you’re staying for a couple of days or a few weeks, you can be sure that Chicago lives up to the hype of its being one of the most fascinating cities in the country.

No matter if you visit during the frigid winter or the lively summer, don’t miss out on an architecture boat tour — Chicago is bursting with history, and many stories come to the surface through its unique architectural history. You can also take a tour of the legendary Art Institute of Chicago before opening hours, for a VIP experience.

I recommend that solo travelers choose accommodations that are in the Loop (downtown) area or close to an L train (Chicago’s metro) for easy access to public transport. This will give you the freedom to move around town without having to navigate the buses or use rideshares, which can get expensive, especially if you’re on your own.

If you are looking for ways to save money, check out all these incredible things to do in Chicago for free !

20. Detroit, Michigan

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Although it’s known as the Motor City, there’s so much more to Detroit than cars and engines. It has a reputation for being one of the most historically rich destinations in the country, let alone the Midwest. It’s famous for its contributions to music, industry, and architecture especially.

Start your solo trip to Detroit with a walking tour that highlights the city’s beauty and architectural gems. You also won’t want to miss a trip to Belle Isle, a massive, 982-acre island park home to a conservatory, aquarium, museum, and nature center. Who knew you could find a peaceful green paradise in such an industrial place?

That’s what makes Detroit so special for a solo trip, though. You could spend hours walking around town, getting a feel for its urban flair, and then head somewhere else to connect with nature and find solitude.

There is so much to do in Detroit , you might find yourself going back over and over again for a solo trip or otherwise.

21. New Orleans, Louisiana

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New Orleans is the perfect place for solo female travelers ; there’s something for everyone here (check out our vegan guide !). You’ll find a fascinating and rich cultural history, one that you can discover over a long weekend, and then of course NOLA is known for Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras . If it’s your first trip, stay in a boutique hotel on Royal Street, right near the allegedly haunted LaLaurie Mansion , or check out our list of boutique hotels in New Orleans . While you may have heard of the Garden District and the French Quarter, you absolutely cannot miss the Bywater district where you’ll find hipster art and culture with a Southern twist.

Though New Orleans is a large city, you can easily get around via public transportation (bus or streetcar), or navigate on foot. You’ll be surrounded by tourists and locals and as with any city, exercise precautions. Our New Orleans packing list will help pack to get the most out of your trip.

Book your stay in New Orleans here.

22. Austin, Texas

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In recent years, Austin has completely exploded in popularity. More and more young people are choosing to transplant themselves to this hip Southern city, and I can’t blame them. There’s so much to do there — from catching live music to the summer street festivals and top-notch museums, this city has it all.

Austin is the perfect solo destination for travelers who enjoy meeting other people on the road. It’s very social, with bustling restaurant, café, and bar scenes. Go vintage shopping at North Loop Vintage Shops, see the city via bike tour , or connect with your inner child at the Museum of Ice Cream . It’s no wonder Austin is such a popular destination for travelers, solo or otherwise.

23. Big Bend, Texas

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They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that’s certainly how it felt exploring Big Bend National Park . The sky, the landscape, and the wide open spaces felt endless. Plus, Texans are friendly.

Check out the Windows, watch the sunset on the Rio Grande, and hike til your heart’s content in one of the biggest national parks in the system.

24. Nashville, Tennessee

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Famously a destination for girls’ trips and bachelor bashes, Nashville has a bit of a reputation for being a party city. Maybe as a solo traveler, this is exciting to you. If it’s not, no worries! There is much more to Nashville than its vibrant nightlife.

Nashville is bubbling over with historic sites, street festivals, live shows, and much more. It’s also one of the cheapest destinations in the USA and has plenty of free things to do . The Tennessee State Museum and Cooter’s Place Museum are among many free museums one can visit; there are also plenty of parks and the legendary Music City Walk of Fame.

When you travel solo, you don’t have anybody to split transportation and accommodation costs with, so finding affordable destinations makes a big difference in how much you can stretch your dollar. Nashville is my top pick for an affordable solo trip.

25. Islamorada, Florida

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Also known as the Village of Islands, Islamorada is a beautiful destination for a solo traveler. The best time to visit is during the winter or early spring when hurricanes are raging somewhere else. When you get here, it’s super easy and affordable to navigate the town with the free taxi-service in electric vehicles called Freebee .

Islamorada has beautiful snorkeling (interested in snorkeling in Key Largo ?), awesome fishing opportunities, and uninhabited mangrove islands to explore. If you rent your own boat, you can go to some of the best off-shore reefs and fishing spots; if you rent a kayak, you can check out the historic ghost town of Indian Key. 

Water-based activities aren’t for everyone though, so hop on the road and drive over to Windley Key to walk along giant walls of carved limestone. Islamorada also has a thriving local arts culture, supported especially by the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District. Plus there are beautiful beaches (check out the best beaches in Key Largo ), and vibey restaurants where you can find locally caught seafood, live entertainment, and activities like feeding the tarpon. Uniquely situated among the rest of the Florida Keys, you can also conveniently take a bus north towards Key Largo or south towards Key West , stopping at tropical destinations along the way like those in Marathon and Big Pine .

Book your stay in Islamorada here (the hotel also offers fishing charters!).

26. Miami, Florida

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Colorful and vibrant, Miami stands out as one of the most unique cities in the US. Between hearing salsa at all hours of the day in Little Havana and finding murals from world-renowned artists throughout the city, your senses will be delighted here.

If you thought Miami was all about crowded beaches and roaring nightclubs, think again. It’s a great place for solo female travelers, because of the abundance of things to do in Miami . Plus, the city has an excellent reputation for being extremely hospitable, and even quite safe in general.

Whether you are looking for a beach vacation where you can soothe your worries with a dip in the ocean or a full-on intercultural experience, you’ll find it in Miami.

27. Savannah, Georgia

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Savannah is dripping with Southern charm, and definitely has plenty to do to keep any solo traveler occupied. Some travelers describe it as the closest thing to a fairytale, and judging by the elaborate architecture, towering oak trees with Spanish moss, and overall historical atmosphere, I think they’re right.

Fall in love with Savannah by hopping on an e-bike tour to see the city’s highlights. As it’s such a globally recognized soul food destination, get a taste by taking a food tour . Both of these activities are great if you want to have a bit of social interaction with other travelers, but if you want to hit the town solo, make sure to spend time strolling through the Historic District and River Street.

Ready to be enchanted? Check out this ultimate Savannah Guide for more ideas of what to do and where to eat.

28. Washington, DC

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Our nation’s capital city is undoubtedly the mega-hub for incredible historical sites and museums, such as those at the National Mall . Personally, I prefer going to museums solo, so I can move through each exhibit at my own pace. I’m that girl that needs to read every placard and see every little thing, so going by myself gives me the freedom to do that without holding anybody else up.

If this is also you, Washington DC will be heavenly to visit alone. Get up before dawn to see the way the rising sun illuminates the Lincoln Memorial, because nobody can stop you. This city is truly magical at sunrise, before the hustle and bustle of the day begins.

You can also grab a seat on a historic hop-on-hop-off landmarks tour for another self-paced option. Or, if you prefer your history lesson a bit spookier, check out this haunted history ghost tour .

The Northeast

29. cape cod, massachusetts.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts is a family-friendly beach destination. Because it’s safe, easy to explore and absolutely gorgeous, it’s especially suited to solo female travelers. It’s also only an hour away from Boston and Providence.

If you have a car, you can more efficiently explore the ocean beaches and epic sand dunes. On the bay side, you’ll get breathtaking sunsets, which are even more spectacular at low tide when the colors reflect off the sand flat puddles.

If you like to hike, try the 25-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail , which runs from Wellfleet to Dennis. You can rent a bike in outposts along the trail and deviate to marshes, lakes and cranberry bogs. If you’re looking for a more relaxing adventure, Wellfleet has drive-in movies and a weekend flea market. Gay-friendly Provincetown has restaurants serving the legendary clam chowder, nightlife, shop-til-you-drop opportunities and whale-watching excursions .

Book your stay on Cape Cod here.

30. Hudson Valley, New York

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The Hudson Valley nothing like New York City , yet the Big Apple is only an hour away. Here you’ll find farmers markets and mom ‘n’ pop shops in place of grocery stores and chain restaurants, and gorgeous views accessible via many outdoor activities, such as rock climbing and hiking. Some of the best rock climbing is at “the Gunks,” or you can explore trails at Harriman or Bear Mountain State Park or experience the Walkway over the Hudson .

There are so many pocket towns, called “hamlets,” where you can walk through orchards, browse in art galleries, and skip along the railway. The valley is also an excellent place for a road trip, especially during the fall when all the leaves are starting to change color.

Though the United States is huge, and no list could ever do justice to the wealth of places to see and experience, these are a few of our favorites. I hope this list helped you to get a sense of where to start — or continue — your solo journey.

If you have some favorite solo spots to share, please tell me in the comments below!

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Ijana Loss says

01/21/2018 at 7:31 am

I’ve actually been kind of thinking I wanted a list like this for a while! There are tons of articles about the best places in the USA to visit, but this list pertaining specifically to solo travel is great! And I love how many of these places don’t need a car to get around; I would much rather use public transport or my feet if possible

Kristin says

01/22/2018 at 2:22 am

Which is a rarity back home, but I agree!

01/21/2018 at 3:32 pm

Hey there! Glad you have added a post about the US, this is awesome. I love the Western US in my travels, hard to believe it is the same country! Here are my thoughts to add to this nice post plus some Eastern US call-outs solo or with friends, hope this is helpful as I have traveled a lot of the East:

1. Minneapolis and New Orleans: travel 3-4 hours north of Minneapolis to Lake Itasca, and an hour downstream of New Orleans and you will get to see the beginning and end of the mighty Mississippi River! There is St. Paul, MN, Minneapolis’ sister city, interesting history and it is the capital of Minnesota. You can walk in comfort for miles through downtown Minneapolis even in winter through the Minneapolis Skyway System, an engineering achievement.

2. Oregon coast: One of the most breathtaking views and experiences I have ever had was a rare sunny day along the Oregon coast. I got to see the coastline specifically near Florence, Oregon with rocks sitting on the beach several stories tall, temperate rain forests (not all rain forests are tropical) with trees hugging the cliff sides maybe 1000 feet steep if not more, sliding down to the beautiful blue ocean. Then there are the huge sand dunes (not like Namibia, but really neat). June is the best time to get it to clear up, that is the catch, having the weather cooperate (visibility).

For those who are on the Eastern side of the US, besides Cape Cod you’ve got:

3. The warm ocean beaches stretching from North Carolina (south of Cape Hatteras) to Florida: NC is quiet/quaint, South Carolina lots to do, so need to avoid busy season, Charleston, SC my favorite for history, Georgia coast for nature (loggerhead nesting) or for rustic privacy (11 private islands) or resort fancy vacations, Florida for tropical feel or exciting Miami, or more relaxed feel of the Gulf coast, or see the Everglades, swim with manatees and dolphins. 4. The FL Keys: Drive it or bike it, includes incredible bridges like the Seven Mile Bridge over the water 5. Niagara Falls, 6. New York City (you can go solo here, I have, the food is great, Manhattan is fun, 15% is park land, can do it too at a reasonable price if flexible), 7. Washington, D.C (use mass transit you are set, so much history and history being made, Smithsonian, it’s all free! Saw every museum then they built 3 more!), 8. West Virginia-Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway down to NC Smoky Mountains: For those into mountains instead of beaches, not as steep as the West, but so green, lush, and prehistoric (most diverse species of trees in North America)! 9. Maine coastline up to Canadian border: Gorgeous, rocky coastline, ending your trip at Pembroke, ME and see the “Reversing Falls” (yes the tides are so big there that the roaring cascades stop and reverse, need to get there 1 hour or so before high tide). If go into Canada, Bay of Fundy tide change biggest in the world. You can do a lot of this by bike! I have this in my travel plans soon!

I’d love to visit the Keys

02/27/2018 at 6:25 am

Yes, the Keys are great and offer some fantastic diving opportunities among other things. Morehead City, NC as well as Flower Garden Banks off Texas are great options as well in this regard! (but nothing like Rajat Ampat I am sure and I can only speak for the East Coast, I bet you could list off the top of your head spots to go out West! 🙂 ).

04/25/2019 at 3:58 am

Omg – you have to go to the Keys. I think Key West is closer to New Orleans than Miami. And, while you are at it jump down to the BVI.

Brittany Quaglieri says

01/22/2018 at 11:37 am

As a born-and-raised Cape Codder, I enthusiastically second it as a great destination for solo travelers! I take a solo trip to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket (sometimes both!) every year. Thanks for including me in this post!

03/15/2018 at 11:08 am

GReat list! I would add Portland Oregon, and Eugene and Bend Oregon!

JD White says

03/23/2018 at 10:46 pm

Wow, what a list! I’d have to agree on San Francisco. I definitely left my heart there last April! Have you considered exploring more in the prairie regions? I might have some suggestions!

03/25/2018 at 8:20 pm

Feel free to add them here!

Alissa M says

05/28/2018 at 4:17 pm

Charleston SC is also a gorgeous destination & one easy to traverse solo. Historic neighborhoods are breathtaking.

One can easily walk much of the city, along with a free trolley and many bicycle cabs

05/29/2018 at 12:51 am

Thanks for the addition! I’d love to check out the South.

03/28/2019 at 11:46 pm

Hi Kristin,

I’m planning a trip to Alaska for northern light in September, I want to visit some places in the west coast of US after 1 week in Alaska.

My questions are: 1. Can you share typical places suit for solo traveler in the west coast as I plan to spend 1 week there? I’m not into shopping 2. Is it safe for girl to travel alone there 3. Are there public transportation eg: subway, bus

The itinerary is : Ho Chi Minh city –> Alaska –> West Coast –> Ho Chi Minh city

Thank a lot advance. Leu

04/01/2019 at 5:14 pm

Hi Leu, There will probably not be dorms in Alaska that you can use. I wish that hotel availability was better there. It might be more expensive but worth it! I would travel there solo, though Anchorage does have some crime. Sadly the public transport in Vietnam is much better than in the US so renting a car is best!

George Fox-Edwards says

04/30/2019 at 5:49 am

I wish I’d read this post when I roadtripped the West coast of the US! So much adventure to be had, let alone epic sights to see. Can’t believe I’d never heard of Moab before, that’s been swiftly added to the bucket list!

05/01/2019 at 6:23 pm

Moab is soooo awesome!

Solo Female Traveler says

09/13/2019 at 8:29 pm

Oh my gosh. My next travel destination: The Big Island! I definitely believe Hawaii is the most friendliest place and ideal for solo travelers. Amazing post! 🙂

09/16/2019 at 1:37 am

John Harper says

01/11/2020 at 4:42 am

Las Vegas is on my bucket list. This list is awesome to explore USA. What time do you recommend to visit Big Sur?

01/12/2020 at 9:32 pm

Probably September. The weather is still nice and the kiddies are back in school so fewer tourists. However that’s close to our burning season which seems to be a yearly thing now so hard to say.

02/07/2021 at 6:36 pm

I’ve been looking where to vacation as a solo female for a year now. I want to pull the trigger this March. I’ve narrowed it down to Utah or South Dakota. History and mountains are my interest. Thanks for the website. It was very informative

02/09/2021 at 9:43 am

Denise says

09/12/2021 at 10:57 am

I am turning 50 in March and would like to plan a trip that involves being active : like hiking , yoga beaches . Any advice ?

Mikaela says

03/02/2022 at 8:54 pm

I am planning a little solo road trip around the Southwest this spring and am really wondering about the free campsites you mentioned around the desert, especially Utah! I am sure I would stumble upon them somehow during my wandering, but for the sake of some broad planning and peace of mind, could you reccomend some free campsite areas? How did you find them, asking around or a cool website or both? Any tips are greatly appreciated ??

03/07/2022 at 10:09 am

Yes, look specifically for Bureau of land management areas on maps. When you are on BLM land, look for little side roads. Those almost always lead to an area where you can camp. You just have to be at least a mile from the road and not visible from major roadways. You also have to leave no trace so keep in mind that these areas do not have any services including bathrooms. Quite often, you will also need a 4WD vehicle. You can also look at freecampsites.net or the dyrt. Sometimes those are decent resources.

Chrish Smith says

03/02/2022 at 9:55 pm

I read a lot of Blog Post on Solo Travel but this blog are really interesting and I never read blog topic like this. Your writing skill Awesome!

03/07/2022 at 10:07 am

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22 best places to travel alone in the US: the ultimate guide

A list of the best places to travel alone in the US, plus some work exchanges to help you have a more unique and affordable trip!

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Oct 05, 2023

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The United States of America is one of the world’s biggest countries. There is so much to see and do here, and each of the 50 states feels like its own special world . The US has a solid infrastructure, lots of excellent accommodations and work exchanges , and plenty of natural beauty to explore. But what are the best places to travel alone around here?

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Whether you’re a US citizen looking to further explore your own country, or you’re an international traveler, the US is one of the best places to travel alone . The only hard thing about planning US solo travel is the sheer size of the country.

With a huge surface area that includes islands, mountain ranges, huge cities, small towns, and everything else in between, it can be hard to plan a solo trip to the US -there are simply too many places to visit.

To help you narrow down your list of options, we’ve compiled a list of where to travel solo in the US. These 22 destinations offer some of the best solo trips in the US, though of course there are many more that didn’t make the list.

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Throughout this list, we’ll also mention a few Worldpackers work exchanges in various US locations where available. A work exchange is the best way to save money , meet locals, and have a unique travel experience while exploring the USA and many other parts of the world.

This type of trip means you'll work a few hours a week in exchange for free accommodation, and sometimes extra perks like meals, classes and tours. You'll also have the benefit of being hosted by a local, which will help you stay safe, informed, and immersed in the local culture . They will share their local knowledge with you and help you have the best possible experience traveling in the US. 

The US is normally not a cheap country to travel so your wallet will thank you for doing a work exchange!

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22 best places to travel alone in the US

Where you decide to travel will depend on your preferences and your budget. Definitely do plenty of pre-trip research to help organize your solo travel adventure. But to help provide some ideas and inspiration for where to go, here are 22 of the best places to travel alone in the US!

1. New York City, New York

New York City is one of the world’s most iconic places . Tourists flock here from all over the world to roam Times Square, see the Statue of Liberty, relax in Central Park, and indulge in the nonstop nightlife and entertainment. We also believe this is one of the best places to travel alone in the whole world.

NYC is a great place for solo travel for many reasons. Public transport is plentiful, and there are shops, accommodations, attractions, restaurants, bars, museums, and bodegas on every corner. You will never run out of things to do here!

The downside is that accommodation in this popular destination tends to be quite expensive. But that shouldn't be a problem for you, since there are some great work exchange opportunities in NYC. 

If you’re looking to save money and escape the city for a bit, you can also try a work exchange just 1.5 hours away from NYC. Head into rural New York and volunteer at a holistic center in Cragsmoor . You can be a part of the support staff at a Buddhist center and help with cleaning and other various tasks in exchange for a free stay.

2. Asheville, North Carolina

Outdoorsy travelers looking for the best solo vacations in the USA should definitely consider Asheville, North Carolina. 

This cozy little city tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains is surrounded by rolling mountains, tumbling waterfalls, and dense forests. Asheville is home to an abundance of fun outdoor activities , including hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, river rafting, kayaking, and more.

There are also lots of fun things to do in Asheville within the city center! Go to a local pub and watch some live Bluegrass music , or head to one of the many breweries in town. Asheville has lots of unique museums, restaurants, rooftop bars, and cafes as well. 

Those who love architecture can check out the magnificent Biltmore Estate, or you can check out the markets and galleries in the River Arts District. Asheville is safe, easy to get around, and full of fun activities for solo travelers .

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3. Anchorage, Alaska

Another epic place to visit in the USA is Anchorage, Alaska. Known as “The Last Frontier”, Alaska is home to some of the most breathtaking and untouched wilderness in the US. 

For those looking to immerse themselves in nature and explore a more rugged side of the US, Alaska is the place to be. Anchorage in particular is one of the state’s best cities . It’s known for its abundance of art and music, as well as its nearby state parks, glaciers, and hiking trails.

For a unique experience near Anchorage, head 45 minutes out of the city to the town of Butte. You can volunteer at an organic farm in the Matanuska Valley ! Help with farming and learn about the ins and outs of sustainable living. You’ll get free meals, a free stay, and lots of quality time with the Alaskan wilderness! 

4. New Orleans, Louisiana

If you’re wondering where to travel solo in the US and you want to visit somewhere lively, multicultural, and fun, New Orleans should be on your radar. This vibrant city in southern Louisiana is one of the US’s most artistic and exciting cities. Filled with music, art, food, architecture, festivals, history, and more, New Orleans supplies solo travelers with endless excitement.

The heart and soul of the city is the French Quarter. Head here to see public art displays, talented street musicians, and lots of ornate, historic architecture. New Orleans has a fascinating mix of cultures and this diversity is reflected in the music, art, and food. Indulge in some traditional Creole cuisine and be sure to visit a few jazz bars. 

If you love to party, Bourbon Street comes to life at night . You can also try to visit New Orleans for its annual Mardi Gras festival, just keep in mind the city will be extra packed and expensive at that time!

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5. St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida is the USA’s oldest official city. If you’re looking for history and sunshine , this charming city on Florida’s east coast is a gem. 

Dating back to the 1500s, St. Augustine has numerous monuments to check out, including Castillo de San Marcos, the St. Augustine Lighthouse, Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth, and more. Also be sure to visit the museums, state parks, and beaches .

To experience a more local side of St. Augustine, consider volunteering in a guesthouse . You can live and work with a local, helping them lightly clean and organize their home. In exchange, you’ll get a free stay, as well as lots of local tips and knowledge about the area.

6. Austin, Texas

Another one of the best places for solo travel in the US is Austin, Texas. Sometimes called the “ Live Music Capital Of The World ”, this city is perfect for any type of traveler. Street music, performances in bars and restaurants, and music festivals are huge in Austin, and dancing is a popular pastime as well. 

South Congress neighborhood is great for finding food, drinks, and shops , and you can also find some incredible authentic Texas barbecue places around town.

Nature lovers can head over to Lady Bird Lake. Here you can kayak or paddleboard, or go for a jog along the surrounding trails. The city is also home to a few swimming holes , including the popular Barton Springs Pool. Austin, Texas is a super fun city to visit if you’re traveling alone!

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7. San Diego, California

One of the most visited cities in the USA is San Diego. Located in sunny Southern California , San Diego offers a wealth of culture, nature, and entertainment for solo travelers. 

With world-class museums, thriving nightlife, pristine beaches, gorgeous hiking trails , and so much more, you’ll have a blast. Those looking to explore nature can add La Jolla Cove, Torrey Pines State Park, and Sunset Cliffs to their San Diego bucket list. If you’re more into eating, drinking, and sightseeing, try exploring the Gaslamp Quarter. 

Balboa Park is a national treasure as well. This massive green space has lots of incredible museums, art galleries, walking trails, landscaped gardens, and more. 

And don’t forget to spend some time on the beaches . Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach are two of the top areas for surfing, swimming, strolling, and people-watching.

San Diego has lots of top-rated hostels if you’re looking for a place to stay on a budget. To score free accommodation, you can even volunteer at a hostel. 

If you have any content creation or digital marketing skills, you can volunteer at this hostel and help them improve their online presence through videography, but there are also plenty of other work exchange opportunities in San Diego - Worldpackers was created there!

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8. Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona offers another one of the best solo trips in the US. Surrounded by unique desert landscapes, national parks , and natural beauty, outdoorsy travelers will love to hike, road trip, and explore. 

Within the city itself, there is incredible food, affordable places to stay, fascinating gardens and museums, and more. Phoenix is safe and beautiful, so it’s enjoyable to visit as a solo traveler.

9. Hilo, Hawaii

The Hawaiian Islands offer some of the most breathtaking scenery in the US. Hawaii is also very safe, making it one of the best places to travel alone as a female.

Though each Hawaiian Island offers something special and unique, The Big Island is a great place to start. Explore national parks, hike volcanoes, snorkel on the beaches, and road trip up the scenic, winding coastline.

For a unique experience near Hilo, head 10 miles north of town and volunteer at an eco-lodge . Stay in a glamping tent and help your hosts maintain their eco-friendly technologies and sustainable lifestyle. You’ll be living amongst lush rainforests and waterfalls , so be sure to appreciate every second of this unbelievable experience.

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10. Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

The ultimate historic destination in the US for solo travelers is Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Not many travelers come to West Virginia, but the state is actually filled with so much natural beauty and history. 

West Virginia is incredibly safe and the locals are friendly, so it’s another great place for solo travelers .

Harpers Ferry is known for its Historical Park, which has numerous buildings, churches, and landmarks from the Civil War Era. When you’re not meandering through the traditional town center, you can hit up a scenic lookout or hiking trail to admire the rivers, forests, and mountains of the area. The Appalachian Trail even passes through Harpers Ferry so you can hike a portion of that if you’re up for it!

11. Boston, Massachusetts

Another incredible spot that had to be on this list of best places to travel alone  is the mighty city of Boston. As the capital of Massachusetts, Boston is a busy city that offers a bit more of a historical vibe than NYC. You can follow the Freedom Trail through the city and learn about the American Revolution, as this city played a vital role in the country’s independence.

Take a stroll through Boston Commons, check out the golden dome of the State House, or go shopping at Faneuil Hall. You could even go on a Duck Tour through the city and sail along the Charles River. Boston also has lots of fun bars and pubs in South Boston, or “Southie”, and there are many great places to eat in the North End.

Boston is one of the more expensive cities in the US, though, so you can save money by doing a work exchange . About an hour from the city, there is a historic estate in Whitinsville, MA . Help renovate and decorate this magnificent estate in exchange for a free stay and plenty of time off to explore Boston and the surrounding areas. 


12. Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina is one of the US’s most scenic cities. Solo travelers flock here because it is fun, safe, and full of incredible sights. Fill up on delicious, hearty Southern cuisine as you wander through the historic, charming streets. Head to the beaches to soak in the Carolina sun, or hit up the local nightlife.

Photographers have to visit Rainbow Row, a famous street in this scenic city known for its rows of colorful buildings. You can also visit the historic Charleston City Market, Angel Oak Tree, and Joe Riley Waterfront Park for more top-notch photo opportunities.

13. Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado is another one of the best places to travel alone  in the US. With a large community of young professionals, travelers, students, and outdoor enthusiasts, this city in the Rocky Mountains has a vibrant community and lots of fun things to do. 

If you want to explore the natural beauty of the Rockies, all you have to do is venture just outside the city’s borders and you can hike, bike, climb, and sightsee to your heart’s content.

In the city itself, there are plenty of museums, markets, historic landmarks, bars, restaurants, parks, and gardens to entertain any solo traveler. 

A great way to meet people while traveling alone is by volunteering in a hostel ! Denver has a top-rated hostel that needs volunteers to work at the front desk . Being a receptionist here will help you fit into the local community and you’ll have a very social experience.

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14. Newport, Rhode Island

Another beautiful place to travel alone is Newport. This coastal city in America’s smallest state has so much to offer. Whether you’re into history, architecture, beaches, seafood, or nightlife, Newport, Rhode Island has something for you.

Your first stop in Newport should be Thames Street, the heart of the historical center. Lined with adorable shops, cafes, and boutiques , you can window-shop here for hours. This cobblestone street is also home to a few green parks and historic buildings that only make the city more scenic. 

If you want to feel the salty ocean breeze on your face , take on the Cliff Walk or go surfing at Eastons Beach. Take a boat cruise through Narragansett Bay, drive along the historic Bellevue Avenue, or hit the town at night.

15. Savannah, Georgia

This charming Southern city is also one of the best places to travel alone in the US. With that warm, coastal breeze and its rich culture and history, Savannah, Georgia has so much to offer solo travelers. 

Savannah’s Historic District is a good place to start for sightseeing. Be sure to visit the photogenic Forsyth Park, City Market, and Wormsloe Historic Site. Local eateries, ice cream shops, vintage stores, lush green parks, and impressive churches can be found all over this lovely city, so spend a few days here and enjoy every minute!

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16. Seattle, Washington

If you’re looking to travel alone in the magical Pacific Northwest, consider starting your journey in Seattle, Washington. With a trendy coffee scene, lots of live music, and an outdoorsy vibe, Seattle unites culture and nature. 

Explore Pike Place Market, visit the iconic Space Needle, or head outside the city and visit a nearby island, lake, mountain, or national park.

Get to know the local Seattle culture by participating in a homestay! Take care of the children and pets for this friendly local family that gets lots of great reviews. This is a great way to enjoy free accommodation and have a fun and relaxing local experience. 

17. Portland, Oregon

Another gem of the Pacific Northwest is Portland, Oregon. Surrounded by mountains, valleys, waterfalls, and more, Portland is a fun city that has lots of opportunities for exploring nature . You can escape the city by hiking Mount Hood, going skiing or snowboarding in the wintertime, or visiting the famous Multnomah Falls.

Within Portland itself, there is endless fun to be had. Visit the iconic food trucks and sample delicious homemade food from local vendors. Or visit a bookstore, stroll through a rose garden, visit a historic mansion, or check out a museum. 

Other photogenic highlights of the city include the Portland Japanese Garden, Washington Park, and the Lan Su Chinese Garden.

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18. Dallas, Texas

Next on our list of best places to travel alone in the US is Dallas, one of the best cities in the mighty state of Texas. This is the third largest city in Texas, and despite its size, it consistently ranks high for safety and quality of life. 

Give your solo trip to Dallas a unique twist by trying a homestay! If you speak any other languages, this Dallas host is keen to learn from you. Enjoy f ree food and accommodation in exchange for language lessons and some help around the house, and explore Dallas on your days off.

19. Washington DC, Maryland

A list of the best US solo travel destinations wouldn’t be complete without adding the nation’s capital city! Washington DC is definitely a must-see in the USA. Not only is the capital city packed with significant museums and landmarks, it also has lots of fun places to eat, drink, and watch local entertainment.

Take a tour of the White House, see the Lincoln Memorial, or climb the Washington Monument. You should absolutely visit the Smithsonian Museums as well. Most are free to the public and there are some fascinating displays of history, science, and culture in these world-class museums. 

Visit the city during cherry blossom season to see the landscape come to life with beautiful pink flowers. 

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20. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Another cool place to travel alone in the US is Albuquerque, New Mexico. With a rustic Old Town full of Spanish colonial architecture , and a bustling downtown full of fun and entertainment, solo travelers will have a blast in this city. 

Try a unique work exchange in New Mexico by volunteering at a holistic hot springs center ! Just 2 hours away from the city in rural New Mexico you can help with maintenance and building. Enjoy a free stay and watch these hot springs improve thanks to your efforts! 

21. Richmond, Virginia

Another pearl on our list of the best places to travel alone is Richmond, the capital city of Virginia. With an abundance of museums, historic sites, and gardens, Richmond is a beautiful city for sightseeing and exploring. 

Immerse yourself in the Virginia wilderness with this work exchange . Located in Monterey, about 2 hours away from Richmond, you can work on a farm in exchange for free accommodation. Help with gardening and foraging, and have the opportunity to live in a rustic cabin surrounded by nature.

22. Tampa, Florida

Last but not least, this sunny city in the Gulf of Mexico is a top US solo travel destination . Though Florida is home to many other more popular cities such as Miami and Orlando, Tampa has that intimate feel that is perfect for a solo traveler. 

The city center is easily walkable, especially thanks to the recent addition of the Riverwalk that spans the length of the downtown Hillsborough River. Soak in the sunshine, walk under the palm trees, and admire the beauty of Tampa.

Ybor City is a great place for nightlife in Tampa, as is the neighborhood of Soho. Hyde Park has an amazing local farmers market, and you can go for a lovely bike ride or walk down Bayshore Boulevard and see if you can spot some dolphins! Some of America’s best beaches are just a short drive away, including Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach.

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I hope you enjoyed this selection of the best places to travel alone in this awesome country. Check out our full list of work exchange and volunteer programs in the USA if you want to have a more immersive and affordable solo travel experience. Have fun!

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Hello! I am a 25 year old from the USA with a knack for traveling on a budget. I fell in love with traveling while studying in Europe, and that love grew even more when I started volunteering abroad in South America. Since then, I've worked odd jobs and volunteered all over the globe while cultivating passions for hiking, wildlife photography, food, wine, animals, permaculture, and more!

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8 best solo trips in the US

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My first taste of solo travel was when I tagged along with my husband on a business trip to London. We met up in the evening for dinner or drinks and shared a hotel room, of course. However, during the day, I was totally on my own and free to explore the city in any way I chose. I joined a sightseeing bike tour of classic London landmarks, spent hours wandering parks and museums, searched far and wide for London's best fish and chips and successfully learned to navigate the city on my own.

Once I learned how to travel solo , I felt comfortable and confident being on my own in a new place. Now, I relish the opportunity to take a solo trip. I love traveling with my friends and family, but when you travel on your own, your time belongs only to you.

To that end, TPG rounded up some of the best solo travel destinations to help you step out of your comfort zone and experience travel in a new way.

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Good for: History buffs.

From its crucial role in the Revolutionary War to longstanding icons like Fenway Park, Quincy Market and its many museums, Boston plays host to a wealth of attractions for solo travelers who fancy themselves history buffs. For a firsthand look at Boston's early days, step onto The Freedom Trail , a walking tour of 16 sites that played integral roles in the birth of our nation. You can continue your exploration in some of Boston's historic neighborhoods, including Beacon Hill and the North End (Boston's Little Italy).

If you plan to spend an evening cheering on the Boston Red Sox, a stay at The Verb Hotel (starting at $240 per night) will put you within walking distance of Fenway. Or, for a points-friendly option, book a room at The Liberty, A Luxury Collection Hotel , where rates start at $313 or 53,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night. The building once served as the home of Boston's Charles Street Jail, and you can dine among the preserved jail cell facades at the hotel's restaurant, Clink.

Asheville, North Carolina

weekend solo trips usa

Good for: Hiking, biking and beer.

Asheville truly has it all for outdoor enthusiasts — hiking and mountain biking trails through the hazy vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains (the city provides a " hike finder " to help you find the perfect trail), paddling down the French Broad River or simply checking out Asheville's outdoor shopping districts like the River Arts District or Biltmore Park by foot (shopping counts as cardio in my book).

When it's time for some apres-hike brews and bites, head to one of Asheville's breweries. There's plenty to choose from, but Wicked Weed and Hi-Wire top the list for spots to satisfy your thirst and hunger in a fun setting.

For an upscale boutique stay in downtown Asheville, check into The Foundry Hotel , a Curio Collection by Hilton property that starts at $265 or 76,000 Hilton Honors points per night, or the budget-friendly Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown , which starts at $136 or 27,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

New Orleans

weekend solo trips usa

Good for: Live music and livelier crowds.

Even if you visit the Big Easy alone, you are never truly on your own. Whether it's vibing with the throngs of tourists on Bourbon Street, standing in line for beignets at Cafe du Monde or learning about the city's rich history on a group walking tour, you're likely to be surrounded by friendly faces with similar interests (and a taste for powdered-sugar-covered fried dough).

If you've never been to New Orleans , make time to hit up hot spots like Pat O'Briens for a rum-soaked hurricane, Central Grocery, where the famous muffuletta sandwich was invented and Preservation Jazz Hall for live jazz. If you still have time during your trip, venture farther from the French Quarter to City Park and Mardi Gras World or take a guided tour of New Orleans' hauntingly beautiful mausoleums.

For a hotel that's close but not too close to the French Quarter, stay at The Eliza Jane (starting at $150 or 28,000 IHG One Rewards points per night) or the Kimpton Hotel Fontenot (starting at $150 or 17,000 World of Hyatt points per night), two of New Orleans' many points-friendly hotels .

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Good for: Music-lovers and foodies.

The Texas state capital is known for many things — delicious barbecue, a stellar music scene, gorgeous green spaces and lakes where you can stay active and the world's largest urban colony of bats, to name a few. What's great about visiting Austin as a solo traveler are the various neighborhoods you can visit to enjoy dining, drinks and entertainment all in one place.

Sixth Street closes down to traffic on weekends and is a great spot for creative cocktails and neon-lit music venues. For something a little more laid back, head to Rainey Street. Also, South Congress, with its unique boutiques and variety of dining options, is a must-visit for both locals and tourists.

Zilker Park puts more than 350 acres of outdoor fun at your fingertips. You can swim in the spring-fed Barton Springs Pool, explore on a rented bike or canoe or time your visit to annual events like the Austin City Limits Music Festival or the Austin Kite Festival.

Some of the best points hotels in Austin are close to downtown, including The Driskill, a World of Hyatt property starting at $215 or 21,000 World of Hyatt points per night, and the Austin Proper Hotel , which starts at $400 or 42,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

Portland, Oregon

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Good for: Exploring the unique landscape of the Pacific Northwest.

Portland is surrounded by natural beauty on all sides. Though the city lies in a valley, you can often see Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens and the towering green firs and pines that surround it. To best enjoy these natural wonders, visit Powell Butte for panoramic mountain views or the outlook behind Pittock Mansion for city views with Mount Hood looking in the background.

You'd be remiss to skip all the weird and wonderful within Portland's city limits. Voracious readers could spend hours in Powell's City of Books, the country's largest independent bookstore, and at the outdoor Portland Saturday Market , which is considered the largest continually operating arts and crafts market in the country. The city has so many food carts it's created a handy guide to help you find exactly what you're hungry for.

Many of Portland's hotels reflect the city's unique style. Choose the Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland (starting at $170 or 32,000 IHG One Rewards points per night) or The Nines Hotel Portland (starting at $230 or 43,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night), both located downtown.

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Good for: A mix of beach days and California history.

San Diego is home to many beautiful beaches, but there's more to San Diego than just lazy days in the sand (though I wouldn't blame you if you didn't leave the beach during your visit). Many of San Diego's best-known attractions are in Balboa Park, including the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Air & Space Museum and many splendid gardens and recreational areas.

About 2 miles west of Balboa Park on San Diego Bay is the USS Midway Museum , where you can learn about historic naval aircraft and helicopters on board the USS Midway aircraft carrier. Old Town San Diego — the first European settlement in California — and the Gaslamp Quarter are also worth peeling yourself away from the beach for.

Related: The best hotels in San Diego

If you prefer to stay close to downtown and the bay, reserve a room at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown , where rates start at $210 or 67,000 Hilton Honors points per night. If you want to be closer to the beach, head to the famed Hotel del Coronado . Expect nightly prices to start at $400 or 95,000 Hilton Honors points.

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Good for: Legendary country music.

From the 4,000-seat Grand Ole Opry to the rows of bars with live music along Lower Broadway, you are never too far from legendary country stars and up-and-coming crooners when you visit Nashville.

However, Nashville isn't only a hotbed of honky tonk. It's also where music fans go to immerse themselves in the history of country music. You can pay homage to the greats like Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash at the Country Music Hall of Fame, or visit RCA Studio B, where perma-stars like Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton recorded country classics.

Nashville is also well known for its shopping scene. Visit The District in downtown Nashville for everything from record albums to cowboy boots, then head to the shops in Hillsboro Village or Gulch for local and nationally known fashion and accessory brands.

Related: The best hotels to book in Nashville for the full Music City experience

The Embassy Suites Downtown Nashville (starting at $160 or 47,000 Hilton Honors points per night) offers spacious rooms and a rooftop indoor pool, but for a true Nashville experience you'll never forget, go for the Dolly Parton suite at the Graduate Nashville hotel (starting at $300 per night).

Sedona, Arizona

weekend solo trips usa

Good for: Reconnecting with nature.

There are few places in the U.S. with more spectacular scenery than Sedona, Arizona . Surrounded by striking red-rock buttes and majestic canyons, this desert destination is an ideal spot for communing with nature. For some, that could mean a solitary day of hiking at the picturesque Bell Rock, while others may prefer a more spiritual experience like a yoga hiking tour of Sedona .

Sedona's art scene is as vibrant as its landscape. Peruse shops and galleries in the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village or the Sedona Artist Market. On the first Friday of every month , many galleries stay open into the evening hours and have special artist receptions and other events.

The Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock (starting at $250 or 53,000 Hilton Honors points per night) is about as close as you can get to Sedona's best hiking trails. For a serene retreat experience, stay at L'Auberge de Sedona (starting at $250 or 53,000 Hilton Honors points per night) or The Wilde Resort & Spa (starting at $450 per night).

Bottom line

When you take a solo trip, you have the freedom and independence to go where you want and do what you want whenever you want.

Whether you are looking for outdoor adventures, foodie heaven or big-city excitement, these eight destinations are among the best cities in the U.S. for solo travelers.

Jessie on a Journey | Solo Female Travel Blog

29 Best Places To Travel Alone In The United States

By Jessie Festa. This guide to solo travel in the US contains affiliate links to trusted partners!

Looking for the best places to travel alone in the United States ?

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The United States is known for many things — national parks, iconic landmarks, natural beauty, a melting pot of cultures, historic sites, scenic road trips, and a solid tourism infrastructure throughout its cosmopolitan cities, remote retreats, and adorable small towns.

And fortunately for you, it’s also a great place to travel on your own.

After taking many of my own solo trips around the United States, I wanted to put together a guide to share some of the amazing destinations catering to people traveling on their own.

Not only that, but I also reached out to some of my favorite bloggers to have them share their favorite places to travel solo in the USA.

Note that this list of best places to vacation alone in the United States is in no way exhaustive. There are many other wonderful destinations in the US that are great for women traveling on their own. The point of this article, though, is to provide a solid starting point for planning your solo trip.

➡️ Safety Tip: When traveling solo in the USA, it’s smart to pack travel safety essentials . One top pick is the She’s Birdie Personal Safety Alarm , which is TSA-approved and can help scare away potential attackers. Other recommendations include Clever Travel Companion Pickpocket-Proof Garments and Speakeasy Travel Supply Hidden Pocket Scarves . 🚗 Getting Around: Check out  Discover Cars  to quickly compare your rental car options. Their comparison tool does the homework for you, and you can save up to 70% on your solo USA trip car rental by using their tool! 🏥  Travel Insurance:  SafetyWing offers straightforward and comprehensive plans to make sure you’re covered in an emergecy – especially as US healthcare services are extremely expensive. 📞  Staying Connected:  If visiting from abroad, I highly recommend installing an Airalo eSIM on your phone.

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But first, before we get into our list of the  best places for solo travel in the US , I invite you to grab a seat in my  free Savvy Solo Traveler E-Course .

The 6-day course is designed to help you feel confident about booking your first solo trip and exploring the world alone.

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  • Essential steps for staying safe on a solo trip
  • How to take amazing solo selfies

Once you’ve  grabbed your seat , read on to dive into the solo female travel guide .

29 Best Places For Solo Travel In The USA

There are many benefits of traveling alone , especially when you choose a solo-friendly place to go. Luckily, this guide shares some of the absolute best solo travel destinations in the USA to help you plan a truly epic trip.

1. New York City

NYC is one of the best places to travel alone in the United States

When it comes to where to travel alone in the US , it’s hard to beat New York City.

First of all, as a local who is constantly wandering around on my own, I can say it is totally not weird to eat alone, go to museums alone, see shows alone, sign up for classes alone, lay out in the parks alone; basically, nobody will even notice if you’re on your own, so don’t feel self-conscious.

Also, whether you’re looking to keep to yourself or make new friends on the road, you can find opportunities for both.

Is solo travel fun ?

Actually, there are loads of fun things to do in NYC by yourself , from exploring the many institutions along Museum Mile in the Upper East Side to wandering charming neighborhoods like SoHo and the West Village to having uniquely New York experiences — such as exploring immigrant history at the Statue of Liberty or taking in a view from the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at One World Observatory .

Moreover, New York City is truly a melting pot of cultures, with over 700 languages spoken throughout its five boroughs. This means you can travel the world without even leaving the city, whether you sign up for an Irish dance class, eat authentic Italian food on Arthur Avenue, spend a few hours in Chinatown, learn about Latino culture at El Museo del Barrio, or dine at one of New York’s many ethnic restaurants.

Speaking of food, if you’d like to meet people, consider dining in a local home through EatWith . Or if you’d prefer to cozy up alone in the corner, there are many Instagrammable cafes in NYC with great food.

Finally, there is always something going on! Even if you’re exploring NYC on a budget , you can check out park calendars for free and cheap events as well as sign up for event newsletters like The Skint and Secret NYC.

No matter what experience you’re craving — from the cultural to the quirky — you’ll likely find it in this unforgettable destination. This, in my opinion, is what makes NYC one of the best solo trips in the USA!

If you’re looking for safe places to travel alone in the United States, New York City is one of the safest big cities in the world .

-Jessie Festa from Jessie on a Journey

New York City Travel Resources:

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2. San Francisco, California 

Visiting the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco - one of the best places to travel alone in the USA

There are so many great places to travel solo in California — like San Francisco, a city that offers much to see and do for those exploring on their own. Whether you love food, art, history, or exploring nature, it’s all right there at your fingertips.

Located in the state of California , the Golden Gate Bridge is the iconic landmark of the city and deserves a spot on any San Francisco itinerary. A stunning, rust-colored suspension bridge with coastal views and architectural delights on either side, walking or biking across offers a truly unforgettable experience.

A few of the many other popular attractions in San Francisco include the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre (for wonderful scenery and concerts), SFMOMA (a modern art museum), and Coit Tower (for murals and 360-degree city views).

Additionally, the Alamo Square neighborhood and park is very popular and is a great option for a picnic when the weather is nice. 

San Francisco is not just a city of dreamy fog and winding streets; it’s also home to the Historic Streetcar that tourists love riding. You can also take a cablecar to the famous Lombard Street — aka the “Crooked Street”.

The Fisherman’s Wharf area offers visitors opportunities for sightseeing as well as commuting by taking these historic vehicles around town.

Additionally, in Fisherman’s Wharf you can take a walking tour that will show how this historic area has changed over time while also providing insights into local life before visiting one of its many seafood restaurants — or even watch fishermen at work and see the sea lions on Pier 39.

You can find a list of Fisherman’s Wharf tours here .

Finally, don’t miss out on a tour to Alcatraz Island ( like these ) to learn about the dark history of the now abandoned federal prison.

These experiences (and more!) help to make San Francisco one of the best places to travel solo in the USA.

– By Mayuri from ToSomePlaceNew

San Francisco Travel Resources:

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3. Jackson, Wyoming

woman dogsledding in Jackson Hole during USA solo travel

A small town with a big personality, Jackson in Wyoming is cozy, lively, and packed with year-round adventure for solo travelers of all styles.

The town sits at the base of the epic Teton Mountain Range. In the summer, this area offers plenty of stunning day hikes with epic views and opportunities to spot wildlife. Check out Delta Lake for bright blue water, Cascade Canyon for waterfalls and the occasional moose, or drive up to Oxbow’s Bend at sunrise to see the mountains in a fiery glow.

In the winter, trade shorts for ski pants and head out on a solo ski trip with top-notch shredding. Skiers come from all over the globe to experience Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s huge vertical terrain and backcountry access.

Alternatively, you can slow it down a little with a dog sledding tour or a snowshoe adventure.

Then, once you’re good and cold, swing by Astoria Hot Springs for a well-deserved soak. Your muscles will thank you. 

Now you may still be wondering, what makes Jackson so great for solo travelers?

Well, the town is small enough to walk. Plus it has impressive public transportation, an array of vibey bars, restaurants, and shops, and almost too many activities that it’s nearly impossible to choose just a few.

Whether you meet your new best friends on a group tour, venture out totally solo for some one-on-one time with mother nature, or spend your time cozied up in a fur blanket by the fire, Jackson is the perfect year-round solo travel destination. 

What are you waiting for? The mountains are calling in one of the best places to travel alone in the USA !

-By Eva from Wander In Raw

Jackson Travel Resources:

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4. Las Vegas, Nevada

Visiting the Las Vegas Strip and its iconic hotels during female solo travel in the USA

If you are looking for a safe and fun destination to explore on your own, then Sin City is the place. There’s so much beauty in this architectural wonderland, it’ll take days just to visit all of its famous landmarks! 

From outdoor festivals to live poolside music to chill lounges to clubs that go all night, there are many ways for solo travelers to really take in the action of Las Vegas depending on their style.

This is particularly true along The Strip, where over 30 hotels feature lavish casinos, delicious restaurants, and endless entertainment options that are perfect for solo travelers, like comedy shows, magic shows, and dance performances.

Moreover, at many of these hotels you can catch free daily shows — like the Fountains of Bellagio and the Volcano at the Mirage Hotel — that are totally normal to visit on your own.

Solo travelers can also do a walking tour of The Strip — like these , which allow you to join an expert guide who will show you all of Sin City’s best architectural landmarks and share some local secrets.

Or you can book a food tour, like the Las Vegas Strip Sightseeing and Foodie Tour or the Best Bites on The Las Vegas Strip Tour , for a tasty twist.

Keep in mind, walking tours are also a great way to meet other people when traveling on your own.

Another fun activity for solo travelers is outlet shopping. You can choose between the Las Vegas North Premium Outlet — which is an outdoor mall — or the indoor South Outlet with over 140 stores. This will keep you occupied for the whole day, if you enjoy retail therapy.

That being said, do stop and relax at a bar while sipping cocktails to cool off from the summer heat that happens every year.

Oh, and did you know Las Vegas is also an adventure travel destination? In fact, you can find some of the world’s best hikes nearby, especially if you visit the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, which features 196,000 acres and is a little less than an hour away.

A trip to Las Vegas will be a memorable one as you dance the night away, take in the views from a hot air balloon ride, or dine at fancy Michelin Star restaurants like Lounge 34 & Restaurant Le Signe.

– By Mayuri from Canada Crossroads

Las Vegas Travel Resources:

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Click here for a list of top-rated Las Vegas hotels .

5. Anchorage, Alaska

Woman visiting Spencer Glacier in Anchorage, Alaska - one of the best places in the US to travel solo

While you’ll have to venture out a bit further to get here, a solo trip to Anchorage, Alaska is not one to overlook! 

Despite being the capital of the US’ final frontier and the 49th state, Anchorage marches to a different beat than the larger, buzzier metropolises you’ll find out west. Instead of skyscrapers, traffic, and a laundry list of attractions on TripAdvisor, Anchorage offers travelers something entirely different: a front-row seat to Alaska’s incredible great outdoors. 

Solo travelers will love spending a long weekend in Anchorage because it’s easy to navigate (thanks to no traffic) and easy to fit right in (Anchorage is incredibly diverse). While you won’t find as many chic or boutique hotels here, the mid-range hotels and lodges are a fine home base for long days spent outside exploring.

If you’re renting a car, spend a day driving along the Turnagain Arm on a scenic 2.5-hour drive to Seward, and explore Kenai Fjords National Park by boat with a stop at Exit Glacier. 

For another easy day trip, head to Girdwood’s Alyeska Resort for some skiing or to simply take a lift up and enjoy a meal on the slopes. 

On the flip side, if you’re a solo traveler with no interest in driving around Alaska by yourself, don’t worry! 

Another way to get around that’s fun even if you’re by yourself is the Alaska Railroad. Grab a seat up top and see if you can spot belugas, moose, or even bears from your seat! You can easily use this train to get from Anchorage to Whittier for glacier viewing, Girdwood for skiing, or even far up north to Fairbanks or Denali for Northern Lights. 

For solo adventure-seekers, Anchorage is brimming with wide-open spaces to explore, and unbelievable rugged beauty right at your fingertips. This helps to make it one of the best US cities for solo travel .

– By Rachel-Jean from Rachel Off Duty

Anchorage Travel Resources:

Click here for a list of top-rated Anchorage tours .

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6. Asheville, North Carolina  

Mountain view from the Mt Mitchell Summit in Asheville - one of the best places to visit in the USA alone

With a population of just under 95,000 residents and a metropolitan area of 360,000 (with an annual growth rate averaging around 2%), Asheville is the largest city in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and the state’s 12th largest city overall. 

Located at an elevation of 2,134 feet approximately two hours west of Charlotte, the burgeoning mountain metropolis is perhaps most famous for the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately-owned home in America. The 250-room, 135,000-square-foot mansion was built for George Washington Vanderbilt II in 1895 and inspired Asheville’s abundance of early 20th-century Art Deco architecture.

Guests can stay in the Biltmore Village — which includes a hotel, inn, and cottages. While there, take self-guided or audio tours of the house, gardens, and winery, and enjoy outdoor activities ranging from biking, hiking, and kayaking to falconry, fly-fishing, horseback riding, and sporting clays.

But there are also plenty of other things to do in Asheville for solo travelers. Hip, funky Downtown Asheville is packed with indie bookstores, record stores, art galleries, clothing boutiques, and coffee shops. 

The city’s progressive culinary scene is legendary, including award-winning restaurants such as Chef Katie Buttons’ Cúrate Bar de Tapas, Chef Peter Pollay’s Posana, the vegan-friendly Plant (in the chic River Arts District), and Buxton Hall Barbecue — which is a partnership between two James Beard Award-nominated chefs. 

There are also an array of upscale restaurants in the Biltmore Village, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

But Asheville shines brightest for solo travelers seeking outdoor adventure. The city is literally surrounded by rugged natural beauty, including the highest peak east of the Mississippi, Mount Mitchell.

You’ll also find the vast 500,000-acre wilderness of Pisgah National Forest, the French Broad River, countless beautiful waterfalls, and the world-renowned Blue Ridge Parkway — often touted as one of the best solo road trips in the USA .

Taking a drive on the iconic, 469-mile scenic route — which stretches from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in NC to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia — is an absolute must-do. 

Visiting some of the 100+ BRP overlooks is a great way to meet like-minded strangers, and hiking trails such as Rough Ridge, Craggy Pinnacle, Max Patch, or the epic Mountains-to-Sea Trail is a great way to explore the stunning Blue Ridge Mountain landscapes. 

–By Bret & Mary of Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide

Asheville Travel Resources:

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7. Charleston, South Carolina

Middleton Place House Museum in Charleston, South Carolina - one of the best solo vacations in the USA

Charleston, South Carolina offers one of the best solo trips in the US , especially as it can easily be explored at your leisure. That being said, if you prefer connecting with other travelers then it’s easy to find things to do in this area that would accommodate that, as well.  

Charleston offers a great blend of history as well as the modern-day, especially as this now-hip destination is also one of the oldest cities in the country.

Take Downtown Charleston, for example. Here you’ll be taken back in time with cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and antebellum architecture. There are also many historic tours and museums sharing about the city’s rich history — like the Strong Women of the South History Tour , which explores historical Charleston from the perspective of the founding mothers and women.

That being said, you can also explore the modern Downtown Charleston dining scene for some famous low country cooking. 

Nearby there are multiple museums to visit — the Charleston Museum is a great place to start — as well as shopping at the historic city market. You can also take a leisurely stroll along the seawall to view the beautiful local parks and Charleston Harbor. 

Outside of Downtown Charleston, solo travelers can do day trips to explore the beaches of Kiawah Island, go wine tasting at Deep Water Vineyard, or tour a plantation like McLeod Plantation, which strives to tell the full story of the site — including the honest experience of the enslaved.

In short, for a trip that blends history and present, education and fun, Charleston is a great solo travel destination in the US.

-By Dr. Rachel from The Rx For Travel

Charleston Travel Resources:

Click here for a list of top-rated Charleston tours .

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8. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Colorful San Felipe Street in Albuquerque, New Mexico - one of the best solo destinations in the USA

Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and is on the ancestral lands of multiple Pueblos, Apache Nations, and the Navajo Nation.

However, while Albuquerque is the largest city in the state, it is not the size of major sprawling metropolises elsewhere in the US, which has allowed Albuquerque to keep many of the benefits usually only found in smaller towns. 

Public transportation is plentiful and affordable at only $2 USD for unlimited daily use, traffic is minimal for those who choose to rent a car, and you won’t have to wait more than a few minutes using rideshare apps.

Even with accessibility aside, what makes Albuquerque a great destination for solo travel is the abundance of community-focused events and activities. 

From city-wide festivals like the world-renowned Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta to smaller neighborhood hangout spots like Tin Can Alley and 505 Central, solo visitors will have ample opportunity to naturally meet people who are also interested in striking up conversations. 

If you naturally bond over food and drinks, head to Bow & Arrow Brewing Co. which is an Indigenous-owned brewery, Zacatecas Tacos where you can craft your own margaritas, or MÁS Tapas y Vino for a tasty nightcap. 

Since Albuquerque also has a very active demographic due to the university, you can always head down to 6th Ave — aka the famous Route 66 that cuts through the city — for a fun night out.

The city is also jam-packed with fascinating museums for those interested in local history and culture, such as the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and the National Museum of Nuclear Science. 

You can also join one of the many city tours if you like your culture with a side of discussion.

Recommendation: take a trip to Albuquerque’s sites and attractions with ABC Trolley Co. or go on a Breaking Bad Tour that dives into the popular television show that put Albuquerque — and New Mexico itself — on the map for many travelers. 

-By Kay from The Awkward Traveller

Albuquerque Travel Resources:

Click here for a list of top-rated Albuquerque tours .

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9. Newport, Rhode Island

Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island - one of the safest places to travel alone in the US

Newport in Rhode Island is the ideal location for solo travelers looking to unwind on a relaxing coastal getaway in New England to escape the hustle of the big city.

Newport is a great location for solo travelers because the city is extremely walkable, safe, and offers lots to see and do.

You can spend a day exploring the historical Newport Mansions — like The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House — take a stroll along the scenic Cliff Walk, or travel just outside of town to go wine tasting at Greenvale Vineyards. 

If you visit in the summer, you can spend an entire day (or two!) relaxing on the beach. One of the most popular beaches in Newport is Easton’s Beach, where you can even try surfing if you’re feeling adventurous. It’s a great spot for solo beach trips .

Newport also has many great places to eat and drink, making it an excellent spot for solo travelers. Stop at the CRU Café for generous breakfast portions at an affordable price, enjoy authentic Italian food at Pasta Beach, or take yourself out to a nice dinner at The Mooring Seafood Kitchen and Bar to watch the sun sink over the harbor. 

Newport also has fabulous luxury hotels with tons of amenities for solo travelers. The Wayfinder Hotel , The Attwater , and the Newport Marriott are terrific choices for a solo getaway.

If you’re looking to enjoy some spa treatments during your trip, consider booking a room at Hotel Viking for access to their luxury spa, Spa Fjör. 

-By Brittany from Travel by Brit  

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10. Boise, Idaho

woman cycling the Greenbelt in Boise, Idaho during female solo travel in the USA

If you are traveling solo and love the outdoors, consider exploring Boise, Idaho! 

Boise is the capital of the gem state, located in the Snake River Valley and at the foothills of the Sawtooth Mountain Range.

This is a great solo travel destination because it has all the conveniences of a big city — like hotels, nightlife, parks, and grocery stores — with adventure just a quick drive away in all directions! 

There are several small communities of people that you can join up with to go on group hiking, ski, and fishing trips; you can easily find them on Facebook (like Outdoorsy Gals!).

Some of the best things to do for solo travelers can be found in and around the city. Explore the Basque Block which has a thriving diaspora community from northwest Spain. Enjoy cultural dishes, select wines, and rich history in the neighborhood. 

To stretch your legs, take a run or a bike ride along the Boise River Greenbelt, a 25-mile paved pathway that goes through the city along the Boise River. Going a little farther, explore the foothills north of town on popular paths like Stack Rock Trails, Hull’s Gulch, and Dry Creek Trail.

Boise is an excellent city to visit when traveling solo! The people are friendly, there is nature in every direction, and the town is brimming with opportunities and conveniences.  

-By Emily from The Mandagies

Boise Travel Resources:

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11. Estes Park, Colorado

Gem Lake in Estes Park, Colorado is one of the best solo destinations in the USA

This tiny town of about 6,000 people sits on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado . In spite of its small size, Estes Park has plenty of high-quality hotels and restaurants for travelers visiting the area.

Looking for cheap places to travel alone in the US?

Well, Estes Park is also a great destination for solo travelers because there are budget-friendly places to camp and eat near the park, and Rocky Mountain is also full of scenic hikes to keep you busy in the area.

To top it off, Estes Park is easy to reach from Denver while still feeling very remote and quiet in comparison. Millions of tourists visit Estes Park every year, but if you go during the shoulder seasons (spring or fall) and try to start your activities early in the morning, then you shouldn’t have much of an issue with crowds.

Some of the top things to see in Rocky Mountain National Park include Gem Lake, Sky Pond, and Bear Lake. All of these spots are very photogenic and are great for solo travelers!

Another highlight is driving the Trail Ridge Road that cuts through the park. Here, you can see spectacular mountain views without hiking, along with wild Elk and other animals roaming freely.

-By David from The World Travel Guy

Estes Park Travel Resources:

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12. Chattanooga, Tennessee

having a beer at ODDStory Brewing Co. in Chattanooga, Tennessee during USA solo travel

Chattanooga is undoubtedly the most underrated city in Tennessee! If you’re a solo traveling woman looking for a mix of outdoor adventure, seriously delicious food, and American history, Chattanooga is the place to be.

First fo all, Chattanooga is one of the top solo destinations in the US because it’s a walkable city. You can rent one of their many public bike services — like Bike Chattanooga — to explore the city, or walk and enjoy the Chattanooga Riverwalk on foot.

Women who love the outdoors will also enjoy Chattanooga. Between rock climbing at Outdoor Chattanooga, biking, beginner and intermediate hikes, and natural wonders such as Ruby Falls and Raccoon Mountain Caverns, you won’t be starved for things to do.

For a unique stay, opt for The Dwell Hotel for a pink retro aesthetic perfect for a solo traveling woman’s comforts and enjoyment!

You could also opt for the classic Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel —the original train station converted into accommodations where you can literally sleep in a train car! 

Round off your trip by visiting Songbird’s Guitar & Pop Culture Museum, exploring the Bluff View Art District, or enjoying a brew at one of the city’s many breweries, like OddStory Brewing Company.

-By Gabby from PacksLight

Chattanooga Travel Resources:

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13. Miami, Florida

South Beach in Miami, Florida is one of the best places to travel solo in the USA

If you’re looking for the best places to travel alone as a female in the US , Miami in Florida is suitable for most travelers, including solo women.

Located on the USA’s East Coast, the weather in Miami is pleasant for most of the year. There’s also no shortage of activities or events taking place in the city, which makes it one of the best places in the US to travel solo while enjoying some sun and culture.

When it comes to solo female travel, Miami has vigilant law enforcement policies due to the large number of visitors here. Most areas not only feel safe but are also open late, so it doesn’t feel deserted or shady if you plan to stay and get a taste of the nightlife while in Miami. People are friendly and willing to help if you’re ever in trouble.

When it comes to things to do here, try to spend at least two days in Miami. Along with spending time at the beautiful beaches — which are quite colorful due to the lifesaver huts here — you should visit the Wynwood Walls, an outdoor museums with impressive rotating murals.

Moreover, Little Havana has numerous restaurants and a great vibe, which makes it a must-visit to get a taste of the local culture. By the way, the food here is delicious — especially the seafood, as it’s usually super fresh.

Looking for an adventure? Everglades National Park is an easy day trip and is perfect for a getaway if you’re interested in wildlife, hiking, and exploring 1.5 million acres of natural beauty!

-By Lavinia from Continent Hop

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14. Savannah, Georgia

Cobblestoned streets of  Savannah, Georgia - one of the best solo trips in the US

One of the best places to travel solo in the U.S. is the charming and historic city of Savannah, Georgia . 

A southern city on the USA’s East Coast, Savannah sits on the Savannah River and is known for leafy squares, classic southern cuisine, and antebellum architecture.  

The city is ideal for solo travelers for many reasons. First, it is a very easy city to get around and is safe and concentrated.

Additionally, there are many things to do in Savannah . A trip on the hop-on-hop-off trolly will take you to the city’s key attractions and can help you get a lay of the land. Then you can decide what part of the city to focus on based on your interests.

The historical center of the city is compact enough that a walking tour will take you to the most interesting parts in a short time.

Prefer a DIY stroll? One of the best walks is to visit all 22 squares in the downtown area. Some squares have extraordinary architecture, others have statues celebrating local heroes, and others are home to legendary restaurants like The Olde Pink House. 

Another idyllic and educational walk is a stroll down River Street, a one-time hub of cotton warehouses now converted into restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and pubs.

There are some activities that one cannot miss when visiting Savannah. First, take a Savannah ghost tour to explore the city’s haunted mansions and learn their history. 

Next, visit the Bonaventure Cemetery whose dramatic statue “Bird Girl” appears on the cover of the book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil . Note that after the statue gained massive popularity from the book, it was moved to protect it. Today, you can see the actual statue at the nearby Jepsen Center of the Arts.

End your Savannah exploration with a double scoop of delicious ice cream at Leopold’s, a longtime favorite of the locals.

After exploring Savannah, it’ll quickly become clear why it’s one of the best cities to visit alone in the US .        

-By Talek from Travels with Talek

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15. Lake Willoughby, Vermont 

View of Lake Willoughby in Vermont - one of the best solo trips in the US

If you are a solo traveler who craves peace and quiet, loves the outdoors, and enjoys exploring unique hidden gems, Lake Willoughby is the perfect place for you. This 5.5-mile-long and 323-foot-deep lake is known for its scenic beauty, clear waters, and authentic lake community. 

It is located in the town of Westmore in Orleans County, Vermont — 78 miles from the nearest International Airport in Burlington, VT.

It’s off the beaten path and doesn’t have a ton of restaurants, shops, or entertainment, making it one of the best places to visit in the USA alone if have R&R in mind. This is especially true if you stay at one of the many inns or summer cabin rentals along the lake. 

In addition, you can rent kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards from the popular White Caps Campground at the southern end of the lake, where there is also a clothing-optional public swimming area. 

The southern region is surrounded by the Willoughby State Forest, where you can enjoy multiple hiking trails through the forest with spectacular aerial views of Lake Willoughby. The most popular are the 4-mile Mt. Pisgah Trail and the 3-mile Herbert Hawkes Trail — both of which have steep inclines but eventually level off. 

Plan to visit in late spring through early fall as many businesses and accommodations close late October-May.

While the summers are in full bloom, fall is a visual treat as the peaks surrounding the lakes transform into vibrant hues of amber, crimson, and apricot, making it the best time to visit for stunning views, cool temperatures, and fewer people. 

-By Samantha from Seeing Sam

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16. Roanoke, Virginia

Mill Mountain Star in Roanoke, Virginia - one of the best US cities for solo travel

For the solo traveler, there’s a lot to love about Roanoke, which is a destination of choice for outdoor lovers. 

Located in Southwest Virginia, a drive along the meandering Blue Ridge Parkway — which runs for 469 miles across Virginia and North Carolina — is a must for cheerful wildflowers like mountain laurel and rhododendrons in the spring and eye-popping foliage in the fall.

Stop at the many overlooks and pull-offs to snap photos and revel in the wide-open views and breathtaking vistas. 

Take a break at Explore Park — a 1,100-acre recreation area at milepost 115 on the Blue Ridge Parkway — for hiking and biking trails, camping, and kayaking on the Roanoke River.

Afterward, pop into Twin Creeks Brewpub for a pint or meal from their full menu.

You won’t want to miss the Mill Mountain Star, the world’s largest man-made star that proudly stands at 100 feet tall. The steel star has been greeting visitors to Roanoke since late-1949 and has even been dubbed the “Hollywood Sign of the East Coast”. An overlook can be reached by car or by way of a 1.6-mile hike (one-way) to admire big, bold views across the Roanoke Valley.

For arts, culture, and even pinball, make time for Center in the Square in Downtown Roanoke. Home to the Harrison Museum of African American Culture, Mill Mountain Theatre, and the Roanoke Pinball Museum, there’s a lot to see and do in one building. Take the stairs or elevator to the sixth floor to see a koi pond and savor views of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.

Hungry? Grab a stool at Texas Tavern, a classic diner in Roanoke. This cash-only greasy spoon serves up chili bowls and burgers for less than $2 each. The “Cheesy Western” — a burger topped with a fried egg, pickles, cheese, and sweet relish — is a favorite with locals. 

-By Erin from Go Hike Virginia

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17. Portland, Oregon

Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon which is one of the best places to travel alone in the United States

Portland is a bustling city located in the northern part of Oregon. With an amazing food scene, lots of indie shops, and close proximity to beautiful parks, waterfalls, and hiking trails, a visit to the city is perfect for just about anyone — including those looking for great places to travel alone in the US . 

Here’s why:

It’s the state’s largest and most populous city, and it has a well-connected public transportation system. You can get just about anywhere in Portland without a car. 

Many of the neighborhoods are walkable and many have their own “Main Street” with bars, restaurants, shops, and more. It’s quite easy to explore Portland one neighborhood at a time. And there are many sites in the city that are worth the trek across town. 

Solo travelers can enjoy exploring the food scene or even joining a food tour . This is a great way to meet fellow travelers while being shown around by a local.

Also make sure to walk around the International Rose Test Garden, have mooncakes and tea at Lan Su Chinese Garden, and explore Portland’s bike rides and attractions .

If you love books, stop at Powell’s City of Books — the world’s largest independent bookstore.

And don’t forget to take in a view. Head to Mount Tabor Park if you’re looking to get out in nature or head to Departure Restaurant + Lounge for a rooftop meal with drinks. 

Portland is a hip and vibrant city. Expect some grey skies if visiting outside of summer, but it’s still so much fun! This city is worth experiencing any time of the year.

-By Jeanie from Le Wild Explorer

Portland Travel Resources:

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18. Moab, Utah

Arches National Park near Moab, Utah which is one of the best places to travel alone in the United States

If you’re wanting to travel solo in the USA, look no further than Moab. Located in northeast Utah on the border of Colorado, this small town is an outdoor lover’s paradise.

From visiting two nearby national parks to going on hikes in the wilderness, Moab is filled with fun things to do and is home to some of the top hikes in Utah .

Moab is great for solo travelers because it’s a small town. Visitors will feel safe (with normal precautions) staying in one of the many local hotels or even renting a campervan to stay in the wilderness.

Because it’s a popular destination, solo travelers will never fully feel alone, but will still be able to escape to less-visited attractions like Corona Arch at any time to avoid the crowds.

When visiting Moab as a solo traveler, you shouldn’t miss out on Arches National Park. It’s located a short drive from downtown and is one of the most well-known national parks in the country.

The park is home to none other than Delicate Arch, the very rock formation featured on the Utah license plate. Arches is also an amazing spot to stargaze.

Another great place to visit in the area is Canyonlands National Park, which is often overlooked because of its proximity to Arches. This park is filled with beautiful sunrise spots — including the breathtaking Mesa Arch, which overlooks the nearby mountains and canyons. 

On the way to Canyonlands, visitors can also make a stop at Dead Horse Point State Park, home to an excellent hike!

Of course, take the time to explore the beauty of Moab, too. This small town packs a punch and is completely underrated. With fun street art and excellent breakfast spots, there’s so much to see. The locals downtown are also extremely welcoming.

-By Krystianna from Volumes & Voyages

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19. Bar Harbor, Maine

Beehive Acadia National Park, Maine which is one of the best places to travel alone in the United States

Looking for the best place to visit alone in the US ? Bar Harbor is one of the prettiest towns in New England and should definitely be on your radar! It’s also a popular destination when doing a Maine coast road trip or a solo US road trip , and for good reason.

First of all, it’s located on Mount Desert Island in Maine, right on the shore of the island. It’s also next to the main entrance of Acadia National Park, so it makes a great place to stay when you visit the national park.  

Additionally, Bar Harbor is very accessible and you can easily walk around the main historical center, stopping off at restaurants along the way. The entire area is a center of lobster fishing and blueberry picking, so it’s a great place for a cheap meal of freshly caught lobster at a waterside lobster shack followed by a blueberry-flavored dessert. 

Because the town is frequented by travelers and is small and accessible, it’s a great place to meet other people, making it an ideal place for a solo traveler. There are several casual venues where you can hang out, listen to live music, and have a fantastic meal. 

There are also free shuttle buses from Bar Harbor into nearby Acadia National Park. Strike up a conversation and you may find yourself with a hiking companion for the day. There are dozens of incredible trails, including the world-famous Beehive and the not-for-the faint-of-heart Precipice Trail. You can also opt for a gorgeous Acadia sunrise hike , like Otter Point to Ocean Path.

Love cycling? You can rent a bike in Bar Harbor, put it on the front of a shuttle bus, and cycle around the miles and miles of carriage trails that go all through the park. 

If you like adventure, join a kayak trip — which is another great way to meet other travelers and discover hidden beaches and coves around the neighboring peninsulas and islands. You can also take a ferry out to the neighboring cranberry islands and explore a local New England fishing village. 

Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are great places to go if you are traveling solo, as they are super easy to get around, there are plenty of other travelers who are in a relaxed frame of mind so it’s easy to meet other people, and there is an incredible variety of things to see and do. 

-By James from Parks Collecting

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20. Annapolis, Maryland

Visiting Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland during female solo travel in the USA

Annapolis in Maryland is an underrated solo travel destination. Often overlooked for the larger cities of Baltimore and Washington D.C, Annapolis has a charming personality without being overwhelming. Be sure to bring your camera for all of the great photo opportunities. 

Now, Annapolis may be a smaller city, but it is still packed with activities. A weekend getaway to Annapolis is an ideal time frame for a visit. Fewer crowds allow solo travelers more time to explore without feeling overwhelmed.

Interestingly, Annapolis was the first peacetime capital after the Revolutionary War. Its history is at the heart of American History. Just by walking along the cobblestone streets, you can find a number of historical homes.  

The William Paca House & Garden is a historic Georgian mansion and a National Historic Landmark. Tours are offered every half hour and only cost $10.

Another house worth a visit is James Brice’s house. He was the Governor of Maryland in 1792 and has one of the most elegant houses still standing on the East Coast. 

For more recent history, at the center of the city is the US Naval Academy. The grounds are a beautiful break just to walk through, but there are a number of war memorials and lots of military history throughout the grounds.

The Maryland State House, located down the road from the Naval Academy, is the oldest state house in continuous legislative use in the United States.

Main Street has beautiful views leading to the waterfront and is lined with plenty of locally-owned shops and restaurants.

Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls gives a great taste of the city, or relax at the Red Red Wine Bar (which serves more than just good wine!). Across the street is Uncle Bob’s Fudge Kitchen to satisfy any sweet tooth. 

The walkable smaller city of Annapolis is a perfect location for a fun solo weekend getaway.

-By Pam from Directionally Challenged Traveler

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21. Austin, Texas

Mural in Austin, Texas which is one of the best places to travel alone in the United States

When it comes to solo trips in Texas , it’s hard to beat Austin.

Austin is a vibrant city with an impressive art scene that is perfect for solo travel. Whether you prefer to see the sights by yourself or to make new friends along the way, there are plenty of things to do in Austin .

There’s no better place to begin your visit to the the Texas state capital than in the funky South Congress neighborhood.

Here, you will find hip bars and kitschy shops that fully embody the city motto to “keep Austin weird”. You can spend the afternoon shopping for retro knickknacks and end the day watching the city’s famous bats at the Congress Avenue bridge.

While you’re exploring the city, be sure to grab a snack at a food truck. Little pop-up restaurants and trucks are located all over Austin and serve some of the city’s best eats.

Food trucks are ideal for solo travelers who don’t enjoy eating alone at traditional restaurants. If you want to make new friends, book a tour and go on a food truck crawl.

One of Austin’s most eye-catching traits is the city’s street art. Giant murals cover the sides of many buildings and come in all shapes and colors. Wandering the city in search of new and interesting murals is great fun.

Last but not least, you can’t visit Austin without catching a show. Known as the live music capital of the world, Austin is particularly famous for its eclectic music scene. Venues are located across the city and cater to music lovers of all types.

If going to shows alone isn’t your jam, you can book a tour and go on a live music crawl.

-By Katy from A Rambling Unicorn

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22. Boston, Massachusetts

Boat Tour Boston Public Garden, Boston Massachusetts during USA solo travel

Boston is the capital city of Massachusetts and is one of the US’s oldest cities, making it the perfect destination for solo travelers who love history. While it is historically significant, its college population keeps it young — ideal for those who like to sample the local social scene and make friends. 

If you prefer to travel in solitude, there are plenty of attractions and activities to keep you busy day and night.

Another appeal of visiting Boston is that it is relatively easy to get to. Boston Logan International Airport is the main airport and traveling to downtown via ‘the T’ subway is reliable. In addition, you can get from NYC to Boston by bus in under 5 hours for only $25. 

OK, now you that you know how to get to Boston, let’s look at what to do when you get there.

The first decision you’ll want to make is where to stay. We’ve established that the city is well connected so getting around isn’t difficult; but if you are limited for time, consider somewhere close to downtown so that you are near the attractions. 

Hostels are the obvious choice for meeting people; go for one with a social area and events, especially if you opt for a private room. If you prefer an apartment, there are Airbnbs outside of the center, but they are expensive. Don’t rule out hotels if the deal comes with breakfast!

In terms of activities, joining a walking tour will help you get your bearings and possibly make friends. The Freedom Trail is a popular tour as it takes you to 16 attractions associated with the American Revolution. Don’t forget to ask the guide for their top tips and the kind of things they like to do in Boston. 

Next, fill up on chowder at Quincy Market, part of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, then wander along the harbor. 

For the perfect picture opportunity, head to Beacon Hill’s Acorn Street. Beacon Hill is also where the Black Heritage Trail takes place, which you can do self-guided.

For dinner, take advantage of the weekday $1 oyster deals at restaurants such as State Street Provisions.

For things to do in Boston at night, consider a pint of Sam Adams at the pub where the TV show Cheers was filmed, spin the beer wheel at Bukowski’s Tavern Pub dive bar, take advantage of fewer crowds at a museum, or join a ghost tour! 

-By Amanda from Hey! East Coast USA

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23. Rapid City, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore, near Rapid City, South Dakota is a great place to travel alone in the US

South Dakota is a great destination for those who prefer a trip away from a big city. Often a backdrop for westerns, this beautiful state is ideal for American history buffs and nature lovers. Sparsely populated and full of sweeping vistas, it lends itself perfectly to a solo road trip . 

Rapid City, or the “gateway to the Black Hills” as it is sometimes known, is a great city to stay in if you want to be a short drive from any of the top South Dakota sights.

This small city — which began as a gold miners’ settlement in the 19th century — has plenty to offer visitors. The most unique thing to do in Rapid City is a visit to Black Hill Caverns which were discovered as part of the gold mining exploration in the region. 

Rapid City is sometimes referred to as the city of presidents. This is because of a series of life-size bronze statues of American presidents throughout the historic downtown.

History enthusiasts can download a self-guided City of Presidents Walking Tour and explore the picturesque downtown in this fun way. It’s a good idea to combine this tour with some shopping and dining.

But the best thing about Rapid City is its proximity to one of the most recognizable American monuments in the world: Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

The memorial is the number one destination in South Dakota. This iconic sight checks both the history and nature boxes. The four presidents’ faces carved into the Black Hills may look familiar, but standing in their presence is another thing altogether. 

Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor behind the memorial, chose presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln to be immortalized in the mountain. According to him, they were the most important American presidents, leading the country through key events. 

Besides admiring the detailed rock carvings, there are several other things you can do at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center has great exhibits and a film dedicated to the story of the project. 

And the Sculptor’s Studio has a presentation about the artist and the lives of those who worked on the project.

Love nature? There is even a hiking trail within the grounds of the memorial called the Raspberry Trail that can be explored on foot, mountain bike, or horseback.

-By Bea from PackYourBags

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24. Seattle, Washington

Sunset in Seattle, Washington which is one of the best places to travel alone for the first time

Seattle, Washington should definitely be on any list of fun places to travel alone in the US ! I’ve personally taken two trips as a woman traveling on my own to Seattle, and each time have fallen more and more in love with the city.

What makes Seattle so great for a solo trip? It’s an epic combination of great food, rich culture, and nearby nature — all nestled in distinct neighborhoods.

For food, Seattle boasts every kind of cuisine you could imagine. As a solo traveler, delight in wandering popular streets and popping into different restaurants to sample their delicacies. Seattle also has many spots with communal-style seating that encourage meeting new people. 

One delicious food stop to add to your solo travel itinerary is Ray’s Seafood for mind-blowing views of the water — perfect for watching the sunset.

You also shouldn’t miss the Ballard neighborhood gem Hot Cakes, which specializes in molten chocolate lava cakes. Yes, that’s right: an eatery that focuses on the art of the lava cake.

Speaking of art, Seattle is an artist and art lover’s paradise, and many of the famous tourist attractions actually exceed expectations. For example, Chihuly Garden and Glass is a museum that can fill up several hours of happy wandering while ogling brightly-colored glass. It’s on the pricier side, but so worth it.

For more fun things to do in Seattle , the nearby Space Needle is phenomenal, and Pike’s Place Market can fill a full day of wandering and watching.

Moreover, part of why Seattle is called the Emerald City is its connection with nature. For instance, you can walk around Green Lake while watching boaters and bikers.

You can also rent a car to visit and hike the mountains surrounding Seattle. To the east you’ll find the Cascade Mountains and to the west you’ll find the Olympic Mountains.

Looking for a day trip? You can easily take the scenic Amtrak train three hours south to Portland, Oregon, to continue your solo exploration of the wonderful Pacific Northwest.

-By Lillie from Around the World L

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25. Maui, Hawaii

Relaxing with a beach view in Maui, Hawaii during a solo trip to the United States

Maui, the second-largest island in Hawaii , is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world. And it’s no wonder, as the island has beautiful landscapes, amazing weather, and some of the best beaches anywhere.

When it comes to female solo travel in the USA , Maui is a great choice thanks to its endless activities, unforgettable experiences, and miles of nature. 

One of the greatest solo adventures on Maui is driving the Road to Hana, which is a 65-mile stretch along the northern coast of the island. 

Along the way, there are numerous stops to explore such as the Wailua Falls, Wai’anapanapa State Beach, and the Pipiwai Trail. For a deeper experience, spend a night in Hana and take time to bask in its natural beauty.

Since Maui is known for its gorgeous beaches, exploring the waves is a must-do. Solo travelers can snorkel at the base of Black Rock at Kaanapali Beach and view marine life through clear waters. You might even spot a sea turtle!

For an extra adventurous experience, cliff dive off Black Rock into the ocean below.

While out at the beach, partake in the numerous aquatic activities like renting a jet ski, booking a parasailing experience, taking a surfing class, or going on a dinner cruise to see the sunset.

Other beaches worth exploring in Maui are Honolua Bay, Napili Beach, and Kapalua Bay.

After having fun in the water, solo travelers can also spend time on land with a hike through Haleakala National Park. One of the coolest experiences here is to see the sunrise or sunset at the summit and feel on the top of the clouds.

Solo adventurers can also sign up for an ATV adventure driving through the Maui mountains or ziplining through its tropical jungles. For a more educational experience, book a pineapple plantation tour and have a taste of extra sweet Maui Gold Pineapples afterward.

An important activity not to be missed when on Maui is attending a luau to experience traditional Hawaiian dishes and dance. The best place for this is Old Lahaina Luau, as visitors get a spectacular view with a five-course meal.

For souvenirs and some light shopping, there are two areas to explore: Front Street in Lahaina and Whaler’s Village at the Kaanapali Resorts. Grab shaved ice from Ululani’s for a sweet treat while browsing the shops.

With so much to do and see in Maui, solo travelers will make a lifetime of memories on a trip to this Hawaiian island!

-By Pafoua from Her Wanderful World

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26. Woodstock, Vermont

view of fall foliage in Woodstock, Vermont which is one of the best places to travel alone in the United States

One of the best places to solo travel in the US is Woodstock, Vermont. 

While Vermont is known for leaf-peeping and hikes, Woodstock is a quaint, beautiful, and quintessential New England town that is a great place to solo travel in the United States any time of year.

In the spring and summer, there is great hiking, shopping, and outdoor activities. 

Then in the fall, one of the top things to do is visit the many harvest festivals. Billings Farm has an annual pumpkin and apple festival that often includes fresh onsite cider pressing, making pumpkin and apple ice cream, pumpkin and apple games, and delicious apple treats. 

“Pick Your Own” apples and pumpkins are very common and idyllic during the fall in Woodstock, too.

Moreover, Sugarbush Cheese and Maple Farm is a great spot to sample local cheese and maple syrup and learn about the maple syrup process. Afterward, I recommend a stop at Farmhouse Pottery for a beautiful piece of tableware to take home.

During winter, there are seasonal outdoor activities and epic skiing at world-renowned ski resorts not far from Woodstock, like Killington and Sugarbush.

Note that many ski resorts offer harvest festivals in September and October. For instance, Sugarbush Resort typically hosts one in October, and it includes a list of events, food and music, and activities. 

You can also usually ride the chair lift to the top of the mountain to get a panoramic view of Vermont’s foliage. Hikes are often available as well, and some of the resorts have onsite lodging.

For solo travelers, Woodstock offers quaint bed and breakfasts, a fantastic town center, nearby artisan and craft shops, and the opportunity to enjoy a delicious farm-for-fork meal at one of its many cozy restaurants. Vermonters take food seriously — especially breakfast — and it is a great place for foodies.

Of course, you can’t forget seeing some local covered bridges. Vermont is known for these, as the state is home to over 100 of them!

And for outdoor lovers, there are plenty of hiking trails nearby. Quechee Gorge is right outside of Woodstock, which is called “Vermont’s Grand Canyon.” Not only is this a great place to see, but it also features a modest hike and even possible swimming in the summer (just check the conditions first.) Afterward, a lunch or brunch at Quechee Diner is a must.

With so much to do, Woodstock is one of the best places to solo travel in the USA.

-By Keri from Bon Voyage With Kids

Woodstock Travel Resources:

Click here for a list of top-rated Vermont tours .

Click here for a list of top-rated Woodstock hotels .

27. Washington DC

View of the Washington Monument, Potomac River, and Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC during a solo trip to the US

The nation’s capital, Washington DC, is a fantastic place to travel solo in the USA. It is filled with must-see landmarks, museums, and history. The best part is that many of these museums and landmarks are free to visit! 

Head to the National Mall, where you’ll find the Smithsonian’s 17 free-to-enjoy museums and galleries. They’re all fantastic, and visiting solo allows you to wander and learn everything you can at your own pace. 

You can also explore the outdoor monuments and memorials dedicated to past presidents, historical figures, and veterans of wars. You’ll get plenty of exercise because there is so much to see.

In fact, you could easily end up walking more than a few miles! If you don’t want to do this completely on your own, there are plenty of guided tours that you can join. 

Even though summer is a busier season, there is so much outdoor space to explore in DC that you’ll want to be sure to visit when you can take full advantage.

Beyond the historic sites, you can explore natural spaces like Bishop’s Garden, the United States Botanic Garden, and, if you don’t mind heading a little outside of the city, Kingman and Heritage Island Parks.

If shopping is more your speed, head over to the Georgetown neighborhood, where there are many hic shops and boutiques. Georgetown is one of DC’s oldest neighborhoods, and walking the streets can be absolutely beautiful.

Make sure to sample plenty of local bites while visiting Georgetown, as its restaurant scene includes many international options that you’d have a hard time finding in some other parts of the country. 

Although Washington DC is a great place to explore solo, do take caution and stay informed. It is common for protests, demonstrations, and possible safety concerns to arise. Luckily, there are a few resources for live security alerts, such as text messages to your phone from Alert DC or the @AlertDC Twitter page.

-By Samantha from PAonPause

Washington DC Travel Resources:

Click here for a list of top-rated Washington DC tours .

Click here for a list of top-rated Washington DC hotels .

28. Everglades National Park, Florida

seeing an alligator while visiting Everglades National Park during a solo trip to the USA

The Everglades is an incredible national park located in southern Florida. This part of the US is known for its diverse animal and plant species and beautiful nature. Additionally, it’s great for solo travelers as the area is easily reachable from Miami in only a little more than an hour.

If you’re looking for a fun getaway in nature with loads of outdoor activities then this is a great choice. Plan activities like kayaking, hiking, or even camping. In fact, there are two drive-in campgrounds as well as wilderness camping.

Keep in mind, safety needs to be kept in mind as a solo traveler. If you’re feeling anxious about traveling by yourself you can consider joining a group tour, which is also a good way to meet people.

You might also choose to stay just outside the park at a place like Port of the Islands Resort , which is about a 20-minute drive to the park’s Everglades City entrance.

While most tourists choose to go on airboats that will take you around the mangrove forests, they’re actually not the best for the local environment. They’re loud and often disturb the delicate ecosystems of the Everglades and can damage plants.

A much better option is to go on a kayaking tour instead — which is quiet and much more suitable for seeing local animals like rare birds or even alligators. Join a tour with a licensed guide to take you around the maze-like mangrove channels where you can easily get lost by yourself.

-By Victoria from Guide Your Travel

Everglades National Park Travel Resources:

Click here for a list of top-rated Everglades National Park tours .

Click here for a list of top-rated Everglades National Park hotels .

29. Puerto Rico

Old San Juan in Puerto Rico - one of the best places in the US travel solo

Puerto Rico is one of the top solo vacations in the US . There are many different regions in Puerto Rico that would make a great home base for your trip, however, for solo travelers I recommend staying near San Juan or Condado. 

San Juan is Puerto Rico’s capital and largest city. It is beautiful with a lot of historic sites to see and great restaurants to visit. To get a feel for the city and to meet other travelers, take a walking tour such as the Old San Juan Free Walking Tour from FreeTour. 

Some must-see sites in San Juan include Castillo San Felipe, La Fortaleza, and Paseo de la Princesa. In addition, be sure to check out “La Puerta de la Bandera” by artist Rosenda Álvarez, which is a famous door painted with the Puerto Rican flag. 

While in Old San Juan, get a drink at La Factoria, which serves great cocktails and is also where the music video for “Despacito” was filmed.

Additionally, Condado is a beachfront town located close to San Juan and is the perfect place to stay if you would like to have easy access to the beach. Here you’ll find many restaurants, bars, and shops within walking distance.

Some of the many things to do in Puerto Rico for solo travelers include taking a mixology class at the Bacardi Factory, visiting El Yunque National Forest, and taking a boat trip to the nearby islands of Culebra or Icacos.

-By Shannon of Traveling Teacher Girl

Puerto Rico Travel Resources:

Click here for a list of top-rated Puerto Rico tours .

Click here for a list of top-rated Puerto Rico hotels .

Staying Safe During USA Solo Female Travel

Now that we’ve gone over some of the best solo vacations in the USA , let’s chat about safety. In fact, I’ve got an entire video sharing some of my top solo travel safety tips :

Even when visiting the safest places to travel alone in the US, it’s important to use common sense, learn about any local scams, and understand some tried-and-true advice (which is what I share in the above video!).

Getting Travel Insurance For Your Solo Trip

When visiting the USA — or anywhere else in the world — it’s wise to get travel insurance.

One of the  best travel medical insurance for travelers  is SafetyWing as they’ve got a large network and offer both short-term and long-term coverage — including coverage if you’re traveling for months as well as limited coverage in your home country.

Additionally, SafetyWing is budget-friendly and offers $250,000 worth of coverage with just one low overall deductible of $250.

Click here to price out travel insurance for your trip in just a few clicks .

Bonus Resources For Solo Female Travel In The USA

Hopefully, this list of best places to travel alone in the US as a woman has inspired your planning. No matter where you choose to go, make sure to also arm yourself with important tips via the following guides:

11 Travel Safety Gear Essentials You Need To Pack

25 Important Tips For Flying Alone For The First Time

12 Tips For Convincing Loved Ones To Let You Travel Solo

Black Solo Female Travel: An Eye-Opening & Empowering Guide

How To Overcome Loneliness When Traveling Solo

50 Essential Tips For Traveling Solo For The First Time

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Thrilled to have my Seattle submission make it onto this list with such great other ideas! Now I’m Puerto Rico dreaming…

@Lillie: Thank you for contributing! Editing this seriously gave me a dose of wanderlust. 🙂

I’m not really a solo traveler, but I have a flight credit I need to use before it expires! I’m going to step out of my comfort zone this summer and try it out! Ashville and Charleston both sound like my kind of place. Thanks for the info!

@Alexandrea: YES! Love this. That is one of the best parts about solo travel: ultimate freedom over your time and itinerary. I’ve heard great things about Ashville and Charleston, too! 🙂

Wow, wonderful article! Thanks for sharing such a great post with us, can’t wait to visit!

Great post! I live in the San Francisco Bay area, so I can attest to how wonderful the City is! From being on the waterfront looking out to the Golden Gate Bridge, to Fisherman’s Wharf, to all the culinary delights, there’s an unlimited amount of things to do. That said, for travel, I’d have to choose Maui for the next getaway! Happy travels to all!

Hello Jessie on a Journey team! I recently came across your article on “Best Places to Travel Alone in the United States,” and I have to say, it’s an excellent resource for solo travelers like me who are always on the lookout for exciting new destinations.

I appreciate the diversity of options you’ve provided in your article, ranging from vibrant cities to serene natural landscapes. As someone who loves exploring new places and meeting new people, I found your suggestions to be spot on. I’ve always wanted to visit Portland, Oregon, and your description of its friendly locals, fantastic food scene, and outdoor activities has convinced me to make it my next solo travel destination.

I also appreciate the practical tips you’ve included in your article, such as safety considerations and ways to meet other travelers. As a solo female traveler, safety is always a top concern for me, and I’m grateful for the valuable advice you’ve shared.

Overall, your article is not only informative but also inspiring. It reminds us that traveling alone can be a rewarding and transformative experience, and there’s no shortage of fantastic destinations to explore within the United States. Thank you for putting together such a comprehensive guide, Jessie on a Journey team! I can’t wait to start planning my next solo adventure.

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Chicago is another great solo travel destination in America. It’s a major urban environment that’s relatively easy to navigate and itsnt overwhelming like New York. The mass transit system called the El is easy to use and it can take you from the airport into the city. It’s unique in that it’s elevated above ground so you can see the city as travel around. As far as attractions there’s museums like the art institute of Chicago as well as an entire area known as the museum campus. The lakefront is very beautiful and the city also has great parks such as millennium park and grant Park. Theres also navy pier with amusement park rides and restaurants. The city is famous for architecture and has beautiful buildings. Theres great shopping on Michigan Ave as well as great nightlife. Oh and theres so many delicious restaurants. I love the Chicago hot dog but also deep dish pizza. But Chicago has lots of great ethnic restaurants as well. It’s a city of neighborhoods which adds to the excitement of it. Don’t believe the news media that make the city out to be a crime ridden mess. It’s not that dangerous. Most of the crime that occurs is far west and south of the central part of the city where the tourist attractions are located. Chicago is definitely a city that worth a visit. It was my first solo trip and been back many times because it’s my favorite city in America.

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Updated: 3 May 2023

Planning first time solo female travel is overwhelming even if you feel super excited at the same time. To tell you the truth, I still vividly remember my first solo trip to Scotland. My flight was delayed due to thunderstorms. I already hate flying.

Let me tell you … listening to thunder rumble in the distance did absolutely nothing to soothe my nerves. 

As I sat on the tarmac, my heart vibrating against my ribcage, I couldn’t help but wonder if I had made a huge mistake booking a ticket for one, and if the blog posts that I had read about the gloriousness of solo travel were actually a bunch of exaggerated and commercialized lies.

Obviously,  the blog posts weren’t exaggerated or commercialized lies, and I loved solo travel so so so much that I now dedicate an entire site to it (ta da!).

So, whether you live in the United States or are an international visitor, traveling alone for the first time might feel pretty darn scary. I wanted to put together this list of first time solo female travel destinations USA to give you a place to begin your research. 

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13 First Time Solo Female Travel Destinations USA

Let’s dive into the list!

For these 13 first time solo female travel destinations USA, I tried to pick a combination of places. Massive cities and smaller towns. Popular tourism destinations and hidden gems.

As a writer, I wanted to do my best to appeal to all sorts of travelers, because even if it’s your first time traveling alone, we’re all different in our preferences and wanted to hit everything, haha. For additional help, I wrote a guide all about the most important solo travel essentials , so you don’t make any rookie mistakes. 

I hope these destinations encourage you to buy that ticket and embark on your first big solo trip to the United States. Have fun reading! 

New York City, New York

Obviously I would start off with New York City, haha.

New York City is one of my favorite cities in the world. And solo female travel in New York City will make you feel like you can do and be anything. The “can do!” atmosphere seeps into your very soul.

For a city of its size, New York City is also pretty safe, especially near the big tourist attractions in Manhattan. I’ve never once felt uncomfortable exploring Central Park or walking over the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Furthermore, as a solo traveler in New York, your trip has endless possibilities. You can shop til you drop on Fifth Avenue, do neighborhood specific food tours, see a Broadway play, endlessly explore art museums, and so much more. 

solo travel new york city is worth it for the sunsets

Where To Stay in New York

  • Hotel 50 Bowery:   A fun and beautiful Lower East Side boutique hotel with an enjoyable rooftop bar. See prices on Booking.com | Expedia.com  
  • Hotel Indigo Lower East Side: A funky and artistic hotel with some great skyline views of Manhattan. See prices on Booking.com | Expedia.com  
  • Pod Hotel in Times Square:   A relaxing and reasonably priced hotel that is located very close to Midtown’s major attractions. See prices on Booking.com | Expedia.com  

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San Francisco, California 

San Francisco is another iconic American city. Unsurprisingly, solo travel in San Francisco is a wonderful option for new travelers, because of the city’s fantastic tourism infrastructure.

For example, San Francisco is home to several local tour companies. You can sign up for walking tours in certain neighborhoods or day trips out in Muir Woods or the wine counties. And you don’t have to worry about planning! The guide does all the hard work for you! 

Like New York, it’s not difficult to navigate San Francisco without the headache of a rental car. Rideshares are everywhere, and you can also ride the famous cable cars up and down San Francisco’s beautiful hills. What’s not to love?

walk lots of hills with 6 days in san francisco

Where To Stay in San Francisco

  • The Clancy:   This Autograph Collection hotel is in a lively area where you will feel safe as a solo traveler. See prices on Booking.com | Expedia.com  
  • Green Tortoise Hostel San Francisco:   Need a top notch hostel where you’ll meet new travel buddies? Look no further than Green Tortoise Hostel. See prices on Booking.com | Expedia.com  
  • White Swan Inn:   This British-inspired boutique hotel is in a classy area, and the rooms will make you feel like a princess. My favorite place in San Francisco! See prices on Booking.com | Expedia.com  

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Berkeley, California

Let’s take a break to talk about some smaller cities.

For solo travelers who are already heading to San Francisco and seeking to extend their stay, I recommend taking a couple of days to explore nearby Berkeley. I’m sure all of you are familiar with UC Berkeley, but even though the college campus is fascinating and worthy of a visit, the city of Berkeley has even more activities that solo travelers are able to take part in. 

As a solo traveler in Berkeley , I suggest trying local restaurants, poking around unique shops, such as Moe’s Books, taking pictures in the botanical gardens, and hanging out on the marina.You’ll feel right at home! The locals are friendly and interesting, too, so don’t be afraid to chat with a gallery owner or a bartender! 

check out this stunning pool with a weekend in berkeley

Where To Stay in Berkeley

  • Aiden By Best Western:   The perfect Berkeley hotel! Has one of the most relaxing and scenic rooftops that I’ve ever experienced! See prices on Booking.com | Expedia.com  

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Austin, Texas

Texas is one of the largest states in the US. Austin, obviously, does not represent all of Texas, especially due to the number of transplants who call this city “home.”

Despite not being the most “authentic” Texan city, Austin is still a wonderful and funky place for solo travelers to explore. For example, Austin is home to plenty of social and fun hostels that won’t make you feel as if you’re traveling alone, but with a bunch of a new friends instead!

Austin is packed with activities perfect for solo travelers, too. For example, go shopping in South Congress and spend tons of money without anyone judging you. Or partake in food truck hopping without needing to share your breakfast tacos or homemade donuts. Chill out on the University of Texas campus, and pretend you’re a college student again, or get lost inside Austin’s endless museums. The options are limitless! 

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Where To Stay In Austin

  • Firehouse Hostel:   This classy hostel has a perfect downtown location and even a cocktail bar. See prices on Expedia.com  
  • Hotel San Jose: A highly rated 2 star hotel not too far from Austin’s famous South Congress Avenue. See prices on Booking.com | Expedia.com  

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Seattle, Washington

Another major city that offers the perfect blend of nature and urban life is Seattle in Washington State. Solo travel in Seattle means lots of unique museums, such as the Museum of Pop which is one of my favorite museums of all time, and day trips to scenic national parks, such as impressive Mount Rainier.

What I especially liked about the organized day trips is that cell service isn’t very reliable at Mount Rainier, and having a knowledge guide kept me feeling safe and happy! 

As a solo traveler, I love Seattle for its moderate weather, especially since I had to do a ton of walking around the city. You won’t sweat buckets climbing the city’s hills. Like Austin, Seattle has a lot of friendly and fun hostels, so it’s easy to make fast friends with other travelers in this city.

solo female travel in seattle at pike place

Where To Stay in Seattle

  • Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle:   This hostel has great reviews and is located close to Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market. See prices on Booking.com | Expedia.com  
  • Hotel Hotel Hostel:   Fremont is my favorite area in Seattle and offers more of a neighborhood experience. This hostel is perfect for more mature solo travelers. See prices on Expedia.com  
  • Lotte Hotel Seattle:   Do you want a bit of luxury on your solo trip? Look no further than here. See prices on Booking.com | Expedia.com  

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Charleston, South Carolina

Are you a major foodie who wants to travel alone for the first time in the USA? Then you absolutely need to visit Charleston in South Carolina. Oh my goodness, I’m totally smitten with Charleston. The food is to die for. 

As a solo traveler in Charleston , I recommend reading about all the incredible restaurants ahead of time, and find a couple with comfortable bar seating. Treat yourself to savory Lowcountry cuisine, such as shrimp and grits, and pretend calories don’t exist for the duration of your stay here. You will eat. You will eat  a whole lot.

Charleston is also remarkably walkable with a ton of wonderful museums and local historical homes that you can visit without the added headache of renting your own car. Win/win!

shrimp and grits in charleston

Where To Stay in Charleston

  • Indigo Inn:   A beautiful historic inn that’s nestled right in the heart of Charleston. See prices on Booking.com | Expedia.com  
  • Not So Hostel:   Charleston’s only hostel is clean and comfortable, and in a good location. See prices on TripAdvisor.com  

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Savannah, Georgia 

Savannah has a similar vibe to Charleston except it’s a little more laid back. The Historic District is very compact and walkable, and perfectly safe to explore on your own. 

Not to mention, if ghosts fascinate you, then Savannah is the perfect destination for you, because it’s known as America’s Most Haunted City. Come and see for yourself. Even if you’re not a believer, you’ll learn a lot of history!

Finally Savannah is known as The Hostess City. People here are very, very, very nice, and solo travelers are warmly embraced rather than shunned. You won’t feel at all out of place in Savannah. If anything, you will leave the city with new friends and beautiful memories. 

So take a solo trip to Savannah if you want to experience a friendly Southern city with a bit of an edge to it. 

savannah has so many stunning townhomes

Where To Stay in Savannah

  • Andaz Savannah:   A trendy boutique hotel that is right in Savannah’s stunning Historic District. See prices on Booking.com | Expedia.com  
  • The Thunderbird Inn:   Need an affordable option in Savannah that isn’t in the middle of nowhere? Then check out quirky Thunderbird Inn! See prices on Booking.com | Expedia.com  

see all the lighthouses when traveling to portland alone

Portland, Maine

Another small city gem with a blossoming food scene is Portland in Maine. Solo travel in Portland Maine will make your stomach very happy, especially if you love fresh seafood from the north Atlantic Ocean. You have plenty of food truck and bar options, so you don’t feel awkward asking for a “table for one.”

Portland’s iconic lighthouses are also all within a quick Uber ride from the downtown core. So, as a solo traveler, it’s easy for you to escape to Maine’s spectacular coastline without too much planning on your part. 

Last but not least, I personally felt very safe exploring Portland Maine. Feeling at ease is very important as a first time solo traveler, and I promise in Portland that you won’t have to worry too much about crime, beyond the usual common sense street smarts. 

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Where To Stay in Portland

  • Black Elephant Hostel:   A relaxed and welcoming hostel with a large common room that makes it easy to make new friends. See prices on Booking.com  
  • The Press Hotel:   Another gorgeous Autograph collection hotel with all the amenities and a central location. See prices on Booking.com | Expedia.com  

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Madison, Wisconsin 

Madison Wisconsin is home to the state’s gorgeous Capitol building and largest university. Madison surprised and delighted me. I think Madison is another perfect solo travel destination because the locals here are just so friendly and welcoming and kind. I struck up many conversations that warmed my heart. 

Furthermore, Madison has a wide variety of activities that surround its beautiful and expansive lakes. Watch the sunset from shore, sign up for a lake cruise, or go kayaking. Not to mention, Madison is a thriving cultural hub with multiple museums that a solo traveler is able to spend hours learning about the city. 

For new solo travelers, Madison is literally perfect.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Let’s shift back to larger cities for a moment. Any history buff traveling alone should consider Philadelphia for their first ever solo US vacation.

After all, Philadelphia is widely considered one of the birthplaces of our nation. Visit Independence Hall and the Constitution Center to learn all about the founding of the United States. You can even take a nearby day trip to Valley Forge. 

Even if you’re not a huge history buff, Philadelphia has plenty of great neighborhoods to explore, tons of local food options (Reading Terminal Market, anyone?), and sporting events all throughout the year! Highly recommend. 

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Where To Stay in Philadelphia

  • Apple Hostels of Philadelphia:   A hostel that is right in Old City so you can see and do everything without much hassle. See prices on Booking.com | Expedia.com  
  • The Maj Hotel: A boutique hotel for all my art lovers! This hotel is super close to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. See prices on Booking.com | Expedia.com  

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Marco Island, Florida 

Are you seeking a tropical getaway as your first time solo trip in the US? Then I recommend venturing down to Marco Island in Florida. You might not find the same party scene as Miami, but Marco Island is ideal for travelers who just want to kick back and relax. 

Marco Island still has plenty of things to see and do, though.   For example, you can learn how to jet ski or learn about wildlife at nearby Everglades National Park. Like the other destinations, Marco Island has a strong tourist infrastructure in place, so book yourself on a tour to connect with other visitors. 

However, if you just want to soak up the sun and float in the Gulf of Mexico, I don’t blame you. Relaxation is so important to everyone, and this magical island is certainly the place to do just that. 

so many glorious hikes around scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona

Do you want desert scenery, lots of art galleries, and plenty of spa-treatments?

Then you need to do a solo trip to Scottsdale in Arizona . Located super close to Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport, Scottsdale makes visiting Arizona a breeze. The Old Town is very pedestrian friendly and packed with museums, spas, restaurants, galleries, and so much much. 

Plus gorgeous nature surrounds Scottsdale. Solo travelers are able to book a guided hike to see the sunrise or sunset in the desert. It’s an intimate and beautiful experience, and one that I highly recommend to everyone. 

Want to add another great experience to you trip? Take a day to experience a solo trip to Grand Canyon National Park . You’ll be blown away.

a weekend getaway in cape may

Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May girls weekends are super popular, but this Victorian seaside resort town is a delightful place to take a solo trip. If you visit in summer, you’re able to spend hours lounging on the beach with a captivating book, but Cape May is a great spot to visit any time of the year. 

In Cape May, you’re able to tour a local brewery, visit small independent museums, learn history on trolley tours, and eat fresh dinners at swanky hotel bars. I highly recommend Cape May for a solo traveler who wants to escape reality for a weekend and pamper herself to the fullest extent.

Is it cheap? Perhaps not, but Cape May is so worth visiting , I promise you! 

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Essentials for First Time Solo Female Travel in USA

I hope you have some wonderful ideas for your upcoming first time travels to the United States! To wrap things up, I wanted to include a quick list of all the essentials that you ought to bring on your memorable travels here.

  • Battery-Power Charger:  You don’t want to lose access to phone on your first solo trip, especially if you rely on maps for directions. Have a battery-power charger to keep your phone going all day long. You’ll thank me later.
  • Lightweight Day Pack: I love day packs for solo travel. Tumi’s lightweight day pack will allow you to carry everything without feeling like you have a bulky pile of fabric weighing on your shoulders.
  • Lonely Planet USA: Lonely Planet writes my favorite guidebooks of all time. So, if you still aren’t sure where to go, then grab a   Lonely Planet USA guide to determine the best place for you to travel alone in the USA for the first time!
  • Microfiber Towel:  As a solo traveler, you might opt to stay in hostels. However, not everyone wants to rent their own towels, so I suggest packing a microfiber towel for your trip. You can also use it for picnics in the park and a trip to the beach! 
  • Mirrorless Camera:  If you want a more power camera than your phones, I absolutely recommend investing in a Sony Mirrorless camera . It’s compact and easy to carry, and takes professional photos that you’ll want to share with friends and family.
  • Travel Insurance: As an international traveler, it’s always smart to buy travel insurance ahead of time, especially considering that your home country’s health insurance may not cover you in the United States. 

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Ultimately, solo travel is a delightful soul-searching experience that I believe ever woman should do at least once. I hope you had fun reading all my first time solo female travel destinations USA recommendations! Feel free to share your own with me! 

Rachel Elizabeth

At 22, I took my first overseas trip to Bermuda. Took a break to follow the "American Dream." Had my self-esteem broken. Embarked on my first solo trip to Scotland at 26. The travel bug dug its way under my skin. I now book multiple trips a year.

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updated 13.12.2022


Travelling alone isn’t just empowering – it’s also, say many, more enriching. Without the buffer of a travel companion, there’s a heightened immediacy to experiencing new lands and cultures. In the USA , you can take your pick of solo adventures. From cities to national parks to arty enclaves, here are our pick of the best places to travel alone in the USA.

1. For solo adventurists — Boulder, Colorado

2. san francisco, california — golden gate city, 3. take a solo dip in hot springs, arkansas, 4. see the martian landscape of sedona, arizona, 5. atlanta, georgia — one of the best places to travel solo in the usa.

  • 6. Don't miss the American college towns

7. Go for a solo meander in Beaufort, South Carolina

8. austin, texas for the best solo trips in the us, 9. ride a bike through portland, oregon, 10. spend time in the sun in honolulu, hawaii, 11. learn history in boston, massachusetts, 12. new york city, new york — the city that never sleeps, 13. seattle, washington for art lovers, 14. dance with new friends in new orleans, louisiana, 15. savannah, georgia — a beautiful place for a solo trip, 16. try craft brews in salt lake city, utah, 17. go to the national parks of moab, utah, 18. take solo trip to san diego, 19. shop in palm springs, california, 20. for music lovers, nashville, tennessee, 21. the hiking trails, 22. the open road.

This article is inspired by our Rough Guide to the USA — your essential guide for travelling in the United States .

Calling all solo adventurists: Boulder is the perfect spot to park your hiking boots. Sitting in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this is an outdoor town with plenty of year-round activities that you can take on solo, from skiing to cycling.

After dark, the fun continues, with a buzzing nightlife. Check out the brewpubs of Pearl Street. Or discover the diverse array of fantastic restaurants, where you can comfortably (and inexpensively) wine and dine alone.

Where to stay in Boulder

  • For a gorgeous stay with Victorian grandeur: Hotel Boulderado . Decked out in period furniture and wallpaper, this hotel is worth a visit even if you're not staying here.
  • For a down-to-earth log cabin stay: Foot of the Mountain Hotel . Affordable and close to nearby national parks.

Boulder, California

Boulder, CO — one of the best solo trips in the US / CC0

The San Francisco spirit can be summed up in two words: be yourself. This is a city that embraces solo travellers. With free summer concerts and festivals, there is plenty of live music.

Take a walk up the steep hills of California street, or across the Golden Gate Bridge. Or take a ride on the city's cable cars — an exciting and novel public transportation.

Where to stay in San Francisco

  • For a B&B style stay: Washington Square Inn . Perfect for solo travellers, this hotel overlooks Washington Square and has airy modern rooms.
  • For something LGBTQ+ friendly: Parker Guest House . This converted mansion has beautiful gardens and ample common areas for meeting new friends.

A view of Golden Gate bridge from the top of Twin Peaks mountain, the highest place in San Francisco

A view of Golden Gate bridge from the top of Twin Peaks mountain © Shutterstock

Leave Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon to the hordes of summer family travellers. Instead, take a solo trip to trek through America’s lesser-known pockets of the wilderness. Hot Springs National Park is one of the best places to travel alone. Hike the trails at your own pace, and afterwards, soak in a traditional bath at Buckstaff Baths.

Where to stay in Hot Springs

  • For a 1920s-style resort that oozes grandeur: Arlington Resort and Spa . Al Capone rented the entire fourth floor and President Clinton attended his senior prom in the ballroom.
  • For solo campers: Gulpha Gorge Campground. The best place to camp is in the national parks.

Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Little Rock, Arkansas — one of the best places to travel alone in the US © Pixabay

Looking up at Sedona’s famous red rocks as they glow under the setting sun is a memorable experience – and even more so when you’re alone. The area’s magnificent stillness is best enjoyed without any companion chatter.

Sedona is one of the best places to travel solo in the USA. When you’re ready to join others, there are plenty of ways to do so, such as the First Friday Art Walk (first Friday of the month), which circulates through the top galleries in town.

Rocks, Sedona, Arizona, USA

One of the best places to travel solo in the USA: Sedona, Arizona © Shutterstock

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Where better to travel solo than in one of the most famous singles’ cities in the country? Atlanta’s thriving nightlife includes many solo-friendly options. Go out to trivia nights at the bars of East Atlanta or the singles’ meet-and-greet events at the cocktail lounges of glitzy Buckhead. The city’s sights are also made for solo exploring, including Piedmont Park and the High Museum of Art. Atlanta is one of the best places to travel alone in the USA.

Where to stay in Atlanta, Georgia

  • To stay near the High Museum of Art: Artmore Hotel . This cool hotel offers comfortable rooms and has a lovely Spanish Mediterranean facade.
  • For a stay in the downtown area: Hotel Indigo: Atlanta Downtown . Cool-toned rooms that reflect Atlanta's design history.

Atlanta, Georgia USA downtown city skyline © Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

For singles: Atlanta, Georgia © Shutterstock

6. Don't miss the American college towns

Cheap, friendly, and festive: America’s student-thronged college towns – from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Lawrence, Kansas – are a gift for solo travellers. Time your visit with a game day – cheering along with thousands of face-painted fans at a college home football game is the ultimate slice of Americana. As is consuming beer, hot dogs, and more beer.

 Michigan University © Dark Vader/Shutterstock

Ann Arbor, Michigan — one of the best places to visit solo in the USA © Dark Vader/Shutterstock

Sometimes, the best solo experiences aren’t in America’s big cities, but in its small towns, like Beaufort, South Carolina (population circa 4000). This is a charming microcosm of the South is a great solo travel destination. You'll find here a vine-draped historic district, moody antebellum mansions, and a breezy seaside perch on Port Royal Island. Amiable and safe, Beaufort is ideal for solo meanderings, followed by a mint julep (or three) on a breezy porch.

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Historic Cuthbert House in Beaufort South Carolina © Deborah MacCague/Shutterstock

Historic Cuthbert House in Beaufort, South Carolina © Deborah MacCague/Shutterstock

In some cities, festivals are a special occasion. In Austin, they’re a way of life. The capital city of Texas is a music town, with one of the greatest concert calendars in the country. The city’s tunes are matched by its BBQ. Or get out to the great outdoors. There are a wide array of solo-friendly outdoor activities, from strolling sun-speckled parks to paddling along Lady Bird Lake.

Where to stay in Austin

  • For a stay in the hip SoCo area: Austin Motel . A trendy favourite with visiting musicians.
  • To treat yourself: Driskill Hotel . This handsome and historic hotel in the downtown area of Austin is opulent and worth the price.


A different kind of Texas in Austin, Texas © Shutterstock

Long overshadowed by larger west coast cities (like San Francisco, or Seattle), Portland is known for its eco-friendly (and hipster) attitude. While here, you won't want to miss the chance to try the local coffee or microbrews. Or visit one of Portland's many bookstores.

Portland is a quirky, walkable city with well-connected public transportation. It is also known for being a great place for bicycling. While travelling solo to Portland, you'll want to take a walking tour of the International Rose Test Garden — which boasts over 10,000 roses. A trip to Portland is one of the best solo trips in the US.

Ready to explore the natural sites of the US? You won't want to miss our guide to the best places to embrace the great outdoors in the United States.


Portland, Oregon — one of the best places to travel solo in the US © Shutterstock

Honolulu, on Oahu, is by far the largest city in Hawaii. Located on the pacific ocean, and backed by dramatic cliffs, Honolulu is a major tourist destination for a reason. Treat yourself to an ultimate vacation of shopping, eating, and hanging out in the sun.

While here, take a stroll through China Town. The faded green clapboard storefronts feel like another world. Or take a day to explore the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Where to stay in Honolulu, Hawaii

  • For an affordable boutique hotel: Hotel Renew . This hotel features contemporary Japanese-style decor and comfortable rooms.
  • To stay in one of Waikiki's best-loved landmarks: The Royal Hawaiian . Developed in the 1920s the "Pink Palace" is a great place to treat yourself on your solo trip.

Honolulu sunset

Honolulu sunset © Shutterstock

A modern American city with a rich historical past, Boston is about as Old World and the New World gets. That said, it does not lack modern attractions.

For history buffs, you won't want to miss a solo troll down the Freedom Trail. This 2.5-mile-long red brick stripe in the sidewalk links sixteen points of significant historical sites.

Those hoping to engage with contemporary Boston will want to visit the Museum of Fine arts or see an independent film at Coolidge theatre. Or take a food tour of east coast staples such as boiled lobster, shucked oysters and new england clam chowder.

Where to stay in Boston, Massachusetts

  • To stay in the downtown area: The Godfrey Hotel . This handsome boutique hotel is perfect for solo travellers.
  • To stay in the Back Bay area: The Charlesmark Hotel . This straightforward spot has cosy rooms and a lively bar for socialising with new friends.

Boston, Massachusetts, USA cityscape at the Old State House © Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Boston: on our list of best solo trips in the US © Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. That famous quip about New York especially applies to solo travel in the city. Yes, New York is loud and bewildering, but it’s also where you’ll likely have the most memorable solo experiences in the country. Discover this major city by walking across the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset, or curling up with a book under a tree in Central Park. Roam the great halls of the Metropolitan Museum and or sip cocktails under the stars on a rooftop bar.

Where to stay in New York City

  • To stay in the Upper East Side: The Sherry Netherland . An ornate and luxurious hotel modelled after the Vatican Library.
  • To stay in Manhattan: The Algonquin . This hotel is infamous and has a history with literary legends. Meet the resident cat, Hamlet.

NYC is a vast city with so many unique areas to offer. Don't miss our guide to the best areas to stay in New York City .

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Picnic in New York City © Pixabay

New York City for the best solo trips in the US © Pixabay

Home of grunge rock and a certain major coffee chain, Seattle is a great destination for a solo journey.

Pike Place Market is a great place to treat yourself to fresh seafood while listening to live music. This lively area is a great place to go for a solo walk. Countless stalls offer piles of lobsters, crabs, salmon, vegetables, fruits and flowers.

Art lovers will love this city's many art museums. The Seattle Art Museum hosts a permanent collection that contains a little bit of everything - from greek vases to Australian aboriginal art. For more contemporary art, take a stroll through the Frye Art Museum. Or for something unique, visit the Museum of Pop Culture. This funky and colourful museum is dedicated to Seattle's music legacy.

Where to stay in Seattle

  • For a hip stay: Staypineapple . This downtown boutique has a bright pop art theme. The daily happy hour serves drinks and pineapple cookies.
  • For somewhere central: Inn at the Market . This luxurious boutique hotel is located directly next to Pike Place Market.

Seattle Skyline, Washington, USA

Seattle Skyline, Washington, USA © Shutterstock

Infused with a dizzying jumble of cultures and influences, New Orleans is a vibrant city worth a solo visit. Known for its many festive celebrations, New Orleans is a great destination to travel solo and meet people.

Mardi Gras is New Orleans's urban spectacular. During carnival season this historic city turns into a whirl of parades, parties, street revels and masked balls. Or visit this city's many Cajun and Creole festivals. You'll find here the opportunity to enjoy Cajun and zydeco music, crafts, and delicious food.

For nightlife, you'll find a large number of bars and venues to enjoy live music. Try The Maple Leaf in Uptown or One-Eyed Jack's in the French Quarter. New Orleans should definitely be on your list of the best solo trips in the US.

Where to stay in New Orleans

  • For celebrating Mardi Gras: The Royal Sonesta New Orleans . This is the best place to stay during the Fat Tuesday celebration.

Find more accommodation option in our guide to the best places to stay in New Orleans .

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American towns don't come much more beautiful than Savannah. Take a walk through the ravishing historic district that forms the core of this city. Arranged around Spanish garden squares, here you can find just about every architectural style of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Or try Savannah's waterfront, at the foot of Bay Street. Try local seafood, or meet new friends at the many salty bars filled with partying crowds. River Street is a great place for solo travellers to meet new people.

Savannah, Georgia, USA w Forsyth Park Fountain © Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Savannah, Georgia, USA w Forsyth Park Fountain © Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Headquarters to the Mormon Church, Salt Lake City is surprisingly one of the fasted growing cities in America. Despite the city's unique liquor laws, Salt Lake City is becoming a hot spot for local craft breweries and cocktail bars. You'll find here an up-and-coming nightlife scene that is worth travelling to.

SLC is a great destination for the solo traveller who loves the outdoors. Take a trip to the nearby mountains for skiing, or to the nearby canyons for an unforgettable solo hike. For a truly unreal experience, visit the nearby salt flats.

Where to stay in Salt Lake City

  • For somewhere central: Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square . A comfortable and clean stay in Utah's Salt Lake City downtown area.
  • For something reasonably priced: Crystal Inn . Spacious rooms and large buffet breakfasts are included.


Local craft brews are popular in Salt Lake City, Utah © Shutterstock

The small town of Moab is known primarily for its surrounding national parks. It makes for a great base for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether it be mountain biking or hiking, Moab is a great place for a solo vacation in nature.

The red rock landscapes of Moab are an otherworldly delight. Arches National Park, five miles northwest of Moab is the premier place to see the infamous bright orange desert arches. Visit Balanced Rock or Delicate Arch for an unforgettable solo adventure.

Where to stay in Moab

  • For a good value: Best Western Greenwell Inn . You'll find here a central, modern hotel with tasteful furnishings and fittings.
  • For somewhere unique: Inca Inn . A budget motel with an outdoor swimming pool and amazing disco-light showers.

Moab Utah, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks © B Norris/Shutterstock

Moab Utah, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks © B Norris/Shutterstock

California's second most populous city is affluent and libertarian, bus also easy-going and friendly. With beautiful beaches and year-round good weather, San Diego is one of the best places to travel alone in the US.

For solo travellers, take a walk through the Gaslamp District. Once San Diego's city centre, which later became a notorious red-light district, is now a trendy and charming part of town. This area is filled with trendy cafes, antique stores, and art galleries.

San Diego Waterfront Public Park © f11photo/Shutterstock

San Diego Waterfront Public Park © f11photo/Shutterstock

Known for its boutique shopping and premier golfing, Palm Springs is a great place to travel alone in the US. With year-round lovely weather, this a great place to go to the spa or relax poolside.

The adventurous will also find great things to do while travelling solo here. Take a day trip to the nearby Joshua Tree for a fantastic time in the desert. Or take a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway — a beautiful and unforgettable gondola ride that takes you across the Coachella Valley.

Where to stay in Palm Springs

  • For a vintage stay: A Place in the Sun Hotel . You'll find here a hotel first built the 1950s as a retreat for the production of the crew of the film A Place in the Sun, starring Elizabeth Taylor. This a popular option with a saltwater pool.
  • For a southwestern-style stay: Casa Cody Inn . This hotel was built in 1920s by glamourous Hollywood pioneer Harriet Cody, this historic B&B offers tasteful rooms and is two blocks from downtown.

The government building of the Cathedral City and Palm Springs © Patricia Elaine Thomas/Shutterstock

The government building of the Cathedral City and Palm Springs © Patricia Elaine Thomas/Shutterstock

Nashville is known for its thriving music scene and is one of America's great solo travel destinations. There are many bars and venues to enjoy live music here as well as places to learn about American music history.

Rock fans, particularly White Stripes aficionados, will enjoy a pilgrimage to Third Man Records. Started by Jack White, this fun studio is a great place to browse music or even cut your own vinyl record.

For country fans, a trip alone in the US would not be complete without a visit to Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame. This fascinating and well-known museum is a treasure trove of memorabilia - including Elvis's gold Cadillac.

Where to stay in Nashville

  • For a trendy place to stay: Thompson Hotel . This inviting hotel has industrial-chic rooms with windows overlooking The Gulch and downtown.
  • For country lovers: Omni Nashville Hotel . Connected to the Country Music Hall of Fame by a walkway, and with a rooftop pool.


Nashville is one of the best places to travel solo in USA © Shutterstock

The famous naturalist John Muir once said: “in every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” And this is particularly true for solo hikers, where your only companion is nature itself, and any chatter comes from the birds. America is a boon for solo hikers, with well-maintained trails that fan out across the country.

Trek a section of the Appalachian Trail, the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, which extends from Maine to Georgia; embark on the 37-mile Teton Crest Trail in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park; or, follow in the footsteps of John Muir, on the John Muir Trail through the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. For solo-hiking safety tips, check the National Park Service.

Where to stay at America's National Parks:

  • For a trip to Yellowstone: Yellowstone Village Inn . This beautiful lodge is located near the park and has a swimming pool for those who love a solo swim.
  • For a trip to the Sierra Mountains: Sierra Nevada Resort . A beautiful hotel and rooms with their own fireplaces.

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Grand Teton — one of the best solo trips in the US © Shutterstock

When it comes to solo travel, there’s nothing quite like taking the wheel and cruising the open road while singing as loudly (and badly) as you want. The USA is the quintessential road trip nation, with vast highways and freeways crisscrossing every state.

Try the famous Route 1 which traverses the length of California – don’t miss stunning Big Sur – to the mountain-flanked Seward Highway in Alaska to Highway 16 through Texas Hill Country , where you can refuel in towns like Bandera, the self-proclaimed “Cowboy Capital of the World.”

We have compiled a list of the most beautiful places in the United States that can help you choose the perfect destination for a solo trip.

Big Sur with the Bixby Bridge in California © Songquan Deng/Shutterstock

Big Sur with the Bixby Bridge in California © Songquan Deng/Shutterstock

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AnneLise Sorensen

Writer and editor AnneLise has journeyed – and wine-tasted – her way around the world, contributing to outlets including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Time Out, Rough Guides and DK Eyewitness. She regularly flits between New York City, California and the countries of her roots, Spain and Denmark. AnneLise is also a content and creative strategist, a radio/podcast host and a travel expert at annual festivals and in the media, from NBC to CNN. Follow her adventures: @AdventureAnneLise on Instagram , @AnneLiseTravels on Twitter .

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The 26 Best Places to Travel Alone in the US!

By: Author girlwiththepassport

Posted on Last updated: September 30, 2023

Categories North America , Solo Female Travel

Are you a diehard solo traveler who is desperately searching for some of the best places to travel alone in the US? If you are then you’ve come to the right place because trust me, there really ain’t no party like a USA solo travel party (YEE-HAW)!

Besides solo travel is just, in general, the total shiz! Esepcially since, well, who really has time to sit around, waiting for other prople, just to book an epic USA vacay?

I know I don’t! I mean, if I sat around, waiting for other people to travel, then I think THE most exicitng place that I’d ever go would be the grocery store. WOMP, WOMP, WOMP.

Which is why I created this SUPER handy list of all the best places to travel alone in the US, this way you can quickly and easily get your solo travel swerve on, and while waiting for…exactly NO ONE. Wait! Time out! Scratch that! Because in all honesty,  I actually wrote a WHOLE LOT of NOTHING.

Yeah. See, instead of writing this post myself, I actually found some of the raddest and baddest solo travelers out there to help me create this list of awesome American cities for solo travelers.

So take a gander, get MAD innspired, and see if you favorite metropolis made the cut, or is just another, anonymous addition to the chorus of the song, “another one bites the dust.”. Either way stick around and find out exactly where your solo travels should take you next, as you explore the grand old, U S of A!

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more information. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. 

1. San Diego, California

Beautiful Torrey Pines Beach, at sunset, in San Diego, California.

By: Sane of Spend Life Traveling

One of the many things I love about San Diego is the intense devotion of locals to this city and the level of pride that they have in calling this place home.

And for good reason! Because between its perfect, year-round climate, the beautiful beaches, the gorgeous Balboa Park, and the many independent shops, restaurants, and cafés, San Diego really is a fabulous city!

I mean I myself have taken many solo trips to San Diego and cannot recommend it enough as one of the best places to travel alone in the US.

And added bonus? Many tourists seem to skip over this city when visiting California, making this place a whole lot less touristy than many other nearby, urban centers.

But If you’re unsure of what to do during your solo trip here, then why not start with one of the best  things to do in San Diego  and explore some of the city’s many amazing beaches? Two of my personal favorites are Ocean Beach and the Mission Beach boardwalk.

However La Jolla is great too. And if you do end up here, be sure to visit the seals at La Jolla Cove (if you’re feeling extra brave, you can even swim with them too!)

Now, if you have time you cannot leave San Diego without visiting Coronado Island for the day. You’ll also want to explore the enchanting Balboa Park (take your time since this greenspace is massive!) and spend at least one evening in Little Italy and the Gaslamp Quarter.

But if all this solo travel leaves you feeling a bit lonely, then you can always check out Meetup.com  and meet like-minded, solo travelers while at a rejuvenating yoga sesh by the beach or while enjoying a fun, craft beer tasting. Because the array of different activities that this website offers really are endless.

2. Honolulu, Hawaii

While in Honolulu, Hawaii, take some time to hike up Diamond Head and experience the stunning, panoramic views of Waikiki and the surrounding area.

By: Noel of Travel Photo Discovery

Of all the fun places that solo female travelers can visit in the US, Honolulu, in Oahu, is definitely one of the best.

Just a short, five-hour flight from the west coast of the USA, Honolulu is a vivacious hub of international travel and is a fantastic home base from which you can explore Hawaii’s many neighboring islands.

However the city is itself is also a fun and easy place for solo travelers to explore since it is home to iconic, tourist attractions like Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head State Park.

But if you’re looking to do something a bit more cultural, then you can always visit one of the area’s many historical attractions like Iolani Palace (the only royal palace in the United States), city hall, Chinatown, Aloha Tower, Pearl Harbor, and Ala Moana (the largest outdoor shopping mall in the Pacific). 

Additionally, Honolulu is a paradise for adventure lovers and has many different activities that solo travelers can enjoy, like water sports, hiking, biking, sailing, and climbing; all of which can be done as part of a group tour group or on your very own, DIY excursion.

However if food is more your thing, then you’ll love Honolulu’s food scene, which is a beautiful mixture of traditional, Hawaiian dishes with other, distinct, Asian cuisines, creating a cross-cultural feast of flavors that can be found throughout the city’s many different street food vendors, food courts, and fine dining venues.

So if you’re ready to visit Honolulu for yourself, then check out this post about some of the  top things you can do in Honolulu , and get some additional inspiration about what to see and do while on the island of Oahu.

3. New York City, New York

A beautiful view of NYC's iconic skyline.

By: Claudia of My Adventures Across The World

New York is hands down, one of the best cities to travel alone in the US! I mean, after all, it was the immortal backdrop for the iconic show, Sex and the City! Which makes sense since this is the kind of place where a solo traveler never really feels alone.

No, really! There are just so many things to do, places to visit, shows to see, and events to attend that you never really have time to feel lonely.

Plus there are tons of classic things to do in New York , like see the Statue of Liberty, go on the Staten Island ferry, visit the Empire State Building (from where you can get breathtaking views of Manhattan), explore Central Park, stop by the MET (the Metropolitan Museum of Art), check out the Guggenheim, visit MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), and pay your respect at the National 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center.

While you’re here I also recommend walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and exploring Brooklyn Heights, one of the nicest neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Once here you’ll enjoy stunning, panoramic views of both Manhattan and the Williamsburg Bridge, another iconic bridge that connects downtown Manhattan with Brooklyn.

However if you’re looking for an excellent place to eat, then you can’t beat Olio e Piu, which is a nice Italian eatery in The Village. Zibetto Espresso Bar is also a fantastic place for an awesome cup of coffee in Midtown Manhattan.

And while New York does have some excellent accommodations, they can be quite costly. Therefore you may want to opt for an Airbnb instead of a regular hotel, especially since the experience will feel a bit more personable.

Plus if you can find a centrally located Airbnb in the East Village, then you’ll still have easy access to some of the best attractions, restaurants, and nightlife spots in the entire city.

4. Asheville, North Carolina

Some of the stunning views that you'll enjoy while hiking around Asheville, North Caroline

By: Meghan of Meghan the Traveling Teacher

Asheville is such a fun city to visit alone! Not only will you find plenty of likeminded people here, but you’ll also discover that a visit to this charming little mountain town can be super affordable too!

Additionally Asheville is located less than an hour from the Smoky Mountains, making it easy for visitors to go on incredible hikes and explore some of the region’s most spectacular waterfalls.

Personally though my favorite area is the Pisgah National Forest since you can go down a natural rock slide waterfall in the summer and marvel at the beautiful fall foliage here in the Autumn.

Because while you’re in Asheville, the mountains really are all around you in, which is why many locals, and travelers alike, will join hiking groups (you can find them on Facebook or MeetUp) and explore the plethora of different hiking trails around the city.

But, after all that hiking, you’ll probably be a little hungry! Which is perfect since Asheville has an amazing food and drink scene, with local favorites including restaurants like Tupelo Honey (Southern food), Corner Kitchen (American cuisine), and Curate (Spanish food).

So feel free to relax and go on an awesome brewery tour. Or, learn more about the city’s fascinating history at places like the Biltmore Estate and Omni Grove Park Hotel.  Because trust me! There really are a ton of fun and cheap things to do around Asheville, North Carolina.

5. Memphis, Tennessee

Beale Street in Memphis Tennessee, one of the best places to travel alone in the US.

By: Clare of I live 4 Travel

Memphis is a city that is known for its music, making it the perfect place to experience some authentic Blue’s and Rock-n-Roll.

Which is why the one thing that you absolutely HAVE to do while in Memphis is visit Graceland , the former home of Elvis Presley.

During your visit not only will you get to see exactly what the mansion looked like on the day of Elvis’ death, but you’ll also get to view some of his lavish outfits and pay your respects at his gravesite.

While in the city you can also stop by the legendary Sun Studio , the birthplace of Rock-n-Roll, and hear the unique stories behind rock-n-roll legends like Turner, Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison, all of whom recorded albums here.

However if history and museums are more your thing, then you cannot leave Memphis without an eye-opening visit to the National Civil Rights Museum , a unique attraction that was built around the Lorraine Motel, the exact place where Martin Luther King was assassinated.

But Memphis is not just famous for its music. It’s also known for its unique style of barbecue, which can be enjoyed at Central BBQ , in downtown Memphis. And once you’ve had your fill of amazing BBQ take a nice, leisurely stroll down Beale Street and listen to some live music at one of the area’s many fantastic bars.

Yes Memphis really is the perfect city for solo female travelers since it’s safe, easy to get around, and home to a ton of different attractions that every type of solo traveler will love.

6. Madison, Wisconsin

By: Paulina of Paulina on the Road

Madison,  Wisconsin  is often overlooked by travelers who are searching for some of the top destinations in the United States. However the capital of Wisconsin is a great place to visit, especially if you’re traveling solo!

“Why?” you may rightly wonder. Well, this city has so many amazing activities for you to enjoy alone, like visiting the  Madison Historical Society , exploring the  Wisconsin State Capitol , or enjoying a scenic walk along Lake Mendota.

But if you don’t want to spend your entire time in Madison alone, then you can always visit one of the city’s many bars and restaurants, like  Madison Eleven Park , since this is an easy place to meet people, thanks in large part to nearby, Madison University.

And if you’re not sure where to stay while in Madison then you’ll be delighted to know that this amazing city has several different hostels, like the  HI Madison Hostel , that offer a wide array of activities for solo travelers to enjoy. 

7. San Francisco, California

Marina enjoying the marvelous Painted Ladies of San Francisco, California.

By: Marina of Travel Eat Blog

San Francisco is one of my favorite places to travel solo since it’s a safe, vibrant city, that is also home to an amazing public transportation system.

I also love how unique every neighborhood in San Francisco is.

I mean it’s like each neighborhood has it’s very own, unique history; a history that you can personally experience while you’re there. That’s why, I would definitely recommend visiting one of the  most beautiful districts in San Francisco , the Marina/ Cow Hollow District.

While you’re here you’ll find a ton of different local shops, street bars, restaurants, and beaches, as well as some beyond exquisite views of the Golden Gate Bridge. 

The Palace of Fine Arts  is also in this area and a total must since you can pack yourself a little picnic lunch and enjoy it out in front of the pond here. You can also stroll through the park and enjoy mesmerizing views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Similarly Chinatown is another must-see neighborhood, in downtown, San Francisco, that is filled with unique decorations,  colorful shops, historic street lights, vibrant hanging lanterns, and charming pagodas.

This area is also home to Chong Qing Xiao Mian, an amazing little Chinese restaurant that serves some of the best Sichuan noodles (beef noodles with pickled mustard) in the entire city. And for a fantastic, reasonably priced place to stay try some of the hotels near Union Square since they are centrally located and within close proximity of some fantastic entertainment, food, and shopping options.

8. Phoenix, Arizona

The amazing, natural landscape that you'll discover while hiking along the Treasure Loop Trail through the Superstition Mountains near Pheonix, Arizona.

By: Nicole of American SW Obsessed

Best visited between October and March when the weather isn’t too hot, Phoenix is without a doubt one of the most underrated cities in the USA.

I mean not only is there a lot to do there, but it also makes a great home base from which you can explore the area’s many National Parks and Monuments.

Personally though my favorite part of Phoenix is Scottsdale since it is a real foodie’s paradise that has over 800 restaurants and cafes to choose from. And while a variety of different cuisines are represented here, I recommend sampling Scottsdale’s authentic Southwestern cuisine since it is a beautiful cross between Spanish, Mexican and Tex-Mex flavors.

However to really enjoy dishes from as many restaurants as possible, I recommend joining one of the many amazing food tours that are offered by Arizona Food Tours .

While you’re here I would also recommend going on a hike along the Treasure Loop Trail since it a beginner’s trail that will take you through the Superstition Mountains (to the east of Phoenix) and provide you with breath-taking views of the surrounding area (When hiking in Phoenix, always start early in the morning and carry plenty of water).

9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The historic beauty of Center City in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

By: Derek and Mike of Robe Trotting

Philadelphia is a fantastic city for any type of traveler, but especially for solo female travelers since it is well-lit, safe, easy to get around, and has a ton of fun things to do , many of which are best enjoyed alone.

Philly is also known for its wealth of world-renowned art museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art , The Barnes Foundation , and The Rodin Museum .

However if science is more your thing, then you’ll love Philly’s Franklin Institute , as well as The Mutter Museum of Medical Oddities. Additionally, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens are another hidden gem that is well worth visiting since this fantastical place includes an exhibition of tile-mosaics that are spread throughout multiple city lots.

Now because Philadelphia is home to more street art murals than almost any other city in the United States, it is also a fantastic city to explore on foot.

And along the way you can also discover Philly’s Old City, and learn more about this city’s prominent. place in American history, with a visit to Independence Hall , The Liberty Bell , and The Constitution Center.

And for all the food lovers out there, no trip to Philly would be complete without sampling local favorites like a cheesesteak and a Philly soft pretzel. Plus most Philadelphia restaurants actually offer food service at the bar, which is the perfect place to dine when eating alone.

10. Disney World, Florida

Disney World (in Florida) really is one of the best places to travel alone in the US.

By: Kris of Nomad By Trade

My first ever solo trip was to Disney World and I truly believe that it is the perfect place to start your very own, solo travel adventure.

I mean if you’re staying in Disney itself then all of your transportation (including from the airport to your hotel and from your hotel to the parks) is included with the cost of your stay.

Therefore you really don’t have to worry about the logistics of getting around by yourself or being alone at night. And with four theme parks, two water parks, and a shopping/dining district to enjoy, there’s plenty to keep you busy during your stay.

Plus not only do you get to plan your days exactly as you want them, visiting all of the top attractions that matter to you the most, but dining reservations and FastPasses are also much easier to come by when you’re traveling alone.

There are also official, Photopass photographers, stationed at all of the best Disney photo spots, who will help you take pictures, even if you don’t purchase photos directly from Disney so that you can come home with something other than a selfie.

Additionally several popular attractions now have designated, single rider lines that you can use to help reduce wait times, which is just one of the many reasons why I love visiting Disney World solo .

11. Santa Fe, New Mexico

The beautiful, natural landscape of Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the best places to travel alone in the US.

By: Stella of Around the World in 24 Hours

Santa Fe, New Mexico is one of the most pleasant and charming cities for a solo female traveler in the United States. First of all, it’s not a huge city. In fact, it’s not even the largest city in New Mexico, making it a relatively easy place for solo travelers to navigate.

Now because Santa Fe is the state capital, and one of the most historic cities in New Mexico, it has a wealth of cultural attractions and delicious restaurants that guests can enjoy.

That’s why the first stop for any solo female traveler in Santa Fe should be the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum , an institution that is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the most famous American, female artist of all time.

However if you’re more interested in history, then you can always visit the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian , to learn more about New Mexico’s very first settlers, and the Palace of the Governors, to better understand the men and women who helped shape New Mexico’s past.

But, if you’re looking for a bit of relaxation then be sure to make an appointment at Santa Fe’s legendary Ten Thousand Waves Spa, where you can splurge on an all-day package, or save some money on one of their more affordable, female-only baths.

Also don’t miss the out on Santa Fe’s extraordinary restaurant scene, where you can go casual at Cafe Pasqual’s or enjoy something a bit more upscale at Restaurant Martin .

Either way Do NOT leave without trying the area’s famous, New Mexican green chiles! Because yes, they really are THAT GOOD!

12. Boise, Idaho

Beautiful Boise, the unassuming capital of Idaho.

By: Kay of The Awkward Traveller

Like most of Idaho, Boise is a criminally underrated hidden gem in the United States. However that’s also part of the reason why this city is such a fantastic destination for solo female travelers.

I mean… Pull up those Tinder profiles ladies! HEYYYOOO.

But, aside from the top tier dating potential, this vibrant, college town hosts an array of fun pop up events that solo travelers will LOVE, like indie film showings, poetry slams, and trivia nights every day of the week.

Boise is also a microbrewery mecca of sorts, with some of my personal favorites including Sockeye Brewing and Boise Brewing.

Speaking of booze and food, Boise does a magnificent job of bringing the earthy goodness of Idaho’s treasure – the potato – to life in new and exciting ways.

So be sure to stop by Boise Fry Co, and sample some of the more than 20 sauces that accompany their endless array of potato types and fry cuts. Also and I hate to say it, but you really haven’t lived until you’ve eaten Idaho’s famous Butter Cake. So, definitely pick up a slice after a fantastic lunch (or dinner) at Fork !

And while Idaho has no National Parks to speak of, the natural areas that surround Boise are truly exquisite and full of enchanting waterfalls that are waiting to be discovered in places like Shoshone Falls and Craters of the Moon National Monument .

But if culture and learning is more your jam, then definitely check out one of the nation’s top nuclear labs at Atomic City. Or you could always decolonize your understanding of American history and take a trip to the Sacagawea Cultural Center, where you can learn all about the TRUE story behind the Lewis & Clark expedition.

13. Denver, Colorado

The incredible natural beauty of Denver, Colorado.

By: Meg of Fox in the Forest

When choosing some of the best places to travel alone in the US, Denver just HAS to be on your list!

I mean one of the BEST things about Denver, Colorado, is the fact that most of the residents here are actually from somewhere else. Yup! It’s an incredibly dynamic city full of transplants, that is home to a variety of different people from all across the USA.

And while the people of Denver are amazing, there are also a ton of fun things to do in Denver, like visit a top-notch brewery, catch a concert at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, head to a museum, enjoy a picnic lunch at one of Denver’s many parks, or go on one of the many amazing  hikes near Denver.

If you can though be sure to rent a car (at least for a day) so that you can enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery or  Rocky Mountain National Park  or visit one of the many relaxing hot springs just outside of Denver.

Now although there a ton of different boutique hotels in Denver, one of the best places to stay for any solo female traveler is going to be an Airbnb.

And the Highlands, RiNo, and Capitol Hill are all perfect neighborhoods to stay in since there are plenty of small businesses, boutique shops, and restaurants here for visitors to explore.

14. Atlanta, Georgia

The beauty of downtown Atlanta, Georgia during sunset.

By: Allie of WOC Travel

Atlanta is a great destination for solo female travelers since there are a multitude of things to do here, that will satisfy people with a variety of different interests.

I mean from history to art to cultural activities to food, you will not run out of things to do here. And one of your very first stops here should be the Atlanta Botanical Gardens . 

Because one of the park’s most awe-inspiring, feature displays is that of the Earth Goddess, a 25-foot tall, living sculpture that consists of more than 18,000 annual plants that are used to create the structure’s beautiful face and hair.

Now, in addition to the botanical gardens, intrepid solo travelers can also enjoy the city’s famed World of Coke, Zoo Atlanta, Centennial Park, and the Aquarium, as well as a ton of different festivals that occur each weekend.

And if you’re trying to decide where to stay in Atlanta then I would definitely recommend the Midtown area since it’s in close proximity to multiple forms of public transportation.

There are also many fantastic restaurants, like South City Kitchen for brunch and Surin of Thailand for late-night dinner,  in this amazing neighborhood, as well as top attractions, like Piedmont Park (AKA the City of Atlanta’s premier green space).

15. Boston, Massachusetts

Sunset near Boston's beautiful harborfront.

By: Retha of The Roaming Nanny

Boston is a great city for solo female travelers. Not only are there plenty of things to do here, year-round, but this city is also home to a fantastic, easy-to-use, network of public transportation.

That’s why I highly recommend a Boston itinerary of at least 3 days, if not more, since this will give you plenty of time to visit many of the city’s top attractions.

Because as someone who grew up nearby, I always tell visitors that they NEED to do two things while in Boston: Explore Boston Common and Public Gardens and Watch a baseball game at Fenway Park (or at least take a tour).

Trust me on this, the Common always has something going on, especially when the weather is nice and the flowers in the Public Gardens are in full bloom, There are also plenty of fun statues to discover, as well as a slew of Swan Boats that you MUST take a spin on.

And while I’m a HUGE baseball fan myself even if you’re not into the sport, you should still definitely watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park (one of the oldest ballparks in the country) since it is always one hell of an experience.

So yeah just grab a hotdog, a beer, and some cheap tickets (they usually start at around $25-$35 apiece), so that you too can enjoy Boston’s immortal, boys of summer.

Now when searching for a place to stay in Boston, look no further than  HI Boston , which sits right near Boston Common, I promise this is an absolutely ideal location to stay in as it’s right near the Redline (which can get you anywhere in the city that you need to go) and is within walking distance of both Chinatown and the Theatre District.

This fantastic hostel also offers guests both private and shared rooms, as well as a complimentary breakfast every morning. 

16. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The vibrant beauty of Myrtle Beach's famed boardwalk in the evening.

By: Heather of RaulersonGirlsTravel

You wouldn’t immediately think of Myrtle Beach as a fantastic, solo female travel destination, but you should! Because not only is Myrtle Beach small enough for you to explore comfortably on your own, but there are also a ton of different things do there; so much so that you won’t have any idea what to do first.

So, to start, you can always do the obvious, and rent a lounge chair on the beach, while periodically dipping your toes in the water.

However, if all that relaxation gets a bit dull, you can always take a nice stroll along the beach, enjoy the 1.2-mile-long boardwalk here (with several piers that extend out into the ocean), and even stop at the legendary Bowery for some live music.

Plus, if you get hungry along the way you can always enjoy one of the numerous, beachside eateries here, which include Rip Tydz (known for their seafood) and Duffy’s (known for their incredibly sassy waitstaff).

But if you want an even bigger selection of restaurants to choose from, then just stop by Broadway at the Beach, which is also home to a local movie theater, an aquarium, speed boat rides, and various forms of nightlife.

And if you’re feeling REALLY adventurous, you could always rent a car and take a short drive to Brookgreen Gardens or go a bit further afield and explore the beautiful city of Charleston (If you don’t want to drive, you could always take an UBER too).

Now during my trip to Myrtle Beach, I enjoyed a lovely stay at the Anderson Ocean Club and Spa , which sits right on the water. However there are plenty of hotels available here, with a variety of different price ranges, that are all within easy walking distance of the beach.

Which is just one of the many reasons why Myrtle Beach really does have everything you need for the perfect, weekend getaway as a solo female traveler.

17. Portland, Maine

The quaint, New England charm of the Portland Head Lighthouse in Portland, Maine.

By; Olivia of My Wandering Voyage

Portland, Maine, is an enchanting, east coast town that is filled with historic, red brick buildings and seafood restaurants as far as the eye can see.

Add in a BEYOND friendly atmosphere and you have the perfect destination for solo travelers. But what really makes Portland, Maine special is the fact that it has been named both the craft brew capital of the United States and the restaurant city of the year in 2018. 

Therefore expect more eateries here, per capita, than in any other city in the US, except for San Francisco of course! And some of the most amazing, foodie hot spots that you’ll just HAVE  to try while you’re in town include  Bite into Maine ,  The Highroller Lobster Co ., Portland Lobster Co.,  J’s Oysters , and Eventide Oyster Co. for delicious seafood and incredible fresh lobster. 

Next wash all that delicious food down with some great cocktails at  Vena’s Fizz House , mead from Maine Mead Works, delicious gin from  Hardshore Distilling Company , or a pint from one of the town’s many craft breweries.

While in Portland you’ll also want to explore the cobblestone streets of the Old Port, do a bit of shopping on Exchange Street, enjoy the views from Munjoy Hill, or watch the boats go by at the Historic Waterfront. 

However the real highlight of any trip to Portland, Maine are the series of quaint lighthouses that surround the city, the most famous of which is the  Portland Head Lighthouse . See there really is so much to see and do, that you’ll definitely want to plan a fun  weekend in Portland ! 

18. Salt Lake City, Utah

The natural beauty fo Salt Lake City, Utah, one of the best places to travel alone in the US.

By: Rachelle of Adventure is Never Far Away

Salt Lake City, Utah, is the PERFECT destination for solo female travelers in the USA!   Known as the biggest little town in the west, Salt Lake City has something to satisfy the wanderlust in every type of traveler.  

So If you’re an adrenaline junkie, why not take to the sky and go skydiving or paragliding? Or If you’re a rock climber, why not explore one of the numerous slot canyons and sheer faces that surround the city?

And if you visit during winter, well, then be sure to take advantage of the best snow on earth and test your skills at one of Salt Lake City’s world-class ski resorts.

Because with a wealth of restaurants, interactive museums, sporting events, and festivals for solo travelers to experience, the variety of different activities here will always keep you coming back for more.

Plus not only is Salt Lake City easy to navigate, but it’s also one of the safest capital cities in the entire United States.  

So much so that residents always welcome visitors and even look out for solo travelers, guaranteeing that anyone who visits will have an amazing time. Salt Lake City also has the added benefit of having hotels outposts for most major chains and being home to a diverse array of AirBnB options.  

That’s why for a more socially engaging travel experience, be sure to stay at the new SLC Hostel, which is located just a mile from downtown, right across the street from the city’s light rail system; making this hostel the perfect jumping-off location for exploration further afield.

19. Las Vegas, Nevada

The world's one and only, Las Vegas, Nevada.

By: Jordan of The Solo Life

A surprisingly fun city to visit as a solo traveler is Las Vegas, Nevada. And although unexpected there are a number of exciting things to do for anyone who wants to solo travel Las Vegas.

Now of course there’s gambling in Vegas, as well as shopping, seeing a show, or simply people-watching along The Strip; all of which can be enjoyed as a solo traveler.   And because there are so many people around, and so much security at all of the city’s major hotels and casinos, Las Vegas never really feels unsafe, which is something that is important to any solo traveler.

Another great thing about Las Vegas is that it’s pretty reasonably priced, at least if you’re not a gambler.  

Additionally there are a ton of different day trips that you can take from the city, to places like the Hoover Dam and even the Grand Canyon .

However for a fun and totally unique solo activity, try booking a tour at the  Neon Museum , a place that collects and restores neon signs, in order to tell the story of Las Vegas’ dynamic past.  

Once inside visitors can see a multitude of historic signs, and all while learning more about them from a dedicated guide.   So whether you’re a gambler, a fan of live shows, or an avid, outdoor enthusiast, Las Vegas really does have something to offer every type of solo traveler. 

20. Cincinnati, Ohio

The exquisite, Cincinnati skyline.

By: Sage of Everyday Wanderer

Easy to navigate and with plenty to see and do, Cincinnati is an amazing Midwest destination for solo travelers.

I mean, I explored the city solo from before dawn until well after dusk and always felt safe, which is why I think that Queen City is one of the best places to travel alone in the US.

Founded in the mid-1800s by immigrants from Prussia, Bavaria, and Saxony, Cincinnati’s so-called, “Over the Rhine” neighborhood has a great, central location and is full of one-of-a-kind boutiques, delicious restaurants, and local breweries that are al just waiting to be explored.

And if you enjoy learning about the past then discover the dark and sobering history of slavery in America at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Cente r.  

Next lighten things up a bit at the American Sign Museum , which is home to the largest collection of vintage, 1900s era signs in the United States, including a two-ton McDonald’s sign and a fiberglass Big Boy.

From here take a stroll along the Ohio River, at Smale Riverfront Park, admire some the city’s 140 street art murals, and walk across the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, a structure that connects Ohio with Kentucky and that offers visitors unparalleled views of the entire city.  

But no trip to Cincinnati would be complete without enjoying a nice, big, bowl of Skyline Chili , nestled atop a bed of spaghetti, and a scoop of black raspberry chocolate chip ice cream from Graeter’s . Conversely, you could also kick start your day with breakfast at Maplewood Kitchen and Bar , where the menu highlights locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients.  

Afterwards check out the gourmet hot dogs at The Senate, which should be closely followed by a visit to Bakersfield , where you can enjoy some of the city’s best street tacos and drinks (preferably ones with tequila or whiskey).  

21. Charleston, South Carolina

The iconic, Pineapple Fountain in historic, Charleston, South Carolina.

By: Michelle of The Wandering Queen

Charleston, South Carolina is without a doubt, one of the best cities in the USA for solo travelers.   Not only is this town an incredibly, Instagrammable place, filled with historic, pastel-colored homes, but it’s also known for its wealth of delicious seafood and is famed for its one of a kind, southern hospitality.

However Charleston is also home to some wonderfully, delectable cuisine.  

So much so that it can be extremely difficult to get reservations at some of the city’s top eateries, like Edmunds, Oast,  Prohibition, Magnolias, and Husk.

And when it comes to deciding where to stay in Charleston, I highly recommend the downtown area since it is a pedestrian-friendly, centrally located neighborhood, that is within easy walking distance of iconic places like Waterfront Park, Marion Square Farmers Market, King Street shopping center, Historic Charleston City Market, Battery Park, Rainbow Row, and White Point Gardens.  

Before you leave though Do NOT forget to take some Instagram shots at Rainbow Row and the Pineapple fountain since both places are incredibly photogenic. But regardless of what fun things you do in Charleston , you’ll definitely fall heard over heels in love with this charming, pastel-hued city.

22. Miami, Florida

Some of the amazing beaches that you'll find in and around Miami, Florida

By: Inna of Executive Thrillseekers

As a solo traveler you’ll first need to decide what part of Miami you’d like to stay in, either Miami or Miami Beach, since these are two completely different areas.

See Miami is a fairly typical city, filled with residential buildings, business centers, skyscrapers, hubs of public transportation, two airports (Miami International & Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport), restaurants, clothing stores, parks and basically anything else you can think of.

In contrast Miami Beach is located on an island and feels like an entirely different city with its own, unique vibe. So, you may want to visit as part of your New York to Miami road trip .

That’s why this place feels more like a cozy little resort town, with a variety of different low-rise buildings, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs for you to check out. There are also groves of beautiful palm trees here that sit nestled along the magnificent, 10-Mile beach.  

Therefore if you can, do try and make the most of your time here by staying at a hotel right on Miami Beach, with 24-hour concierge service, just so that you can feel a little safer. Now there are are also plenty of amazing places to visit in Miami , like:

  • Bayside Mall – A beautiful, cozy street along the bay that is home to a ton of different shops and restaurants.
  • Bayfront Park – A stunning park on Biscayne Bay that hosts a variety of different local events and shows.
  • Miami Zoo – Occupying more than 750 acres, this is considered one of the best zoos in the country and is home to more than 500 different species of animals.
  • Wynwood – An artsy neighborhood filled with street art murals, theaters, art studios, museums, and designer clothing stores. 

And while 90% of travelers visit Miami to relax on the beach, and enjoy some of the island’s many famed nightclubs, as a solo traveler,   do be careful and take the same precautions that you would in any major city.

23. New Orleans, Louisiana

Some of the beautiful architecture that you'll find throughout New Orleans iconic, French Quarter.

By: Wendy of The Nomadic Vegan

New Orleans is typically viewed as a party town, a place where you can go with a group of friends and have a wild time.  

But can you actually enjoy the Big Easy as a solo traveler?   Yes, absolutely!   Because honestly, one of the most amazing things about New Orleans is the iconic, Southern hospitality that you’ll experience from locals.  

I mean it’s totally normal for random strangers to strike up a conversation with you. That’s why it’s incredibly easy for solo travelers to make new friends here.   Plus New Orleans locals will be quick to lend a hand if you look like you’re lost or are in need of some help.

Another great way for you to meet people is through a walking tour, during which you can admire the beautiful architecture of exquisite neighborhoods like the French Quarter, the Garden District, and Faubourg Marigny.  

Other interesting tour options through the city include cemetery tours and plantation tours.   But if you opt for the latter, be sure to choose one that goes to Whitney Plantation, which has been converted into a very insightful museum about slavery.

And if official tours aren’t really your thing then you can always just wander around the city and enjoy the live music scene here, since you’ll find lots of musicians performing along the streets of the French Quarter.

That being said Frenchmen Street is typically where most locals go to enjoy some live music, and you might want to do the same.

Additionally there are also some amazing restaurants in New Orleans  that serve up traditional, Cajun-style dishes, some of which are available in gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan variations.

And if you’re going to drink while in New Orleans, please do so responsibly and limit yourself to a couple of cocktails.   But if you’re not comfortable drinking alone, then you can always join one of the many pub crawls or cocktails tours through the city.  

24. Washington D.C.

The Cherry Blossoms in full bloom along the National Mall of Washington D.C.

By: Richa of My Ticklefeet

The capital city of the US will take you beyond politics and into a world full of history, fun, and adventure.  

Now, in my opinion, the best time to visit is during the Spring, when you can see all of the beautiful Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC .

Washington D.C. really is amazing at any time of the year since there are a ton of different attractions here that you can happily enjoy alone. From dozens of free Smithsonian museums to National monuments to tours of government buildings, like Capitol Hill, the White House, the Library of Congress, etc., this magical city really does have it all.

And If you’re visiting during the Spring or Summer seasons, then don’t forget to check out some of the free summer festivals that take place, almost every weekend, throughout the city.   Plus many of the embassies in the city will actually open their doors to the public and host various, cultural events during the month of May.

But given the number of tourists and amount of traffic in the city, I’d recommend using either public transport or shared car services to navigate the city (Also, don’t forget to pack a pair of extra comfortable sneakers since you’ll be doing a lot of walking).

I’d also recommend staying in either the downtown area near China town or near the National Mall since both of these areas are extremely close to many of D.C.’s top attractions.

25. Savannah, Georgia

The old-world beauty of Savannah, Georgia.

By: Marta and Milosz of Backpackers.WRO

Located in the Southeastern part of the United States, Savannah is the oldest city in the state of Georgia and is a perfect destination for anyone who loves history or who wants to explore famous locations from their favorite books and movies.

However no trip to Savannah would complete without a visit to the city’s historic center, a charming, incredibly safe place that is easy for solo travelers to explore.

You could happily spend hours here, walking amongst the historic buildings and the enormous oak trees, with their characteristic Spanish moss.

While you’re here you can also visit a wealth of different filming locations and sit on Forest Gump’s bench in Chippewa Square, visit the house from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil , or explore the wedding chapel, on Tybee Island, from The Last Song .

Also don’t forget to sample some local delicacies from the famous confectionery – Byrd Cookie Company.   Trust me, the selection of goodies here is huge, with the Scottish Oatmeals being my personal favorite.  

You also can’t miss River Street Sweet, which is home to the most famous candy store in all of Savannah (No matter what, get the beyond delicious pralines).

And if you can, do try and visit River Street in the evening, when you can listen to live music, get a hot dog from a food truck, and grab a local souvenir.

26. Blue Ridge, Georgia

The historic, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

By: Bret of Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide

Located in northern Georgia, at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains , is the tiny town of Blue Ridge.

Encompassing a mere 2.4 square miles of land, and with a population of less than 1500 people, this quaint village sits adjacent to the Tennessee River watershed in the north and the Alabama River watershed in the south.

Blue Ridge is also surrounded by the mountains of the Chattahoochee National Forest, and offers visitors endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.  

Which is precisely what makes this friendly, welcoming town such a great place for solo travelers.  

Love hiking?   Then explore the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail and check out some of the gorgeous waterfalls that can be found in the Vogel and Amicalola Falls State Parks.  

Enjoy being near the water?   Then stop by Lake Blue Ridge and do some fishing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, or boating. You could also try tubing or fly fishing, for freshwater trout, along the Ellijay and Toccoa Rivers.

Additionally there are plenty of cozy mountain cabins that are available for rent, as well as some amazing hotels that you can stay in, like the Douglas Inn and the historic Blue Ridge Inn B&B.   This quaint little town also has some fantastic restaurants for you to enjoy, like Mike’s Trackside BBQ, Harvest on Main, and the aptly-named Southern Charm.  

Whatever you do though be sure to take a ride on the famous, 125- year-old, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. It takes visitors on a picturesque, 13-mile journey along the beautiful Toccoa River, to the twin border towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee.

27. Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs, Arkansas is one of the best places to travel alone in the US. This spot is famous for its hot springs. Duh! No brainer right! I’m sure the name gave it away. Anyways, if you want some alone time where you can unwind and just connect with yourself, then this is the place to visit.

Just think about going to Bathhouse Row which has 8 bath houses. These date back to the early 19th and 20th century and make great places for a solo stop. Otherwise head to Garvan Woodland gardens for a nice leisurely stroll. The bonsai garden has a lot to see!

If that’s not something you want to do, swap Garvan Woodland gardens with Hot Springs National park. A great tip is to head to the visitor center at Fordyce Bathhouse. It offers free tours of the National park. Once you are done hiking along the trails, you head back to Bathhouse row for another soak!

28. Seattle, Washington

Seattle is one of the big cities that are perfect for anyone who is interested in traveling alone in the US. First off, it has all the amenities that every big city has. Think of museums, amazing food, good shopping, lots of great restaurants and more. One of the top things to do in Seattle is to head to the top of the Space Needle. This is where you will get a bird’s eye view of the Seattle skyline. 

Don’t forget to head to Pike Place Market. It is always bustling and it will definitely make you feel like one with the crowd. Here you can get a lot of great handmade souvenirs, amazing local food and more. While you are there, make sure not to forget the underground speciality shops!

Now if you want to get away from the city, then head to Olympic National Park where you can enjoy the calm forests and trails. Hiking is something that is popular in the region but make sure that you check the weather before you head out on the trails!

Best Places To Travel Alone In The US FAQ

How do you travel alone for the first time in the us.

Traveling alone in the US can be daunting when you are heading out for your first trip. The best thing to do is follow a few rules to ensure that you are safe. For one, make sure to arrive at your destination early. Try to not reach after dark. This will allow you to check in at your accommodation and to check out your neighborhood. Other tips are”

  • Always let someone know where you will be.
  • Always and I mean always have travel insurance .
  • Carry your hotel’s address/business card.
  • Never tell anyone where you are staying.

Can A Girl Travel Alone In The USA?

Yes by all means! I have traveled solo across the US so many times. It is safe as long as you are sensible about your interactions with others. 

At What Age Can You Travel Alone In The USA?

Generally airlines allow children above the age of 5 to travel alone. Children between the age of 5-11 will however have parental permission and you have to check with the airlines before traveling.


I hope you found this list moderately inspiring because, gosh darn it, i know i did., sure, i’ve been to a couple of these cities, but most of them are still totally new to., so, if you need me, i’ll be living my best life on one of these  hella awesome, solo vacations, and if this list of epic, solo trips has left you longing for some usa solo travel, then pin this now and read it again later.

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Thursday 3rd of March 2022

I read a lot of Blog Post on Solo Travel but this blog are really intresting and I never read blog topic like this. Your writing skill Awesome!


Thanks so much for reading.

Friday 4th of February 2022

I liked the post, very interesting and well written, I really needed to know about Solo Travel in the USA, thanks for sharing :D!

Thanks for the comment and so glad you found the post useful. Thanks for reading.

Monday 8th of February 2021

This is such a great list! Philadelphia and Phoenix are personally high on my list of upcoming places to check out. I'll definitely save these suggestions for the future!

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

Oh awesome! Thanks for reading Courtney and so glad you found this article helpful.

Saturday 4th of January 2020

This is such an awesome post! I'd always discounted traveling solo in the US - not from choice, but because I don't drive and thought that'd be a problem. I'm seeing now that I had a lot more options than I thought! Thank you! <3

Thanks for reading! Yeah, there are a TON of solo travel options for anyone in the United States. Just so much to do and so little time, per usual.

As a solo traveller, I’m definitely adding lots of these places to my list! Thanks for sharing!

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18 Top Places to Travel Alone in the U.S.

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Taking a solo trip can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking adventure. As long as you choose the right place to visit (one that's safe and well-suited to single travelers ), you're in for an exhilarating treat. Bonus points if the weather is great, and the travel costs won't break the bank along your journey.

Luckily, the US is packed with perfect destinations for solo adventurists, many of which have easily accessible transportation to make it easy to get around. Whether you're hoping to see the top sites in a major city, sprawl lazily on a beach, or meet new friends in an inviting community, there are a slew of places to enjoy an alone vacation in the United States.

Before you go, identify the types of landscapes and experiences that call to you. Have you always wanted to stay at a dude ranch ? Climb a mountain? Kayak through the Bayou ? Or, are you looking for an urban getaway of iconic experiences and local food?

The United States has such diverse landscapes, from the dramatic scenery of the Oregon coast and stunning California beaches to the desert Southwest, tall grass prairies in the great plains, and glaciers in Alaska . You're sure to find the place that's right for you.

Plan your solo journey with our list of the best places to travel alone in the U.S.

1. New York City

2. the florida keys, 3. the outer banks, north carolina, 4. door county, wisconsin, 5. san diego, california, 6. grand county, colorado, 7. washington, d.c., 8. nashville, tennessee, 9. portland, oregon, 10. moab, utah, 11. seattle, washington, 12. austin, texas, 13. boston, massachusetts, 14. new orleans, louisiana, 15. honolulu, hawaii, 16. san francisco, california, 17. denver, colorado, 18. saratoga springs, new york, map of places to travel alone in the u.s..

New York City at dusk

You might not immediately think of New York City when planning a solo trip, but the city of blinding lights is a great place to visit alone. It's easy to find a table for one in restaurants, the variety of museums ensures you'll find something to pique your interest, and the vast parks are beautiful and safe. That said, we'd avoid walking through them alone at night.

Speaking of night, as long as you stay on one of the major avenues (hello, Broadway and Fifth), your journey will be well-lighted and accompanied by so many other wanderers that you won't feel alone, even at three in the morning.

Getting to New York City is easy with three airports, and getting around the city by train or subway means that you don't have to take a taxi everywhere. Taxis can be expensive and super slow (New York's traffic is no joke). Ride services like Uber are astronomically priced in the city, so exploring by foot is the best way to see New York.

Plan your visit in sections by putting the main tourist attractions like Times Square , the famous Central Park , the Brooklyn Bridge , and a boat trip around the Statue of Liberty on the top of the list.

Plan at least one evening to hit Broadway with a nice pre-show dinner. There are so many restaurants in the area that you won't have trouble finding a cuisine to please your taste buds. You can pick up same-day discount Broadway show tickets in the afternoons at local kiosks, and as a party of one, it's even easier to decide which show to see at the last minute.

Round out your stay by visiting some of the ethnic neighborhoods like Little Italy, Queens, Little Guyana, Little India, and Little Odessa. And don't miss out on the shopping in SOHO.

Read More: Best Time to Visit New York City

A palm-lined beach in the Florida Keys

Traveling to the Florida Keys is a breeze for people going it alone. The laid-back atmosphere means you can pack mere flip-flops, a swimsuit, shorts, and a T-shirt and be on your way.

Key West is filled with fun things to do , and it is especially welcoming to solo travelers. The southernmost key is easy to navigate, and you can walk to the beach and the Old Town to explore the small shops or the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum .

There is also a nice Shipwreck Treasure Museum in Key West. You can save a little money by bundling museum tickets if you plan to visit several.

You can also hit several islands on your Keys vacation by island-hopping to Key West, checking out the attractions in Islamorada , and visiting Key Largo . You can fill the agenda with some of the best of each island, like deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, or shopping at the local art galleries. Of course, the area's remarkable beaches are the main draws; there is no shortage of ocean, sand, and seashells.

Another plus, there are a slew of fab resorts in Key West , so there are plenty of options when it comes to luxuriously comfy accommodations that are safe for single travelers.

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Bodie Island Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras National Seashore

While the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a popular family vacation destination packed with exciting things to do , it is also a delightful and safe place to visit for solo travelers. With more than 100 miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean , the barrier islands are full of small villages and plenty of beautiful beaches where you can relax and enjoy the time on your own.

Some of the more popular areas include, Cape Hatteras , Nags Head , Kill Devil Hills , and Duck . It is easy to find many vacation home rentals, small hotels, and even spacious campgrounds , but you will want to book early if your travel plans are during the summer months.

You can base yourself in Cape Hatteras, collect shells along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore , visit the many local artist studios, and take advantage of the outdoor activities. The Outer Banks' beaches are spectacular , so be sure to visit at least a couple of them during your journey.

Another option is to split your trip to stay in several different areas, so that you can travel along North Carolina Highway 12 to the other towns along the Outer Banks. Some of the highlights for solo travelers are kayaking in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge , visiting the historic lighthouses along the coast, experiencing the wild horses in Corolla , and taking a hang-gliding lesson over the 100-foot sand dunes at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

Kitesurfers will find great conditions on Hatteras Island around Waves, Salvo, and Rondanthe . Ever wanted to try your luck at deep-sea fishing ? North Carolina, and in particular the Outer Banks, is a haven for anglers.

Accommodation: Best Resorts in the Outer Banks, NC

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Clear waters in Door County, Wisconsin

You might be traveling alone, but once you arrive at Door County, Wisconsin, you'll feel as if you've known the locals your whole life. The warm, Midwestern peninsula of Door County is a natural paradise that welcomes solo travelers and offers them enough attractions to keep them very busy .

With 300 miles of coastline around the peninsula bordered by Green Bay on one side and Lake Michigan on the other, Door County is as exciting to explore alone in the winter as it is in the summer.

Take your pick from one of 19 communities like Sturgeon Bay , Sister Bay , Ephraim , or Egg Harbor as a base, and stay in one of the many independently owned lodges and bed and breakfasts.

Kayak along the limestone bluffs ; hike in Peninsula State Park ; taste in-season cherries or apples from the local orchards; hit one of the many public beaches; or take the ferry across Death's Door to Washington Island for a day, where you can visit a lavender farm in the summer and see the famous Schoolhouse Beach made entirely from rocks.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in Door County, WI

San Diego skyline

A solo trip to San Diego is rejuvenating. With a consistent climate throughout the year there's never really a bad time to go. Take your pick from the beaches along the 70-mile coastline as you relax in the sand or learn a new water sport, like stand up paddleboarding.

Since you are traveling alone, you can even hit a different stunning beach each day in Del Mar , La Jolla , Mission Beach , and Ocean Beach .

Spend some time in Balboa Park , the biggest urban park in the United States, with museums, gardens, music, and the famed San Diego Zoo. It's one of the best attractions in San Diego for good reason.

One of the easiest ways to explore San Diego alone is with the hop-on, hop-off trolley, which can take you to all the top points of interest, where you can spend as much time as you like before heading off to the next one.

Tip: the best time to visit San Diego for weather is from March through May and September through November, so keep that in mind when booking.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in the San Diego Area

Read More: Top-Rated Day Trips from San Diego

Fall colors in Grand County, Colorado

Little beats the fun of mixing with the locals in Grand County, Colorado. Being alone makes it even easier to break into an interesting conversation with these friendly folks.

Grand County, located less than 70 miles outside of Denver , is the dude ranch capital of the United States, and boy is it a beauty. Rugged mountains, shimmering lakes, deep valleys, and thick forests will leave you breathless. They also offer some fantastic opportunities to ski .

There are four world-class dude ranches in the area where you can experience the Wild West at your own pace. One of the best is Latigo Dude Ranch , which transports you to your private cabin by horse and wagon. All-inclusive weeklong packages make it easy for solo travelers. You pick the activities that appeal to you, from daily horseback riding in the mountains to swimming, white water rafting, and yoga.

The rest of the time, you'll feel like a modern-day rancher with home-style cookouts, cattle drives, and perfect sunsets every evening as you learn how to throw a lasso like a real cowboy. Enjoy a day trip if you have time to spare, and be sure to check out a few of the adorable small towns in the region.

The U.S. Capitol Building at dusk

With more than 17 Smithsonian museums, galleries, the National Zoo, and a host of other tourist sites to visit , Washington, D.C. is an exciting city to see at your own pace. And there's no chance of getting bored, even when you're flying solo. Head here in the fall to experience the best the city has to offer; this time of year , the weather is ideal and crowds are thin between September and November.

Many of the museums are located on the National Mall , so it is easy to stay at a nearby hotel and make that your destination for several days. Most of the museums are free, and with easy public transportation, you can visit Washington D.C. alone with minimal cost compared to some other major cities.

Take some time to wander through the city's lush parks , enjoying a picnic of take-out or a few moments spent people-watching in the sunshine.

If you are a political junkie, you can stroll around the U.S. Capitol complex and the perimeter of the White House , or take a public tour. You can also take the subway into some of D.C.'s hip neighborhoods, like Barracks Row , artsy Brookland , and Edgewood or the foodie scene in the Navy Yard district. You might also want to book a scenic boat trip along the Potomac River .

One of the perks of traveling alone in Washington D.C. is that you can more easily score a table for one at some of the popular restaurants without waiting.

Read More: Top-Rated Day Trips from Washington, D.C.

Nashville, Tennessee

Oh, Nashville, how we love you so. You're so full of Southern charm and toe-tapping tunes that we should write a country song about you. Oh, wait...

The official "country music capital of the world," Nashville is the ultimate place to visit if you're a) alone and b) a fan of the Southern drawl and achy breaky music. The locals are as sweet, wonderful, and welcoming as you've heard. You won't feel friendless when so many strangers strike up a conversation.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum , Music Row (home to RCA Studio B ), and the Nashville Parthenon top the list of unmissable attractions . And you'll kick yourself for skipping out on a show at The Grand Ole Opry . A ride on the General Jackson Showboat is another must.

Don't worry about getting around. The public transit is clean, safe, and super cheap. A sightseeing cart tour is another must, especially if you'd like to give your feet a break.

Also, there are plenty of refreshing hiking trails and enjoyable day trips to enjoy if you're up for a bit more excitement.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in Nashville, TN

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Downtown Portland

In a city of "makers" with a laid-back vibe, Portland, Oregon is one of the most welcoming communities in the United States for people traveling alone.

There are so many interesting attractions and free things to do in the city, from perusing through Powell's City of Books , the largest independent bookstore in the U.S., to hiking in Forest Park , a large preserved natural area in Portland. You can spend an entire day or two just going to local galleries and meeting artists who are turning their ideas into a reality with products that are unique to the Portland area.

There are many areas for outdoor recreation, like biking or leisurely strolls through the International Rose Test Garden . Portland is also close to some of Mother Nature's most incredible creations— thundering waterfalls and soft, sandy beaches entice solo travelers to spend more time outside.

Transportation is simple in Portland. It's a walkable city, but you can hop on the Portland Streetcar to get to the various neighborhoods. Do not end your solo trip to the city without planning some time to hang out at a local café (it's a thing in Portland) and trying a Captain Crunch doughnut from Voodoo Doughnuts.

Read More: Top-Rated Things to Do in Portland, OR

Double Arch in Arches National Park

In need of some fresh air and visual inspiration for your solo vacation? Few places can scratch that itch like Moab, Utah, where the outdoors is the centerpiece of attention.

This area is a top destination for outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, and camping , which is surprisingly fun as a single. Outdoorsy types are destined to find other solo travelers here looking for life perspective among the stunning rock formations and nighttime constellations.

There are two national parks in Moab to explore: Arches National Park, which is famous for its hikes , and Canyonland National Park . There's also Dead Horse Point State Park , which has some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes to photograph 2000 feet above the Colorado River .

How you choose to experience the parks is up to you. From mountain biking and hiking to white water rafting, fishing, and golfing, there's no end to the fun things to do in Moab.

Downtown Seattle at sunset with Mt. Rainier in the distance

Seattle, Washington is an easy city to visit alone. The people are friendly, the scenery is inspirational, the vibe exciting, transportation easy, and lodging plentiful in a wide range of price points. It is easy to get from point A to point B in the city on the Metro system or Monorail system.

Start your solo Seattle sightseeing at the city's most popular point of interest, the Space Needle , where you can go up to the observation deck for a phenomenal 360-degree panoramic view of the city. If you like the view then you might want to check out the observation deck at Columbia Tower , where you can get a high view of the Space Needle.

Stop for some famous Seattle coffee at a local café or take a cup of Joe to go as you stroll through the pretty parks and along the waterfront. Then peruse the local produce at the Pike Place Market . Don't miss out on a visit to the city's top museums ; Seattle Art Museum , the Museum of Pop Culture , and Chihuly Garden and Glass are worthy of a few hours.

You will probably see a lot of people in Seattle dining alone or doing solo activities, so if you're looking for conversation, why not spark one?

  • Best Time to Visit Seattle, WA
  • Top-Rated Day Trips from Seattle, WA

Austin, Texas

If you are a music lover traveling alone, one of your top considerations should be Austin, Texas . Music and festivals are a way of life in this Texan wonderland, and you won't be able to walk a block without hearing a tune of some kind following you down the street.

This Texas capital has more than 250 music venues to enjoy and a host of other tourist attractions and activities to fill your solo agenda in between. Hunker down for some famous and memorable Texas barbecue to fuel up for your adventure.

There are lots of outdoor activities to enjoy alone in Austin. Barton Springs in Zilker Park is one of the largest springs in Texas and a great way to cool off with a swim to beat the heat. You can enjoy a morning swim or paddleboard outing at Lady Bird Lake , a popular reservoir located in the heart of downtown .

You can also plan walks around the lake on Schoal Creek Trail , a 4.4-mile trail that takes you through several parks. In fact, hiking is a popular activity in Austin , with many trails frequented by solo travelers.

For some social interaction, you can sign up for one of the many tours available around town to local museums and attractions.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in Austin, TX

Read More: Top-Rated Day Trips from Austin, TX

George Washington Statue at Public Gardens in Boston

The historic city of Boston, Massachusetts is great for solo travelers . Museums, parks, waterfront tours, and cruises provide endless ways to stay entertained. The best part: you can walk to most of the attractions and things to do in this palatable city.

Start your visit on the Freedom Trail , which winds its way past some of the most significant historical landmarks in the city. Take time to enjoy the gorgeous parks along your tour, stopping to enjoy a picnic or just a shady respite on a hot, sunny day.

If you visit during baseball season, plan a night at Fenway Park to take in a Boston Red Sox game and gape at the infamous Green Monster. Spend one evening getting a different perspective of the city with a sunset boat tour of Boston Harbor .

As we mentioned, there are multiple tours and museums in Boston. Since many require admission, you may want to prioritize some of the best, like the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum , Plimoth Plantation, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum .

One of the best ways to hit a number of attractions while giving your feet a break is by taking a hop-on, hop-off trolley tour. If visiting Boston in winter , you'll definitely want to take advantage of touristy transportation like this.

  • Best Time to Visit Boston, MA
  • Top-Rated Day Trips from Boston

New Orleans at dusk

While the city of New Orleans has a reputation for having an extravagant and wild scene, it is also known as one of the friendliest cities in the United States. This makes it an ideal place to visit for people traveling alone. Hit the Bourbon Street jazz clubs to soak up the music scene of the city, or plan a day trip to the Jazz Museum for some historical perspective. There's no lack of fun tourist attractions to enjoy .

Sign up for a New Orleans City Tour for a new perspective on the city, or plan your own walking tour through some of the neighborhoods to see old Victorian homes and visit some of the unique cemeteries.

Be sure to carve out extra time for visiting the famed French Quarter , where you can shop at the local boutiques and indulge in iconic New Orleans cuisine. Stop for a taste of beignets at Café du Monde and try some of the local Cajun cuisine.

Tip: If you're hoping to enjoy the excitement of Mardi Gras , the best time to visit is between February and the end of May . That said, be sure to book a stay at one of New Orleans' resorts early, as the rooms fill up quickly at this time of year.

Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head

Hawaii is a bucket list destination for many people, and while it is usually associated with honeymoons and couples' travel , there are several places, like Honolulu, that are great destinations for solo travel.

Located on the main island of Oahu , Honolulu is more touristy and less remote than other Hawaiian destinations. That makes it ideal for visiting solo. Another plus: the public transport system is geared towards tourists, so you should find it easy to get around to the area's most interesting attractions and to Oahu's beautiful beaches .

Waikiki Beach is a must-visit that should top your holiday agenda. Don't miss having a meal (or many) on the waterfront. While you're in Waikiki , plan a trip to climb Diamond Head on your own, or take a guided tour. Pearl Harbor's attractions shouldn't be missed , and taking in a luau, even alone, is an experience you will never forget.

If you want to plan a snorkeling adventure, it is best to take a guided trip or hit one of the populated snorkeling spots, like Hanauma Bay , where there are other people to keep an eye on you in the water.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in Honolulu

Lombard Street in San Francisco at sunrise

It's easy to feel the love in San Francisco. A Californian city that seems to accept everyone for who they are (yay!), this welcoming spot should grace your list of the best places to visit alone in the US.

One of the most ideal ways to see the sights is by lacing up your comfiest shoes and taking a walking tour of San Francisco . Sign up for a guided tour at your hotel if you're hoping to make friends. Or, make use of the Bay Area Bike Share to borrow a set of (two) wheels for the day.

Speaking of San Francisco sights , the Golden Gate Bridge is unmissable (literally), as is Alcatraz (you'll want to book your ferry ride well in advance), and the somewhat kitschy, very touristy Fisherman's Wharf .

If you're hoping to take transit, you're in luck. The BART (subway), Muni (buses, cable cars, and streetcars) make it super easy to get around. And they're super safe and affordable.

A note: While the city is safe, we'd suggest avoiding wandering around the Tenderloin alone after dark.

Read More: Top-Rated Day Trips from San Francisco

Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado (a.k.a. the Mile High city) has it all: giant ponds, lush parks, farmers markets, live music, eclectic shops, top restaurants, and a backdrop of majestic mountains. Luckily, it's also a very welcoming city for solo travelers.

Denver's downtown core is incredibly palatable and well populated, so visitors will feel safe walking along the streets as they window shop, pop into the iconic Tattered Cover bookshop, or grab a bite in one of the many fab eateries.

Don't miss the historic Union Station , and you should definitely catch a show at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts . Downtown is a pedestrian-friendly area, so you won't have to be worried about being hit by cars. That said, keep an eye out for bikes.

Getting around the city is easy, clean, and safe. You can join the masses and bike, or hop on the RTD light rail or bus. Rent a motorized scooter if you're feeling especially adventurous (we'd suggest renting a helmet as well).

One of Denver's best attractions is located 15 miles from its center, and it's more than worth a visit. The incredible Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater hosts concerts set between captivating giant red sandstone rock formations.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in Denver, CO

John Neilson Farmhouse in Saratoga National Historical Park

It's easy to fall in love with Saratoga Springs. One of the most charming small towns in New York State , this stunning beauty is an idyllic place for outdoor lovers to explore.

Traveling alone is particularly enjoyable in this pretty locale, which is peppered with enough attractions to keep visitors occupied in any season, and enough charm to fill their cameras' SD cards.

Soak in the mineral baths at The Roosevelt Baths and Spa , hike the forested trails of the captivating Saratoga Spa State Park, or head to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame to learn all there is to know about horse racing.

There's no chance you'll be bored when touring this safe and beautiful town on your own.

Read More: Top-Rated Things to Do in Upstate New York

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More Solo Travel Ideas : If you need more ideas for solo trips, you can review our articles on weekend getaways in Massachusetts , Ohio , and Alabama . If you are looking for outdoor adventure ideas that you can do alone, you might consider white water rafting and kayaking in Washington or white water rafting in West Virginia . Another great solo destination, especially for peace and relaxation is Sedona , Arizona. Here, you can enjoy a yoga retreat, wander through new age shops, or tackle the scenic hiking trails .

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