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!
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1. 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 Center.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.