Ditching the routine of everyday life and getting out into the world on your own can be a freeing, exhilarating experience. While having someone to share the experience with is always great, traveling solo can be just as rewarding. It can be a great opportunity to really get to know yourself on a deeper level and explore the world on your terms. Start planning your solo trip to one of these 12 cool U.S. destinations for lone travelers!
1. Naples, Florida
There are plenty of ways solo beach travelers can occupy themselves in Naples. The most obvious is to head to the beach at Naples Pier. However, many other fun activities are available, such as kayaking in the mangroves or hitting up one of the area’s ninety golf courses. Plus, the city was ranked number one in a recent list of safest places to live in the U.S., thanks to its low crime rates.
2. Boston, Massachusetts
Boston may be a big city, but it often feels like a small town. Thanks to its walkability, you can explore the city’s historic center on foot, where you’ll discover a wellspring of history and culture in museums.
3. Portland, Oregon
Portland has many food cart parks scattered about the city where you can check out the diverse cuisine offering and enjoy your meal in an atmospheric and fun shared space. Portland’s reliable transportation, great parks, and community vibe make this city an easy choice for people traveling alone.
4. Asheville, North Carolina
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 in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
5. Sedona, Arizona
Traveling solo may be the only time to check out from the grind and truly relax. That’s why spa destinations like Sedona are so perfect for solo travelers. There are yoga retreats and, of course, the legendary red rocks to admire.
6. 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. There are many honky-tonks to visit and live shows to take in.
7. Charleston, South Carolina
Art lovers will find themselves in their element in this colorful coastal city in South Carolina. The small town of Charleston is home to over thirty-five fine art galleries and hosts an Art Walk on the first Friday of every month.
8. San Francisco, California
Public transportation is key when traveling solo, which is where cities like San Francisco shine. 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.
9. 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.
10. Savannah, Georgia
Savannah’s welcoming nature makes solo travel a breeze. If you like meeting new people, join a haunted pub crawl through town or book an architectural tour. If you want a quiet escape, rent a bike and explore the history-rich city.
11. 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. Solo travelers can also check out the town’s numerous art galleries.
12. Salt Lake City, Utah
It may be Utah’s largest city, but Salt Lake City doesn’t feel like a giant metropolis. This friendly city has everything a solo traveler could want, from great food to easy mountain and water access.
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