Travelling alone can be one of the most rewarding and enriching adventures you experience in your lifetime. Your itinerary is all yours to create, and there is no need to worry if your companions are having a good time.
There is the opportunity to make new friends or you can stick to yourself, and you never have to visit an attraction, shop, or restaurant that simply doesn’t appeal to you. If you are planning a solo trip in the United States, these 10 cities should be high on your list of potential destinations.
10. Boulder, Colorado
Boulder tops many lists of great cities to visit alone, and for good reason. The city itself is known for its safety, so you can sleep soundly at night. It’s also walkable — all popular destinations are within a couple of miles of each other — surrounded by gorgeous natural scenery.
You will find that the hotels, cafes, and tourist attractions welcome single travellers with open arms, and some even provide opportunities, such as bonfires, where you can get to know others staying in the area. Boulder is located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
9. Austin, Texas
Austin is a college town, but you don’t have to be 20 to enjoy everything the city has to offer. Whether showcasing its amazing food or its eclectic music, you will always find a festival or other event welcoming you into town. Whether you want to get lost in the crowd or meet some like-minded new friends, you can do it all in this social city.
8. Atlanta, Georgia
For years, Atlanta has been named one of the top cities for singles, so if you are looking for a companion for future travels, head on down and enjoy some Southern hospitality.
There are plenty of places to meet other single guys and gals, from the bustling nightlife in the Buckhead community to the cultural hotspots in Midtown.
7. Red Lodge, Montana
Of course, you don’t have to go to the beach for peace and quiet. A place like Red Lodge, Montana will put you face to face with some of the most natural beauty in the Midwest. There is a 12,000-acre dude ranch in the city, which also just next door to Yellowstone National Park. You will find no shortage of outdoor adventures here.
6. Outer Banks, North Carolina
Perhaps you just want to get away from it all. Rent a little cottage on the beach, spend your days reading and sunbathing on the sand, do a little fishing, and enjoy a little fresh seafood for dinner.
North Carolina’s Outer Banks is a popular spot for authors and other creative types who want some downtime. It’s the perfect place to recharge your soul or start that novel you’ve always dreamed of writing.
5. San Francisco, California
More than any other US city, San Francisco is the place where you can totally be yourself without worrying about too much judgement from others. If you are a little self-conscious about travelling alone, that can be a great opportunity.
Like Boston, it’s been named one of the most walkable cities in the country, so it’s easy to see the sites, too. For nightlife, it’s not unusual to see single residents and travellers enjoying a drink or meal in one of the city’s amazing bars and restaurants.
4. Washington, DC
Another excellent choice for solo history buffs is the nation’s capitol. With over 20 museums and some of the most important American landmarks within such a short distance of each other, it’s easy to create your very own personalized tour and even easier to learn a thing or two without any of the distractions of travelling companions.
3. Boston, Massachusetts
Boston has been ranked as one of the most walkable cities in the United States, which is excellent for solo travellers who don’t want to drive and navigate all by themselves. It’s also the perfect destination for American history buffs. You can walk to several museums and historic attractions all within a few of miles of each other.
2. Nashville, Tennessee
There is a lot going on in Nashville 24 hours a day, so if you want to travel by yourself, yet feel as if you are not alone, Music City is the perfect destination. With so much live music happening throughout town, there is no shortage of dancing partners or someone to grab a drink with.
1. Key West, Florida
Anything goes in laid-back Key West, and the locals are some of the friendliest people in the nation. Whether you are just looking for peaceful solitude with a good book and a nice view of the crystal clear waters or an adventure that involves snorkeling, swimming, and SCUBA diving, you will find both here in the southernmost tip of the country.