Want to Take a Solo Trip? These Are the Best Places in the U.S. to Visit:Going on a trip by yourself can be fun, too, even if you’re with family and friends. You choose where to go, what to do, where to stay, what places to eat at, how much money to spend, and more. Your opinion is the only one that counts.
It’s also a great way to get out of your comfort zone, meet new people (if you want to), disconnect, recharge, and enjoy quiet times of reflection, or just get away from the real world for a few days.
Want to Take a Solo Trip? These Are the Best Places in the U.S. to Visit
- Choosing a destination can be hard, especially if you still have a lot of places on your dream list, whether this is your first trip by yourself or you’ve done it many times before.
- The good news is that you don’t have to travel far to have the fun or relax you want. The U.S. is full of choices.
- We made a list of the best places in the U.S. for solo tourists, including mountain and beach spots, small towns and big cities.
- We looked at things like how easy it is to get around on foot, how safe it is, how many historic sites and museums are nearby, and how easy it is to get to nature.
- Plan your trip (or don’t, remember it’s your trip!) and get your one-way ticket. For a few days, you won’t have to answer to anyone but yourself.
Saratoga Springs, New York
- It’s easy to get to this beautiful town in upstate New York by taking the Amtrak. It’s perfect for people who live in New York City and want to get away by themselves quickly.
- The historic Saratoga Race Track is a great place to see a horse race. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a great place to see a show, and the Saratoga Spa State Park has mineral spring baths, which is where the city gets its name.
- And don’t forget to enjoy the great shopping and eating along Broadway.
- The heart of Chip and Joanna Gaines’s Magnolia business is a fun Texas town that’s only a short drive from both Austin and Dallas.
- It’s the perfect place for Fixer Upper fans who want a quiet vacation. You can get tasty treats and farmhouse-style clothes at Magnolia Market.
- In addition to Magnolia, downtown has great music, wine and beer tastings, and small shops.
- You can have more fun by going to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, the Dr. Pepper Museum, or the Mammoth National Monument.
- Carmel-by-the-Sea makes you feel like the main character in a storybook. But there’s more to do than just admire the town that looks like it belongs in a fairy tale.
- The famous golf course Pebble Beach, the museum of the Carmel Mission Basilica, the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, and the white-sand beach Carmel are all really close by. Tip:
- The Cottage of Sweets and Carmel Bakery are great places to treat yourself.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
- It’s a great place for art lovers to visit because it has both the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the original Meow Wolf, which is an experimental, immersive art show that also works as a psychedelic escape room.
- Downtown Santa Fe is a beautiful place to visit. It’s full of art galleries, antique shops, and craft shops.
- You can also try New Mexico’s famous red and green chiles there. At the Inn & Spa at Loretto, don’t forget to book a spa day.
- For those who want to relax, Burlington is a cute little town with a comfortable vibe.
- You can stroll through the pretty Church Street Marketplace, visit the Ben & Jerry’s factory, get a cold one at a craft brewery, or take a cooking class at the nearby Essex Resort & Spa.
- Enjoy all of Lake Champlain’s fun when the weather is nice, like boats, sunbathing at the beach, and hiking along the shore. You could also go in the fall, when the leaves are at their most beautiful.
- It’s like being in a big city, but Flagstaff feels like a small town. Nearby nature and historical sights include the Grand Canyon, Walnut Canyon, and the Wupatki National Monument.
- You won’t need a car to get there, though, because Flagstaff is home to many tour companies. The famous Lowell Observatory, also known as the place where astronomers first found Pluto, is just outside of town if you’re into science.
- People come to the city’s downtown area just to hang out. There are restaurants and bars there to keep you busy between desert activities.