Gone are the days when traveling solo was a no-go. Today, young and old, single and partnered make a point of traveling alone. Adventure, great food, incredible history, and natural wonders await the solo traveler. These 10 cities in the USA make the grade for your next solo vacation.
The City of Angels is, of course, famous for all the Hollywood stars. But it’s also home to brilliant beaches and boasts great hiking opportunities. Tick the famous actors off your Los Angeles list on a city tour through Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Then take a fun e-bike tour through Santa Monica and Venice beaches. See the city from the Hollywood Hills, either on a hike to Griffith Park or on a sunset hike taking in the views overlooking the famous beacon. LA’s twinkling lights below will make the perfect memory.
2. Brush up on your history in Washington, DC
History buffs will love the museums, memorials, and monuments in the capital, Washington, DC. And there are so many ways to tour this impressive city, whether you’re traveling solo or with a friend. Choose a Segway tour, bus tour to the Capitol Buildings, or try an e-bike tour. A great way to spend an evening if you’re traveling solo, is to take a night tour — this one visits the illuminated monuments. And don’t forget quaint Georgetown. A walking food tour in this historic area is the perfect way to break bread and make new friends on your solo journey. Bonus, if you’re in DC during springtime, you might see the cherry trees in bloom.
3. Choose Chicago for architecture aficionados
From incredible architecture to grand stories of gangsters, Chicago is a top choice for solo travelers. Take in the stunning architecture from the river on a boat tour. Then get to grips with gangsters and ghosts on a historical walking tour through the Loop district. Chicago’s vibrant food scene makes it a great city for solo foodie travelers. Taste all the delights, from deep-pan pizza to sweet treats on a food tour. If you’re interested in the craft beer scene, hop on a bike tour and sip your way through the city.
4. See the birthplace of the Constitution in Philadelphia
New York is a city that’s an ideal destination for solo travelers. Its museums alone will keep you busy for weeks. But how about exploring all the individual neighborhoods to really get a feel for the different areas of the city? Visit Chinatown and Little Italy to learn about their history on a walking tour before taking in the incredible architecture of Midtown. Brooklyn has become the hippest hood in NYC. Head there on a bike tour, taste the great food of the area then finish off with a beer tour to really feel like a local.
Country music lovers flock to Nashville, where it all began. A fun way to explore the city and its sights is on a trolley tour. Then stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where you can happily spend a few hours. No visit to Tennessee is complete without sampling Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey. Take a day trip and visit the distillery to learn more about the USA’s oldest distillery.
9. Feel free in San Francisco
Whether you wear flowers in your hair or not, San Francisco is home to free spirits from around the world. Solo travelers are spoiled for choice in this city, whether you want to learn about history, taste delicious food, or head out to nature. And if San Francisco Bay beckons, see the famous bridge from the water on a cruise or a catamaran sunset trip. Visit infamous Alcatraz and taste some craft beer or have fun exploring the city on a bicycle tour. Arty solo travelers should head to MoMA for modern art, while the wine country is within easy reach for solo travelers who want to taste the delights of the Sonoma Valley.
10. Get a natural high from Las Vegas
While Sin City will entertain you day and night with its shows, shops, and casinos, it also makes a great base for exploring the incredible desert landscape of neighboring Arizona. Start your solo trip with a sunset walking tour of Las Vegas to see its neon signs light up. Then head out to see some natural wonders. The 190-mile long Grand Canyon is a must-visit to tick off your bucket list. While a day trip to Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon shows off nature in all her glory.