There’s really nothing quite like traveling solo. While it may seem daunting at first, and perhaps a touch scary, there’s a freedom that comes with solo travel that’s 100% worth the risk.
You don’t have to worry about anyone else’s plans, needs, or wants — it is all about you. Forget having to compromise on activities or cater to someone else’s idea of a good vacation.
You get to do exactly what you want to do when you want to do it. What’s better than that?
So, if you’re contemplating a solo trip, here’s the push you may need to start planning. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing vacation, a sight-seeing adventure, or something in between, there are plenty of destinations perfect for a solo traveler like yourself.
From west coast favorites to hidden gems, here are some of the best places to travel solo in the United States. Start your planning now!
New York City
New York City seems like a place you’d want to visit with a big group of people, but it’s actually the perfect destination for solo travelers. Because there is just so much to do in New York City, you’ll never have to worry about getting bored.
Not to mention, because everyone in NYC is doing their own thing, you also won’t have to worry about feeling out of place. Heck, even the locals eat dinner by themselves regularly.
Walk along the Brooklyn Bridge, take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, walk around Central Park, or catch a Broadway show. Shop in Soho, explore funky coffee shops in the West Village, and enjoy a nice drink on a rooftop bar. You’ll never regret a solo NYC adventure.
This suggestion is for all the adventures out there. Do you love to hike, mountain bike, or camp? If so, Moab is the place for you. There are plenty of hiking and biking trails in Moab, as well as campgrounds, but there are also two National Parks to explore — Arches National Park and Canyonland National Park.
And, if you’re looking to do group activities while you’re there, Moab has plenty of guided hikes, bike rides, and rafting excursions.
Looking for the perfect place to lounge in a beach chair, read a book, and sip on a cocktail? Well, look no further than Maui, Hawaii. While Maui may seem like a place you’d only want to visit with friends or a significant other, it actually has plenty of fun options for solo travelers.
Between snorkeling excursions and group surf lessons to stunning hikes and world-class spas, Maui really has something for everyone. This is a great place to visit if you’re wanting to relax and have a bit of adventure.
Austin, Texas may not be at the top of everyone’s list as one of the best solo trip destinations, but it should be! In fact, Austin is one of the most underrated cities in the country, as it has a great combination of southern hospitality and hipster weirdness (I say that as a compliment).
Plus, if you’re a music lover, there are few places better to visit in the US. Check out some live music at one of the city’s many music venues, eat delicious food, explore the funky neighborhoods, and even enjoy the outdoors.
Spend time on the water at Lady Bird Lake or go for a hike on Shoal Creek Trail. Truly, the options are endless.
Seattle is a very easy city to visit alone, as there’s plenty of accessible public transportation and walkable sites. Hotels are relatively inexpensive, so you won’t have to worry about spending an arm and a leg just to be in a good location.
And, while it is a major city, it’s also relatively close to some of the most breathtaking hiking trails in the world.
Check out the Space Needle, ride the ferry, and visit Pike Place Fish Market, but also take some time to get out of the city and soak up the fresh air. If you’re someone who enjoys sightseeing but also loves being in nature, Seattle is really the perfect vacation spot.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
If you’re looking for a destination where you can spend your days enjoying the sunshine, reading books, and simply slowing down, there’s no better place to visit than Hilton Head, South Carolina. Ride your bike around the whole island, take a nap on the beach, and spend afternoons perusing the local shops.
There’s also plenty of great coffee shops and restaurants to enjoy, as well as fun nightlife. While this may not be the best vacation destination for someone who wants to have their days packed with activities, this is a great destination for someone who’s looking to just relax.