While it can seem daunting, there are many perks to solo travel. You’ll be able to truly do whatever you want on vacation, for starters – no worrying about coordinating schedules or desired stops. It can also provide a unique way of experiencing the destinations you visit by allowing you to truly focus on the setting itself. If you’re considering a solo trip in the U.S. this year, here are seven cities that are perfect.
1. Naples, Florida
This city is a great destination for solo travelers that are looking to enjoy some relaxing fun in the sun. Naples is home to several beautiful beaches overlooking sparkling waters such as The Naples Pier Beach. It’s also a great spot for some unique activities such as viewing manatees. The city also has a relatively low crime rate, making a trip here pretty safe even for those traveling alone for the first time.
2. Sedona, Arizona
This picturesque Arizonan town is a great option for those traveling alone. It offers a large variety of activities that you don’t need a group to enjoy. For example, peruse the galleries and shops in the town. Or consider heading slightly outside of town to view some of the stunning rock formations such as Cathedral Rock. You also may want to consider checking out one of the many spas in the area such as A Spa For You Sedona Day Spa. Spending a day relaxing at one of these spas can be a great way to teach stress and unwind.
3. Carmel-By-The-Sea, California
Carmel-By-The-Sea is a dreamy southern California town that makes an amazing vacation destination. Some perks of the small town are that it is easily walkable. This means you will be able to easily explore the city by yourself on foot. This is perfect for those who do not have their own car while traveling as well as those who don’t want to have to add too many additional parking costs and plans to their trip. Carmel-By-The-Sea is also home to some interesting sightseeing opportunities such as checking out Carmel Mission or exploring Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. All of this together makes it ideal for those traveling on their own.
4. San Francisco, California
This Californian city is home to some of the country’s most iconic sightseeing spots such as the Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz prison. It’s also home to several interesting and uniquely interactive attractions. One example is the California Academy Of Sciences which features a three-story indoor rain forest. The rainforest is home to all manner of animals from butterflies to alligators. The city also has a well-established public transportation system that makes getting around even if you don’t have a car or are unfamiliar with the area much easier.
5. Miami, Florida
Here’s one for those looking for a lively vacation. Miami is well known for its nightlife scene as well as its overall party atmosphere. There are even some unique areas to enjoy a night out such as the Art Deco District, which features a variety of pastel-colored buildings. While Miami is a great choice if you are looking to party, that’s not all the city has to offer either. You can also look forward to some amazing beaches such as South Beach, as well as a variety of high-quality hotels.
6. Hot Springs, Arkansas
This one’s a bit of a hidden gem. If you’re looking for some small-town charm and a taste of the outdoors you will want to check out Hot Springs, Arkansas. A nearby town to Hot Springs National Park, the town itself offers various lodging accommodations for those visiting the park such as The Waters Hot Springs, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. In addition to visiting the nearby national park, the town itself offers several unique attractions such as The Gangster Museum Of America. The biggest draw of this destination, however, is definitely the thermal springs – what better way to spend your vacation than taking a relaxing soak in a naturally heated pool.
7. San Diego, California
This far southern California in town is perfect for a variety of solo travelers. If you’re looking to enjoy peaches La Jolla Shores or Coronado Beach won’t disappoint. If a luxurious trip is the goal, meanwhile, Coronado Island, in general, is a great place to achieve it. The city also offers a variety of nature trails and hikes without even actually leaving the city. For example, check out Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for several miles of hiking trails, some even leading down to the beach. This makes San Diego a great option for nature lovers who are traveling alone. You’ll be able to enjoy what feels like the wilderness without some of the safety concerns that can come with heading out more remote areas alone.
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