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Here’s Why These 8 U.S. Cities Are Ranked The Best For Solo Travelers 

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Solo travel is one major trend that is taking off this year, and more and more people are packing their carry-on and booking that ticket for one, heading both near and far.

Many solo travelers are checking out some beautiful regions of Europe; some are heading to Latin America, Asia, Africa, and others are staying stateside. 

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While a solo trip abroad is an amazing way to explore new cultures and learn more about yourself in the process, there’s something to be said about having an adventure closer to home as well.

Great solo travel destinations exist for American travelers who don't want to leave the country, from cities to beaches and everything in between.

In their new report, Fifty Grande has found the best U.S. cities for solo travelers based on things such as safety, attractions, accommodation, and other factors that help the solo traveler choose their next trip. 

These Are The 8 U.S. Cities Ranked The Best For Solo Travelers:

San Diego, California 

This stunning Southern California city has always been a traveler favorite, and now it’s making waves with solo travelers as well. From surfing, and beach lounging, to exploring Balboa Park and the world-class San Diego Zoo, there is more than enough to do here to fill your days.

Exploring the city’s Old Town is also a highlight, and while San Diego can be an expensive destination, there are hostels and budget hotels to be found. 

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Key West, Florida 

Another pricy yet picturesque destination popular with travelers of all kinds is Florida’s Key West. Famous for having the country’s southernmost tip, Dry Tortugas National Park, epic sunsets, and Ernest Hemingway’s house and namesake museum, Key West is a great place for a relaxing and fun holiday.

Spend some alone time at the Key West Theatre or the Museum of Art and History at The Customs House, or of course, you could always go snorkeling and then hit up the iconic bars for a sundowner. 

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Denver, Colorado 

This Mile High City ticks all the boxes for a solo adventure, even if you don't like skiing. With loads of hiking and walking trails that are well maintained and managed, you can head off to take in some of the epic Rocky Mountain scenery without feeling too alone.

The city has a growing craft beer scene, with over one hundred and fifty breweries to explore. Join a city tour to meet others and learn about the area, and stay at one of the many bed and breakfasts in the area to meet some local hosts. 

Panorama of Denver skyline long exposure at twilight.

Buffalo, New York 

This Western New York gem has been gaining more and more attention in recent years with travelers, and it’s now being recognized as a great solo destination as well. 

If you come during the fall or winter, check out the hometown favorites, The Buffalo Bills or the Buffalo Sabers for a game. Visit nearby Niagara Falls, and ride the Maid of The Mist for a soaking good time. Keep in mind Buffalo is safe, but there are many areas you wouldn’t want to stay in or be out at night, so do your research before you book accommodation. 

Buffalo City Hall, the seat for municipal government in the City of Buffalo, New York.

Chattanooga, Tennessee 

This gem of a destination is located along the Tennessee River and allows visitors a wealth of attractions, art, shopping, dining, and natural beauty. Chattanooga is great for the solo traveler because it’s relativity affordable and easy to get around, and the variety of activities means you won’t be bored during your trip.

Check out the historic carousel in Coolidge Park, or climb to Lookout Mountain for some stunning views over the area. For dinner, visit one of the many restaurants and bars and take in some live music.

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Sedona, Arizona 

Some come to Sedona for adventure, hiking, and getting their heart rate up in the wild, and others come for some relaxation and enjoy their days being pampered and unplugged at one of the area's many spas. A very safe place for a solo trip, Sedona is a great choice for all kinds of travelers.

No matter what kind of trip you seek, Sedona ticks the boxes, and solo travelers love it for its friendly locals and overall welcoming and laid-back vibe. 


Austin, Texas

For those looking to “stay weird,” the beloved Texas city of Austin is the place for you. Solo travelers are never starved for things to do in Austin, and the bars and nightclubs along Sixth Street can offer loads of people-watching and potential friend-making opportunities.

Visit the Cathedral of Junk, and join a walking tour to explore more of the city. The vibe here is unique, friendly, and fun, and the city is known to be a very safe destination. 

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Asheville, North Carolina 

This North Carolina gem is a safe destination for the solo traveler, and with a range of things to do here, you can fill your time easily. Visit the famous Biltmore Estate or the Art Museum, and explore the many galleries, breweries, shops, and restaurants.

For those looking to get some fresh air, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the outdoors and nature that surrounds the area. Asheville also has a wide range of accommodations at every price point, so you can stay without breaking the bank. 


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