There’s no stopping solo travelers now. The travel trend is taking the world by storm, and more and more people of every age are hopping on the solo train.
There’s nothing quite as empowering as jetting off to a new destination completely alone. Independence, excitement, and complete immersion into a new culture are all reasons why travelers do it! Once you experience it once, it’s really difficult not to go again and again…
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-timer, it’s always important to keep safety in mind and choose your location wisely. While there are certainly hundreds of destinations worldwide to pick, some of the best may actually be at your own doorstep.
Upgraded Points revealed their new data study to show the best cities to travel alone in the U.S. Ranked on safety, accommodation, transportation, food, & activities; the cities received a score out of 50.
The top 20 were revealed across the States, and we’ve made it easy for you to choose your next pick by narrowing it down to the 5 best for our solo wanderers! 🗺️
Maybe a little surprising to some, Miami takes the lead as the best city to solo travel in the U.S. with a score of 41.63. Thanks to its diverse cultures, neighborhoods, and activities, it truly is a solo traveler’s paradise (if you want to experience a little of everything).
The ocean-front city received a walkability score of 77/100, which makes it incredibly easy for visitors to explore and navigate without too much hassle. Stroll along the beach or through the surrounding neighborhoods to find some of the best dining in the U.S.
With a low crime rate, you won’t have to worry about strolling around at night (but still stay vigilant).
From Cuban faves to seafood platters, Miami also offers amazing dining options for solo travelers. With around 8 food halls and 73 food trucks, if you’re alone, you’ll no longer feel uncomfortable dining alone!
Another win for the Sunshine State! Similar to its Floridian neighbor, Orlando also has an abundance of food trucks for solo travelers to explore and meet people. Try a food or walking tour to get chatting with fellow travelers and befriend some locals.
Want to get out and explore all that Orlando has to offer? The city has the highest number of tours – at a whopping 195. From wading through the Everglades to watersports, there’s something for all to enjoy.
The historical capital takes the cake when it comes to perfect scores. 98 for walkability and an exemplary 100 for public transit – it’s really a win-win situation all around for exploring Washington D.C.
You’ll feel at complete ease as you sample any of D.C.’s modes of transportation. Boats, hop on and off buses, trains, electric carts – it’s all here in the Nation’s capital!
One of the best parts of visiting Washington (especially as a solo traveler) are the variety of activities that are available in the city. With sooo many museums (many of which are free), you won’t run out of things to do – even on those dreaded rainy days.
Taking the top 2 spot for the highest walkability score in the U.S., San Francisco is a great choice for solo travelers looking for a city vibe with accompanying warm weather.
If you really want to explore the city as a whole, meet new people, and take some amazing pics, then cable car hopping is the way to go—cruise along the winding streets from neighborhood to neighborhood in search of the best dishes or colorful doors.
With an array of activities to choose from, you’ll find your schedule packed in no time. (Be sure to explore Alcatraz while you’re here for a chilling day trip option by boat).
A buzzing city with top restaurants, a vibrant nightlife, and alluring attractions, Atlanta rounds out our top 5 for best cities for solo travelers in the U.S.
Whether you want to take a guided trolley tour of the city or watch a sports game, it’ll be really easy for you to meet people in Atlanta. Southern hospitality goes a long way, and in a city full of travelers, expats, and friendly locals, you’ll be in a solo travel haven.
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