Solo travel can be both a fun and daunting adventure to undertake. It can be a great way to get out of your comfort zone and see new places, but it can also feel intimidating when it comes to planning your trip with so many options to choose from. And if you’re looking to plan a solo trip this winter, choosing the right destination is vital. Here are the top 9 cities for solo travelers in the US.
1. Maui, Hawaii
Maui is a great option for solo travelers looking for a warm, sunny, and luxurious vacation destination this winter. It’s home to countless resorts with even more amenities. There’s plenty to do on this beautiful island as well if you’re traveling alone, from lounging by the sparkling waters to going on a submarine tour.
2. San Francisco, California
This northern California city is a great option for solo travelers. There’s a wide variety of things to do that will appeal to people with all sorts of interests. From checking out the nightlife scene to exploring some of the unique museums, solo travelers won’t be bored in San Francisco. The city is also home to a good number of affordable lodging options, from hostels such as, to affordably priced hotels such as the Green Tortoise Hostel.
3. New York City
The Big Apple might seem a little intimidating as a solo travel destination thanks to how busy it is, but there are a number of reasons that make this lively and iconic US city worth your consideration. The sheer number of things to do as a solo traveler is truly unparalleled. Check out some of the city’s unique interactive museums such as Spyscape. Or, take some photos and explore the iconic Times Square. Much of the city is also walkable, so you won’t need a car to get around on your own.
4. San Diego, California
This southern California city is a great option for those who are still looking for big city amenities, but a slightly calmer, less touristy feel. San Diego isn’t as popular as destinations such as Los Angeles and New York, and this may be a bonus for some people. Like the other options on this list, there’s plenty of activities for solo travelers. Explore the museums and gardens at Balboa Park, or head over to one of the city’s beaches.
5. New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is an excellent option for solo travelers thanks to its lively, friendly atmosphere. New Orleans is a popular place to visit, and that larger number of fellow travelers will likely make meeting new people far easier. The city also has a variety of affordable lodging options. Check out Site 61 Hostel or Madame Isabelle’s House and Hostel.
6. Los Angeles, California
Another great choice for solo travelers looking for a warm-weather getaway is the beautiful city of Los Angeles. Los Angeles has both a large number of visitors year-round, as well as many transplants. Like New Orleans, this will likely make meeting people while traveling far easier. For those looking to spend some time exploring on their own, head over to Griffith Park for a chance to hike up to the iconic Hollywood sign of fame, or hit a beach to spend an afternoon enjoying some fresh ocean air while catching up on your favorite podcast.
7. Seattle, Washington
Enjoy a taste of the PNW with a trip to Seattle, Washington. While this city does get plenty of rain year-round, it doesn’t get as much snow as more northern, inland portions of the state, resulting in overall milder weather. This is a great choice for solo travelers due to the number of things to do – spend an afternoon exploring Pike Place Market, the Seattle Aquarium, or enjoying views from the top of the Space Needle.
8. Miami, Florida
Miami is an excellent choice for a solo trip. The city, sitting on the coast of Florida, has something for everyone. From some of the nation’s best nightclubs to beautiful beaches, you won’t find yourself without things to do in Miami. The city is also home to a variety of hostels, perfect for meeting other travelers, as well as keeping prices down during your trip.
9. Las Vegas, Nevada
If you’re looking to meet other travelers or enjoy a vibrant nightlife scene, Las Vegas is the place for you! This lively city also offers a ton of things. Whether you enjoy a night out on the town in one of the many iconic clubs, or checking out some of the more off the beaten path attractions, you’re sure to make some great memories in this city.
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