Travelling with friends or family is always fun, but there is a certain joy in going on an adventure alone. The solo trip is a way to recharge your batteries, get to know yourself, gain confidence and be autonomous. It’s also a great way to see only what interests you and do what you want! Building your own itinerary based solely on your desires and needs is rewarding and fun, and it allows you to improvise and change things along the way without worrying about anyone’s approval or contribution.
When it comes to solo travel, there may not be any country in the world that is better than the United States. From east to west and from north to south, America is a beautiful, diverse and culturally rich place. It is impossible to see the whole country in one visit (or even two or three!), but with a little planning and foresight, you can remove many places to visit in the United States from your list.
Travelling alone means taking into account factors such as security, language barriers and transportation, more than if you were travelling with other people. It is important to choose destinations where you can feel comfortable travelling alone.
To help you make the most of your stay in America, we have selected the best places in the United States for solo travellers. We hope they will inspire you to continue to visit the USA.
San Francisco, California
With an excellent public transportation network, a multitude of youth hostels and attractions, San Francisco should be on the list of all American travellers. The Bay Area is beautiful and full of natural beauty – its landscapes blend in perfectly with the city’s vibrant cultural pulse. Go for a bite to eat in one of the local cafés or bars, try a yoga or meditation class, or go to a concert! San Francisco is picturesque, multicultural and expensive, but it is worth it.
While in the Bay Area, consider a day trip to Yosemite National Park. The trip is long, but it is a must for any nature lover. San Francisco is also an ideal starting point for a trip on the Pacific Coast Highway. Rent a car and discover the rest of California on some of the most beautiful roads the United States has to offer.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
You wouldn’t think, at first, that a city full of flashing lights, neon lights, and intense and lively nightlife would be an ideal place to travel alone, but don’t get me wrong! Las Vegas is really good for travelling alone, because there are lots of things to see and do (interested in seeing world-class shows and concerts?), tons of people to meet (who are usually in a very good mood) and tons of hotels to stay in.
This famous festive city has many buses that make travel easier. From cinemas to clubs to casinos, you won’t get bored in this city that never sleeps. Everyone is looking for fun, so it’s likely you’ll make some good friends along the way!
New Orleans, Louisiana
This city – also known as NOLA – may be known for the effervescent madness of Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras, but there is a fascinating and rich cultural history yet to be discovered. It is easy to visit NOLA, as the city is easily accessible by foot, and there are several good hostel and hotel options for visitors. It is also very easy to navigate by tram or bus. And since there are so many people there, you’ll never really feel alone.
For your entertainment, discover the art of duelling and the impact of the influence of France and Spain. Or immerse yourself in the local practices of voodoo and witchcraft. Visit the Garden District and iFrench cemeteries, and make sure you stop close to New Orleans’ famous doughnuts and po’boys.
This major metropolis in the Pacific Northwest offers distinctive neighbourhoods, food from cultures around the world, incredible museums and beautiful public parks. If you are a fan of live music, Seattle will be an enriching experience: stop by any bar and listen to music from jazz to rock, punk to metal, baroque to blues… almost every night of the week! Public transport in Seattle is easy to use and will help you get where you want to go.
Even better, it is very common to have a solo dinner or to attend a music show alone in Seattle. Feel free to take the plunge, you will not feel uncomfortable travelling alone. The waterfront and the city allow you to walk safely alone at night. Seattle is an important city for visitors from all over the world, so you will find many hostels and hotels to choose from.
In the northeastern United States, you will find the oldest and richest city in the country in terms of history: Boston! Anchored in colonial history, Boston is made up of winding, cobbled streets that date back to the 17th century, when settlers discovered the United States and made it their home. Centuries later, Boston is an easy city to navigate on foot or by public transit and is full of things to do for anyone travelling alone.
Spend an afternoon walking the Freedom Trail and reading all the details of its history. Or walk to Cambridge and visit the famous Harvard University. If you visit Boston in the summer, you can take a ferry to Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard to discover New England’s seaside culture and the charm of the small town. Our advice: If you like seafood, try clam chowder in Boston. It will change your life.