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Spark Your Wanderlust: The Best Places to Travel Alone in the US

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Solo travel is the perfect opportunity to take in new surroundings, unspoiled by the thoughts, opinions, and preferences of another. Take control and decide where to eat, what to do, and where to go. Indulge yourself with your favorite types of experiences, discover new things that pique your interest, and learn more about you. Read on for inspiration regarding the best places to travel alone in the US. For even more thoughtful travel suggestions, be sure to join our newsletter!

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10 of the Best Places to Travel Alone in the US

“Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.” — Henry Rollins

In addition to finding beauty in somewhere new, we also recognize how vital safety is for solo travelers, especially women. The following destinations are some of the safest places for those vacationing on their own!

1. Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is the second largest of the Great Lakes that draw visitors to the Midwestern region of the United States year-round. On the Wisconsin side, explore outdoor attractions such as Peninsula State Park, Cana Island Lighthouse, the Ridges Sanctuary, and Lautenbach’s Orchard County. Relax along the pristine shores of the Third Coast, indulge in succulent seafood dishes, or retreat to a cozy inn for some much needed R&R.

Stay at Blacksmith Inn on the Shore

In Baileys Harbor, WI

Stay in the heart of Door County along Wisconsin’s shores of Lake Michigan! Blacksmith Inn on the Shore offers breathtaking views of the water, top-notch amenities, and a convenient location for travelers looking to explore the area.

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2. Galena, Illinois

Known for its historic charm, Galena, IL, offers solo travelers an array of Civil War history attractions to peruse, as well as green spaces, perfect for exploring. Maybe you’d like to tour Ulysses S. Grant’s home. Perhaps you’d prefer sampling local beer at Blaum Bros Brewing Co. Or, you could even climb to the top of Horseshoe Mound on the outskirts of the city, where you can take in the views of three different states!

Stay at Goldmoor Inn and Resort

In Galena overlooking the Mississippi River

The Goldmoor Inn and Resort sits perched on a bluff and boasts sweeping views of the Mississippi River. Each of their thirteen suites, three cottages, and two log cabins feature their own distinctive ambiance. This gorgeous property sets the scene for your dream getaway!

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3. Santa Fe, New Mexico

For creative inspiration, look to Santa Fe as a natural, culinary, and cultural muse. Explore hundreds of art galleries, treat your taste buds to authentic Mexican cuisine, and lose yourself in a natural climate unique to the Southwest. Admire the vibrant architecture and marvel over one-of-a-kind attractions ranging from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi to Meow Wolf.  

Stay at El Farolito Bed & Breakfast

In the city’s historic district

Encased in a traditional, adobe-style structure, El Farolito Bed & Breakfast celebrates diverse cultures and eclectic styles through colorful, yet sophisticated decor and furnishings. Enjoy staying in close proximity to some of the city’s most notable things to do!

El Farolito B&B

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4. Texas Hill Country

Picture yourself driving along a dirt road, taking in the sight of wildflower fields dancing in the wind and rugged limestone and granite hills rolling against a blue sky. Texas Hill Country is home to a vibrant history, exciting outdoor adventures, and high-class wineries and vineyards. Whatever it is draws you to the region, there’s no doubt you’ll find enough to keep you busy!

Stay at Blair House Inn

In Wimberley, TX

Blair House Inn manages to capture the natural beauty of Wimberley through carefully curated styling, an air of casual elegance, and breathtaking views surrounding the property. Peruse works housed at the on-site gallery, lounge by the pool, or explore the area. Then, return to your home away from home for an unforgettable experience and unparalleled hospitality.

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5. Asheville, North Carolina

Known for quirky coffee shops, farm-to-table dining experiences, and artistic opportunities galore, Asheville makes for the ideal setting for creative respite. Spend time hiking forested trails, perusing galleries, and savoring craft beer at a local brewery. If you consider yourself a lover of arts and culture, this charming mountain destination will surely spark a sense of wonder.

Stay at the Bed and Breakfast on Tiffany Hill

In Mills River, NC

Stay in the first bed and breakfast inducted into the Southern Living Hotel Collection. Stepping foot in the Bed and Breakfast on Tiffany Hill quite literally feels as though you’ve stepped into the pages of Southern Living Magazine. Browse acres of manicured gardens, cozy up in your private suite, and make yourself at home!

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6. Georgia’s Golden Isles

There’s a touch of magic that washes over you when you witness a fiery, Southern sunset off the shores of one of Georgia’s famed Golden Isles. Explore pristine stretches of beach, gorgeous marshland, and unspoiled maritime forests. If you find yourself yearning to be stranded on an, albeit luxurious, island for a relaxing, awe-inspiring solo vacation, look no further.

Stay at The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

On St. Simons Island, GA

Stay tucked away by magnificent aging oak trees, draped in Spanish moss at the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island. Stunning, private beaches, undeveloped wilderness, and a nice, unhurried pace give this island a worlds-away appeal!

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7. Savannah, Georgia

With its historic charm, lush gardens, magnificent architecture, and warm hospitality, Savannah, GA, serves as an excellent destination for solo travelers. Cobblestone streets, old churches, and Revolutionary War-era homes capture your imagination, transporting you back in time. Whether you consider yourself a history buff, foodie, or art aficionado, you’ll have no trouble getting acquainted with this one-of-a-kind city!

Stay at Ballastone Inn

In the heart of downtown

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to stay in a mansion? The Ballastone Inn, centrally located in the heart of downtown Savannah, sets a stately scene for guests looking for an upscale experience accompanied by a sweet, Southern charm.

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8. St. Augustine, Florida

Travel south to the nation’s oldest city. St. Augustine, FL, boasts a colorful mix of Cuban, Spanish, British, and various American cultures. Uncover this eclectic combination of influences in the cuisine, architecture, music, and more! Spend time basking under the warm rays of the sun on the shores of the region’s pristine stretch of beaches.

Stay at Casa de Suenos

In the historic district

Being within walking distance of all the top landmarks and attractions makes getting around town a breeze. Casa de Suenos puts guests in the center of the city and offers seven comfortable guest rooms with exclusive appointments, private balconies, jetted tubs, and more.

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9. Olympic National Park

Natural wonders, magical landscapes, and unspoiled wilderness abound at Olympic National Park in the state of Washington. Opt for a whale watching adventure, rewarding hike, or a dip in natural hot springs. Admire the glacier-clad summit of Mt. Olympus, the lush canopies of the park’s rainforests, and dramatic peaks of the Olympic Mountains.

Stay at Domaine Madeleine

In Port Angeles, WA

Stay at the gateway of the Olympic National Park in Port Angeles, WA. Situated along the Strait of Juan, this coastal locale boasts everything from lavender farms and art galleries to delightful dining options and world-class wineries. The Domaine Madeleine is the ideal waterfront retreat for solo travelers seeking a casual yet luxurious stay.  

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10. Bend, Oregon

Another favorite destination for adventurers, Bend, OR, boasts wonders ranging from Tumalo Falls and Sparks Lake to Lava River Cave and Deschutes National Forest. Go horseback riding, biking, or hiking to engage with the natural world around you in a special way. Unplug from the real world and lose yourself in your thoughts to re-inspire a childlike imagination while surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

Stay at Lara House

In downtown Bend

Lara House Bed and Breakfast is a historic craftsman home that offers a unique and luxurious adults-only boutique inn experience. In addition to exploring the major outdoor attractions in town, you will also be near local shops and restaurants that make this charming Oregon retreat one of a kind.

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Valuable Resources for Solo Travelers

If you’re searching for more suggestions regarding where to travel on your own, take a look at some of the following blogs and resources for additional ideas, tips, and tricks on planning the perfect getaway!

 

 

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