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!
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
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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
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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
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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
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!
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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
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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 the dramatic peaks of the Olympic Mountains.