You’ve decided that you want to start traveling solo, but you’re nervous about starting off by leaving the country. You know you want to travel somewhere stateside, but you’re not sure where. Here are some ideas of great places around the country to kick off your solo travels.
If you’re the kind of person that enjoys hours of exploring and getting lost in history, Washington, D.C. is the city for you. If it’s your cup of tea, prepare to spend hours touring the city’s many famous museums and monuments. D.C. is much more than history, however. D.C. is also home to a vibrant restaurant scene. You’re able to choose from an array of different ethnic fare, as well as conventional food with a flare. At night, you can choose from a plethora of lounges and trendy nightclubs that are geared towards the many young professionals that call the city home. D.C.’s metro system and abundance of taxis and Ubers make navigating the city easy and affordable. Washington is a beautiful, quaint city with a small town feel that is perfect for a solo traveler.
This quaint town is a perfect embodiment of the the South, and is a great place for a new solo traveler to get their start. There are plenty of walking tours of both the historical and spooky nature, as well as great Southern dining places. If you’re into African American history, there are many museums and tours of Underground Railroad stops that are available to you. If the paranormal intrigues you, Savannah is said to be one of the most haunted towns in America, so after dark, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to go ghost hunting. With the different things to keep you busy in a slow paced setting, Savannah is a great place for a solo traveler to go, relax, and reboot while getting their feet wet with solo traveling.
Key West, Fl
If you’re a beach bum interested in starting to travel alone, put Key West on your list. Key West is a safe, fun beach town with plenty to keep you busy. When you’re not at the beach, you can check out one of the many beaches, do some shopping, or attend a concert or two.
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco is a good beginner’s solo travel spot on the West Coast. It’s artsy with plenty to do and is easy to navigate. San Francisco is a trendy town with many attractions to keep you busy and a variety of restaurants to keep you satisfied. You can walk across the Golden Gate bridge, hike up Twin Peaks, tour Alcatraz, walk through museums, or hang out at the beach. It’s safe, fun, and exciting and would be perfect for a solo weekend getaway.
New York City
If you’re on the more adventurous side and want a challenge, New York City is a good city to try out. NYC lives up to its descriptor as the city that never sleeps, so, day or night, you will have no issue in finding things to keep you busy. There is plenty of popular touristy sightseeing to do, like Times Square, Broadway, and the Statue of Liberty, just to name a few; but if you’d like to go off the less touristy path, there is always shopping, art shows, festivals, and concerts to attend. NYC is ideal, because it is relatively safe, full of activities, and easy to navigate.