Solo travelling is big right now. The freedom that travelling on your own gives you, the ability to plan things your way and spend as much time in one location without having to compromise with another person appeals to many travellers. On top of this, a new industry has grown to cater for solo trippers – so accommodation, social groups, eating clubs and activities are catered to look after people travelling on their own.
One of the best countries to go solo in is the USA – the sheer diversity of this country is what makes a holiday here so good. At any point, you can trek across deserts, ski down mountains, surf in the ocean or drink cocktails in Hollywood. The options available are many, so with the help of the holiday experts at Travelbag, we list the best places in the USA to visit when travelling solo.
An obvious one, but a goodie. The town that never sleeps should be the first destination for any solo traveller. Staying central, your day can be filled up with hopping on the subway and visiting all the tourist traps, eating your way around the city and gawping at some of the weird and wonderful things that make the Big Apple what it is.
Top solo traveller recommendation: Head to 92Y and immerse yourself in culture – a screening and conversation with Richard Gere, a one-off creative writing course or a live performance from violinist Nicola Benedetti are all here, and ready to be enjoyed.
This city on the west side of the country is well known for its laid-back, cool vibe. Start your journey here in one of the many coffee houses, while you soak up the atmosphere. This city has a slogan “Keep Portland weird” and a walk around will show you the origins of that phrase. Vacuum museums, naked bike rides and vegan strip clubs are just some of the sights that make this an entertaining stay in a warm and wonderful city.
Top solo traveller recommendation: Visit the world’s largest independent bookseller, Powell’s City of Books. This joint holds over one million books – and takes up a whole block on the street.
A visit to see a more rural side to the States is mandatory for anyone stepping foot in this country. Boulder is a wonderful example of the USA’s “great outdoors” – a journey into the sandstone slabs of the Flatirons, snow capped peaks, pine scented trails, and the Rocky Mountains. The city nestled in all this is a foodie’s paradise, crammed with craft breweries and a rich arts scene.
Top solo traveller recommendation: Drink Jasmine Tea at the Dunshabe Tea House. While the pull of adrenaline-fuelled activities will dominate your stay, make sure you take a reflective moment at this establishment, that offers a beautiful décor and delicious tea.
San Diego, California
Sharing a border with Mexico, this whole city centres around the gorgeous stretches of beach. Eat candy floss, and wander along the boardwalks and check out the independent boutiques, cafes and stalls that give this area a gentle hippy feel.
Top solo traveller recommendation: Head to Balboa Park which has a number of museums, a zoo and fountains, plazas and lily ponds – the perfect way to spend a sunny day.
San Francisco, California
Another city in California, but further north – San Francisco is a cultural, cool, outlandish, enterprising, innovative and, despite fires, earthquakes and global recession, still as strong as ever. A trip to the city should also take in the surrounding countryside. The 43 hills can be reached by cable car, allowing awe-inspiring views of the landscape, and a bike ride through the centre will allow you to get caught up in hubbub of the people and the environment.
Top solo traveller recommendation: Go for a hike. You’re in the best spot for natural beauty, so walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and head to the Marin Headlands which will allow you views of the ocean and city.