Someone once said that traveling alone is the best gift you can give yourself. While solo travel may once have been considered a faux pas, it’s now more popular than ever and is even encouraged! And, what better country to explore on your own than your own! With no language barrier or currency exchange, check out these 6 U.S. cities that are safe, affordable and perfect for traveling solo.
Chicago has that big city feel that is enough to keep you busy but also has a laid back vibe that makes it perfect for the solo traveler. Wander around the Magnificent Mile or the various neighborhoods in the city, grab a slice of famous Chicago pizza or stroll along the lake. If you’re a sports fan, there are five professional sports teams so you should be able to catch a game or two!
A perfect spot for country music lovers, downtown Nashville is extremely walkable and digestible for a solo traveler. Make sure to stop by the Country Music Hall of Fame, enjoy some local cuisine and of course, listen to plenty of live music.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is famous for being a friendly and welcoming city, especially to solo travelers. Busses and street cars make it easy to get around and there are plenty of free attractions to take advantage of such as tours and live music in bars and restaurants. Stick to the busier, tourist areas as a solo traveler to ensure your safety.
If you’re a beer lover, Portland’s beer scene alone makes the trip worth it. There are also plenty of wineries if wine is your beverage of choice! Portland is known for its food trucks and carts so you can eat locally fairly cheap. Streets are well marked, people are friendly and mass transit is a breeze which makes Portland a great destination for those traveling alone.
San Francisco, California
There are so many different areas and neighborhoods in San Francisco to keep you busy exploring. Plus, it’s easy to get around SF without a car due to the plethora of buses, street cars and cable cars available. Renting bikes and walking are also common options. Check out the Golden Gate Bridge, visit some museums or check out Alcatraz.
With so much to do and see, Washington D.C. is a great location for wandering around at your own pace. Public transportation is affordable and many of the museums are free so D.C. won’t put a huge dent in your budget.
If you’re planning a solo adventure, be sure to read our tips for staying safe when traveling solo.
Have you traveled solo in the U.S.? Where did you go? Share your story in the comments section below!
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