7 Must See Spots for Solo Travellers in the United States
by Zack Davisson
Solo travel has been undoubtedly glorified into a feat of heroism or an epic right of passage. This makes sense as traveling alone can really provide a strong sense of self-discovery. But while vagabonding around by yourself can provide personal insights and independence, it can also be intimidating. Planning
and even just taking the first step can seem like a big task. That's why we've partnered with travel fanatics AllTheRooms to list the best places and tips for aspiring solo travelers
As far as entertaining yourself while on an individual adventure, it is hard to beat spending time at the beach, and nowhere has better beaches than San Diego. Give Ocean Beach a try -- the little beachside town is home to some great Bohemian vibes. People here totally suit the California surfer stereotypes but they'll also be eager to take a wandering outsider under their wing. The city as a whole also has one of the more successful hostel scenes in the United States.
Whether it is coffee or beer, the beverage culture of Seattle provides an awesome outlet for solo travellers to meet people. The warm, friendly environs of a café or the boisterous, fun breweries around the city are sure to have new friends lurking amongst them. Aside from that, vacation rentals in Seattle
are some of the most beautiful in the world, thanks to being close to the endless shoreline on both the Pacific Ocean and on various lakes.
Known to many as Seattle's little brother, Portland locals will vehemently deny that the town exists in the larger Pacific Northwest city's shadow. Packing a big personality, rentals in Portland
allow guests to stay in the heart of the rambunctious (but never pretentious) bar scene and have easy access to nature. The city is also in driving distance of the gorgeous Oregon Coast and smaller, cool towns like Bend, which are great to explore for soloers looking for a smaller atmosphere.
Having always been a thriving college town, Austin in the last decade has boomed into a major city. While it may now be one of the 11 largest cities in the country, it hasn't lost its charm, plus, it also remains very manageable for travelers. Catching a Texas Longhorn football game, sampling endless amounts of Tex-Mex, and paddle boarding below the city's growing skyline on the Colorado River are all must do's.
Rivaling even Austin, which is known as "The Live Music Capital of the World" Nashville's countless bars and honky-tonks are constantly alive with the tunes of aspiring musicians. Solo travellers can grab a beer and listen alone or strike up a conversation with the patrons that come from all over. Nashville is one of the most popular places in the United States
for millennials to move so be prepared to feel the pull of settling down.
A nice "in between" destination for travellers that want the activity of a city but not the hustle and bustle, Boulder is the gem of the Rocky Mountains. A mix of students, intellectuals, and hippies, Boulder is guaranteed to spark interesting conversations with even more interesting people. The city itself is also one of the most stunning, so those who are able to pull themselves away from the shops and bars of Pearl Street should definitely take a hike up the famous Flatirons.
The National Park System
While most of the previous spots on this list have been about entertaining activities and the potential to meet friends, some solo travellers want to be just that -- solo. There is nowhere better to connect with the spirit of adventure than in the solitude of America's National Park System
. Having grown to 61 locations our favourites include the vistas of Yosemite, the thrilling hikes in Zion, the coastline of Acadia, and the wildlife of Glacier Bay.
Zack is a recovering technical recruiter who traded in his suit and tie in Silicon Valley for salsa music and a passion for writing in Medellin, Colombia. When not writing for AllTheRooms you can find Zack with his nose in a book, puttering around nature, or getting ultra-competitive while watching Jeopardy.