8 Best Places to Travel Alone in the US

America is an ideal country for the solo traveler. Whether you’re into city life, natural parks, high culture, or delicious cuisine, you’re sure to find an area of this great nation to satisfy your travel needs. In this list, we’ll go over a few of the best places to travel alone in the US. All of the cities listed below are safe and extremely tourist-friendly, so there’s nothing to fear about exploring these locales on your own.

1. Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN

Do you love country music? How about good Southern cooking? If so, then you should book your boarding pass for Nashville International Airport right now. Tennessee’s capital city is so important in the country music industry that it’s sometimes referred to as the “Country Music Capital of the World.”

Here you’ll find the iconic Grand Ole Opry as well as the Ryman Auditorium. To learn more about this city’s musical heritage, take a walk through the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. When dawn turns to dusk, you won’t have any difficulty finding a great live concert any night of the week.

In addition to great live music, you can expect to find some delicious Southern fare, Italian cuisine, and BBQ in this fabulous city. All of these factors make Nashville one of the best places to travel alone in the US.

2. San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, one of the best places to travel alone in the US

Over the past few decades, Texas has undergone an incredible economic renaissance. Today, some of America’s most powerful companies have set up headquarters in Texas take advantage of the lower tax rates. With all that increased capital, Texas has reinvented itself as a tourism mecca. One major city to check out on a Texan excursion is San Antonio.

This city is home to perhaps the greatest symbol of Texas independence: the Alamo. Enjoy a soothing stroll around the city’s immaculate River Walk and get your grub on at some of the best Mexican restaurants outside of Mexico. Just so you know, San Antonio is currently number two on U.S. News‘s list of the cheapest travel destinations in the USA.

3. Atlanta, GAAtlanta, GA

Georgia’s capital city has swiftly become the epicenter of the modern South. First-time visitors are often shocked at just how cosmopolitan Atlanta has become in recent years. Although you’ll find skyscrapers and high-end restaurants galore in this city, Atlanta works hard to retain its unique heritage.

A few of the most popular tourist attractions include Martin Luther King Jr.’s home, the Fox Theatre, and the Atlanta History Center. For fun, check out the World of Coca-Cola center, the Centennial Olympic Park, and the highly-reviewed Georgia Aquarium. Atlanta is one of the best places to travel alone in the US if you want to experience the best of the “New South.”

4. Charleston, SC

Charleston, South Carolina

If Atlanta is the best city in the “New South,” South Carolina’s Charleston is the greatest city of the “Old South.” As you walk around this incredibly well-preserved city, you’ll feel as if you just transported back to the Antebellum era. Charleston was one of the few cities that was spared utter annihilation during the Civil War, so most of the buildings and churches you’ll see in the city are original.

A few key places to visit here include the French Quarter, Fort Sumter, and the Circular Congregational Church. Of course, you should expect incredible Southern cuisine and seafood as you eat your way through this gem of the Southeast.

5. Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

A trip to the nation’s capital is an obvious first-choice for solo travelers interested in history. Washington, D.C., has some of America’s most iconic museums and monuments, and, luckily for you, mostly all of them are open for free. A few highlights to put on your D.C. itinerary include the Lincoln Memorial, the National Air and Space Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Jefferson Memorial.

The US capital has also become quite the “foodie city” in recent years with many high-end restaurants opening up in Georgetown and the East End. If you’re at all interested in American history or politics, you owe it to yourself to book a trip to Washington, D.C.

6. Boston, MA

Best Things to Do in Boston - get a nice view over the bay

Another one of the best places to travel alone in the US for history buffs is Boston. Affectionately known as “Beantown,” Massachusetts’s capital is full of some of the most important Colonial buildings in New England. Here you’ll get to see the Boston Tea Party Ships, Paul Revere’s House, the USS Constitution, and the Old State House.

Baseball fans can take a tour of Fenway Park, art enthusiasts should visit the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and beer lovers must check out the Samuel Adams Brewery. Plus, seafood lovers will absolutely adore Boston’s many high-quality local restaurants.

7. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Grand Canyon Tourist Attractions: Grand Canyon Skywalk Bridge

Grand Canyon Skywalk Bridge

Looking for spectacular scenery? Then look no further than the mighty Grand Canyon National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site in northern Arizona is one of the most popular national parks in the USA. If you’re into hiking, you’ll definitely enjoy yourself in this massive park. You can choose from multiple trails that range in difficulty from beginner to advanced. You can also bike around this park or drive to the most popular lookout points.

Be sure to learn more about the ancient inhabitants of this region at the Hualapai Indian Reservation in the western portions of the Canyon. By the way, U.S. News recently rated the Grand Canyon as the most affordable vacation destination in the USA, so that should definitely help you out if you’re traveling on a fixed income.

8. New York City

Times Square, New York City by Day

Any list of the best places to travel alone in the US wouldn’t be complete without mentioning New York City. Yes, it might be a bit overrated…but there’s really no other city on earth quite like NYC. Climb to the top of the Empire State Building, take a relaxing stroll through Central Park, marvel at the art in the Met, take some selfies by the Wall Street bull, and wrap up your day with a live Broadway musical. These are just a few of the many glorious ways you can spend your day in this electrifying city. Trust us, you won’t forget an excursion to NYC.

Summing Up

There are so many wonderful American cities, towns, and parks that are fantastic for solo travelers. Hopefully you’ve found at least one location on this list of the best places to travel alone in the US that fits your budget and your interests. If you’re on the fence about visiting a major American city on your own, hesitate no longer. Go for it. You’ll have an awesome vacation at any of the destinations on this best places to travel alone in the US list.

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