Best places for solo travel in the USA
A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors, especially if you are travelling solo. Here are the top seven places you must explore.
1. Moab, Utah
With easy access to thousands of square kilometers of amazing red rock landscapes waiting to be explored, Moab delivers nonstop fun and excitement for everyone. While exploring the scenery of the American Southwest, visitors can relax and experience the small-town hospitality of the city, a world-famous base camp for mountain biking, hiking, four-wheel driving or river trips of any length and experience level.
There’s no better view of the snaking Colorado River than from the mesa at Dead Horse Point State Park, just a short drive from town and a hot spot for mountain biking, hiking and wide canyon views. Additionally, canoes, kayaks and paddle boards are the perfect way to explore calm segments of the Colorado.
2. New Orleans, Louisiana
No matter the time of year, New Orleans welcomes its visitors in a grand way to experience Caribbean, American, French and African cultures colliding in a brilliant explosion of flavors, emotions and sounds. Music is everywhere here, people live to eat, and every day is a party here in the birthplace of Jazz. With a combination of city life and rural plantations, swamp tours, festivals, historical significance and revelry during Mardi Gras, New Orleans has the recipe to captivate everyone.
New Orleans has produced its share of musical giants, from greats like Louis Armstrong to contemporary acts like Trombone Shorty, Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. Live music occurs every day and night of the year, and many venues feature award-winning performers throughout the week. A must-stop is Preservation Hall, dedicated to preserving the New Orleans Jazz tradition.Also worthy of your time are visits to the National World War II Museum and the Presbytere and Cabildo state museums.
3. Maui, Hawaii
On Maui, there’s no wrong answer to “What shall we do today?” Wherever you turn, there’s something to see and do, something fun and active, something cultural and historic, something indulgent, something amazingly scenic. This is where island dreams come true, whether they involve sitting on a gorgeous beach watching the waves, golfing on one of the world’s most beautiful courses, exploring underwater, discovering charming small towns or driving along winding roads with incredible greenery and postcard-worthy waterfalls.
Speaking of colorful beaches,head to Maui’s east side to see the Black Sand Beach at Wai'anapanapa, the Red Sand Beach at Kaihalulu Beach and the gray beach at the crescent-shaped Hamoa.Capture a painted sunrise at the Visitor Center, then hike or drive to the top of Maui’s highest peak. The Pipiwai Trail has photo stops at a massive banyan tree, an eerie bamboo forest, and Makahiku and Waimoku Falls. At Iao Valley State Park, photograph the 366-meter Iao Needle, site of a historic 1790 battle. In the town of Makawao, check out the art scene and look for Hawaiian cowboys known as “paniolo.”
4. Seattle, Washington
With a thriving food-and-drink scene, eclectic neighborhoods and a stunning coastal setting, Seattle is a dynamic urban enclave nestled in the Pacific Northwest. The view is spectacular from the observation deck atop the world-famous Space Needle, a 185.5-meter-high legacy of the 1962 World’s Fair and symbol of the city. Locals and visitors alike flock to Pike Place Market on the waterfront, the oldest continuously operating farmer’s market in the U.S.
5. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Cod and its islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are celebrated for their unadulterated beaches and New England seaside way of life. The windswept coastline gives way to dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean, which is often lit up at night by historic lighthouses or bonfires on the beach. The 15 towns and handful of fishing villages contribute to the region’s maritime character and air of romance, offering everything from glasswork studios and vineyards to gabled inns serving straight-from-the-ocean seafood.
6. Portland, Oregon
Portland is packed with so much character you’ll almost forget to explore its great outdoors. You’ll find a mindful community dedicated to keeping its city sustainable, innovative and accessible, with an enviable public transit system, tax-free shopping and enormous in-city parks offering dozens of cultural attractions. Portland gives us music, eccentric characters to watch and a craft brew scene like none other.Get acquainted with Portland’s culinary landscape with a visit to Saturday Market, held in Chinatown every weekend and featuring arts, crafts, food and a lot of street culture. Go on a brew tour of 89 breweries or its pubs.