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Road Tripping Alone as a Female: 18 Road Trip Tips for Solo Female Travelers

Have you ever wanted to embark on a solo road trip as a woman , but talked yourself out of it for what seems like a million reasons? I felt that way for a long time before I stopped letting my fear of the unknown (and the opinions of others) get the best of me.

If you are hesitating to take the leap and go on a road trip alone as a solo female traveler, then know you’re not alone! I was in the same situation as you. What started with small solo trips to build up my confidence eventually turned into me driving cross country alone as a woman. I drove from North Carolina to Washington state and back with just me, myself, and I. It was quite the experience, and I learned so much about myself.

I won’t deny that solo road trips can be intimidating. Why else would we let fear hold us back? In this blog post, I’m sharing my best tips for how to stay safe on a solo road trip to help ease your mind and give you a little nudge to get out there.

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How to Road Trip Alone as a Female

If you’re wondering how it feels to travel alone, then I think you need to go on a solo trip 😉 You might be worried about being lonely, which is completely normal! Think about all the benefits of traveling solo, though… YOU get to pick all the restaurants, YOU get to choose what to do, YOU get to decide where to stay. It’s wonderful!

You might be wondering, “Who the heck takes your photos when you travel solo?” I either use a tripod and remote or meet up with friends along the way! Here’s a list of my camera essentials .

Is it safe to travel alone as a woman?

This is subjective, but I wanted to address it because it’s a frequently asked question when it comes to road tripping alone as a woman. You’ll find that people will discourage you from traveling alone because it’s “unsafe”. I choose to ignore such close-minded comments. I think it can be both safe and unsafe. The best advice I can give you is to never let your guard down .

At the end of the day, someone who does everything right could find themselves in an uncomfortable situation and someone who is reckless could be just fine. Stay hyperaware of your surroundings and never assume that you don’t need to take the utmost safety precautions.

Woman hiking the Notch Trail in Badlands National Park

# 1: Plan in advance

I cannot stress the importance of making plans in advance enough. Whether you need to make hotel or campsite reservations, map out what hikes you want to do, or figure out your route, having these sorts of things figured out will save you so much frustration on a road trip. I love using Roadtrippers to create road trip itineraries.

You don’t necessarily have to follow the exact itinerary you create (and you probably won’t), but it’ll give you some direction and a better understanding of your destination(s) because you can’t make a plan without researching.

# 2: Share your location with a trusted friend or family member

Once you have a plan mapped out, share that plan with someone. It’s not a bad idea to also share you location with this person, so they’re able to check on your whereabouts in case of an emergency. If you’re moving around a lot, let this person know when you’re tucked in for the night at your new destination.

Make sure to let this person know if your plans change! Also, always carry a power bank to ensure that your phone stays charged as an extra safety precaution.

# 3: Don’t broadcast your travel plans or the fact that you’re traveling solo

It can be easy to let it slip in conversation, but I recommend against telling others that you’re traveling solo . I’ve even had the front desk at hotels ask me, “Are you traveling alone?” during check in. If this comes up in conversation, there are a many casual ways you can go about it.

I might say something like, “Oh, no. My husband is grabbing a few things from the car.” Or, if someone is inquiring about my travel plans, “I’m out here visiting family that recently moved.” These types of statements are to the point and suggest that you have family in the surrounding area.

Woman standing in front of Grassy Creek Falls in Little Switzerland, NC

# 4: Avoid being out and driving after dark

When I did my solo female USA road trip, I did everything in my power to avoid driving in the dark . I was working full-time at the time, so I’d wake up extra early to drive in the mornings or move to my next destination after work. I did this to avoid being stranded in the dark in an unfamiliar place. Thankfully, I never experienced any car trouble during my XC road trip, but I wanted to play it safe!

Also Read: Road Trip Essentials

# 5: don’t keep all of your important belongings (cash, id, etc.) in one spot.

This is a good tip for travel in general! Never leave all of your important items in one spot , but don’t put them somewhere you’ll forget (I might’ve done this).

Someone could break into your vehicle and snag your wallet. If your ID, cash, credit cards, etc. were all in that wallet, you’re going to be in a tough spot. Avoid this by keeping some items on you at all times (a hip pack is great for this) and then placing other important belongings in an unassuming spot you’ll remember.

# 6: Keep photos of your ID and credit cards

It’s not a bad idea to take photos of your ID and credit card(s) and save them to your email in case you lose them or they get stolen. Of course, you’d want to cancel your credit card ASAP in this situation BUT if it’s your only payment method because everything else was lost or stolen, you need that info! This is why it’s so important not to keep all of your important belongings in one location.

Woman hiking at Dante's View in Death Valley National Park

# 7: Switch up your routine

If you’re going to be in one location for awhile, don’t follow the same routine every single day . Unfortunately, you never know who might be paying attention to your habits. Switching up your routine can be as simple as trying a new coffee shop, filling up at a new gas station, or changing the route of your walk/run!

Also Read: Car Camping Essentials

# 8: pay attention to your surroundings.

Duh, right? But it’s SO easy to get distracted by our phones that I felt like I needed to include this. When you’re road tripping on your own in an unfamiliar area, it’s crucial to be on high alert .

You’ll come across as a more difficult target if you’re paying attention to everything, making direct eye contact, etc. Plus, you want to be able to provide as much detail as possible about the entire situation if something were to happen.

Female backpacker at Baker Lake in Montana

# 9: Trust your instincts

I highly suggest reading The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker. This book goes into great detail about trusting your instincts and paying attention to nonverbal cues in dicey situations.

Most importantly: Don’t worry about being nice . I’m a people pleaser and don’t like to come across as rude if someone tries to strike up a conversation with me. You might be the same way, but it’s important to remember that your safety comes first when traveling solo. You don’t owe strangers the time of day. If you don’t want to talk to someone, politely decline and go about your day. Trust me, seeming a little rude is much better than feeling like you have to carry on a conversation that makes you uncomfortable.

# 10: Carry protection

This will look different for everyone. It’s about what you’re comfortable using for protection on your road trip alone as a female. Personally, I like to carry pepper spray and a stun gun because they’re effective, lightweight, and I don’t have to worry about different regulations across states.

White Jeep Grand Cherokee in Canyon Campground in Yellowstone National Park

# 11: Dial 911 and be ready to hit the call button if you feel unsafe

It can be hard to think straight if you feel unsafe, but dialing 911 is a quick way you can feel a bit more at ease in a sketchy situation. If things escalate, all you need to do is press the call button.

# 12: Be flexible

It’s important to have a plan, but sometimes plans simply don’t workout. It’s important to be flexible . Remember that you can problem solve no matter what happens.

For example, I booked a hotel that didn’t actually have any rooms available that night on my XC road trip (thanks Expedia). Finding out I didn’t have a place to stay was not at all what I want to hear after driving all day, but it wasn’t the end of the world. HotelTonight saved me and is one of my favorite resources for booking last minute stays! Moral of the story: You have to roll with the punches when you’re on a solo road trip.

Woman admiring Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park, South Dakota

# 13: Stop at hotels instead of sketchy gas stations or rest areas to use the restroom

I avoid rest areas like the plague when I’m on a road trip alone as a female. If I stop at a gas station, I like to stop at well-known truck stops like Love’s, Pilot, Circle K, and TA Travel Centers.

Can I let you in on a little secret? I prefer to stop at hotels to use the restroom when traveling solo! The front desk doesn’t know whether you’re a guest or not, so you don’t have to explain yourself. I simply ask them to point me to the restroom in the lobby and then am in and out in a matter of minutes.

# 14: Don’t let your gas tank drop below half full

Keeping your gas tank at least half full at all times is a good rule of thumb for any road trip, but especially if you’re on a road trip alone as a female. You don’t want to have no choice but to stop at a random gas station in the middle of nowhere for gas. Or even worse, not be able to find a gas station when you need desperately need one.

I like to stop for gas anytime I’m approaching the halfway mark and see a busy or familiar gas station (again, I prefer Love’s, Pilot, Circle K, TA Travel Centers and other big truck stops).

Woman hiking the Dune Succession Trail in Indiana Dunes National Park

# 15: Download offline maps

If you’re going to be traveling in an unfamiliar area or somewhere where you know you won’t have good cell service, it’s a good idea to download offline maps .

Here’s a mini tutorial on how to download offline maps in Google Maps:

  • Enter destination in search bar on Google Maps
  • Once it shows up on your map, click the red pin
  • Tap the three horizontal dots in the top right corner of the screen
  • Select “Download offline map” option

Download offline maps in Google Maps tutorial

# 16: Invest in roadside assistance

Roadside assistance might not be necessary if you’re going on a small trip in an area where you have someone you can call for help if needed. I knew that wouldn’t be the case when I went on my XC road trip, so I opted for the AAA Plus Membership . I never had to use my AAA membership, but it gave me extra peace of mind (which goes a long way when you’re traveling solo).

P.S. – Some travel credit cards offer roadside assistance, but it’s typically premium cards with expensive annual fees (ex: Chase Sapphire Reserve and Delta Reserve). If you have a travel credit card, it’s worth doing a little research to see if it comes with any roadside assistance!

# 17: Start small

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with starting small . In fact, I recommend it so that you can test what works best for you in terms of planning, protection, etc. Even if it’s just a day trip to a nearby city and you return home at the end of the day. That’s a start! Eventually, you’ll build up the confidence to branch out.

Female hiker at Red Rock Canyon in Nevada

# 18: Relax and have fun

Hopefully I didn’t worry you too much with some of my tips for going on a road trip alone as a female. While you need to stay hyperaware of your surroundings, don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself! At the end of it all, you’ll be able to say to yourself, “Wow, I did that.” That proud feeling is so empowering!

Have you ever gone on a solo road trip or are you planning one in the future? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments! I can’t wait to see what solo adventures 2022 brings!

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Ahh, this makes me sooo excited to travel solo AND road trip!!!

I am thinking about a drive from mi to Az. I once drove to Texas on my own, but that was 40 years ago. I love driving and am not afraid of this trip, however, my family thinks I should fly instead. Ugh!

Thanks for sharing this article! I had my first solo trip almost 5 years ago (30th birthday). I was going to take a road trip to the Rocky Mountains but shied away after having conversations with friends and family about me having to drive through the desert alone and whatnot, so, I ended up flying to Denver and from there rented a car. Drove to Boulder, Aspen and a few other places. Had the time of my life. Almost 5 years later, (35th birthday coming up) I think I’m ready to take that road trip. I can’t deny feeling a little nervous but I think I really want to do this, although this time, I want to drive to Yellowstone national park. You made some good points and I took note of many of them so thank you so much!!


13 safest Places In The USA For Solo Female Travelers

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Best places in the USA for solo female travelers

Solo female travel is on the rise in the United States. More and more women are hitting the road solo, and they’re loving it! There are so many reasons to love solo travel. You’re in complete control of your own itinerary, you can go at your own pace, and you can meet new people and see new sights without having to worry about coordinating with anyone else. If you’re thinking about taking a solo trip, the United States is the perfect place to do it. As a woman, you may feel nervous about traveling to the United States alone. But don’t worry! The USA is a great place to travel solo, and there are plenty of things to do and see that are perfect for a solo traveler. Here are some of the best places to visit in the USA if you’re traveling solo:

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1. New York City

  There’s no place like New York City. With its endless array of activities, attractions, and restaurants, you’ll never be bored or alone in the city that never sleeps. New York City is an amazing place for solo female travelers. There is so much to see and do, and the city is very safe. I would definitely recommend visiting some of the city’s famous landmarks, like the Empire State Building and Central Park. You can also find great food and shopping options throughout the city. If you’re looking for a city that has it all, New York City is the perfect place for a solo female traveler.

2. San Francisco, California

San Francisco is an ideal destination for solo female travelers. The city is safe and easy to navigate, with plenty of things to see and do. From exploring Chinatown to riding the cable cars, there is something for everyone in San Francisco. The city is also home to a number of great restaurants and cafes, perfect for grabbing a bite to eat or enjoying a cup of coffee. Solo female travelers will feel right at home in San Francisco.

3. Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California is one of the best US cities for solo female travelers. The city is full of life and offers endless opportunities for exploration and discovery. From the Hollywood Walk of Fame to the Santa Monica Pier, there is something for everyone in LA. The city is also home to a thriving food and nightlife scene, making it the perfect place to enjoy a night out on the town. With its beautiful weather and abundance of activities, Los Angeles is the perfect destination for a solo female traveler looking to explore and have a great time.

4. Denver, Colorado

Denver is an ideal city for solo female travelers, offering a safe and welcoming environment with plenty of activities and attractions to enjoy. The city is easy to navigate on foot or by public transportation, and there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bars to enjoy. Denver also has a vibrant cultural scene, with museums, art galleries, and live music venues to explore. And for those looking for some outdoor adventure, the Rocky Mountains are just a short drive away.

5. Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is one of the best US cities for solo female travelers. The city is full of history, culture, and great food. There are plenty of things to do and see, and the people are friendly and welcoming. The public transportation is excellent, and it’s easy to get around. The city is safe and clean, and there are plenty of places to stay. I would definitely recommend Boston to any solo female traveler.

6. Seattle, Washington

Seattle is a great city for solo female travelers. There is plenty to do and see, and the city is very safe. The people are friendly and there are plenty of places to eat and drink. The public transportation is also very good, so getting around is easy. If you’re looking for a city to explore on your own, Seattle is a great choice.

7. Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is a great city for solo female travelers. The city is safe, and there are plenty of things to do and see. The public transportation system is excellent, and there are plenty of places to eat and drink. The city is also very walkable, making it easy to get around. There are plenty of parks and green spaces to relax in, and the people are friendly and welcoming. Overall, Portland is an excellent choice for solo female travelers.

8.Honolulu, Hawaii

When it comes to USA safest cities for solo female travelers, Honolulu ranks highly. The city is known for its natural beauty and its friendly people. There are plenty of things to do in Honolulu, from exploring the city’s vibrant nightlife to taking in the stunning views from Diamond Head. And, of course, there are plenty of beaches to relax on. Whether you’re looking for a city break or a beach vacation, Honolulu is a great choice for solo female travelers.

9. Phoenix, Arizona

According to a recent report, the safest city in the USA for solo female travelers is Phoenix, Arizona. This is good news for anyone planning a trip to the Grand Canyon State, as Phoenix is a great base from which to explore all that Arizona has to offer. The city has low crime rates, and is packed with attractions and activities to keep solo travelers entertained. From hiking and biking in the nearby desert to exploring the downtown area, there is something for everyone in Phoenix. 

10. Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas is one of the best US cities for solo female travelers. The city is safe, welcoming, and full of things to do. From exploring the vibrant downtown to taking in the beautiful scenery at Zilker Park, there is something for everyone in Austin. The city is also home to a number of great restaurants, bars, and shopping opportunities, making it the perfect place to explore on your own.

11. Arlington, Virginia

If you’re looking for a safe place to travel solo as a woman, look no further than Arlington, Virginia. This beautiful city is not only one of the safest in the country, but also boasts a wealth of things to see and do. From historical landmarks to world-class museums, there’s something for everyone in Arlington. Plus, with a low crime rate and plenty of security measures in place, you can rest assured that you’ll be safe during your stay.

12. Orlando, Florida

If you’re a woman planning a solo trip, you might be wondering which cities in the USA are the safest for solo female travelers. Orlando, Florida is one of the safest cities in the USA for several reasons. First, Orlando is a very popular tourist destination, which means that there are always plenty of people around. This can help deter potential criminals, as they are less likely to target someone who is in a busy area. Second, Orlando has a low crime rate overall. In fact, the city’s violent crime rate is less than half the national average. This means that you are very unlikely to experience any kind of crime while in Orlando.

13. Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina is consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in the United States for solo female travelers. The city is known for its Southern hospitality and its endless array of things to do, both during the day and at night. Whether you’re looking to explore the city’s history, stroll through its beautiful parks, or shop till you drop, Charleston is the perfect destination for solo female travelers who are looking for a safe and welcoming city.

All in all, there are many great places for solo female travelers to visit in the United States. While it is always important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions when traveling alone, there are plenty of safe places to explore. So get out there and enjoy all that the USA has to offer!

Bookmark this post for future reference and share it with your friends if you found it helpful. I would love to hear about other great solo female travel destinations in the USA, so please feel free to share your recommendations in the comments section below. Safe travels!

Looking for more solo female travel destinations for women? Check out 10 Safest solo female travel destinations in the world

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22 Best Solo Road Trip Ideas In The USA (Epic!)

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Looking for fun solo road trip ideas in the USA?

Then you’re in the right place!

Whether it’s your first time going on a road trip by yourself or the hundredth, the solo road trip destinations and routes mentioned below are sure to please.

Discover stunning coastal drives, adventurous routes showcasing national parks, and road trips that introduce you to local history, cultural, and even a few oddities!

Best of all, each road trip listed below has been carefully curated to appeal to solo travelers specifically so that you can confidently hit the road on your own and have an amazing time.

Ready to get inspired and find your perfect solo road trip? Keep reading!

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Best Solo Road Trip Ideas In The USA

Now it’s time to dive into our list of epic solo road trip destinations in the United States!

One of the biggest solo travel advantages is having ultimate freedom over your itinerary, and this guide shares some great routes to schedule into yours.

This list is in no way exhaustive, so if you have a route to add please leave it in the comments below. For instance, while many of the trips in this list are shorter, you might also consider a cross country road trip alone .

My goal: To empower this solo female travel community to confidently hit the road solo!

1. NYC To The 1000 Islands

Solo road trip ideas on the east coast from NYC to the 1000 Islands

Start: New York City

End: 1000 Islands, New York State

Distance: 352 miles+

About the solo road trip:

Looking for solo road trip ideas on the East Coast ? This is one of my favorites!

First of all, bustling New York York sits in stark contrast to the laid-back 1000 Islands, a region that straddles the New York (US)-Canadian border and features 1,864 islands. This means you get two completely different experiences at the beginning and end of your trip.

In NYC, wander interesting neighborhoods like the Upper East Side and the West Village , book a private NYC photo tour or explore local culture through a fun group tour , enjoy outdoor adventure through hiking in Manhattan , dine at truly unique New York restaurants , and take in some of the best views in NYC for free , to name a few experiences.

Honestly, I recommend spending as much time as possible in New York City before your road trip begins, as it’s one of the best places to travel solo in the US !

In the 1000 Islands, take a SUP yoga class with River Yoga, sip your way through the Thousand Islands Seaway Wine Trail, go whitewater rafting on the Black River with Whitewater Challengers, take a sunset sail with Sail Ontario, hike in the 2,636-acre Wellesley Island State Park, and visit the famous Boldt Castle before relaxing with a waterfront meal at Bella’s Restaurant in Clayton.

But, that’s not all.

Along this solo road trip, you’ll have numerous options for interesting stopovers, like Corning (home to the famous Corning Museum of Glass !), Oswego County (with beautiful parks like the Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area and Salmon River Falls Unique Area), Lewis County (where you can explore rugged countrsyide), and Lawrence County (home to some of the best hiking in Upstate New York ).

This road trip is great for solo travelers because it truly offers a choose-your-own adventure experience. You can go off the grid and travel in solitude or choose popular activities that put you with other people.

Moreover, there are loads of things to do in New York State that you can explore along the route!

-Jessie Festa, Jessie on a Journey + Epicure & Culture

2. Las Vegas To Grand Canyon Solo Road Trip

solo road trip ideas to the Grand Canyon South Rim

Start: Las Vegas, Nevada

End: Grand Canyon, Arizona

Distance: 270 miles+

One of the coolest and safest road trips in the USA for solo travelers is the route from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, which is stunning and is also done on interstate highways. 

It will take about four hours one way to get there, covering about 270 miles. Drive down the Las Vegas Strip and head towards the Hoover Dam (via I-515 S and I-11 S), which you’ll get to in about 40 minutes.

Spend a couple of hours admiring this man-made engineering marvel, which straddles the Nevada-Arizona border. It is recommended that you book tickets in advance for touring the Hoover Dam and visiting special exhibits, which you can do here.

From the Hoover Dam, it is another 95 miles to reach the Grand Canyon West Rim and 240 miles to the Grand Canyon National Park. Once you are at the park’s West Rim, you can enjoy the glass-bottomed Skywalk Bridge ( tickets here ) and soak in the views of the natural gem.

If you are heading towards the South Rim, consider spending a night or two in the Grand Canyon village to sleep right in the park. This makes it easier to wake up early and take in a gorgeous Grand Canyon sunrise, as well!

– Mayuri from ToSomePlaceNew

3. Maui’s Road To Hana In Hawaii

Road to Hana is the ultimate solo road trip

Start: Paia, Hawaii

End: Haleakala National Park Entrance, Kipahulu District, Hawaii

Distance:  60 miles

About the solo road trip :

Maui’s Road to Hana is one of the most famous US road trips — and with over 600 hairpin turns, dozens of beautiful vistas, and plenty of exciting stops along the way, it’s easy to see why!

Plus, beautiful and safe Hawaii is a paradise for those traveling solo , making this road trip the perfect addition to a solo Hawaii itinerary.

Start your drive in Paia, a surfing town on the north side of the island. Follow the road east for the next 60 miles for some of Maui’s most beautiful scenery!

Technically, this road goes past the tiny town of Hana and ends at the eastern entrance of Haleakala National Park. This is one road trip that is definitely more about the journey than the destination.

For the best experience, rent a car and drive this road yourself. That way, you can stop along the route as much as you want!

To get helpful and entertaining commentary along the way, download an audio guide app before you go, such as the Shaka Guide. 

While there are dozens of stops along the way, there are a few must-visits. The first one is the Keanae Peninsula, which you’ll see just past Mile Marker 16. Here you can try the famous Aunty Sandy’s banana bread — made with sweet Maui bananas — and enjoy views of the ocean along the rugged, lava-crusted coastline.

Next, make sure to visit Waianapanapa State Park at Mile Marker 32! You’ll need an advance reservation to enter, but it’s worth it to visit Maui’s most beautiful black sand beach. 

Just past Mile Marker 45, you’ll reach the most photographed waterfall on Maui, Wailua Falls! This 80-foot waterfall is just a short hike from the road.

Finally, make sure to stop at Haleakala National Park at Mile Marker 42 (the mile markers start going down once you pass the town of Hana). Here you can hike the famous Pipiwai Trail — one of the world’s most beautiful hiking trails — which takes you through a bamboo forest and to the gorgeous 400-foot Waimoku Falls.

-Jennifer from Glassesandboardingpasses

4. Blue Ridge Parkway In North Carolina

Linville Gorge Wilderness is one of the top solo road trip destinations

Start: Cherokee, North Carolina

End:  Waynesboro, Virginia

Distance: 469 miles

Arguably ranking among the world’s greatest road trips and the most iconic driving routes in the United States, the Blue Ridge Parkway stretches 469 miles from Cherokee, North Carolina to Waynesboro, Virginia. 

This stunningly scenic route was originally envisioned by US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1935 as a means to connect Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia — where it turns into the equally picturesque Skyline Drive. 

The visionary plan was part of his historic New Deal initiative, which FDR designed to improve American infrastructure and create jobs as a means to accelerate the nation’s economic recovery after the Great Depression. 

The vast majority of the construction of the 469-mile parkway was completed by 1966, but it took another 21 years to finish the eight-mile stretch in North Carolina that includes the technically difficult engineering feat now known as the Linn Cove Viaduct.

Now, with more than 15 million people driving some portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway every year, it is the most visited unit of the US National Park Service. 

The fact that the Blue Ridge Parkway is so popular is a big part of what makes it so safe for solo travelers. You may be alone in your car, but there are virtually always other cars, RVs, and cyclists riding the winding, mountainous roads through the heart of the Blue Ridge region.

You’ll likely encounter friendly strangers at many of the 200+ breathtaking overlooks along the way, and the 200-mile North Carolina section takes you close to charming mountain towns such as Asheville, Cherokee, Banner Elk, Blowing Rock, and Boone that offer plenty of overnight accommodation options. There are also great hiking trails near Boone !

The parkway is an extraordinary conservation initiative, with virtually no commerce — including hotels, restaurants, billboards or, importantly, gas stations — alongside the road.

What it does offer is jaw-dropping natural beauty, including Jefferson, George Washington, Nantahala, and Pisgah National Forests; numerous impressive state parks; and countless hiking trails, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and streams. 

The North Carolina section is where you’ll find many of the parkway’s most noteworthy landmarks, including Mount Mitchell (the tallest peak east of the Mississippi River), Grandfather Mountain, the Linville Gorge Wilderness, Looking Glass Rock, and Julian Price Memorial Park.

Each of these iconic places offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the splendor of America’s wilderness at its most pristine.  

-Bret Love & Mary Gabbett from Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide

5. Solo Road Trip Through New York’s Finger Lakes Region

Visiting Rainbow Falls in Watkins Glen State Park on a solo road trip

Start : Rochester, New York

End : Syracuse, New York

Distance: 270 – 350 miles

New York’s incredibly popular Finger Lakes region is a peaceful getaway filled with world-famous wine, locally produced ciders and craft beers, stunning waterfalls, dramatic gorges, and some of the best hikes in Upstate New York . It’s the perfect combination for a solo road trip!

Road tripping routes through the Finger Lakes are completely open to your own interpretation. 

A more relaxing break might involve circumnavigating Seneca and Cayuga Lakes on boozy wine tasting tours and slowly exploring quaint lakeside villages.

However, the action-packed Finger Lakes itinerary I’ll be sharing begins in Rochester and ends in Syracuse, with a total driving distance of anywhere between 270 miles by main roads and 350 miles by taking the scenic route.

Up first is a true Finger Lakes hidden gem: Letchworth State Park, which is lesser-known and further out from the epicenter of state parks around Ithaca, New York. Three gorgeous waterfalls and a dramatic 400-foot deep horseshoe-shaped gorge are unmissable Letchworth highlights.

From hidden gem to magazine front cover, the Finger Lakes’ star attraction is Watkins Glen State Park , which is one place you absolutely can’t miss on a visit to the region. A beautifully crafted stone walkway transports visitors past 19 picturesque waterfalls cascading through Glen Canyon, climaxing at spectacular Rainbow Falls.

Take a break from the waterfalls by sampling award-winning wines, swimming in Seneca Lake, and visiting 19th-century Belhurst Castle in the small but charming city of Geneva.

Back to gorges and waterfalls, a scenic trip awaits in the famous college town of Ithaca.

First is Taughannock Falls State Park, which features the tallest single drop waterfall east of the Rockies. Next up, blow the cobwebs off with steep gorge hikes in both Robert H Treman and Buttermilk Falls State Parks.

The last stop after leaving Ithaca is arguably the prettiest and most tourist-friendly village in the region, Skaneateles. This quintessential and vibrant Finger Lakes hamlet sits on a clear blue lake with high-end dining and boutique stores a plenty.

New York’s Finger Lakes cater to solo travelers who enjoy photography, hiking, countryside drives, and escapism; however, starting out solo doesn’t necessarily mean staying solo. Join a highly rated wine tour to meet like-minded people and make new connections.

– Mark and Kristen from Where Are Those Morgans ?

6. Driving The Great River Road In Louisiana

Great River Road is one of the top solo road trips

Start : New Orleans, Louisiana

End : New Orleans, Louisiana

Distance: 280 miles

The Great River Road in Louisiana isn’t a shy kind of place. Its iconic images include grand avenues with dripping live oaks, opulent plantation homes, and mint juleps on the side. 

Yet, of course, there’s more to it than that. And through initiatives like the Whitney Plantation Museum, which focuses on sharing the stories of those enslaved rather than their owners, there’s never been a better time to explore this part of the US. 

Most road trips start and finish in New Orleans — and with very good reason. It’s a fantastic city to explore. Forget any notions of all-night parties (unless you want to), as in New Orleans you’ll find tasteful art galleries, cool gardens, acres of history, and an abundance of chicory coffee and sugary beignets. 

From there, consider a detour to Lafayette to see Vermilionville, a living museum that tells the tale of the Acadian people, refugees from French Canada and forerunners of Cajun culture and cuisine. Stop along the way for bowls of gumbo and foot-stomping Zydeco music. Just watch out for the gators along the edge of the road. 

Then follow the Old Man River and drive beside the Mississippi along the Great River Road. It’s fun to stop off at Louisiana’s state capital Baton Rouge to check out the museums and the bar that serves oysters in nearly 100 different ways. 

But the real draw is the story of those swamps and those grand plantation homes. 

It may not sound like it but a swamp tour is a serene way to spend half a day. Drift amid marshmallow and tumbling leaves on the bayous as alligators watch with glee. 

Then make sure to visit at least these two plantation homes: Oak Alley and the Whitney. 

Oak Alley is the famous one; the one with a tunnel of trees along the driveway and a feature in a Beyoncé video. 

Then there is the Whitney, a place with haunting statues of enslaved children. A graveyard for babies. Trading chains and shackles amid the Gone with the Wind era romance.

It makes for a sobering visit. And adds important context to an otherwise flamboyant and fun road trip from New Orleans.

In terms of why this road trip is great for solo travelers, you can explore the plantations at your own pace and yet there’s always company to be found thanks to the legendary southern hospitality.

-Abigail from Inside the Travel Lab

7. Death Valley To Yosemite National Park In California

Mammoth Lakes is one of the top solo road trip ideas

Start: Death Valley, California

End: Yosemite National Park, California

Distance: 285 miles

An amazing solo road trip in the US is the drive through the Eastern Sierras from Death Valley to Yosemite. The views out your window will take your breath away, and this 285-mile trip through California features many spectacular outdoor spaces that you can explore to your heart’s content and truly enjoy solo.

Begin your solo road trip in the unique and unforgiving landscape of Death Valley National Park near the border of Nevada. This desert is the hottest place on earth, and you can visit the lowest point in North America at Badwater Basin.

From there, head west to the town of Lone Pine to check out the highest point in the continental US, Mount Whitney. While you can hike to the 14,505 foot tall Mount Whitney summit in one day — if you’re lucky enough to win the permit lottery — it is a very intense hike. You can take an easier hike to appreciate this epic peak in the distance instead.

Then continue your road trip north to Bishop. This cool mountain town is a playground for hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing.

Continue your outdoor adventures by exploring all the things to do in Mammoth Lakes, where you can also rejuvenate with a relaxing soak in the local hot springs.

This awesome road trip culminates in the iconic Yosemite National Park. Enjoy the beauty of Tuolumne Meadows on your drive into the park as you head to Yosemite Valley. Here you’ll find yourself in the shadow of the grand granite walls of Half Dome and El Capitan. Be sure to spend at least a night or two in the park to cap off your Eastern Sierras solo road trip!

-Allison from She Dreams of Alpine

8. San Diego To Los Angeles California Road Trip

San Diego to Los Angeles is the best road trip for single woman in the USA

Start: San Diego, California

End: Los Angeles, California

Distance: 120 miles

If you’re looking for solo road trip ideas that are simple yet scenic, this one is for you.

A road trip from San Diego to Los Angeles might not win you any points for originality, but it works perfectly if you are a solo traveler looking for a convenient and safe adventure with stunning scenery and plenty of options for lodging, entertainment, and dining. 

Unlike some other California road trips, the drive from San Diego to Los Angeles doesn’t require you to spend hours on the road and go to remote areas with scarce cell phone coverage. 

Moreover, if you decide to take a 120-mile drive from San Diego to Los Angeles, you will have countless options — from the upscale La Jolla just north of San Diego where you can visit galleries and admire wildlife to beautiful Orange County famous for its surfing spots like Trestles and San Onofre and the historic mission in San Juan Capistrano. 

Another spot that is worth your attention is Laguna Beach, home to the stunning Crystal Cove State Park showcasing unspoiled beauty and rich marine wildlife. If you’re looking for a solo beach vacation , it’s perfect for that, too.

And then there is Dana Point, a small seaside town that has been dubbed “the whale capital of the west” that offers daily boat tours if you want to see these iconic animals. 

Of course, solo travel in Los Angeles also offers tons of things to do and see, from beautiful beaches to amazing shopping to world-class restaurants to epic LA hikes with waterfalls .

If you plan to do this route for the first time, make sure to spare enough time because you will have an infinite amount of places to choose from. At the end, it’s recommended to spend a minimum of 3 days in Los Angeles .

-Daria from The Discovery Nut

9. Route 66 From Chicago To Los Angeles

the Blue Whale of Catoosa along Route 66 is one of the top solo road trip destinations

Start: Chicago, Illinois

End: Los Angelos, California

Distance: About 2,500 miles

Route 66 is an iconic highway in the United States , originally created to connect Chicago to Los Angeles. It has since been re-routed and extended.

Moreover, it’s also known as the Will Rogers Highway or simply “The Mother Road” and has been recognized in popular culture on TV shows like The Simpsons and Doctor Who and on video games such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Start in Chicago at the “Begin” sign and see a bit of the city before heading off on your 2,500-mile adventure road-tripping from Chicago to Los Angeles while traversing eight states:

  • New Mexico,
  • and California.

Make your way over two weeks to Los Angeles, where you’ll be rewarded with Pacific Ocean views. Most choose to end their adventure at the Santa Monica Boardwalk.

There are many attractions along Route 66, but some of the most famous ones are the St. Louis Gateway Arch in Missouri, the Blue Whale of Catoosa outside of Tulsa in Oklahoma, and the Grand Canyon, which is one of the most popular day trips from Route 66. 

Plus, there are so many fun things to do when traveling solo in Texas .

This road trip is perfect for solo travelers because it’s fast-paced and provides many opportunities to meet other travelers on the road. While you may spend your nights in interesting kitschy motels, you’ll spend your days in diners and at roadside attractions where quirky characters abound.

-Stephanie from Oklahoma Wonders

10. Florida’s Gulf Coast

Florida Gulf Road Trip

Start: Destin, Florida

End: Marco Island, Florida

Distance: 600 miles

As one of the largest states in the US, the Sunshine State of Florida has a huge diversity of culture, climates, and landscapes that’s often lost on many travelers who may build their vacation around just one place. From north to south, Florida has so many faces, making it perfect for exploring on a road trip.

The Gulf Coast of Florida in particular offers a variety of local foods, ecosystems, and some of the best beaches in the country.

Your road trip starts on Florida’s Panhandle — so named as the handle by which the entire peninsula can be carried. 

Known as the Emerald Coast, one visit to the town of Destin will show you why. The emerald green waters beg you to stay for at least a few days, and you should. Hike the dune trails at Henderson Beach State Park then spend time lounging on these gorgeous beaches.

From Destin, head east to the state capital of Tallahassee. The landscape becomes wooded and the small city is easy to navigate. Don’t miss the Tallahassee Museum and a Shakespeare performance at the Amphitheatre.

The next day set off for Cedar Key to explore one of Florida’s hidden gems. Foodies will love a visit here as the small town is famous for their clams.

This part of the Gulf coast below the Big Bend is where Florida’s Nature Coast begins. Drive south to Crystal River and Homosassa and spend a few days exploring Three Sisters Springs by kayak where you can swim with manatees in the crystal clear warm springs.

Just south of the Nature Coast is Tampa and St. Petersburg where you should visit Ybor City, the historically Cuban quarter of Tampa. The food and local culture here are worth the day trip to the city.

After exploring the many things to do in Tampa and Sarasota, the drive south reveals a landscape that’s more remote and coastal as you head to southwest Florida.

Fort Myers is a vibrant and vintage city made famous by its notable summer residents Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, who both had homes here. Plan a visit to tour their houses and spend a day swimming and sunbathing on Sanibel Island or Fort Myers Beach.

From here, wind your way to the Paradise Coast of Naples and Marco Island, the gateway to the Florida Everglades and the Ten Thousand Islands, one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in Florida.

-Lori from Naples Florida Travel Guide

11. Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway In South Dakota

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

Start: Black Hills, South Dakota

End: Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota

Distance: 20 miles

If you’re looking for solo road trip ideas for the Midwest , this route takes you through 1,000-foot limestone cliffs, waterfalls, and stunning scenery without the crowds!

Head to the Black Hills of South Dakota for a spectacular drive through the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. This peaceful 20-mile winding drive runs through a canyon between Spearfish and Cheyenne Crossing and is filled with breathtaking scenery, waterfalls, lakes, and limestone cliffs — natural beauty you have to see for yourself!

There are three waterfalls in the canyon and all bring their own unique appeal. The first being Bridal Veil Falls, which you can see from the road, making it a convenient stop. The other two are Roughlock Falls and Spearfish Falls, both near the Spearfish Canyon Lodge. Viewing all three is a must.

If you’re up for a little adventure travel , you can rent an ATV across from the Spearfish Canyon Lodge and explore the area, ride around the trails, and jump in a cool creek.

Other than near Roughlock Falls, you likely won’t run into anyone except the free-range cows, which makes for a fun way to explore the canyon. There are also numerous hiking trails throughout the route.

As you’re probably gathering, if you want to spend the night, the Spearfish Canyon Lodge is a great place to do that as it sits along the Scenic Byway and is near two of the three falls. There’s an on-site restaurant and Little Spearfish Creek runs behind the lodge and provides a serene setting to relax. 

While in the area, you’re near so many historic sites, such as Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, and the Crazy Horse Memorial. There’s so much to see and do! The area is beautiful any time of year, but fall is especially pretty when the autumn colors come alive. 

This route is perfect for solo travelers, too, as it’s easy to get to and traverse, and there’s a sense of solitude and calm. That being said, you’re still close to amenities and civilization. Bonus: The people of South Dakota are very friendly!

You can go at your own pace, stop when you want to stop, and take in the peace and beauty that surrounds you.

-Erica from Ericakeel

12. Solo Road Trip From NYC To Boston

Don't miss the NYC skyline when you road trip alone as a female

Start:  New York City

End: Boston, Massachusetts

Distance : 200 miles

The drive from New York City to Boston is ideal for those searching for a quick and reasonable road trip. It’s a great choice for solo travelers since it’s not too long and there is lots to see along the way. Along the route, you’ll get to enjoy two of the East Coast’s major cities as well as the stunning coastline. 

Go on this road trip during the summer, when the weather is pleasant and great for sightseeing. This area of the US is especially beautiful during the fall when the forests are tinted orange and make a great photo subject.

With just over 200 miles this road trip takes around 3.5 hours one way — although you could drive for slightly longer and take the scenic road through Providence, a highlight of New England. Definitely make a stop in New Haven, Connecticut for some fantastic museums, beautiful architecture, and delicious thin-crust coal-fired New Haven-style pizza.

This is the perfect weekend road trip, although you could also spend an extra week if you want to explore the many fun and unique things to do in NYC and Boston .

You’ll start in New York City and head north. If you’re up for it, make a little detour to Long Island to explore the local wine country , hiking trails , and beaches that are perfect for a picnic along the way.

– Victoria from Guide your travel

13. Length Of Vermont To The Canadian border

Biking in Stowe is a fun activity if you want solo road trip ideas on the East Coast

Start : Brattleboro, Vermont

End : Canadian border near Alburg, Vermont

A road trip the length of Vermont to the Canadian border is a delight for solo travelers. Vermont locals are typically kind, friendly, and willing to help out when needed. The charm of tiny Vermont villages and their residents enhances any road trip through the Green Mountain state.

Start your journey in the south at Brattleboro. The first stop is at the West Dummerston covered bridge, one of over 100 covered bridges in Vermont.

Head up scenic Route 100 through the heart of the Green Mountain. Stop at picturesque towns with nary a stoplight. Don’t miss the Vermont Country Store in Weston for unique gifts.

The iconic town of Stowe is an all-season destination on your solo road trip. It’s a world-class ski destination in the winter and a popular foliage spot in the fall. In summer, outdoor enthusiasts have loads of choices for adventure travel , including hikes to waterfalls, biking on the Stowe Rec Path, or scaling Mount Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont.  

The vibrant city of Burlington is your next destination. Rent a bike to pedal along the Burlington Bike Path, one of my favorite beautiful bike rides . The bike trail leads to spectacular beaches with views of the Adirondacks across Lake Champlain.

For a relaxing afternoon, take a cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen with narration about the history and nature of the Lake Champlain Valley. 

The final stage of your solo road trip is a drive through the bucolic Champlain Islands. Search for the mysterious miniature stone castles along the roadsides and sample some local agrotourism products. Apple picking and wine tasting opportunities also abound.

The road trip is just over 200 miles from Brattleboro to the Canadian border. Each mile is packed with Vermont charm and friendliness. 

-Karen from Outdoor Adventure Sampler

14. Southern Utah Solo Road Trip

solo road trip ideas in the Midwest include visiting national parks

Start : Las Vegas, Nevada

End: Las Vegas, Nevada

Distance: 1,049 miles

One of the best solo road trips in the US is in Southern Utah exploring the state’s five national parks and everything in between. It’s best done in 10-14 days as a loop from Las Vegas. 

In terms of distance, the route is a little over 1,000 miles in total, but I would leave wiggle room for side trips and any last-minute additions.

While the five national parks — Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands — are the main highlight, there are so many other amazing things to do and see. A few recommendations include:

  • trekking the Burr Trail (of the best Utah hiking trails ),
  • driving Scenic Byway 12,
  • exploring Goblin Valley State Park and Snow Canyon State Park,
  • seeing the giant sandstone buttes of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park,
  • hiking to the Horseshoe Bend overlook,
  • walking inside of Antelope Canyon,
  • and swimming at Lake Powell, to name a few.

This is a particularly great road trip for solo travelers because it’s popular and easy to be around people, though it’s just as easy to get away from those crowds if you wish. 

No matter what you do, you’ll see some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. 

This is a must-do for outdoor enthusiasts, no matter the skill level. Just be sure you’re prepared according to that level and always let someone know where you’re going and when to expect you back.

-Megan from Red Around the World

15. Savannah To Charleston Solo Road Trip

Savannah to Charleston is a popular solo road trip route

Start : Savannah, Georgia

End:  Charleston, South Carolina

Distance:  105.9 miles

If you’re a fan of beautiful architecture, Southern food, and coastal cities, Savannah and Charleston make an ideal option for a road trip. Southerners are known for their overt friendliness, and both cities are accustomed to hosting solo travelers.

The two cities are close to one another, so you won’t waste much time driving — which means more time for exploring.

The distance between Savannah and Charleston is approximately two hours, and the most common route is HWY 17 to I-95 and then back to HWY 17.   

The best place to stay in Savannah is the Historic District, and The Marshall House is a good centrally located hotel for solo travelers.

River Street, City Market, and the Plant Riverside District are known for being entertainment hubs. They’re packed with the highest concentration of restaurants and bars and are where you’ll find the most live entertainment — and also the largest crowds.

If you prefer enjoying lovely old architecture in a more romantic setting, try strolling along Jones Street. It’s known for being one of the prettiest streets in the city and walking it is one of the best things to do in Savannah .

A few must-see attractions include the stunning Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Bonaventure Cemetery, Wormsloe, and Forsyth Park. The Olde Pink House is the most iconic restaurant in Savannah, while ghost and trolley tours are the most popular activities.

On the drive from Savannah to Charleston, be sure to detour through Yemassee to see the Old Sheldon Church Ruins, and then stop to visit The Angel Oak, a giant 60-foot-tall oak tree estimated to be over 400 years old located on the outskirts of Charleston.

Once you’re in Charleston, the Spectator Hotel and Planters Inn are two fantastic hotel options. It’s easy to walk to numerous attractions and restaurants from either spot.

Charleston is also a great city for shopping! Visit Historic Charleston City Market to watch local Gullah artists make sweetgrass baskets by hand, and then head over to the shops lining King Street to do more high-end shopping.

If you’re a fan of architecture, be sure to stroll down Charleston’s cobblestone streets, which are lined with historic churches and beautiful mansions. The always-popular Rainbow Row makes an ideal place to snap a few selfies.

Stroll down The Battery to catch a sunset along the water before heading to Husk for dinner and then on to Babas on Cannon for an evening cocktail.  

-Erin from Savannah First-Timer’s Guide

16. Overseas Highway In Florida

Overseas Highway in Florida is one of the top solo road trip ideas in the USA

Start: Miami, Florida

End: Key West, Florida

Distance: 150 miles

Driving the Overseas Highway is the perfect solo road trip for travelers that love the Florida weather and dream of visiting the beautiful Florida Keys.

This route starts in Miami and takes you all the way to Key West, the southernmost city of the United States. The 150-mile scenic drive is iconic and offers unbelievable views of the Gulf of Mexico and all of the islands in the Florida Keys.

Even though the drive can be made in only three and a half hours, the best way to do it is by taking at least two or four days to fully take in the route’s beauty and take advantage of the excellent stops along the 42 bridges that make the road. So take your time!

Some of the must-do stops on the way are the stunning Islamorada (a village of six islands), the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, and the Seven Mile Bridge — the largest segmental bridge in the world.

Other nice places to stop along the way include the Coral Castle Museum in Homestead, Everglades National Park , Bahia Honda State Park, and Key Largo, one of the best scuba diving destinations in the country.

This is an excellent road trip for solo travelers because it is easy to navigate, has amazing weather all-year-round, and allows you to visit some of the prettiest places in Florida.

-Camila from Travel Cami

17. Geronimo Trail From Arizona To New Mexico

Driving the Geronimo Trail on a solo road trip

Start: Douglas, Arizona

End: Cloverdale Cemetery Animas, New Mexico

Distance: 54 miles

If you are a solo road tripper and crave a drive that is totally off the grid, I have one for you. After hundreds of US road trips, my favorite remains the Geronimo Trail in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. 

It is one of the most unique US road trips and it is much more remote and isolated than the famous highway in Nevada that claims to be the Loneliest Road. How lonely? On a 90-minute drive on Geronimo Trail, I saw only three cars.

Geronimo Trail starts just east of Douglas, Arizona, where 15th Street turns into Geronimo Trail at the small Douglas Airport. A few miles later, the pavement ends and Geronimo Trail is a dirt road from this point. 

Note: A 4WD vehicle is highly recommended! Also, please pack solo road trip essentials like a spare tire and extra food and water just in case you run into any issues. I had no problem with a small SUV. 

About 35 miles later you will reach the Arizona/New Mexico border. About six miles into New Mexico, Geronimo Trail officially ends and turns into County Road 002—which is even more lonely. I saw only one car in 90 minutes!

The massive appeal along Geronimo Trail is rustic vibes, wide open spaces, astounding scenery, and time to be at one with your thoughts. The beginning of Geronimo Trail runs along the US/Mexico border and you will likely see Border Patrol agents and vehicles. 

As Geronimo Trail turns northeast, San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge signs appear. The refuge is an oasis in the surrounding desert and features protected fish and seldom-seen migrating birds. If you enjoy hiking, the Black Draw Trail is a great spot for bird watchers. 

Between the refuge and the AZ/NM border, there are a handful of large ranches, intense side roads (like Sycamore Canyon), one Mormon Trail historic marker, and a few small pioneer cemeteries. Basically, Geronimo Trail’s allure is miles and miles of dirt road, astounding scenery, and just you and your vehicle. Crank your tunes—or turn the radio off to let your deepest thoughts surface.

To find this approximate route on Google Maps, search Douglas, AZ to Cloverdale Cemetery Animas, NM in “Get Directions”. Note that Street View (the blue man) is not available for almost all of this road trip, which lends to its mystique.

-Charles from McCool Travel

18. Kansas City To Rocky Mountain National Park In Colorado

Kansas City to Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the top solo road trip ideas in the USA

Start: Kansas City, Kansas

End: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Distance: 650 miles

A road trip from Kansas City to Rocky Mountain National Park is an essential trek through Americana. 

Around 650 miles separate these two disparate destinations. The craggy peaks of the Rocky Mountains are a stark contrast from the flatlands of Kansas. But both offer stunning beauty in their own rights. 

Starting in Kansas City, you do what pioneers, prospectors, and cowboys did 150 years ago; head west!

Crossing the prairie, you can imagine what those early settlers saw. So much of it remains as it was back then. 

Especially beautiful are the rolling grasslands of the Flint Hills in Kansas. The springtime is especially amazing as the fresh shoots of grass carpet the hills in a lush green blanket.

Stop into the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve to stroll through the hills of native grasses and herds of bison.

But don’t dally too long. You still have a bit of a drive to get to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Until you reach Denver, you will be covering mile after mile of this grassland. Although beautiful, you’ll likely be ready for a change of scenery.

And what a welcome sight Denver is! The Rocky Mountains set the backdrop behind the skyline to welcome you to the next part of your journey.

There are so many fun things to do in Denver for solo travelers , too. Additionally, nearby, Boulder is a smaller college town with plenty to explore. And Estes Park is right outside of your final destination. Any of these are also great stopping points for a bite to eat or to pick up supplies. 

Stop into Mountain Sun Pub in Boulder for some great food in a lively atmosphere. There are only booths along two walls with the center lined with tables. As a solo traveler, this is a great way to meet the locals and fellow visitors alike.

But don’t forget what you came for: The amazing hikes and camping in Rocky Mountain National Park. Honestly, this park has some of the best hikes in the world ! Stop into the visitors center and pick up your map. You have endless trails to choose from.

The park offers shuttle service to many of the trailheads, which makes it great for hiking as you don’t need loop trails to get you back to your car. 

Alpine lakes, streams, and trails open up plenty of ways to explore or relax. 

The long, open road and the serene mountain trails both offer solitude for the lone traveler. But there are lots of places to mingle with locals and visitors alike for the more social solo travelers. 

-Steve from Maps Over Coffee

19. Michigan’s Lower Peninsula

Stopping at a beach on a Lower Michigan Peninsula solo road trip

Start:  Benton Harbor, Michigan

End:  Mackinac Island, Michigan

Distance: 340 miles

The west side of Michigan features natural beauty, food and drinks, and fun cultural attractions worth writing home about.

This 350-mile route is great for solo travelers because the driving is easy, there are plenty of places to take breaks, and you can see the best scenery without having to venture too far off the beaten path.

Starting from the southern border, work your way up Lake Michigan along I-94 and then I-196. You’ll find tons of beach towns as well as plenty of lighthouses as you make your way to Holland. This small town is known for its Dutch heritage and features a windmill originally from the Netherlands.

Continue northeast to Grand Rapids, also known as Beer City USA. Sample drinks at one or more of its breweries and visit the larger-than-life sculptures at Meijer Gardens or the Gerald Ford Presidential Library.

Heading west on I-96 brings you to Muskegon where you’ll find even more beaches. This small town also has an amusement and water park called Michigan’s Adventure, which features a handful of roller coasters. Closer to the lake, you can tour the USS Silversides, a WWII-era submarine docked along the shore.

Continuing north on US-31 and then M-22, you’ll arrive at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which is highlighted by sand dunes towering 400 feet above the turquoise waters of Lake Michigan. You can take a scenic drive to the top of one for stunning views with minimal effort or try climbing up one yourself.

Continue on M-22 around the Leelanau Peninsula through the heart of Michigan’s wine country. Stop into tasting rooms yourself or continue to the resort town of Traverse City and join a tour so you don’t have to drive.

While you’re in Traverse City, try its famous cherries and dine in the local farm-to-table restaurants. Once you’ve had your fill, continue north on US-31 to I-75.

Mackinaw City serves as the gateway to both the Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island. The bridge connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas and there are great spots to view it from Fort Michilimackinac and the beaches to the east. Mackinac Island is most easily reached via ferry. 

The small island in Lake Huron has no motorized vehicles, so visitors and locals walk, bike, or ride horse-drawn carriages. It’s famous for its Victorian architecture and delicious fudge and is the perfect cap for your Michigan road trip.

-Kris from My Michigan Travel

20. Montana Road Trip On I-90 & Highway 93

Glacier National Park is one of the top solo road trip destination

Start: Billings, Montana

End: Glacier National Park, Montana

Distance: 637 miles

If you’re looking to safely road trip alone as a female , I highly recommend visiting Montana.

After growing up there and taking several of my own, there are many reasons to consider a drive along I-90, including the fact that some of the most beautiful nature is located along this route. 

I recommend starting your trip in Billings, which is easy to fly into and is Montana’s largest city, before heading to Bozeman and Yellowstone National Park. You’ll need to make a slight detour from I-90 to get to the park on Highway 191.

Along the way up north on Highway 93, make sure to add stops in Butte, Missoula, and Whitefish. All offer unique reasons to visit and a different feel—Montana is more varied than you might think! 

If you have the time, also make sure to stop off at the Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, which features cave formations that are millions of years old.

The remaining drive is super easy with very clearly marked signs that take you from one town to another. Most of it is highway driving with little traffic and plenty of beautiful views. 

Finally, if one national park wasn’t enough, you get to end your 637-mile trip at another national park: Glacier. I do recommend planning your accommodations in advance if you can in order to make sure you have a place to stay when you get there!

-Alex from Alex on the Map

21. California Solo Trip Along The Mendocino Coast From San Francisco

California is a popular option for a road trip alone as a female in the USA

Start: San Francisco, California

End: Redwood National Park, California

Distance: 311 miles

Highway 1 from San Francisco up to Mendocino Coast and Redwood National Park is one of the most beautiful drives on the planet, maybe comparable to the Canadian Icefields Parkway in Banff and Jasper National Parks in its grandeur. One is through the mountains and the other along the Pacific, both equally fantastic. 

You can do a loop or drive out-and-back from San Francisco. The route on 101 is inland and boring but it’s a lot faster.

The route on Highway 1 is drop-dead gorgeous but very time-consuming because of the many stops, activities, and the winding road. You can do 101 going one way and loop back on Highway 1 to get both the benefits. 

The drive from San Francisco to Redwood National Park is 320 miles and takes about six hours on 101. You can choose to go further up or do a shorter route depending on your timeline. 

Some of the top attractions on the drive include Redwood National and State Parks where you can spend a few days and do many hikes and activities.

The scenic Avenue of the Giants runs parallel to the freeway and has many amazing stops. You can drive the entire road or a section as you coast through redwood trees and stop at many state parks along the way. 

Another recommended stop is at the Laguna Point Beach at MacKerricher State Park, which offers some of the most spectacular tide pools absolutely worth visiting for half a day or more.

Additionally, next to MacKerricher State Park is Glass Beach, a popular spot for finding sea glass — though note that because so many people take the sea glass it’s becoming increasingly harder to find.

There are many more attractions along the drive so you can take a day or a few days to drive. 

This is a great road trip for solo travelers because it’s an amazing way to experience natural wonders in peace. The solo road trip allows for solitude but it also offers fun beaches and mountain towns with great food and company. Moreover, the drive is very safe for the solo traveler. 

– Jyoti from Story at Every Corner

22. Skyline Drive In Virginia

Views along Skyline Drive in Virginia on the ultimate solo road trip

Start: Front Royal, Virginia (northern entrance to Skyline Drive)

End: Rockfish Gap exit, Virginia

Distance : 105 miles

Skyline Drive is pure sky! From the second you enter this highway winding through Shenandoah National Park at Front Royal until you exit at the Rockfish Gap Entrance Station there is a big blue sky ahead. And if you’re lucky enough to own a convertible, you will feel like an eagle on your solo trek. 

No matter what season you visit Shenandoah National Park—spring, summer, fall, or winter—you’ll delight in the deep forests, curving roads, and waterfalls to be discovered. Wild creatures abound, including bats, turkeys, and black bears. 

Located within convenient driving distance of Richmond, Charlottesville, and Washington, DC, Shenandoah National Park attracts solo runners, hikers, and walkers.

This is a great getaway for city folk especially with all the Airbnb rentals available. That being said, if you want to stay at the park campgrounds or at Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Hotel , you need to book early. 

Note: Depending on what season you visit, the 105-mile Skyline Drive can turn into a traffic jam. This is also not a road built as a raceway. Skyline Drive weaves its way across western Virginia with a speed limit of 35 mph.

For Washingtonians, the best entrance is the Front Royal Entrance. 

Stop at the Dickey Ridge Visitors Center to shop for books on hiking or get a panoramic portrait. There are regular stops along the way where you can park in a lot to hike through forests, climb Stony Man or Hawksbill, check out the Appalachian Trail, or meditate at the Shenandoah waterfalls.

Expect to take three hours traveling the entire length of the park on Skyline Drive. 

Skyline Drive ends at Rockfish Gap; it is the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are 200,000 acres of protected land at Shenandoah National Park for you to explore.

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Renting A Car For Your Solo Road Trip

Need a rental car for road tripping by yourself in the USA?

Use  Discover Cars  to quickly compare your car rental options. Their comparison tool does the homework for you, so there’s no need to have up 10+ tabs trying to figure out which company is the most affordable. Actually, you can save up to 70% using their tool!

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How To Road Trip Alone

There are numerous advantages and disadvantages to traveling alone , though ultimately solo travel is an empowering experience that gives you total freedom over your itinerary.

That being said, if it your first time heading out on a solo adventure by car, the following solo road trip tips can help:

-Make sure you have good car insurance as well as roadside assistance (like AAA) in case of an emergency.

-Travel with solo road trip essentials like a spare tire, extra food and water, a sleeping bag and pillow, and sunglasses.

-Know your limits when it comes to how far you can drive, especially as nobody else will be in the car to help keep you awake.

-Keep loved ones informed of your travel plans and check in regularly. This way your absense will be noticed right away in an emergency.

-Install personal safety apps on your phone — like the Emergency App from the American Red Cross.

Travel Insurance For Your Solo Road Trip

When visiting the USA — or anywhere else in the world — it’s wise to get travel insurance.

One of the  best travel medical insurance for travelers  is SafetyWing as they’ve got a large network and offer both short-term and long-term coverage — including coverage if you’re traveling for months as well as limited coverage in your home country).

Additionally, SafetyWing is budget-friendly and offers $250,000 worth of coverage with just one low overall deductible of $250.

Click here to price out travel insurance for your trip in just a few clicks .

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15 Best Solo Female Travel Destinations In The USA

Alright, ladies, gather around, because I’m here to spill the beans on the best solo female travel destinations in the USA! 

I mean, aren’t we all tired of hearing about the same old tourist traps and overcrowded hotspots?

I know what you’re thinking – traveling alone as a woman can be daunting O_O

But fear not, my fearless mates! The USA is a haven for solo female travelers, with welcoming locals, safe cities, and plenty of opportunities to make new friends along the way.

Picture this: You’re cruising down the coast of California… in a convertible, wind in your hair, sun on your face, and not a single care in the WORLD! I know the feeling… O_O. 

Or maybe you’re exploring the lush rainforests of Hawaii, surrounded by breathtaking waterfalls and exotic wildlife. AGES… the possibilities are endless! -_-

If you are new here, Hi, I am Aisha Preece ! I am an avid solo female traveller and I love helping other females travel safer and better 🙂

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I’m here to guide you every step of the way, like your personal travel BFF…. 🥰.

Personally, for me, travelling solo is so IMPORTANT….. because it is like a secret superpower….. , unlocking a hidden world of self-discovery, empowerment, and hilarious mishaps along the way.

Some of the links on here are affiliate links and I may earn if you click on them, AT NO EXTRA cost to you. Hope you find the information here useful! Thanks.

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1. Maui, Hawaii

Aloha from Maui, where the beaches are as golden as the pineapples and the sunsets are as colorful as a box of crayons.

This Hawaiian paradise is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with your inner child. 

Whether you’re hiking through lush rainforests, swimming with gentle giants, or simply lounging on the soft sand, Maui will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to embrace the aloha spirit.

  • Safety Ranking: 9/10 (It is a tropical paradise for solo female travelers, offering a safe and welcoming environment with low crime rates, friendly locals, and well-lit streets.)
  • Estimated Cost: $2000-$3000 (about 7-10 days)

Recommended Tours And Activities:  

  • Snorkeling at Molokini Crater
  • Road to Hana
  • Haleakala Sunrise Tour
  • Hike Iao Valley

Recommended Place To Stay:  

  • Cost: Approximately $50-$100 per night

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2. The Big Island of Hawaii

Calling all adventure seekers! The Big Island of Hawaii is a haven for those who crave thrills and excitement. 

From hiking to the summit of active volcanoes to snorkeling with manta rays in underwater lava tubes, this island is packed with heart-stopping activities that will leave you feeling like Indiana Jones. 

And when you’re ready to unwind, there are plenty of secluded beaches and charming towns to explore.

  • Safety Ranking: 8/10 (It is like your cool, laid-back travel buddy, but like any friend, it has its quirks. Keep an eye out in places like Hilo and Kona, where the crime rates are a bit higher.)
  • Estimated Cost: $1500-$2500 (about 5-7 days)
  • Hike Mauna Kea summit sunset
  • Snorkel or scuba dive with manta rays
  • Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Try Big Island zipline experience
  • Drive along the Hamakua Coast
  • Aloha Junction Guesthouse
  • Cost: Approximately $50-$150 per night

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3. Charleston, South Carolina

Step back in time and experience the southern charm of Charleston, South Carolina. 

Stroll through cobblestone streets lined with antebellum homes, savor the sweet aroma of freshly baked pralines, and let the gentle rhythm of jazz music carry you away. 

This historic city is a feast for the senses, offering a blend of old-world elegance and modern-day fun.

  • Safety Ranking: 7/10 (It sparkles with charm and overall safety, though there are a couple of spots to keep an eye on, like the northern part of town, where the mischief meter tends to be a tad higher.)
  • Estimated Cost: $1200-$1800 (about 5-7 days)
  • Take a walking tour of the historic district
  • Take the evening carriage tour
  • Take a harbor cruise
  • Go on a ghost tour
  • Take a secret food tour
  • Mills House Charleston
  • Cost: Approximately $30-$50 per night

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4. Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine, is a cool and quirky city with a vibrant arts and culture scene. 

From sampling fresh seafood at the bustling harbor to exploring the unique shops and galleries in the Old Port, there’s something for every taste and interest. 

And don’t forget to try a Maine lobster roll – it’s so good, you’ll be saying “I’m lobstah-ly in love!” O_O

  • Safety Ranking: 9/10 (It is super chill and totally cool for solo female travelers. This city’s got a laid-back vibe, low crime rates, and a tight-knit community that’s all about welcoming you with open arms.)
  • Estimated Cost: $1000-$1500 (about 4-6 days)
  • Take a food tour
  • Tour in the Vintage Fire Engine
  • Explore the Old Port
  • Go kayaking in Casco Bay
  • Take the neighborhood guided bike tour
  • The Black Elephant Hostel
  • Cost: Approximately $40-$60 per night

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5. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Embrace the spirit of the Southwest in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a city steeped in Native American and Spanish heritage. 

Wander through art galleries showcasing stunning indigenous artwork, indulge in authentic Mexican cuisine, and explore the historic adobe architecture that makes this city a true gem. 

Santa Fe is a place where cultures collide, creating a unique and unforgettable experience.

  • Safety Ranking: 8/10 (It is generally a safe spot with a low crime rate. Still, it’s good to be a bit wary of certain areas, like the south side of town, where the crime vibe is a bit more noticeable.)
  • Santa Fe haunted spirits tour
  • Take a walking tour of the Canyon Road art district
  • Take the 6-day land tour
  • Try the stained glass class
  • Indulge in the local cuisine
  • Las Palomas

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6. San Francisco, California

Calling all techies, dreamers, and foodies! San Francisco is a city that has something for everyone. 

From exploring iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island to savoring the city’s world-renowned cuisine, there’s endless excitement waiting around every corner. 

And if you’re feeling adventurous, take a cable car ride through the city’s hilly streets – it’s a truly San Francisco experience…… O_O

  • Safety Ranking: 6/10 (It is a large city with a variety of neighborhoods, some of which are safer than others. The city’s Tenderloin and Mission District have higher crime rates.)
  • Estimated Cost: $2500-$3500 (about 7-10 days)
  • Visit Alcatraz Island
  • Golden Gate Bridge bike rental tour
  • Explore Chinatown
  • Take a cable car city tour
  • Visit the Exploratorium (highly recommended)
  • HI San Francisco Downtown Hostel
  • Cost: Approximately $30-$60 per night

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7. Seattle, Washington

Grab your coffee mug and get ready to experience the grunge vibes of Seattle, Washington. 

This city is the birthplace of iconic bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and you’ll still feel that rebellious spirit alive and well in its music scene and quirky neighborhoods. 

But Seattle isn’t all about coffee and rock ‘n’ roll — it’s also home to stunning natural beauty, with lush rainforests, towering mountains, and the enchanting Pike Place Market.

  • Safety Ranking: 8/10 (So, Seattle is like that friend who’s pretty solid, you know, with low crime rates and all. But, be warned, there are a couple of spots, like Pioneer Square and Belltown – they’re like the neighborhood troublemakers, just doing their thing with slightly higher crime rates.)
  • Visit the Space Needle attractions tour  
  • Take the 3-hour city tour
  • Go on a coffee culture tour
  • Try the Seattle outdoor highlights tour
  • Take the Bainbridge Island sightseeing
  • Green Tortoise Hostel
  • Cost: Approximately $40-$70 per night

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8. Best Solo Female Travel Destinations In The USA – Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is a city that’s proud of its deep-dish pizza, its architectural marvels, and its die-hard sports fans. From cheering on the Cubs at Wrigley Field to indulging in a cheesy pizza at Lou Malnati’s, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in this bustling metropolis. 

And if you’re feeling artistic, take a stroll through Millennium Park and admire the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture, affectionately known as “The Bean.”

  • Safety Ranking: 5/10 (It has several different neighborhoods within its enormous city, some of which are safer than others. The city’s South Side and West Side have higher crime rates.)
  • Visit the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Take a walk along Millennium Park
  • Wrigley Field tour
  • Take the Chicago biking tour
  • Take the underground walking tour
  • Chicago Gateway Hostel

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9. New York City, New York

New York City, the city that never sleeps, is a must-visit for any solo traveler. From exploring world-famous museums like the Met and the MoMA to experiencing Broadway magic, there’s something for every interest and budget. 

And don’t forget to take a bite out of the Big Apple—from street food vendors to Michelin-starred restaurants, New York’s culinary scene is a true adventure.

  • Safety Ranking: 7/10 (Alright, buckle up for the New York rollercoaster! Soho and Tribeca are like the superheroes of safety, doing their thing in the city. But, watch out, because Harlem and Washington Heights are like the wild sidekicks – they’ve got a bit more action going on in the crime department. It’s the Big Apple, after all, with its own unique flavor in every neighborhood!)
  • Estimated Cost: $3000-$4000 (about 7-12 days)
  • Visit the Empire State Building
  • Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Walk through Times Square with food tour
  • Catch a Broadway show
  • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour
  • The Jane Hotel
  • Cost: Approximately $80-$120 per night

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10. Los Angeles, California

Glitter, glamour, and Hollywood dreams come alive in Los Angeles, California. 

From strolling along the star-studded Walk of Fame to catching a glimpse of celebrities on Rodeo Drive, there’s no shortage of excitement in this city of angels. 

But Los Angeles isn’t just about fame and fortune — it’s also home to stunning beaches, diverse neighborhoods, and a vibrant arts and culture scene.

  • Safety Ranking: 6/10 (Although there are many different neighborhoods in Los Angeles, some are safer than others; the downtown area and certain areas of Hollywood have higher crime rates.)
  • Visit the Getty Center
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame tour
  • Go on a studio tour
  • Try the Venice Beach experience
  • Go hiking to Griffith Observatory
  • Samesun Hollywood  

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11. Nashville, Tennessee

Grab your cowboy boots and get ready to two-step your way through Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital of the world. 

From catching live music at honky-tonks on Broadway to visiting the iconic Grand Ole Opry, there’s no shortage of toe-tapping tunes and Southern hospitality. 

And when you’re not busy singing along to your favorite songs, indulge in some mouthwatering barbecue and explore the city’s rich history.

  • Safety Ranking: 7/10 (It is generally riding the safety wave, keeping it cool with a low crime rate. Yet, in the wild landscape of neighborhoods, you might want to tiptoe around Antioch and East Nashville. Those areas are like the rebels in the safety saga, adding a bit more drama to the city’s storyline. Stay safe, but enjoy the adventure!)
  • Grand Ole Opry backstage guided tour
  • Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Go on a honky-tonk crawl 
  • Visit the Johnny Cash Museum
  • Try the Nashville walking food tour (BBQ…. O_O)
  • Hayes Street Hotel

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12. Austin, Texas

Keep Austin weird! This city is a haven for free spirits and music lovers. 

From indulging in the local food trucks to catching live music at any of the city’s countless venues, there’s always something new and exciting to discover. 

And don’t forget to check out the bats at the Congress Avenue Bridge – it’s a truly unique Austin EXPERIENCE!…… -_-.

  • Safety Ranking: 6/10 (There are some regions in Austin with greater crime rates than others, like the East Side and South Lamar neighborhoods, but overall, the city is safe.)
  • Texas State Capitol highlights tour and food stop
  • Austin 2-hour bike tour
  • Hill Country BBQ & wine shuttle experience
  • Museum of Weird (ghost adventure for you … 👻) 
  • Enjoy the Austin guided hike (likely to sell out)
  • East Austin Hotel

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13. Savannah, Georgia

Step into a time capsule and experience the charm of Savannah, Georgia. 

Stroll through manicured squares lined with antebellum homes, soak up the Spanish moss-draped scenery, and savor the flavors of Southern cuisine. 

  • Safety Ranking: 7/10 (Sure thing! Savannah overall is pretty safe with a low crime rate. But hey, if you’re wandering, keep an eye out in the south side of town and the Garden City neighborhood. Those spots tend to spice things up a bit in the crime department.)
  • Take a history and ghost tour
  • Visit Forsyth Park attractions tour
  • Explore 2-hour Savannah bike tour
  • Tour the Victorian Districts & Bonaventure Cemetery
  • Try the culinary and cultural tour
  • The Lucky Charm

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14. Best Solo Female Travel Destinations In The USA – New Orleans, Louisiana

Let loose and let the good times roll in New Orleans, Louisiana, a city where jazz music fills the air and Creole cuisine tantalizes the taste buds. 

From indulging in a beignet at Café du Monde to dancing the night away at a Mardi Gras celebration, New Orleans is a city that knows how to party. And don’t forget to take a walk through the French Quarter – it’s a vibrant and unforgettable experience.

  • Safety Ranking: 5/10 (While the French Quarter and Garden District of New Orleans are relatively safe, the Central City and Treme areas have higher crime rates than the average for the country.)
  • Estimated Cost: $1000-$2500 (about 5-7 days)
  • Take the French Quarter tour
  • Take a 3-hour history, culture and architecture tour
  • Take an evening jazz cruise (most likely to sell out…. So hurry up!)
  • Go watch the New Orleans Pelicans Basketball game
  • HI New Orleans Hostel

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15. Aspen, Colorado

Embrace the luxurious lifestyle of Aspen, Colorado, a ski resort town that caters to the rich and famous. 

From hitting the slopes during the winter to hiking through the breathtaking Rocky Mountains during the summer, there’s something for every adventure seeker and nature lover. 

And when you’re ready to pamper yourself, indulge in the town’s upscale shops, restaurants, and spas.

  • Safety Ranking: 9/10 (It’s like the VIP section of safety – safe, affluent, and flaunting a low crime rate. Plus, the whole place is lit up like a Hollywood premiere, and the community vibes are so strong, it’s practically a big friendly family up in there.)
  • Estimated Cost: $3000-$4000 (about 7-10 days)
  • Go skiing or snowboarding
  • Take Aspen’s Historic tour
  • Take a 1-hour Aspen tour (for first-timers and those with limited time) 
  • Experience amazing Aspen scavenger hunt  
  • Take Aspen puzzling adventure
  • Mountain Queen
  • Cost: Approximately $50-$80 per night

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Now, let’s dive into some tips that’ll make your solo trip as smooth as a jazz tune 🙂

  • Research like a detective: Before you set foot on American soil, do your homework. Research your destinations, check out local safety advisories, and read up on cultural norms.
  • Blend in like a chameleon: When in Rome, do as the Romans do (or at least dress like them -_-). Adapt your attire to the local vibe, avoiding anything too flashy or attention-grabbing. You don’t want to be a beacon for pickpockets, NOW …… do you? O_O
  • Trust your inner compass: Sometimes, that little voice in your head knows best. If something feels off, don’t hesitate to walk away or change your plans. Remember, you’re the boss of your own adventure.
  • Be tech-savvy: Technology is your friend, so use it wisely. Keep your phone charged, download offline maps, and set up emergency contact information.
  • Ditch the valuables: When strolling around, leave your fancy jewelry and stacks of cash at the hotel. Carry only what you need, and keep it secure in a money belt or hidden pouch. Pickpockets are like sneaky ninjas, so don’t make yourself an easy target.
  • Embrace the local language: Learning a few basic phrases in English will go a long way. You’ll be able to ask for directions, order food, and even strike up conversations with the locals. Plus, it’ll make you feel like a bonafide American adventurer.
  • Accommodation with a conscience: When choosing a place to stay, do your research. Read reviews, check safety ratings, and opt for hostels or hotels in well-lit and populated areas. 
  • Be mindful of your surroundings: Keep an eye on your bag, avoid walking alone at night, and trust your instincts. If something feels off, don’t hesitate to hail a cab or ask for help from a trusted source.
  • Embrace the buddy system: If you’re feeling a bit timid, team up with fellow travelers for excursions or activities. You’ll not only have a built-in travel companion but also an extra pair of eyes and ears to keep you safe.

FAQs on Best Solo Female Travel Destinations In The USA

Where is the best beach to travel alone in the us as a woman.

Miami, Florida is the ideal destination for the greatest single trips for women in the United States if you are looking for sun, sand, and a buzzing nightlife.

What Is The Safest State For Solo Female Travelers?

Vermont , no matter the season, has its rolling, picturesque hills, which offer a magnificent respite for any lone traveler. The state won this title because, according to Trusted Housesitters, it has the lowest rate of violence against women and the highest rate of women who report feeling safe in the country.

How Much Should I Budget For A USA Trip?

A nice, mid-range journey throughout the US should cost about $2,100 per week, which will cover a combination of local restaurant meals, taxi rides, and must-see attractions.

Is USA Safe For Solo Female Travellers?

Rural and smaller communities are often safer, and you can usually find someone to help you out if you get into trouble. The United States generally offers a safe environment for solo female travelers.

What Age Can You Fly Alone In The USA?

Minors traveling alone: We need minors aged 5 to 14 who are traveling alone to use our unaccompanied minor service. Ages 15 to 17 can choose not to use this service, but there is a cost.

There are many online and social media groups where solo female travelers can connect with others and find travel companions. Here are a few popular options:

  • The Solo Female Traveler Network
  • Solo Women Travel Group
  • The Women’s Travel Club

Budgeting for solo female travel in the USA

The cost of solo female travel in the USA varies depending on your destination, travel style, and accommodation choices. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Accommodation: Expect to spend $50-$150 per night for a budget-friendly hostel or Airbnb.
  • Food: A daily food budget of $30-$50 should cover meals and snacks.
  • Transportation: Local transportation costs can vary depending on the city, but you can expect to spend $10-$20 per day.
  • Activities: The cost of activities will vary depending on your interests, but expect to spend $20-$50 per day.

Additional Tips for Solo Female Travelers

  • Pack light: Traveling with less luggage will make it easier to get around and avoid baggage fees. For a trip of 5-7 days ( 7kg) and for a longer trip of 10-14 days ( 23kg ) . I recommend the Bago Duffle For Travel Women and the Travel Select Amsterdam Expandable Rolling Luggage .

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  • Learn a few basic phrases in the local language: This will help you communicate with locals and make your trip more enjoyable.
  • Best times to visit the USA: Northeast: Spring ( April-May ) and fall ( September-October ), Southeast: Spring ( March-May ) and fall ( September-November ), Midwest: Spring ( April-June ) and fall ( September-October) , Southwest: Fall ( September-October ) and Winter ( December-February ), West Coast: Spring ( March-May ) and fall ( September-November ), Mountain West: Spring ( April-June ) and Fall ( September-October ).
  • Ensure that you have travel insurance. I recommend Safety Wing Insurance .

I think we can all agree that the best solo female travel destinations in the USA are a treasure trove of solo travel adventures waiting to be unearthed. 

I bet you’re already raring to go and embark on a journey of self-discovery, amirite?…. O_O.

Solo travel isn’t just about sightseeing and ticking off to-do lists; it’s about embracing the unknown, stepping out of your comfort zone, and creating a unique adventure that’s all yours. 

It’s about discovering hidden gems, pushing your limits, and coming back home with a newfound sense of self.

So, what are you waiting for? NOW …. is the time to grab your suitcase, dust off your passport, and let’s make some magic happen! 

I’ve got your back, ladies! And don’t forget to share it with me – I’m dying to hear all about your adventures! O_O, – _-. You can find me on Instagram ( @aishapreece ) and share your stories.

Also, don’t forget to share your solo travel stories with your family and friends. 

Happy exploring, mates! …. ✈️

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Travel · June 5, 2024

70 Best Places to Travel Solo as a Female in the USA

As the sun peeks over the horizon, casting a golden glow over a bustling city, or the serene silence of a mountain trail greets you with open arms, there’s a unique kind of magic in traveling solo, especially as a woman. It’s about more than just seeing new places; it’s about discovering yourself, pushing boundaries, and enjoying a sense of freedom that’s both exhilarating and empowering. Solo female travel in the USA offers a tapestry of experiences, from the neon lights of dynamic cities to the tranquil beauty of untouched nature.

Traveling solo as a woman is an adventure that awakens the soul. It’s an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, meet new people, and experience the world without the influence of a companion’s tastes or preferences. It’s about sitting at a café in a bustling city, people-watching, and enjoying your own company. It’s about hiking to the top of a mountain and feeling a sense of achievement wash over you. Every decision is yours to make, from choosing the next destination to deciding how to spend each day. This independence not only boosts your confidence but also enhances your decision-making skills and self-reliance.

While the thrill of adventure is a significant draw, safety is paramount. The USA, with its diverse range of destinations, offers numerous options where safety, accessibility, and female-friendliness are prioritized. Whether it’s cities with well-organized public transportation and friendly locals or small towns where community and hospitality are deeply ingrained, there’s a place for every solo female traveler to feel secure and welcomed.

This guide, 70 Best Places to Travel Solo as a Female in the USA, is curated to inspire and assist in planning your next solo adventure. We dive into the heart of vibrant cities like New York and San Francisco, where culture and excitement meet safety and accessibility. We wander through nature escapes, from the awe-inspiring vistas of Yosemite to the peaceful trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where tranquility and adventure coexist. For those seeking a cultural immersion, we explore the historical streets of New Orleans and the artistic havens of Santa Fe. And for the soul-searchers and wellness enthusiasts, destinations like Sedona and Palm Springs await with their rejuvenating retreats.

From bustling urban centers to serene nature retreats and everything in between, the USA is a mosaic of experiences perfect for the solo female traveler. This guide is more than just a list of destinations; it’s a gateway to experiences that will shape your journey and create memories that last a lifetime. So pack your bags, lace up your shoes, and get ready to explore the 70 Best Places to Travel Solo as a Female in the USA.

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Urban Adventures: The Pulse of America’s Cities

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  • New York City, NY The Big Apple is a solo traveler’s dream. Here, cultural diversity isn’t just a phrase; it’s a way of life. Wander through the bustling streets of Manhattan, explore the artistic corners of Brooklyn, or relax in the green oasis of Central Park. With its endless attractions, from the Statue of Liberty to Times Square, and a dining scene that’s as vibrant as its nightlife, New York City is an exhilarating solo adventure.
  • San Francisco, CA Famed for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is a mosaic of charming neighborhoods and inclusive vibes. Explore the historic streets of Chinatown, enjoy the quirky atmosphere of Fisherman’s Wharf, and don’t miss the chance to ride the famous cable cars. The city’s welcoming spirit makes it a safe and enjoyable destination for solo female travelers.
  • Chicago, IL Chicago offers a blend of impressive architecture, world-class museums, and a music scene that’s second to none. Stroll along the Magnificent Mile, enjoy the artistic wonders at the Art Institute of Chicago, and immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant jazz and blues culture. With numerous solo-friendly eateries, you’re never alone unless you want to be.
  • Austin, TX Austin, known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” is a haven for solo travelers seeking a musical journey. From the vibrant energy of Sixth Street to the serenity of Lady Bird Lake, the city offers a unique mix of Texan hospitality and a lively arts scene.
  • Seattle, WA Famous for its Space Needle and the original Starbucks, Seattle is a city where nature meets urban. Enjoy the fresh produce at Pike Place Market, take a ferry ride for stunning views of the city, and explore the thriving tech scene. It’s a city that’s as friendly as it is rainy.
  • Portland, OR Portland’s motto, “Keep Portland Weird,” speaks volumes about its character. This city is a paradise for solo travelers who love the outdoors, arts, and a good cup of coffee. From the lush landscapes of the Japanese Garden to the historic charm of the Pearl District, Portland promises a memorable adventure.
  • Boston, MA Steeped in history and culture, Boston is a city where the past and present coexist beautifully. Walk the Freedom Trail, explore the campuses of Harvard and MIT, and enjoy the city’s famous seafood. Boston’s compact size makes it perfect for solo explorers.
  • Denver, CO Nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is a blend of urban sophistication and outdoor adventure. Known for its craft breweries, vibrant arts scene, and proximity to some of the country’s best skiing and hiking, Denver is ideal for the active solo traveler.
  • Miami, FL Miami offers a lively blend of cultures, pristine beaches, and an unmatched nightlife scene. Wander through the colorful streets of Little Havana, relax on South Beach, and explore the burgeoning art scene in Wynwood. Miami is a city that truly never sleeps.
  • New Orleans, LA Known for its vibrant Mardi Gras celebrations and rich jazz history, New Orleans is a city with a soul. Enjoy the unique Creole cuisine, explore the historic French Quarter, and experience the legendary nightlife. Solo travelers in New Orleans are never alone amidst the city’s lively spirit.

Each of these cities offers a distinct flavor of America’s urban life, making them perfect for solo female travelers seeking adventure, culture, and self-discovery.

Beach Getaways: Sun, Sand, and Solo Serenity

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  • Miami, FL Miami is the epitome of a lively beach getaway. With its stunning art deco architecture and vibrant nightlife, this city is a melting pot of cultures. The sun-kissed beaches of South Beach buzz with energy, while the Wynwood Walls offer a dose of urban art. For solo travelers, Miami’s lively ambiance ensures there’s never a dull moment.
  • Honolulu, HI Honolulu is a tropical paradise that promises more than just beautiful beaches. It’s a city rich in cultural experiences, from historic landmarks like Pearl Harbor to the vibrant Polynesian traditions. Safe and welcoming, its beaches, like Waikiki, offer serene spots for relaxation and water activities perfect for solo adventurers.
  • Charleston, SC Charleston is a treasure trove of historic charm and southern hospitality. The city’s friendly locals make solo travelers feel at home, while the picturesque beaches at Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach offer a peaceful retreat. The historic downtown, with its cobblestone streets and antebellum houses, adds to its allure.
  • San Diego, CA San Diego’s laid-back vibe and beautiful coastline make it an ideal spot for solo beach lovers. From the famous La Jolla Cove to the vibrant boardwalk of Mission Beach, there’s a stretch of sand for every mood. The city’s renowned zoo and thriving culinary scene are added bonuses.
  • Key West, FL At the southernmost tip of the U.S., Key West is a small island big on character. Known for its stunning sunsets at Mallory Square and the charming Old Town, it offers a unique blend of history, quirky charm, and beachside relaxation.
  • Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara, often termed the ‘American Riviera’, offers a serene escape with its Mediterranean-style buildings and stunning shoreline. The city’s laid-back atmosphere is perfect for solo travelers looking to unwind by the sea.
  • Myrtle Beach, SC A popular destination on the East Coast, Myrtle Beach boasts miles of sandy beaches, a lively boardwalk, and numerous amusement parks. It’s a fun and safe destination for solo travelers who enjoy a blend of beach relaxation and entertainment.
  • Savannah, GA Near the coast, Savannah offers a historical backdrop to a relaxing beach getaway. Tybee Island, just a short drive away, is perfect for solo travelers seeking a quiet beach day, with the charm of Savannah’s historic squares and delicious Southern cuisine waiting upon return.
  • Naples, FL Known for its pristine beaches, luxury shopping, and golf courses, Naples is a slice of paradise on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Its calm waters and beautiful sunsets make it a perfect spot for solo travelers seeking peace and luxury.
  • Cape Cod, MA Cape Cod is a quintessential New England getaway with its quaint villages, seafood shacks, and scenic beaches. The Cape Cod National Seashore offers miles of unspoiled coastline ideal for introspective walks and rejuvenation.

Each of these beach destinations offers something unique for the solo female traveler. Whether it’s the vibrant energy of Miami or the serene charm of Cape Cod, there’s a beach getaway to suit every preference and style of travel.

Nature Escapes: Solitude Amongst Splendor

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  • Yosemite National Park, CA Yosemite is a solo traveler’s wonderland, known for its majestic landscapes that include towering waterfalls, giant sequoias, and striking rock formations like El Capitan. The park offers well-organized tours perfect for solo explorers, allowing you to immerse yourself in nature while feeling safe and connected.
  • Asheville, NC Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The city itself exudes a bohemian vibe, while the surrounding wilderness offers endless opportunities for hiking, biking, and exploring the beauty of the Appalachians. The close-knit community vibe makes it welcoming for solo visitors.
  • Sedona, AZ Sedona’s stunning red rock scenery is more than just a feast for the eyes; it’s a spiritual retreat. The town is renowned for its energy vortexes, meditation spots, and a plethora of hiking trails. It’s an ideal spot for solo travelers seeking both adventure and inner peace.
  • Glacier National Park, MT Experience the rugged beauty of Glacier National Park with its alpine meadows, clear lakes, and impressive glaciers. This park is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers, offering a sense of solitude and connection with the natural world.
  • Big Sur, CA Big Sur, with its dramatic coastline, offers one of the most breathtaking drives along Highway 1. This area is perfect for solo travelers who enjoy hiking, camping, and witnessing some of the most spectacular ocean vistas in the country.
  • Moab, UT Moab is an adventure hub, famed for its access to both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. It’s a dream destination for those who love rock climbing, mountain biking, and exploring unique geological formations.
  • Olympic National Park, WA Offering a diverse landscape of mountains, forests, and a rugged coastline, Olympic National Park in Washington is a haven for solo explorers. Its vast wilderness provides a serene environment for hiking, wildlife viewing, and finding tranquility.
  • Joshua Tree National Park, CA Joshua Tree’s unique landscape, marked by its namesake Joshua Trees and fascinating rock formations, is a haven for artists, stargazers, and nature lovers. Its serene environment is perfect for camping, hiking, and soul-searching.
  • Acadia National Park, ME Acadia National Park offers a blend of ocean shoreline, wooded areas, and granite peaks like Cadillac Mountain. It’s an east coast gem that provides a peaceful escape with stunning sunrise views, perfect for reflective solo journeys.
  • The Grand Canyon, AZ No list of nature escapes is complete without the Grand Canyon. This immense natural wonder is not just a sight to behold; it offers hiking trails, rafting experiences, and the transformative experience of standing on the edge of an awe-inspiring natural marvel.

Each of these destinations offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature and oneself. From the awe-inspiring grandeur of Yosemite and the Grand Canyon to the spiritual tranquility of Sedona, these nature escapes are perfect for solo female travelers seeking both adventure and reflection.

Cultural Hotspots: Immersion in America’s Rich Tapestry

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  • New Orleans, LA New Orleans is a cultural jewel, known for its unique music scene, rich history, and friendly atmosphere. From the lively streets of the French Quarter to the soulful rhythms of jazz in Marigny, the city exudes a charm that’s especially welcoming to solo travelers. The blend of French, African, and Spanish influences makes it a melting pot of culture and cuisine.
  • Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe is a haven for art lovers and those interested in indigenous cultures. Its artistic community, Pueblo-style architecture, and scenic beauty create a serene yet vibrant atmosphere. The city is also a gateway to understanding Native American heritage, with numerous museums and cultural centers.
  • Washington D.C. The nation’s capital is a treasure trove of national museums, monuments, and cultural events. For a solo traveler, Washington D.C. offers a mix of education and inspiration, with landmarks like the Smithsonian Museums, the National Mall, and a calendar packed with cultural events and festivals.
  • New York City, NY The cultural diversity of New York City is unmatched. From Broadway shows and world-class museums to diverse neighborhoods like Chinatown and Harlem, the city offers a cultural smorgasbord for the curious solo traveler.
  • Chicago, IL Chicago’s cultural scene is as robust as its architecture. The city offers a rich array of experiences from the Art Institute of Chicago to the vibrant blues clubs and the renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Its cultural offerings are as diverse as its neighborhoods.
  • Nashville, TN Nashville, the heart of country music, is a must-visit for music enthusiasts. The city’s legendary venues like the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame offer a deep dive into the genre, while the vibrant local music scene in honky-tonks provides a lively backdrop for solo exploration.
  • Philadelphia, PA Rich in American history and culture, Philadelphia is home to iconic sites like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. The city also boasts a thriving arts scene, with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and vibrant street art throughout the city.
  • San Francisco, CA San Francisco’s cultural landscape is as diverse as its population. The city is home to renowned institutions like the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and unique neighborhoods like the Mission District, known for its vibrant street art and cultural festivals.
  • Austin, TX Austin’s slogan, “Keep Austin Weird,” speaks to its eclectic cultural vibe. Known for its live music scene, the city also hosts numerous cultural events, including the famous South by Southwest festival, making it a dynamic destination for solo travelers.
  • Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles is not just the center of the film industry; it’s a melting pot of cultures. Explore world-class museums like the Getty Center, experience the diverse culinary scene, and immerse yourself in the vibrant neighborhoods from Koreatown to Venice Beach.

These cultural hotspots offer a rich exploration of America’s diverse artistic, historical, and cultural landscapes. Each city provides unique experiences, from the historic streets of Philadelphia to the vibrant music scene in Nashville, making them perfect for solo female travelers seeking cultural enrichment.

Wellness and Relaxation: Nurturing Body and Soul

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  • Sedona, AZ Sedona is a sanctuary for those seeking spiritual rejuvenation. Known for its stunning red rocks and vortexes, it offers a unique combination of natural beauty and spiritual retreats. Solo travelers can indulge in yoga, meditation, and holistic therapies while basking in the serene landscape.
  • Palm Springs, CA Palm Springs, a desert oasis, is synonymous with relaxation and luxury. Its numerous spas, hot springs, and wellness resorts provide the perfect setting for solo travelers to unwind. The city’s mid-century modern architecture and stunning mountain backdrop add to the tranquil experience.
  • Boulder, CO Boulder is an ideal destination for those who find wellness in nature and community. The city offers a plethora of outdoor activities like hiking and biking, complemented by a wellness-focused community that embraces healthy living, mindfulness, and holistic health practices.
  • Asheville, NC Asheville, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a haven for relaxation and arts. The city’s laid-back vibe, coupled with its wellness retreats, yoga studios, and natural hot springs, makes it a great spot for solo travelers seeking a peaceful getaway.
  • Kauai, HI Kauai, the “Garden Isle,” is a paradise for nature lovers and wellness enthusiasts. Its lush landscapes, tranquil beaches, and numerous wellness retreats offer a perfect environment for meditation, yoga, and self-reflection, allowing solo travelers to connect with nature and themselves.
  • Ojai, CA Ojai is a small town known for its artistic community and spiritual offerings. With its scenic beauty, yoga retreats, and focus on organic living, Ojai provides a peaceful retreat for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.
  • Santa Fe, NM In addition to its cultural richness, Santa Fe is also a center for holistic wellness. The city’s serene environment, along with its spas, art therapy workshops, and natural beauty, offers a restorative experience for solo travelers.
  • Joshua Tree, CA Joshua Tree is not just a stunning national park but also a destination for wellness and spiritual retreats. The desert’s vastness and silence provide an ideal setting for yoga, meditation, and star gazing, offering a unique escape from the outside world.
  • Maui, HI Maui, with its breathtaking landscapes and tranquil beaches, is a perfect destination for rejuvenation. The island offers wellness retreats, yoga on the beach, and the healing properties of the ocean, making it a peaceful haven for solo travelers.
  • Taos, NM Taos, known for its enchanting landscapes and artistic community, also offers a serene environment for wellness. The town’s spas, hot springs, and yoga studios, set against the backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, provide a tranquil setting for relaxation and self-discovery.

These destinations blend natural beauty with wellness-focused experiences, creating perfect retreats for solo female travelers seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. From the spiritual allure of Sedona to the healing beaches of Maui, each location offers a unique opportunity to unwind and reconnect with oneself.

Adventure and Outdoor Activities: For the Bold and the Brave

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  • Moab, UT Moab is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise, offering a rugged landscape that’s perfect for outdoor sports. From the awe-inspiring Arches National Park to the thrilling white-water rafting on the Colorado River, Moab provides endless adventures for the solo traveler seeking an adrenaline rush in a spectacular setting.
  • Anchorage, AK Anchorage is your gateway to the wild, untamed beauty of Alaska. It’s a place where solo travelers can immerse themselves in wilderness adventures, from glacier hiking to wildlife viewing. The city offers easy access to stunning national parks and unique experiences like dog sledding and Northern Lights viewing.
  • Portland, OR Portland combines vibrant city life with a plethora of outdoor adventures. Nestled in the shadow of Mount Hood and close to the Columbia River Gorge, the city is a hub for hiking, biking, and kayaking enthusiasts. It’s perfect for those who want a mix of urban exploration and natural escapades.
  • Boulder, CO Boulder is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts with its stunning mountain backdrop and an active community. The city offers easy access to hiking trails, rock climbing spots, and mountain biking paths, making it ideal for solo travelers who love to stay active.
  • Asheville, NC Asheville, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is an outdoor lover’s dream. The area is rich in hiking trails, whitewater rafting, and mountain biking opportunities, all complemented by the city’s vibrant arts and music scene.
  • Jackson Hole, WY Jackson Hole is a gateway to adventure, offering access to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone. It’s a haven for hiking, skiing, and wildlife watching, providing a rugged and unforgettable outdoor experience for solo adventurers.
  • Sedona, AZ While Sedona is renowned for its spiritual and wellness retreats, it’s also a hotspot for outdoor activities. The red rock landscape is a playground for hiking, mountain biking, and off-roading adventures.
  • Lake Tahoe, CA/NV Straddling California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. In winter, it’s all about skiing and snowboarding, while summer brings hiking, kayaking, and water sports in the crystal-clear waters of the lake.
  • The Florida Keys, FL The Florida Keys offer a tropical adventure with a unique blend of outdoor activities. Solo travelers can enjoy snorkeling in the coral reefs, kayaking through mangroves, and even swimming with dolphins in this island paradise.
  • Acadia National Park, ME Acadia National Park, located on the rugged coast of Maine, offers a diverse range of outdoor activities. From rock climbing on Cadillac Mountain to kayaking along the coastline, it’s a stunning destination for those who love the great outdoors.

These destinations are perfect for solo female travelers looking to quench their thirst for adventure and outdoor activities . From the desert landscapes of Moab and Sedona to the icy wilderness of Anchorage, each location offers its own unique set of thrilling experiences. Whether it’s hiking, biking, skiing, or kayaking, these spots provide ample opportunities for adventure and self-discovery in the great outdoors.

Quaint Towns and Small Cities: Discovering America’s Hidden Gems

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  • Savannah, GA Savannah captivates with its historic charm, draped in Spanish moss and Southern hospitality. The city’s cobblestone streets, historic squares, and welcoming atmosphere make it a perfect destination for solo travelers seeking a mix of history, culture, and relaxation.
  • Burlington, VT Burlington, nestled on the shores of Lake Champlain, embodies the essence of New England charm. This small city with a big heart is known for its vibrant arts scene, local craft breweries, and stunning lakefront beauty, offering a peaceful yet engaging experience for solo visitors.
  • Aspen, CO Aspen is renowned for its world-class skiing, but this small town offers much more. With a bustling cultural scene, including music festivals and art galleries, plus breathtaking natural beauty year-round, Aspen is a delightful destination beyond the slopes.
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA This picturesque town on the California coast is a storybook setting come to life. Carmel-by-the-Sea, with its fairy-tale cottages, art galleries, and beautiful beaches, offers a peaceful and inspiring getaway for the solo traveler.
  • St. Augustine, FL As the oldest city in the U.S., St. Augustine is steeped in history and Spanish colonial architecture. Its charming streets, historical landmarks, and friendly locals make it a fascinating destination for those interested in American history and culture.
  • Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz offers a unique blend of a laid-back beach town and cultural experiences. With its historic boardwalk, stunning beaches, and a vibrant community of artists and musicians, it’s an ideal spot for solo travelers looking for a relaxed yet culturally rich experience.
  • Telluride, CO Telluride, set in a box canyon surrounded by majestic mountains, is as beautiful as it is culturally rich. Known for its famous film and music festivals and outdoor activities like hiking and skiing, it’s a perfect year-round destination for solo adventurers.
  • Eureka Springs, AR This Victorian town in the Ozarks is known for its well-preserved architecture, winding streets, and eclectic shopping scene. Eureka Springs is a quaint and quirky town that offers a warm welcome to solo travelers.
  • Portsmouth, NH Portsmouth is a historic seaport with a vibrant arts scene and rich maritime history. The town’s picturesque parks, historic homes, and friendly local eateries provide a charming and relaxed atmosphere for solo visitors.
  • Frederick, MD Frederick is a hidden gem with its historic downtown, vibrant arts community, and scenic beauty. The city’s Civil War history, coupled with its modern arts and dining scene, make it a fascinating stop for solo explorers looking for a blend of history and contemporary culture.

These quaint towns and small cities across the USA are perfect for solo female travelers who seek charming, less crowded destinations with unique character and rich cultural experiences. From the historic streets of Savannah to the artistic vibrancy of Burlington, each location offers a welcoming and enriching environment for solo adventures.

Empowering Your Solo Journey: Tips and Resources for the Solo Female Traveler

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Traveling solo as a female can be an empowering and transformative experience. However, it’s important to approach it with preparation and mindfulness. Here’s a guide to help you navigate your solo adventures with confidence and ease.

Safety Tips for Solo Female Travelers

  • Research Your Destination: Before you go, research the safety, local customs, and cultural norms of your destination. Knowledge is power, and understanding the area helps in making informed decisions.
  • Stay Connected: Always let someone know your itinerary and check in regularly. Utilize apps that allow you to share your location with trusted contacts.
  • Trust Your Instincts: If something doesn’t feel right, trust your gut. Your intuition is a powerful tool in assessing situations and people.
  • Blend In: Try to blend in with the locals to avoid drawing unnecessary attention. Dress appropriately for the culture and environment you are in.
  • Secure Your Belongings: Use bags with secure closures and consider using anti-theft backpacks or purses. Be cautious of displaying expensive equipment or jewelry.
  • Stay Sober: Keep a clear mind. If you choose to drink, do so moderately and always keep an eye on your drink.
  • Prepare for Emergencies: Keep a list of emergency contacts, including local emergency services and your country’s embassy or consulate.

Solo Travel Resources (websites, apps, communities)

  • Websites: Sites like Solo Traveler, JourneyWoman, and She Travels offer tips, destination guides, and advice specifically for solo female travelers.
  • Apps: Safety apps like bSafe and TripWhistle can enhance your security, while travel apps like SoloTraveller connect you with other solo travelers.
  • Communities: Online communities and forums such as the Solo Female Traveler Network on Facebook or Meetup groups can offer support, meet-ups, and shared experiences.

Packing Tips for Solo Travel

  • Pack Light: Aim for a mix of versatile clothing that can be layered and is suitable for various occasions. This makes your luggage easy to manage and transport.
  • Essentials Only: Prioritize essentials and travel-sized items. Remember, most things can be purchased locally if needed.
  • Organize: Use packing cubes or compression bags to keep your belongings organized and save space.
  • Safety Items: Pack a door stopper for added security in hotel rooms and a portable charger for your electronic devices.
  • Health and Hygiene: Include a basic first-aid kit, prescription medications, and hygiene products. Sunscreen and insect repellent are also crucial depending on your destination.
  • Copy Important Documents: Keep digital and physical copies of important documents like your passport, ID, and insurance information.

Traveling solo as a female is an enriching experience that comes with unique challenges. By following these safety tips, utilizing resources, and packing smart, you can enjoy your adventures with peace of mind and a sense of preparedness.

Embracing the Adventure: A Celebration of Solo Travel in the USA

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As our journey through the best solo female travel destinations in the USA comes to a close, it’s clear that the United States is a tapestry of diverse and rich experiences, each unique in its own right. From the pulsating streets of New York City to the serene red rocks of Sedona, the USA offers a multitude of destinations that cater to every taste, interest, and desire for adventure.

The urban allure of cities like San Francisco and Chicago provides a playground for those who thrive in the hustle and bustle of city life, offering cultural experiences, culinary delights, and a chance to blend into the vibrant tapestry of America’s cities. On the other hand, the tranquil beaches of Miami and Honolulu present an idyllic escape for those seeking solace and relaxation by the sea.

For the nature enthusiasts, destinations like Yosemite National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains beckon with their breathtaking landscapes and endless opportunities for exploration. The call of the wild in places like Moab and Anchorage offers a different kind of thrill, where the ruggedness of nature challenges and invigorates the spirit.

The cultural richness of New Orleans, Santa Fe, and Washington D.C. offers a deep dive into the history, art, and soul of America . These cities are not just places to visit; they are experiences to be lived, offering stories and memories that linger long after the journey ends.

The quaint charm of small towns like Savannah and Burlington provides a glimpse into America’s heart, where the pace is slower but the experience is no less enriching. These destinations invite solo travelers to immerse themselves in the local community, to find comfort in the familiarity of small-town life.

This guide has also highlighted the importance of wellness and relaxation, with destinations like Sedona and Palm Springs offering a sanctuary for rejuvenation and self-reflection.

As a solo female traveler, the journey through these destinations is not just about the places you visit; it’s about the empowerment that comes with stepping out on your own. It’s about the growth that occurs when you navigate new environments, the confidence built with each solo decision, and the freedom that comes from being your own guide.

So, to all the intrepid women out there, take this guide as a starting point for your own adventure. Embrace the diversity and richness of these destinations. Let the stories of these places inspire you, the beauty overwhelm you, and the experiences change you. Solo travel in the USA is a journey of discovery, not just of places, but of yourself. Embrace the adventure, embrace the empowerment, and most importantly, embrace every moment of your solo journey.

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Updated: 12 March 2024

Planning first time solo female travel is overwhelming even if you feel super excited at the same time. To tell you the truth, I still vividly remember my first solo trip to Scotland. My flight was delayed due to thunderstorms. I already hate flying.

Let me tell you … listening to thunder rumble in the distance did absolutely nothing to soothe my nerves. 

As I sat on the tarmac, my heart vibrating against my ribcage, I couldn’t help but wonder if I had made a huge mistake booking a ticket for one, and if the blog posts that I had read about the gloriousness of solo travel were actually a bunch of exaggerated and commercialized lies.

Obviously,  the blog posts weren’t exaggerated or commercialized lies, and I loved solo travel so so so much that I now dedicate an entire site to it (ta da!).

So, whether you live in the United States or are an international visitor, traveling alone for the first time might feel pretty darn scary. Solo travel anxiety is real. I wanted to put together this list of first time solo female travel destinations USA to give you a place to begin your research. 

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15 First Time Solo Female Travel Destinations USA

Let’s dive into the list!

For these 13 first time solo female travel destinations USA, I tried to pick a combination of places. Massive cities and smaller towns. Popular tourism destinations and hidden gems.

As a writer, I wanted to do my best to appeal to all sorts of travelers, because even if it’s your first time traveling alone , we’re all different in our preferences and wanted to hit everything, haha. For additional help, I wrote a guide all about the most important solo travel essentials , so you don’t make any rookie mistakes. 

I hope these destinations encourage you to buy that ticket and embark on your first big solo trip to the United States. Have fun reading! 

New York City, New York

Obviously I would start off with New York City, haha. New York City is worth visiting, no matter what you see in the news.

New York City is one of my favorite cities in the world. And solo female travel in New York City will make you feel like you can do and be anything. The “can do!” atmosphere seeps into your very soul.

For a city of its size, New York City is also pretty safe, especially near the big tourist attractions in Manhattan. I’ve never once felt uncomfortable exploring Central Park or walking over the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Furthermore, as a solo traveler in New York, your trip has endless possibilities. You can shop til you drop on Fifth Avenue, do neighborhood specific food tours, see a Broadway play, endlessly explore art museums, and so much more. 

I love New York City. Love it. I’ve written some great tips for your first time visiting New York , but I’m sure you’ll be back again (solo or not), because you never run out of things to see and do in the Big Apple.

solo travel new york city is worth it for the sunsets

Where To Stay in New York

  • Hotel 50 Bowery:   A fun and beautiful Lower East Side boutique hotel with an enjoyable rooftop bar. See prices on |  
  • Hotel Indigo Lower East Side: A funky and artistic hotel with some great skyline views of Manhattan. See prices on |  
  • Pod Hotel in Times Square:   A relaxing and reasonably priced hotel that is located very close to Midtown’s major attractions. See prices on |  

happy at the golden gate bridge

San Francisco, California 

San Francisco is another iconic American city. Unsurprisingly, solo travel in San Francisco is a wonderful option for new travelers, because of the city’s fantastic tourism infrastructure.

You could spend 6 days in San Francisco , soaking up the energy, or stay for a quick weekend. It’s a versatile place.

For example, San Francisco is home to several local tour companies. You can sign up for walking tours in certain neighborhoods ( pack comfortable shoes and clothes! ) or day trips out in Muir Woods or the wine counties. And you don’t have to worry about planning! The guide does all the hard work for you! 

Like New York, it’s not difficult to navigate San Francisco without the headache of a rental car. Rideshares are everywhere, and you can also ride the famous cable cars up and down San Francisco’s beautiful hills. What’s not to love?

walk lots of hills with 6 days in san francisco

Where To Stay in San Francisco

  • Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf: This adorable lifestyle hotel is smack in the middle of San Francisco’s most popular tourist areas. You couldn’t ask for a better location. See prices on |  
  • Green Tortoise Hostel San Francisco:   Need a top notch hostel where you’ll meet new travel buddies? Look no further than Green Tortoise Hostel. See prices on |  
  • White Swan Inn:   This British-inspired boutique hotel is in a classy area, and the rooms will make you feel like a princess. My favorite place in San Francisco! See prices on |  

gather kitchen is a great place to eat in berkeley

Berkeley, California

Let’s take a break to talk about some smaller cities.

For solo travelers who are already heading to San Francisco and seeking to extend their stay, I recommend taking a couple of days to explore nearby Berkeley. I’m sure all of you are familiar with UC Berkeley, but even though the college campus is fascinating and worthy of a visit, the city of Berkeley has even more activities that solo travelers are able to take part in. 

As a solo traveler in Berkeley , I suggest trying local restaurants, poking around unique shops, such as Moe’s Books, taking pictures in the botanical gardens, and hanging out on the marina.You’ll feel right at home! The locals are friendly and interesting, too, so don’t be afraid to chat with a gallery owner or a bartender! 

check out this stunning pool with a weekend in berkeley

Where To Stay in Berkeley

  • Aiden By Best Western:   The perfect Berkeley hotel! Has one of the most relaxing and scenic rooftops that I’ve ever experienced! See prices on |  

First Time Solo Female Travel Destinations USA: austin texas is fantastic

Austin, Texas

Texas is one of the largest states in the US. Austin, obviously, does not represent all of Texas, especially due to the number of transplants who call this city “home.”

Despite not being the most “authentic” Texan city, Austin is still a wonderful and funky place for solo travelers to explore. For example, Austin is home to plenty of social and fun hostels that won’t make you feel as if you’re traveling alone, but with a bunch of a new friends instead!

Austin is packed with activities perfect for solo travelers, too. For example, go shopping in South Congress and spend tons of money without anyone judging you. Or partake in food truck hopping without needing to share your breakfast tacos or homemade donuts. Chill out on the University of Texas campus, and pretend you’re a college student again, or get lost inside Austin’s endless museums. The options are limitless! 

solo travel in austin is an enjoyable experience

Where To Stay In Austin

  • Firehouse Hostel:   This classy hostel has a perfect downtown location and even a cocktail bar. See prices on  
  • Hotel San Jose: A highly rated 2 star hotel not too far from Austin’s famous South Congress Avenue. See prices on |  
  • tommie Austin:   Are you looking for a quirky boutique hotel that truly embodies Austin’s “weirdness?” Then look no further than tommie Austin. See prices on   and

solo travel in seattle took me to mt. rainier

Seattle, Washington

Another major city that offers the perfect blend of nature and urban life is Seattle in Washington State. Solo travel in Seattle means lots of unique museums, such as the Museum of Pop which is one of my favorite museums of all time, and day trips to scenic national parks, such as impressive Mount Rainier.

What I especially liked about the organized day trips is that cell service isn’t very reliable at Mount Rainier, and having a knowledge guide kept me feeling safe and happy! 

As a solo traveler, I love Seattle for its moderate weather, especially since I had to do a ton of walking around the city. You won’t sweat buckets climbing the city’s hills. Like Austin, Seattle has a lot of friendly and fun hostels, so it’s easy to make fast friends with other travelers in this city.

solo female travel in seattle at pike place

Where To Stay in Seattle

  • Hotel Hotel Hostel:   Fremont is my favorite area in Seattle and offers more of a neighborhood experience. This hostel is perfect for more mature solo travelers. See prices on  
  • Hyatt Regency Seattle:   Hyatts have some of my favorite properties throughout the world. You always know you’re getting a solid and reliable product, and this Hyatt Regency is comfortable, safe, and in a great location. Perfect for a solo traveler. See prices on and
  • Lotte Hotel Seattle:   Do you want a bit of luxury on your solo trip? Look no further than here. See prices on |  

weekend trip in charleston sc at rainbow row

Charleston, South Carolina

Are you a major foodie who wants to travel alone for the first time in the USA? Then you absolutely need to visit Charleston in South Carolina. Oh my goodness, I’m totally smitten with Charleston. The food is to die for. 

As a solo traveler in Charleston , I recommend reading about all the incredible restaurants ahead of time, and find a couple with comfortable bar seating. Treat yourself to savory Lowcountry cuisine, such as shrimp and grits, and pretend calories don’t exist for the duration of your stay here. You will eat. You will eat  a whole lot.

Charleston is also remarkably walkable with a ton of wonderful museums and local historical homes that you can visit without the added headache of renting your own car. Win/win!

shrimp and grits in charleston

Where To Stay in Charleston

  • Indigo Inn:   A beautiful historic inn that’s nestled right in the heart of Charleston. See prices on |  
  • Hyatt Place Charleston-Historic District: I looooooove Hyatt Places. I like having the extra space in the room, as well as the reasonable prices for a great product. See prices on and
  • Not So Hostel:   Charleston’s only hostel is clean and comfortable, and in a good location. See prices on  

with a weekend in savannah, you will see lots of spanish moss

Savannah, Georgia 

Savannah has a similar vibe to Charleston except it’s a little more laid back. The Historic District is very compact and walkable, and perfectly safe to explore on your own. 

Not to mention, if ghosts fascinate you, then Savannah is the perfect destination for you, because it’s known as America’s Most Haunted City. Come and see for yourself. Even if you’re not a believer, you’ll learn a lot of history!

Finally Savannah is known as The Hostess City. People here are very, very, very nice, and solo travelers are warmly embraced rather than shunned. You won’t feel at all out of place in Savannah. If anything, you will leave the city with new friends and beautiful memories. 

So take a solo trip to Savannah if you want to experience a friendly Southern city with a bit of an edge to it. 

savannah has so many stunning townhomes

Where To Stay in Savannah

  • Andaz Savannah:   A trendy boutique hotel that is right in Savannah’s stunning Historic District. See prices on |  
  • Hyatt Regency Savannah:   I really and truly loved the location for this Hyatt. You overlook the river, and can easily wander down to River Street. I couldn’t stop looking out my window! See prices on and
  • The Thunderbird Inn:   Need an affordable option in Savannah that isn’t in the middle of nowhere? Then check out quirky Thunderbird Inn! See prices on |  

see all the lighthouses when traveling to portland alone

Portland, Maine

Another small city gem with a blossoming food scene is Portland in Maine. Solo travel in Portland Maine will make your stomach very happy, especially if you love fresh seafood from the north Atlantic Ocean. You have plenty of food truck and bar options, so you don’t feel awkward asking for a “table for one.”

Portland’s iconic lighthouses are also all within a quick Uber ride from the downtown core. So, as a solo traveler, it’s easy for you to escape to Maine’s spectacular coastline without too much planning on your part. 

Last but not least, I personally felt very safe exploring Portland Maine for 3 days . Feeling at ease is very important as a first time solo traveler, and I promise in Portland that you won’t have to worry too much about crime, beyond the usual common sense street smarts. 

with a long weekend in portland maine go shopping

Where To Stay in Portland

  • Black Elephant Hostel:   A relaxed and welcoming hostel with a large common room that makes it easy to make new friends. See prices on  
  • Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port:   Another high quality Hyatt Place hotel for your solo travels to Portland. This hotel is right on the water, which makes it an ideal choice for a solo adventure. See prices on and

first time solo female travelers should go to madison

Madison, Wisconsin 

Madison Wisconsin is home to the state’s gorgeous Capitol building and largest university. Madison surprised and delighted me. I think Madison is another perfect solo travel destination because the locals here are just so friendly and welcoming and kind. I struck up many conversations that warmed my heart. 

Furthermore, Madison has a wide variety of activities that surround its beautiful and expansive lakes. Watch the sunset from shore, sign up for a lake cruise, or go kayaking. Not to mention, Madison is a thriving cultural hub with multiple museums that a solo traveler is able to spend hours learning about the city. 

For new solo travelers, Madison is literally perfect.

philadelphia visitors guide

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Let’s shift back to larger cities for a moment. Any history buff traveling alone should consider Philadelphia for their first ever solo US vacation.

After all, Philadelphia is widely considered one of the birthplaces of our nation. Visit Independence Hall and the Constitution Center to learn all about the founding of the United States. You can even take a nearby day trip to Valley Forge. 

Even if you’re not a huge history buff, Philadelphia has plenty of great neighborhoods to explore, tons of local food options (Reading Terminal Market, anyone?), and sporting events all throughout the year! Highly recommend. 

Worried family and friends

Where To Stay in Philadelphia

  • Apple Hostels of Philadelphia:   A hostel that is right in Old City so you can see and do everything without much hassle. See prices on |  
  • The Bellevue Hotel : This hotel is a historical landmark in a beautiful Center City location. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to the gilded age. See prices on and .
  • The Maj Hotel: A boutique hotel for all my art lovers! This hotel is super close to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. See prices on |  

setting personal boundaries yay

Marco Island, Florida 

Are you seeking a tropical getaway as your first time solo trip in the US? Then I recommend venturing down to Marco Island in Florida. You might not find the same party scene as Miami, but Marco Island is ideal for travelers who just want to kick back and relax ( pack alllll the swimsuits and flip-flips and beachy stuff ). 

Marco Island still has plenty of things to see and do, though.   For example, you can learn how to jet ski or learn about wildlife at nearby Everglades National Park. Like the other destinations, Marco Island has a strong tourist infrastructure in place, so book yourself on a tour to connect with other visitors. 

However, if you just want to soak up the sun and float in the Gulf of Mexico, I don’t blame you. Relaxation is so important to everyone, and this magical island is certainly the place to do just that. 

so many glorious hikes around scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona

Do you want desert scenery, lots of art galleries, and plenty of spa-treatments?

Then you need to do a solo trip to Scottsdale in Arizona . Located super close to Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport, Scottsdale makes visiting Arizona a breeze. The Old Town is very pedestrian friendly and packed with museums, spas, restaurants, galleries, and so much much. 

Plus gorgeous nature surrounds Scottsdale. Solo travelers are able to book a guided hike to see the sunrise or sunset in the desert. It’s an intimate and beautiful experience, and one that I highly recommend to everyone. 

Want to add another great experience to you trip? Take a day to experience a solo trip to Grand Canyon National Park . You’ll be blown away.

be sure to visit all the galleries with 48 hours in scottsdale

Where to Stay in Scottsdale

  • Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows:   This central oasis is right in the shadow of Camelback Mountain, but still minutes away from downtown Scottsdale. This resort offers the best of both worlds. See prices on and
  • Hyatt House Scottsdale-Old Town: I stayed at this property and adored it. The price was reasonable in comparison to surrounding hotels, and as a solo traveler, I felt very safe and happy. See prices on and
  • Royal Palms Resort and Spa: This absolutely stunning resort was once a 1920s-era winter home. Perfect for the solo traveler who wants to splurge. See prices on and

a weekend getaway in cape may

Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May girls weekends are super popular, but this Victorian seaside resort town is a delightful place to take a solo trip. If you visit in summer, you’re able to spend hours lounging on the beach with a captivating book, but Cape May is a great spot to visit any time of the year. 

In Cape May, you’re able to tour a local brewery, visit small independent museums, learn history on trolley tours, and eat fresh dinners at swanky hotel bars. I highly recommend Cape May for a solo traveler who wants to escape reality for a weekend and pamper herself to the fullest extent.

Is it cheap? Perhaps not, but Cape May is so worth visiting , I promise you! 

solo travel in grand rapids on a beautiful day

Grand Rapids, Michigan 

Are you shocked at the inclusion of Grand Rapids on this list? After all, Grand Rapids isn’t a city that you necessarily encounter on lists about the best destinations to travel alone in the United States. However, Grand Rapids is a hidden gem for solo travel.

I was pleasantly surprised at all the wonderful things to do alone in Grand Rapids and especially recommend this smaller city as a weekend summer escape. In particular, Grand Rapids is a fun location if you enjoy unique breweries, such as Speciation Cellars and Brewery Vivant. 

Not to mention, I met a lot of friendly people in Grand Rapids at the museums, in botanical gardens, and in the parks. You’ll have a nice time, and I think this is an excellent choice for solo travelers who are new to venturing out on their own.

solo travel in grand rapids means lots of shopping

Where to Stay in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids has plenty of hotel options for you to enjoy as a solo traveler. On my visit, I stayed in the fancy and gorgeous  Amway Grand Plaza Hotel , which was the perfect choice for me. I had beautiful views of the river (and The Gerald R. Ford Museum), and loved watching the sunset every night from my room. 

boats in san juan pr

San Juan, PR

Okay, this one is technically cheating a little bit, since we’re in the Caribbean Sea, but San Juan is fantastic for solo travel . I loved every moment of my trip there. You’ll find so many wonderful things to see and do alone, and San Juan is very easy to navigate with relatively affordable rideshares. 

I also think San Juan has strong tourism infrastructure for visitors coming alone. It doesn’t matter if you are a veteran solo traveler or exploring new cities for the very first time.

For example, do you want to explore the nearby El Yunque National Forest? A fully guided tour will take you on hikes and swims. How about a visit to see Casa BACARDÍ? Ubers run frequently to the factory where you can enjoy a friendly rum-tasting tour in the comfort of a group. And if you just wanna chill near the pool, no shame. San Juan is perfect for relaxation.

Personally, I loved spending 24 hours in San Juan and know you will feel the same way as a solo traveler.

24 hours in san juan is short but still go into the pool

Where to Stay in San Juan

  • Caribe Hilton:   The home of the original frozen Pina Colada (supposedly), Caribe Hilton has a great pool and beach, and also is very close to the airport, making a great choice for one day in San Juan. See prices on  and  
  • Candado Vanderbilt Hotel:   If you want to splurge, then you ought to check out Puerto Rico’s first luxury hotel, which was opened in 1919. This resort is only five miles away from the airport. See prices on  and
  • DREAMCATCHER By DW:   Looking for something a bit smaller but still wonderful? DREAMCATCHER by DW is the perfect little boutique hotel that’s only a block from the beach. See prices on  and

looking happy in Fremont Seattle

Essentials for First Time Solo Female Travel in USA

I hope you have some wonderful ideas for your upcoming first time travels to the United States! To wrap things up, I wanted to include a quick list of all the essentials that you ought to bring on your memorable travels here.

  • Battery-Power Charger:  You don’t want to lose access to phone on your first solo trip, especially if you rely on maps for directions. Have a battery-power charger to keep your phone going all day long. You’ll thank me later.
  • Lightweight Day Pack: I love day packs for solo travel. Tumi’s lightweight day pack will allow you to carry everything without feeling like you have a bulky pile of fabric weighing on your shoulders.
  • Lonely Planet USA: Lonely Planet writes my favorite guidebooks of all time. So, if you still aren’t sure where to go, then grab a   Lonely Planet USA guide to determine the best place for you to travel alone in the USA for the first time!
  • Microfiber Towel:  As a solo traveler, you might opt to stay in hostels. However, not everyone wants to rent their own towels, so I suggest packing a microfiber towel for your trip. You can also use it for picnics in the park and a trip to the beach! 
  • Mirrorless Camera:  If you want a more power camera than your phones, I absolutely recommend investing in a Sony Mirrorless camera . It’s compact and easy to carry, and takes professional photos that you’ll want to share with friends and family.
  • Travel Insurance: As an international traveler, it’s always smart to buy travel insurance ahead of time, especially considering that your home country’s health insurance may not cover you in the United States. 

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Ultimately, solo travel is a delightful soul-searching experience that I believe ever woman should do at least once. I hope you had fun reading all my first time solo female travel destinations USA recommendations! Feel free to share your own with me! 

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Rachel Elizabeth

At 22, I took my first overseas trip to Bermuda. Took a break to follow the "American Dream." Had my self-esteem broken. Embarked on my first solo trip to Scotland at 26. The travel bug dug its way under my skin. I now book multiple trips a year.

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NORTH AMERICA , ROAD TRIP , SOLO , UNITED STATES · October 10, 2016 Last Updated on March 11, 2024


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There is nothing that I love to do more than travel overseas. But since there is so much of my own country that I haven’t yet explored, I decided to take a road trip from New York across the United States (and back) by myself, for two months.

People often argue that they can’t afford to travel or pay for an expensive long haul flight, overlooking what’s on their own doorstep. In this post, I share with you my road trip itinerary and hope to inspire you to explore your own home country.


My solo road trip started in Chicago. I have to admit that I had friends in the city at the time of my travel so I wasn’t there by myself, but I swear for the rest of the trip I was! We did all the touristy things here, saw The Bean  (or Cloud Gate), ate deep dish pizza at Giordano’s , visited the Goose Island Brewery , went to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, and ate a few Chicago dogs along the way (Yes, I like to eat).

My favorite was The Wiener Circle , make sure to go late night so that 1. They can make fun of you and 2. You can get a chocolate milkshake. Warning: you should probably google “wiener circle chocolate shake” before you order it.

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After a few days in Chicago, my solo adventure began. I wanted to visit as many National Parks on this trip as I could. Most parks charge a fee to visit for the day. However, if you are going to visit multiple parks make sure to pick up an  “America the Beautiful” Pass. You will save a lot of money with this pass and it’s good for a year! You can purchase the pass at any park or here.


My first solo stop was The Badlands National Park . The park is over 244,000 acres and home to some of the world’s richest fossil beds. Given the size of the park, I drove around some of it, as and did some hiking. This park was once home to rhino, horse and saber-toothed cats, but now you will find your hikes accompanied by mountain goats, bighorn coats and prairie dogs, along with the occasional bison. There are also rattlesnakes, so beware, but thankfully I did not see any!


Mount Rushmore was up next. It is a must-see, however, you really don’t need much time here. Walk around, take a few pictures, and you are done. But if you get your first ever flat tire here like me (yes, of course, I would get my first flat tire while driving across the country by myself), you might be stuck here a little longer.


However, despite this setback, I still made it to my next destination, Devil’s Tower National Monument , in time to set up camp before nightfall. I tried to camp as much as possible on this road trip, which, as a solo traveler was a bit scary at times but it also helped me save money. I would recommend staying at a KOA Campground : they are family-friendly and have bathrooms and security, which made me feel safer. The KOA at Devil’s Tower  shows the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind  every night!


Onto the  Theodore Roosevelt National Park. My original plan was to drive around the park and find somewhere to hike, however after a few minutes drive into the park, a herd of buffalo decided to take over the road. My two-door Honda Civic was no match for these guys, so I turned my car off, opened up the sunroof, and stood there watching them for hours instead.


Yellowstone National Park was next on my itinerary. I planned on only being here for two days, but discovered that was clearly not enough time to explore the world’s first National Park. I also planned on doing a lot of hiking here, however there was a bear attack a few days prior so I decided it was not a great idea to go hiking here alone, even if I had bear spray. (You should bring a can and can get it here).

Instead, I swam in the Yellowstone Boiling River, (south of the 45th Parallel Bridge, located in the Mammoth area of the park), hiked around Norris Geyser Basin , (the hottest and most changeable thermal area at Yellowstone), and Steamboat Geyser , (the world’s tallest active geyser). I saw the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, waited for Old Faithful to erupt, (which is the most famous geyser in the world), biked to Morning Glory Pool, and drove to Grand Teton National Park .

There’s plenty of wildlife to see in the park, moose, elk, bison, bears, and more. But please remember to keep your distance, they are wild animals! As you can see, there is a lot to do at Yellowstone, so make sure to leave plenty of time in your road trip itinerary to see it all.


Glacier National Park was next on my list. This national park is made up of idyllic forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountain views, and spectacular reflective lakes. Glacier National Park offers a hikers paradise with over 700 miles of trails to explore.

However, I strongly recommend exploring it by horseback , which is a great way to see a lot of park. There are a few different trails you can choose from. I decided on a trail around Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park, followed by a drive up “going to the sun” road.


After exploring the National Parks, I made my way to the West Coast, to my favorite place, San Juan Islands , Washington. The island is beautiful, and the highlight of a trip here is seeing orcas in the wild. I highly recommend taking a whale watching tour to see the orcas. Both Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching  and Spirit of Orca  are good tour options. If you can’t afford to go on a whale watching boat you can head over to Lime Kiln Lighthouse , where the orcas often pass by, offering potential for a sighting from land.

There are only a few hotels on the island, so they can get a bit expensive. If your looking for a cheaper place to stay consider  Wayfarer’s Rest , which offers dorm rooms, private rooms and cabins. For food on the island I recommend Golden Triangle Thai Restaurant  and for seafood, Fridays Crabhouse  is perfectly situated across from the water, offering a great view.


After my island adventures, I started the drive down the Oregon coast. I was sure to stop and spend a day at the beach near Haystack Rock , and check out the tide pools at Ecola State Park , where you will find lots of purple starfish. A stop at Crater Lake National Park is also a must while in Oregon. 7,700 years ago Native Americans witnessed an eruption triggering the collapse of a towering volcano Mount Mazama, creating the caldera of Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the United States at 1,949 feet (594 m).


Once I arrived in Northern California, I was surrounded by the beautiful Redwood Forests and decided to stop at Jedediah Smith Redwood to take them all in. After being amazed by these huge redwoods I decided to move on to the Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, especially exciting for me as I have always been a collector of sea glass. The beach named “Glass Beach” is not what I expected.

Yes, there is more glass here then you could find on a normal beach but after much more research I found out there is a hidden cove to the left of “glass beach” where the entire beach is full of glass. It is hard to find, and is a little bit scary climbing down the cliff, but so worth it!

After a short stint in San Francisco, where I biked over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and took the ferry back to enjoy a bread bowl clam chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf, I made my way back to the National Parks!

I planned one day for Yosemite National Park , which only gave me time to drive around which was a mistake. You should plan to spend a few days at least at all of these parks to fully enjoy them. The next stop I recommend is  Death Valley National Park , straddling the borders of California and Nevada, the park is the hottest, driest and lowest national park in the US. Make sure you have food, water and gas before going into the park, they don’t call it Death Valley for nothing!


Traveling through Southern California I stopped at the Cabazon Dinosaurs (from Pee-Wee Herman), Joshua Tree National Park (no need to venture into the southern end), Salvation Mountain (very cool to see, but getting there was a bit scary alone – I wouldn’t have wanted to get a flat tire out there!, and finally Calico Ghost town, which should be visited early morning or late afternoon, as mid-day is too hot.

In Los Angeles, I spent a lot of time in Griffith Park where you can hike, explore the old zoo, visit the Observatory, and go horseback riding  for a more touristy ride, or Griffith Park Horse Rental for a much cheaper rate. Make sure to visit the Santa Monica Pier, walk along the Venice Beach Boardwalk (and eat  Venice Fish Tacos ), or rent a bike and see both! Finally, it wouldn’t be a trip to LA without stopping at Pink’s (I told you guys I like food!)


I do love the West Coast, but it was time to start heading back east. I drove along the Extraterrestrial Highway to Racheal Nevada/Area 51. There’s really nothing out there except the gates to Area 51 (about an hour and a half ride on a very deserted dirt road) and The Little Aleinn Cafe , but I wouldn’t recommend eating there, considering I saw lizards running out from the kitchen.

I made sure to stop at Antelope Canyon in Arizona, and Horseshoe bend  before I visited the Grand Canyon. There are plenty of ways to see the Grand Canyon and plenty to do, but I chose to take a mule ride down the North Rim. I then stopped at Monument Valley, the absolutely stunning White Sands National Park  and Cadillac Ranch .

The last stop on my trip was Nashville Tennessee, the home of country music. I have just but one request of you if you decide to visit Nashville, stop at the Loveless Cafe , which has been offering chicken and biscuits to visitors to Nashville for over 60 years. You can also check out the Honky Tonk Bars, ( Layla’s is my go-to), or roam around the beautiful Centennial Park .

And that was it. Before I knew it two months had passed, my road trip was over, and I found myself heading back to New York. A female, traveling solo on a two-month adventure, driving through some of the United States most barren lands may sound scary, but I highly recommend considering it! You get to do what you want, when you want and be on your own schedule the entire time. You’ll learn so much about yourself and grow as a person. It’s freeing, it’s empowering, so what are you waiting for?!

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October 20, 2016 at 8:18 am

I’m ashamed to say I’m an American who has yet to road trip across out beautiful (and HUGE) country – will most definitely use this article when I plan that trip :D

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October 20, 2016 at 8:40 am

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April 21, 2019 at 6:18 am

my wife and i have done two road trips this year in the usa , we live in australia

10,000 kms all up , im planning the next one as i type this …… usa is the best place on earth imho

March 31, 2021 at 11:43 am

Kerry, if you update this or post again, I’d love to hear more about your accommodations over those two months, such as if you stayed in hotels and motels or if you did more camping. I’m coming up on my first solo adventure from east coast to west and that’s my biggest concern about going it alone.

From your trip, I’m most excited about adding the Boiling River and Nashville to my agenda, neither of which were originally in the plan.

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6 Best Solo Trips for Women in the USA

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January 26, 2023

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Thinking about traveling alone this year? Looking for places to travel alone?

Whether you’re planning day trips, a weekend getaway, or a more lengthy excursion, solo travel awakens the soul in a totally unique way. The freedom of hitting the road or jet-setting on your own terms is one heck of a thrill — and we’ve got you covered with all the best info about solo trips for women in the US .

The 6 Best Places To Travel Solo In The U.S.

Planning your first solo trip? Experienced solo traveler? These iconic adventure destinations are perfect for getting your boots on the ground (literally) and exploring some of the best-kept gems in the U.S.

Solo travel in the U.S . is amazing, easy, and has TONS of options. Whatever type of solo adventure you’re looking for, be it on the ocean, in the desert, or among the mountains, it’s right here in your backyard! Here are some of the top solo travel destinations in the U.S. for outdoor adventures.

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1 Hike In California's Yosemite National Park

Cali is home to nine scenic national parks, and Yosemite NP is one of the most treasured. One of its best-known features is without a doubt the towering Half Dome. Each year about 50 thousand hikers apply for permits and make the climb over steep rocks and up to 70% grades to reach the top.

The chance to hike Yosemite’s Half Dome is absolutely worth the journey to the west coast. Summer is the best time to make this epic trek, and permits are available on a lottery system beginning in early spring each year.

Climbing Half Dome isn’t for the faint of heart, and it certainly isn’t for beginners — though there are plenty of adventurous ways to take a solo journey without a booty-busting hike! Keep reading for more amazing solo travel for women inspo.

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2 Explore North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park on the East Coast! Its close proximity to metro areas also makes it a great solo USA travel destination . With a major city less than two hours away to the east or west, getting here via public transportation is a breeze.

After exploring hiking trails and taking in breathtaking views along the park’s main roads, find everything from mountain town vibes to live music and all the adorable tourist attractions you can imagine in the historic downtown area of Gatlinburg, Tennessee — five minutes outside the park’s west entrance. Asheville, North Carolina is a vibrant city full of craft breweries, cute coffee shops, fantastic restaurants, and live music venues less than two hours from the Great Smoky Mountains.

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3 Adventure In Las Vegas' Epic Recreation Areas

Viva Las Vegas, baby! is known for wild nightlife and fancy casinos, but it’s also one of the best cities for accessing outdoor adventures. We definitely recommend a day or two taking in the city’s attractions and checking out its vibrant downtown (plus, you have to at least gamble away a buck or two). Once you’ve had your fill, venture outside the city to really see what Nevada’s all about.

Love being on the water? Glen Canyon — home to the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead — is the perfect destination outside the city for paddling and boating. More of a desert dweller? Red Rock Canyon to the west of the city is a rock climber’s paradise and boasts a network of gorgeous hiking trails among the sandstone and rocks.

Does solo female travel to a big city like Vegas sound a little sketchy to you? Join a group of babes who are also interested in solo trips for women in the US! Explorer Chick’s Las Vegas adventure includes ALL the highlights of Sin City and beyond.

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4 Visit Seattle & Washington's National Parks

Seattle is a great city for women traveling solo in the US and is considered pretty darn safe for solo travelers in general. Being situated between the coast and the mountains offers SO many adventure options within reach of “Emerald City,” including three national parks and a network of charming islands to explore in Puget Sound.

Once you’ve had your fill of seafood and seen the fish show at Pike Place Market , tap into the adventure side of your inner solo traveler and check out Washington’s great outdoors!

Mount Rainier National Park is a year-round recreation destination, where you can hike among wildflowers in the summer or snowshoe through gorgeous evergreens in the winter. North Cascades NP is known for its dense forests, glaciated peaks, and towering waterfalls feeding mountain lakes. Camping, hiking, and climbing are popular activities in both of these parks.

Olympic National Park on the coast of Washington has it ALL! Mountains, alpine lakes, and lush rainforest make up this coastal wonder. It also gives you excellent access to aquatic adventures, like sea kayaking among the San Juan islands.

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5 Find BIG Adventure In The Big Apple

New York, New York — so nice they named it twice. Women traveling solo looking for a lowkey adventure will love New York City and its gorgeous skyscrapers, delicious food, and easy-access walking tours (not to mention it’s pretty much food truck heaven). New York has always been a destination city and is a great place to meet other travelers .

Make sure you get to the top of the Empire State Building for the best view of the city. Tour world-class museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History. Treat yo’self to at least one of the delicious restaurants in hot spots like Chelsea or Chinatown. Take a walking tour of Central Park and get a local lesson in American History while enjoying the stunning grounds and natural beauty of preserved areas.

Just a short drive from the beautiful beaches of Long Island and the Hamptons, the largest city in the East is a fantastic place to get your solo United States adventure on for the first time or the tenth time!

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6 Road Trip To Utah's National Parks

Utah is home to five incredible national parks and even more national monuments and historic sites. Utah is one of the best places for women traveling solo in the US for national park buffs since you can visit FIVE in one road trip. Start your adventure in Salt Lake City and check out the views in one of the state parks around Great Salt Lake.

Continue your journey southeast toward Moab , the hub for nearby national parks like Arches and Canyonlands — the first two stops in visiting Utah’s “Mighty Five.” After trekking the trails and seeing the iconic arches and canyons of these two desert gems, make your way west to check out the rugged landscapes of Capitol Reef NP and the towering sandstone hoodoos of Bryce Canyon NP.

The final (and perhaps finest) of the Mighty Five brings you to Zion National Park . Here you can trek iconic trails like Angel’s Landing, The Narrows, The Watchmen, and more. Really want to feel your adrenaline pumping? Zion NP is also a whitewater rafting destination with rivers full of rough currents and challenging rapids — AKA a whole lot of type two fun. Check out local outfitters for guided rafting and other adventures in and around Zion.

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Why women travel solo.

There are many benefits to traveling solo as a woman. For one, it gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace and do whatever you want, whenever you want. You also have the opportunity to meet new people from all over the world and learn about different cultures. And perhaps most importantly, traveling solo can be a truly empowering experience. It’s a chance to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and prove to yourself that you can do anything you set your mind to.

How to Travel Safely as a Woman

While the US is a relatively safe country to travel in, there are a few things you can do to stay safe as a woman traveling alone. Here are a few tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Avoid walking alone at night.
  • Trust your gut instinct. If something feels wrong, it probably is.
  • Keep your valuables close to you.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol.
  • Make a copy of your passport and other important documents and leave them with a trusted friend or family member.

Traveling Solo with Explorer Chick

At Explorer Chick, we believe that solo female travel should be safe, fun, and empowering. That’s why we offer a variety of solo travel trips for women in the USA. Our trips are designed to help you connect with other like-minded women and experience the best of what the country has to offer.

If you’re ready to embark on the solo female travel adventure of a lifetime, check out Explorer Chick’s USA solo travel trips for women today!

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The 15 Best U.S. Cities for Women to Explore Solo

It's all in the research folks: solo travel is the new way to adventure. Better yet, female solo travel is actually the new wave. According to Forbes Magazine , more and more women are choosing to travel around the country, and they're also choosing to do it alone. Learning that there are, in fact, many other solo female travelers like me who have that appetite and hunger to explore, is encouraging and exciting. So where in America are they going? What are the best solo trips for women in the US?

As a veteran female solo traveler, I previously gave travel tips on how to embark on a new solitary adventure safely as a woman . But now that you know what you need to prepare for a solo vacation and what you should be aware of while traveling, it's time to pick where you want to visit!

You don't need anyone else to cross that West Coast road trip off of your bucket list. You can plan and enjoy an entire getaway by yourself, learning a few lessons about self-empowerment and life along the way. So if you're ready to take on the challenge, then check out this travel guide that lists some of the best US cities to visit for solo female travel.

Solo Trips for Women in the US: 15 American Travel Destinations

1. new york city, new york.

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Dive into the embodiment of city life by walking around the Big Apple. As "the City that Never Sleeps," you'll always have something to do, whether it's getting some New York style pizza during the day or catching a broadway show at a historic venue show at night. Learn what it feels like to be a native by taking New York's biggest form of public transportation: the subway.

What to Visit:

  • Joe's Pizza
  • Conservatory Garden
  • Washington Square Park
  • Rough Trade Record Store
  • Freedom Tower
  • 9/11 Memorial
  • Empire State Building
  • Times Square
  • One World Observatory

2. San Francisco, California

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The Bay Area is one of the most charming places with its gorgeous, crisp weather all year round and acting as a melting pot of many diverse cultures. Take the BART public transport up and down the hills of the city, taking in the colorful buildings that closely line the streets. Choose to explore this refreshing city over visiting more overrated tourist spots such as Hollywood in Los Angeles.

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Alcatraz Island
  • Lombard Street
  • Mission Dolores Park

3. Seattle, Washington

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Surrounded by mountains and water, this Pacific Northwest city has an endless amount of things to explore. Foodies can indulge in all the diverse food stalls and venues at markets, and hikers can partake in all kinds of outdoor activities. Grab a good cup of joe to start your day or to refresh you before you take on the nightlife.

  • Space Needle
  • The Gum Wall
  • Fremont Square
  • Elm Coffee Roasters
  • Pike Place Market
  • Museum of Pop Culture
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibition

4. Washington, DC

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A trip to the U.S.A. capital is more underrated than it should be. Yes, there is so much more to see than just the White House, but that's also why it's the perfect place for solo female travel. Its small structure is full of rich, historical architecture that is easy to walk to and from. Not to mention all the impressive museums and how most of them are free of admission.

  • White House
  • The National Mall
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Dumbarton Oaks Park
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  • John F. Kennedy Center
  • Ford's Theater

5. Boston, Massachusetts

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As the oldest city in New England , Boston is actually pretty easy to explore despite its massive structure. Take a walking tour or opt for a trolley tour that will tell you more about the 400-year-old town's history. Gorge on some fresh lobster from the local markets, go hike a heritage trail, or go sail on the waterfront.

  • Freedom Trail
  • Prudential Tower
  • Boston Public Market
  • Boston Common
  • The Public Garden
  • Eventide Fenway
  • Belle Isle Seafood

6. New Orleans, Louisiana

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Embrace Creole and Cajun culture by submerging yourself in this lively city. Try the most tasteful foods as you walk through the historical streets of New Orleans, listening to live blues and jazz music played by bands that sit on the corners. Visit during the city's more popular events like Mardi Gras or the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

  • French Quarter
  • Bourbon Street
  • LaLaurie Mansion
  • Garden District
  • Cafe Du Monde
  • Crescent Park
  • New Orleans African American Museum

7. Portland, Oregon

As one of the more artsy cities in the Pacific Northwest, Portland is the perfect place for a combined nature-loving and trendy experience. You can choose to hike through the lush, green parks or head into town for a coffee or local beer. Although the surrounding nature areas are what make Portland physically gorgeous, the city makes up for its appearance with its lively culture.

  • Forest Park
  • Pearl District
  • Pine State Biscuits
  • Fifty Licks
  • International Rose Test Garden
  • Shanghai Tunnels
  • Powell's City of Books
  • Multnomah Whiskey Library

8. Charleston, South Carolina

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Escape to Charleston for a quieter getaway, immersing yourself in the city's elegant architecture and history. Recharge near the water by relaxing on a beach or going on one of the many boating and sailing tours. Wander around the city's prominent historical sites, where you can learn more about where the first shots of the Civil War rang out.

  • The Battery
  • Isle of Palms County Park
  • Sullivan's Island
  • Folly Beach
  • The Aiken-Rhett House Museum
  • Angel Oak Park
  • Drayton Hall
  • Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

9. Honolulu, Hawaii

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If you're really trying to take a break from real life, then Hawaii is a great option for you. With all the diverse nationalities living on the state's islands, you'll find a different culture than what you're used to on the mainland. Honolulu is an urban oasis where you can enjoy the vastly gorgeous landscapes while seeing all the main city has to offer. Keep in mind that this isn't a place for a quick day trip!

  • Diamond Head
  • Pearl Harbor
  • The Iolani Palace
  • Manoa Falls
  • Waikiki Beach
  • Leonard's Bakery
  • Polynesian Cultural Center

10. Miami, Florida

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Las Vegas might be your first choice if you want to go where the parties are, but why not try Miami instead? Artsy and cultural, Miami has more to offer along with its prolific nightlife. Get a gourmet Cuban sandwich and intake the culture on the beaches, or dive into the street art and performances by walking around.

  • South Beach
  • Sriracha House
  • Little Havana
  • Wynwood Walls
  • Everglades National Park
  • Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
  • Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center

11. Austin, Texas

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The "Live Music Capital of the World" speaks for itself in its name if you're wanting to hang out down South. Get your fill of the diverse populations of artists, musicians, writers, and designers in a city where new murals are painted along building walls all across town. Go biking along the trails or kayaking in the many water areas.

  • Zilker Park
  • Barton Springs
  • Congress Avenue
  • Franklin BBQ
  • Waterloo Records
  • University of Texas Tower
  • Lady Bird Lake
  • Oasis Lake Travis

12. Nashville, Tennessee

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As another great city for live music, Nashville is the place to dive in to experience the world of honky-tonk. Bring out the cowboy boots and go dance at a live show in a venue downtown or indulge in hearty, Southern comfort food with iconic hot chicken sandwiches and mac n' cheeses.

  • Jack's Bar-B-Cue
  • Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum
  • Ernest Tubb Record Shop
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Jack Daniel's Distillery
  • Donut Distillery

13. Moab, Utah

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If you're an outdoor enthusiast, then Moab is the place for you. A great area for all kinds of outdoor activities, this Utah city hits at least two national parks of the "Big 5." So if you like bouldering, hiking, kayaking, and/or camping, Moab is where you need to explore!

  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Dead Horse Point State Park
  • Hell's Revenge Trail
  • Fisher Towers
  • Sand Flats Recreation Area
  • La Sal Mountains

14. Page, Arizona

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In continuing the list of cities for those who love being outdoors, Page, Arizona is definitely a breathtaking place to behold. Explore the red rock canyons and formations as you hike the natural trails set ahead of you. This is also an easy area to get to know other travelers who are camping next to you.

What to Visit: 

  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Lake Powell
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Water Holes Canyon
  • Hanging Gardens Trail

15. Denver, Colorado

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Travel to the "Mile High City" to get a fused experience of both nature and the city life. You can drive just outside of Denver to explore hiking trails in the mountainous regions or check out a local brewery downtown while enjoying the scenic view of the mountains from afar.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Union Station
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Coors Brewery
  • Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour
  • Molly Brown House Museum
  • Wynkoop Brewing Company

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Looking for advice on how to plan a road trip as a solo female traveller? Planning your first solo road trip as a woman alone can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are ten easy steps to help you plan the perfect road trip:

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11 steps to plan a perfect road trip as a solo female traveler:.

A well-planned road trip can reduce stress and set you up for a fun and successful experience! Here are ten easy steps to plan the perfect road trip as a solo female traveler:

Is it safe to road trip solo as a female traveler?

There are risks associated with all solo travel for everyone, and there are steps you can take to mitigate that risk. Personally, I don’t think solo female road trips are truly any more dangerous than any other kind of travel. As with most solo travel for anyone of any gender, the biggest risk in the wilderness is usually spraining your ankle in an area without cell service. That said, I do take additional steps in planning to ensure a smooth and stress-free trip for myself.

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One aspect of solo travel is that you’ll likely be taking photos for yourself! If you want to be in your own photos, you’ll need a tripod. For filming videos on my phone of myself, I use this small, adjustable tripod.

1) Research potential destinations

The first step of planning a perfect road trip is picking out a few destinations that interest you. A great way to research destinations for your road trip is to read blog posts , guidebooks , and search on social media . In addition to guidebooks, it can always be a good idea to check places like Alltrails reviews and Google reviews.

Reviews often note road conditions, closure information, and safety information.

2) Chose places to sleep in advance (my number one road trip safety tip for solo female travelers!)

One of the best things you can do to have a safe road trip as a solo female traveler is pick out locations to sleep in advance . Whether this means booking a spot in a crowded campsite, booking a hotel, or marking on a physical map all of the nearby dispersed camping options, picking out where you’ll be sleeping is a smart move.

Here’s why:

Having a map of the places you plan on sleeping can reduce stress while travelling on the road alone. Many popular campsites fill early, and by booking in advance you can minimize your travel time (and camp setup time if camping!) in the dark.

For popular campsites, I usually try and book a spot a least a few weeks in advance, and even farther in advance during peak season. When staying in hotels, you can often be more flexible. For last minute trips, I look for first-come first-serve campsites like some of those in State and National Forest Campgrounds. On these trips, I will usually pick at least three potential spots in case my first option is filled.

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3) Plan your route on Google Maps (and download offline maps!)

Did you know it’s possible to mark locations, create your own maps, and download offline maps in Google maps ? To make your own Google Maps, make a My Maps account.

Downloading offline maps is one of the most important things any solo road-tripper can do. You never know when you might lose cell service and access to your route. Downloading offline maps can help you stay on track even without cell service.

Personally, I always bring a physical road map on solo road trips and mark important locations and backup routes ahead of time. This way, if I lose cell service or my phone dies I’m not dependent on technology to get where I need to be.

Bonus Tip: Try and always have at least a half tank of gas in your car! You never know when you’ll get lost on a forest service road !

4) leave your route plan with more than one person.

After you’ve made and finalized your route plan, be sure to leave that plan with more than one person you trust! When on a road trip alone as a woman, it’s incredibly important to have people who know where you’re supposed to be and when.

Check in with your route plan keeper whenever you leave or reach a new destination, and let them know when the plan changes. Personally, even when solo hiking near home I always text my partner and let him know where I’m going, and when to expect me back at the latest.

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I also recommend making sure one of the people you leave your route plan with is someone other than your significant other– leave your plan with a parent, sibling, or close female friend in addition to your significant other.

5) Make a Packing List of Road-Trip Essentials

Once you’ve made a route plan, it’s time to think about packing! Your packing list will look differently depending on what type of road trip you plan on taking. Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind when packing for a road trip as a solo female traveller:

  • Pack more socks than you think you need! If you plan on hiking on your road trip, socks will go more quickly than you expect.
  • Be sure to carry extra food, water, and blankets in your car in case of emergency.
  • Hike in hiking pants instead of leggings or shorts! Hiking pants will stay clean longer than leggings, will dry more quickly, and will protect your legs from thorns and falls.
  • Consider taking a 2-day Wilderness First Aid Class to help you assess risk and help others outside (Bonus! This course is one of the qualifications for many beginner outdoor guiding jobs )

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6) Pack your car strategically

A lot of road trippers spend time thinking of what to pack, but don’t consider how to pack their cars. While you don’t have to build out your car to have a successful solo road trip, there are a few quick things you can do to make your car into a home!

First, use bins to organize your belongings. I like to have a bin of hiking gear and clothes, and a separate bin of camping and kitchen gear near a cooler. Keeping my kitchen and camping gear organized makes it easy to set up camp by myself. Bins also allow me to set up a sleeping space inside my car.

Check out REI’s Pack-Away bins for easy road trip organization!

In general, I prefer to sleep in a tent when road tripping, even as a solo female traveler. Still, tents famously do not have locks on them, and having the option to sleep in your car can add a lot of additional safety in a pinch, be it from weather or people. I always keep my bins and travelling gear on the drivers side of my car, and keep an inflated sleeping pad & sleeping bag ready to go on the passenger side backseat.

From here, I can even climb directly into the drivers seat without exiting the car with relative ease.

Bonus Tip: I always keep one small bag with a headlamp, water, food, spare batteries, and a phone charger accessible and near me. At night, I’ll keep my car keys here and sleep with it near so it is all easy to find even in the dark.

7) don’t be afraid to connect with other travelers.

Just because you’re traveling solo doesn’t mean you have to be alone! While meeting up with other travelers can be intimating as a solo female road-tripper, it’s a great way to enjoy your trip and make memories that last a lifetime.

Find other travelers on social media sites like Instagram, or post in a local women’s hiking Facebook group to see who you can meet. When possible, opt for public and group met-ups, rather than meeting for the first time at the trailhead.

Bonus Tip: Don’t post your location on social media in real time! Wait until you have already left a location to post that you are there.

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8) be flexible and take your time.

While it’s great to have a detailed plan, the key to a (mostly) stress-free road trip is flexibility. Allow yourself plenty of time to get from destination to destination, and don’t be afraid to change plans if needed. Some of my worst solo travel experiences could have been avoided if I had just changed the plan the first time it felt like plan A wasn’t working.

Being flexible on your road trip can look like…

  • Giving yourself plenty of time to travel between destinations
  • Being willing to create a new plan
  • Keeping a positive attitude in the face or delays or challenges!

9) Have several road trip backup plans

It’s a lot easier to be flexible and change plans in a pinch if you have more than one plan to begin with. Creating backup plans as a solo female traveler can look like…

  • Having alternate destination or route options available to you
  • Keeping a list of alternate hikes or activities in mind in case your first pick doesn’t work out
  • Having bailout plans and options: if you need to end your trip early, that’s okay!
  • Having good car insurance, AAA, and a spare tire (and knowing how to change it!)

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10) Keep someone back home updated on your whereabouts & carry a Garmin InReach

This might seem obvious, but one of the best things you can do to stay safe on your solo road trip is to keep someone back home regularly updated on your whereabouts. When you leave a campground, let them know. Let them know where you plan to hike on which days, and what you are wearing. Carry a Garmin InReach with you while you hike.

Keep in mind that it is so much more likely that you sprain an ankle in the woods and need help than someone else hurts you. While it’s good to be prepared for every emergency, it’s also important to be prepared for the most likely scenarios.

Coming with a Garmin InReach is a great way to make sure you are prepared to call for help should you fall or become hurt and unable to hike out or otherwise call for help, or even become lost!

The most common cause of hiker deaths is falls , most often in off-trail areas.

11) Pack your own food to cut costs!

Looking for an easy way to save money on your road trip? Grab your YETI Cooler and pack it with food from the grocery store instead of eating out. I also like to pack my Jetboil too cook at camp if I’m solo travelling, rather than a full double burner. I also will sometimes use a smaller, cheap camp stove like this one .

For meals, I’ll carry granola bars and sandwich fixings for lunch, have oatmeal with dried fruit (buy in bulk at costco!) and a banana with nutella, and for dinner I’ll usually eat quinoa bowls with fresh fruit and veggies. To reduce the amount of cooking I’m doing, I’ll often prep quinoa for several days at a time and either heat over the stove or eat cold like a quinoa salad.

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12) Trust your Gut

One of the best things you can do to keep yourself safe and enjoy your solo road trip is trust your gut. If you have a bad feeling about something, listen to it. Worst case scenario, you’ve overreacted, and there is nothing wrong with overreacting if it keeps you safe, or even just contributes to your peace of mind.

13) Take a deep breath: Solo Female Travel doesn’t have to be stressful!

While there is a lot you can do to plan a smooth road trip as a solo female traveler, don’t stress too much! Experiencing the world and appreciating your own company is one of the most magical experiences you can have. One of the best reasons to plan your road trip in advance is to reduce stress while actually on the road.

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Solo female travel in the USA: Top experiences

  • Getting outdoors in the National Parks, wilderness areas and beyond
  • Road tripping across the country (or across one state)
  • Sampling regional food and music traditions
  • Exploring local culture in some of the world’s most fascinating cities, from New York to San Francisco
  • Embracing the quirkiness of small cities like Richmond, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland

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USA itinerary ideas

The United States of America is an enormous, diverse country. There is no realistic way to see the entire nation on a single trip. And since distances are large, you can easily pour thousands of dollars into flights (or even gas!).

With just one week in the USA, stick to a single region. Explore New York, Boston and New England, or drive from LA to San Francisco. You could road trip around the Southeast, or check off a few of the National Parks in the Northern Rockies or in the southwest desert. Or, spend your entire time in a single state — like Alaska or Hawaii.

A two-week USA itinerary would give you a bit more flexibility to see multiple regions. You could fly between the U.S.’s top cultural destinations like New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Alternatively, you could drive all the way across the country in a campervan. Two weeks is the ideal amount of time to explore Utah , Arizona and Nevada combined, including a weekend in Las Vegas . These are just a few of the possibilities.

With a month or more of backpacking in the U.S., you could get much deeper into a single region or see a greater variety of the country. You won’t run out of things to do, even if you have a year or more to travel!

USA weather and when to visit the USA

The United States’ geographic diversity means you can find just about any climate in the world here. We have tropical beaches (Florida and Hawaii), Arctic tundra (Alaska), temperate rainforests forests (the Pacific Northwest), desert (the southwest), and solid four seasons (New England and the Midwest).

But if you have to pick one time to travel the entire country, autumn is the way to go. September and October bring dramatic fall foliage to much of the country. The weather ranges from “still pretty warm” in the south to “a little chilly” in the north. It’s hurricane season on the East Coast, but when it’s not storming it tends to be dry.

Spring is similar to autumn but wetter in many places. Summer is brutally hot in the south, while winter brings feet after feet of snow to the northern states.

Language in the USA

If you’re doing solo female travel in the USA, you’ll mostly communicate in English. But you may hear dozens of other languages spoken in big cities.

Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese and French round out the most common languages spoken in the States. In areas with large immigrant communities, you’ll often see second or third languages on street signs and in shops.

American English encompasses dozens of local dialects and accents. The English you hear spoken in West Virginia barely resembles what you hear in Minnesota, which sounds completely different from what you hear in Texas.

Budget for solo female travel in the USA

There is no way around it — traveling in the USA is expensive. Sticking to a travel budget for the US is hard, especially as a solo traveler. We simply don’t have the backpacking infrastructure that places like Europe or Australia have (let alone Southeast Asia or South America).

But the budget travel scene is growing all the time, and it’s not impossible to have an affordable trip. At the low end you could survive on as little as $50 a day if you don’t move around too much. A healthy “cheap” travel budget would be closer to $100 a day.

There is enormous regional variation in travel costs. You can pay less for an entire meal in rural Tennessee than for a cup of coffee in San Francisco. Rural areas, the south, and the Midwest are cheapest, while big coastal cities are more expensive for day-to-day items. However, you have to balance that out with accommodation costs (unless you’re camping, you have few options in rural areas) and car rental vs. public transport.

Hawaii deserves its own category for being agonizingly, astronomically expensive. Car rentals are through the roof. Budget accommodation is limited. Food is pricey and activities are worse. Save more than you think you’ll need for a vacation there.

Sample costs

Dorm bed in a hostel: $25/night

Lunch at a restaurant, including tip: $15

Cup of coffee at a high-end cafe: $4-8

Museum or historical site admission: Free-$25

Car rental for one week: $300

Taxi from New Orleans airport to the city center: $30

Annual pass for all National Parks: $80

USA visa requirements

It’s no secret that the US has absurd border policies, many of which are rooted in racism. Unfortunately unless you’re from Canada, Australia/New Zealand or a Western European country with very good documentation of your travel plans, you’ll face some hurdles taking a vacation to the U.S.

Citizens of the nations mentioned above do not need a visa to enter the States. However, you must apply in advance through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization.

For everyone else, the process to get a visa is too byzantine to represent here. Read the State Department’s explanation for the full details. Citizens of most countries have to fill out paperwork and attend an in-person interview.

If you’re flying into the United States, you’ll go through customs where you first land, regardless of your final destination. Avoid tight layovers to your final destination — the process can take a long time!

Accommodation in the USA for solo female travelers

If you’re craving the backpacker vibes of funky hostels, I’ve got good news and bad news. The USA has some fabulous hostels. But they’re few and far between.

Major cities like New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, LA, Denver and Washington DC all have fabulous hostels. Smaller cities often have one or two options — in the Southeast, Baltimore, Richmond, Charleston, and Asheville all have at least one. But standards tend to be lower due to lack of competition.

Outside cities, your best bet for cheap accommodation is camping. Private campgrounds run $25+ a night for a site, while national and state park campgrounds tend to be cheaper (but much more competitive). If you plan to camp a lot in parks, sign up for an account on . That way when permits open up you can apply within minutes — often necessary in popular parks.

You can often find affordable hotels outside the major cities in the U.S. By “affordable” I mean around $100 a night. These are often charmless chains outside the downtown areas of cities, or at random spots along the highway. But they’re typically clean and safe and you don’t have to reserve in advance.

For solo female travel in the USA on a mid-range budget, you have lots more options. Charming guesthouses and B&B’s abound across the south. National Park lodges are fabulous — plus you wake up with the park right there, no long drives. Both will typically run $150+ a night and cater more to couples/families than solo travelers.

Food in the USA

The question isn’t “what can you eat on a budget in the US.” It’s “what  can’t  you eat on a budget in the US?”

America is home to many of the world’s greatest food traditions. If you can imagine it, and it didn’t originate here, it probably was brought over by immigrants.

Every region has its own distinctive cuisine. Among the most famous are Creole in New Orleans , pizza in New York or  Chicago , barbecue across the South (which is actually like 8 different cuisines that bear little resemblance to each other), lobster rolls in New England, hot chicken in Nashville, poké in Hawaii, and hatch green chilis from New Mexico. It’s not just hot dogs and burgers!

Plus, you can’t visit Los Angeles without indulging in the local Mexican food, or skip eating Ethiopian in the DC area, or Cuban in Miami.

If you’re looking to keep costs down, try to find places with counter service. The food quality is often as good or better than table-service restaurants, but it’s about 30% cheaper. Eating out for breakfast and lunch is cheaper than eating out for dinner.

Tips of at least 20% are expected everywhere except fast food chains. Not tipping is truly offensive, even if the service wasn’t great.

Drinks in the USA

Much like with the food scene, you can get any drink you could dream of in the US.

Coffee and tea are popular morning options. America has fantastic 3rd-wave coffee shops, hole-in-the-wall bodegas, and chains like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. Some are charming, others have no personality. Prices range from $2 to sky-high for a simple black coffee.

Americans love our alcohol in any and all forms, and we produce tons of it. Sip wine in Napa, California or central Virginia. Try the craft beers in Fort Collins, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah. Head to the Tennessee and Carolina mountains for authentic moonshine, or Kentucky for bourbon.

We have dive bars, breweries, speakeasies, fancy cocktail spots, rooftop bars, Irish pubs, lawns-with-a-drink-truck, and everything in between. Dive bars and breweries are often the cheapest options. Prices for a good beer range from $4 to $10+, depending on where you are.

Non-drinkers may have a tough time navigating the alcohol-obsessed culture. Bars will serve you a juice or soda, but you’ll pay through the nose for it.

Activities you can do while traveling the USA on a budget

The U.S. has everything. The biggest challenge is narrowing down what you want to do.

Different parts of the country provide very different experiences. New England is great for small towns. The Rockies offer dramatic scenery. The desert in the Southwest is heart-achingly beautiful. California’s laid-back beachy vibe draws you in. And then there’s New York, Boston, San Francisco, and New Orleans.

If you’re on a budget, it may be difficult to access major national parks. You can take a bus to Yosemite from San Francisco, and you can day-hike in Shenandoah on a bus from DC. There are shuttles to the Grand Canyon from Flagstaff. In Denver, you can get out into the Rockies without too much trouble. But generally, you’ll be really limited if you don’t have your own car.

If you do have your own car, and are planning to visit multiple parks, it’s worth the $80 annual pass.

Cities have ample free activities, from museums — DC has literally hundreds of free museums — to outdoor concerts and street festivals. Unless there are specific ticketed things you want to see, you don’t have to spend a dime.

How to get around the United States

Take it from an American who’s been car-free for ten years — traveling in this country is a headache without your own vehicle. It’s not cheap. It requires patience and advance planning. But it can be done.

If you’re only hopping between major cities, trains and buses will do the trick. Trains are much more comfortable, but they are expensive — DC to Bridgeport, Connecticut costs $66+. The same trip by bus/commuter train combo costs more like $30, but takes twice as long.

You should take a Greyhound bus at least once while backpacking USA. Greyhound will get you to harder-to-reach towns across the U.S. But it’s pricier than the budget bus companies like Megabus and BoltBus.

If you’re on limited time, it may save you money to take a cheap flight here and there. Spirit Airlines serves major cities for bargain-basement prices — just watch out for bag fees.

Even getting around some cities without your own car can be a pain. Washington, DC, New York, Boston, Philly, and New Orleans are all bikeable (as are many small cities). Bikes are available for rent, usually for less than the cost of a day-pass on public transit.

If you have two or more people, it’s worth considering renting a car. If you time it right, you can get deals as low as $25 a day — just be sure to get the maximum insurance (unless you already have U.S. car insurance).

Safety when traveling in the USA

Backpacking USA is generally safe. Even in cities with high crime rates, crime is mostly between parties who know each other. If you’re staying in a big city, ask around about the neighborhood at night before venturing out to the bars.

USA travel tips for women alone

While American women enjoy reasonably equal status in the U.S., it’s still pretty rare for us to travel alone. (Really, it’s pretty rare for anyone to travel alone, regardless of gender.) People will ask you a lot of questions.

You’re unlikely to experience problems beyond minor street harassment. American women don’t often go to bars alone, so you may raise eyebrows if you do.

It may be hard to meet other travelers while backpacking USA, especially in places without good hostels. can help you connect with locals.

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15 Best Trip Destinations for Solo Female Travelers

Here are the top travel destinations around the world for solo women.

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Solo travel can be intimidating. Whether you're heading to a city in your own country or across the globe, traveling alone can bring up a wealth of concerns — from the awkwardness of dining on your own to more serious issues of safety, especially for women. But despite any nervousness or uncertainty, traveling solo can be one of the most freeing and rewarding experiences, allowing you to immerse yourself in the community and stumble upon those moments of cross-cultural connection organically.

Choosing the right destination is key, so we've rounded up some of the best destinations around the world for women to travel solo.

Between exploring the charming streets of Reykjavik, chasing the northern lights , and driving the famous Ring Road, solo female travelers can have an unforgettable trip in Iceland and feel safe doing so. The country has consistently ranked first on both the Institute for Economics and Peace's Global Peace Index and the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report, so visitors can rest assured that safety and gender equality are prized in this naturally stunning destination. Solo tourists can head out into the wilderness via well-traveled (often busy, even) hiking trails and make friends with locals and fellow foreigners alike.

2. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is an extremely walkable city, and you're unlikely to get lost as long as you have a map of some kind. You can window shop along Las Ramblas, stroll down the beach boardwalk, and wander through the Gaudi-designed Park Güell while taking in the gardens and claiming panoramic views of the city for yourself.

The dining options are conducive to solo travel, too. Instead of sitting by your lonesome in a dining room, you can take your paella al fresco at one of the many waterfront restaurants (people-watching is built-in entertainment) or opt for a counter seat at a tapas bar.

3. Seattle, Washington, United States

Thanks to the omnipresence of Seattle's coffee culture , a solo diner (or drinker) is not an uncommon sight. Plus, the city's proliferation of cafes means there's a rest stop around every corner to break up visits to Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, or the campy Museum of Pop Culture , aka "MoPOP." The compact downtown area makes it easy for visitors to zip between attractions, restaurants, and shops on foot — and anything that is slightly farther is accessible by the easy-to-use Link light rail.

4. Munich, Germany

The jolly German mentality shines through in this Bavarian city, where tourists and locals bond over brötchen in mom-and-pop bakeries and pints in the biergartens. Although Oktoberfest happens only in the fall (and does not lend itself to a solo experience, per se), the beer halls in Munich maintain that same kind of festive ambience throughout the year. Hofbräuhaus is, hands down, the most famous and guaranteed to contain an abundance of other tourists. Fellow travelers can also be found climbing the Olympiapark tower ( Olympiaturm ), the top of which provides views extending as far as the Alps.

5. Dubrovnik, Croatia

The rise in Croatian tourism has improved the ease of travel, and the country's low crime rate heightens the appeal. Protected by 6,365 feet of pristine walls, the oceanfront medieval city of Dubrovnik gives you history, culture, and beautiful beaches all in one destination. Its cobblestone streets guide visitors to artisanal shops and local eateries, while a walk along the walls offers spectacular bird's-eye views of the Adriatic coastline. Just a few minutes from Old Town, there are plenty of opportunities for kayaking and snorkeling via tours and rentals offered right on the beach.

6. Austin, Texas, United States

Austin's festival culture makes it easy to get pulled in multiple directions, but it's also a great way to meet new people. There's plenty to see and do, whether you're checking out live music or eating your way through Tex-Mex and BBQ restaurants and food trucks. When you need a little quiet time, head downtown for a walking tour, or find a spot to watch the Congress Avenue Bridge bats soar.

Austin is often ranked as one of the safest big cities in the U.S. Note, though, that the ubiquity of booze here can be a blessing or a curse. While it keeps the streets populated (and therefore generally safe) at night, alcohol can lead to crime even within tourist circles, so exercise caution while participating in Austin's lively bar scene.

7. Salzburg, Austria

Overlooked by the Hohensalzburg Fortress and bisected by the Salzach River, Mozart's hometown has storybook allure. After reliving scenes from "The Sound of Music" at Mirabell Gardens and Nonnberg Abbey, relax with a coffee on the terrace of Cafe Tomaselli or a pint in the 1,400-seat outdoor area of Austria's biggest biergarten, Augustiner Bräu . Cyclists should take note: While the entire city is walkable, Salzburg is also one of the country's most bike-friendly cities. More than 100 miles of cycle paths mean you can pack way more into a day and get around more efficiently (and economically) as a solo traveler.

8. Taipei, Taiwan

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The capital of Taiwan offers an ideal mix of history and modernity. You'll find temples and skyscrapers, contemporary malls and traditional night markets — perfect for making a meal out of snacks while shopping for accessories and souvenirs. Taipei has the bustle of a major Asian metropolis but with important urban comforts as well. Street signage and public transportation all have names in English — and even though crime is overall low in the country, the metro system has " Safe Waiting Zones " marked on the platforms, which are monitored closely by video feed to protect passengers at night.

9. Copenhagen, Denmark

In the quirky Danish capital, you'll find plenty of centrally located hotels offering single rooms, each providing the perfect jumping-off point for Copenhagen adventures. Must-visit spots include Nyhavn, the iconic canal lined with multicolored houses (opt for a tour for a closer look at the city's waterways), and Tivoli Gardens, a historic amusement park. Stop for a quick solo bite at the TorvehallerneKBH food hall. With Danish culture valuing the importance of community dining, solo travelers should never feel alone.

10. Melbourne, Australia

This Australian metropolis is one of the most livable cities in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit. Throw in a free tourist tram that reaches the major sights — including the Queen Victoria Market, Carlton Gardens, and Federation Square — and Melbourne's got simplicity and safety all rolled up in one. Because Australia offers a Working Holiday visa allowing visitors between 18 and 35 to work in the country for a year, the city is especially popular with young expats.

11. Stockholm, Sweden

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Sweden's safe, accessible cities are ideal for solo-traveling women. The cobblestone streets of Stockholm's Old Town, or Gamla Stan, are home to coffee shops, restaurants, stores, and even a castle, prompting hours of exploring on foot. The modern areas surrounding it are also easy to navigate through a string of metro stations, which double as art exhibits with their over-the-top murals, mosaics, and sculptures.

12. Okinawa, Japan

For a taste of Japan without the overwhelming hustle, head to Naha, the capital of the Okinawa islands. The monorail is super accessible, linking the airport to the city center as well as the popular Shuri Castle. And within walking distance of the city center are the Naminoue city beach, Tsuboya pottery district, and Makishi Public Market, where the pull-up-a-chair stands are primed for solo dining.

13. Norway’s Fjords

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There's no better environment for self reflection than the soothing blue-and-green canvas of the Norwegian fjords. In Bergen, you can ride up the Fløibanen funicular or embark on a daylong journey on the Bergen Railway. Head to Gudvangen and take a cruise through Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. Equally impressive as the waterfalls-at-every-glance boat ride is the Flåm Railway trip, with views outside the window changing from seascapes to snow-capped mountains. This trip is for the solo traveler seeking peace in nature rather than busy biergartens and the like.

14. Washington, D.C., United States

The manageable size and easy layout of the U.S. capital make it an ideal stomping ground for solo travelers. In addition to exploring the memorials along the National Mall, you can take in the exhibits at the many Smithsonian museums (plus the zoo), all walkable and offering free admission. If you want to explore further, it's easy to get on two wheels at one of the hundreds of Capital Bikeshare stations, which extend to Arlington, Alexandria, and Montgomery County. Alternatively, take advantage of the efficient D.C. Metro for day trips to nearby areas.

15. London, England

For European charm without the culture shock or language barrier, there's London. Visitors could spend days just roaming along the River Thames, snacking in Borough Market, and admiring the eclectic houseboats, or strolling through the Royal Parks and eyeing luxury items at Harrods. After dark, grab a seat alongside locals at a pub or catch a show in the West End, then enjoy a late-night bite in nearby Chinatown. The endless sights and entertainment are easily connected via the London Underground, better known as the Tube.

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25 Unexpectedly Awesome Destinations for Solo Female Travelers

06/09/2024 by Kristin Addis 63 Comments

Are you getting ready for your first adventure on your own and wondering what the best destinations for solo female travelers are? Look no further!

Solo traveling is a beautiful gift. I’ve been doing it for over 12 years and have learned so much about myself, met beautiful strangers, and discovered so many new and exciting places.

But how do you know where to start?

With over 65 countries under my belt, I’ve found that the best destinations for solo female travelers are where the residents are particularly friendly and welcoming. Either that, or there are shared interests, like surfing or diving, that help create a sense of community right away.

Or a destination might be a bit off the beaten path, but it’s not so remote that you’ll be the only one there. It still has that special charm that makes it feel authentic and inviting.

Sounds amazing, right? So where can you find these places? I’ve searched high and low, and these are some of my favorite destinations for solo female travel — and they might surprise you!

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Our Favorite Destinations for Solo Female Travelers Quick List:

  • Best for Solo Female Backpackers: Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Best for Solo Female Adventurers: Siargao, Philippines
  • Best for Solo Female Traveler Safety: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Best for Solo Beach Trips: Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Best for Solo Female Hikers: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

1. Tokyo, Japan

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…because Japan is one of the safest countries in the world !

This makes it absolutely ideal for solo female travelers. The  language barrier  may make you feel a little bit intimidated at first, but virtually everything from public transportation to ordering food at a restaurant is so organized and systematic, it makes traveling in Japan an easy and enjoyable experience.

In cities like Osaka and Tokyo, there are all kinds of  interesting things to do , including themed cafés,  unique museums where one can easily spend hours, and beautiful parks ideal for people-watching. And when you’re ready for the beach,  there’s an island paradise near Tokyo .

Visiting Japan is also perhaps the best place to master the art of dining alone. Many solo travelers are afraid of doing so, but in Japan, it is completely normal. You must try  the only all-female kaiseki restaurant in Tokyo .

Check out my  ultimate Japan itinerary here .

2. Bali, Indonesia

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…because Bali is a super safe and exciting destination for solo female travelers .

Let’s be honest, Bali is so popular because it’s one of the easiest, loveliest places to travel solo, and  Southeast Asia in general is a great place to travel alone. It’s also the very first place in Asia where I traveled alone!

Bali has a lot of things to do , like learning to  surf , staying in  beautiful hotels  (who says you need to be on a  honeymoon  to enjoy them?), and enjoying the volcanic landscape and waterfalls.

If you’re looking for some island escapes, the  Nusa Islands  are a favorite of mine, as are the  Gilis . (Read my  comparison of the Gilis vs. Nusas  if you only have time for one.)

Or if you’re looking for something quieter than Bali, consider  Lombok  next door or one of these  Bali alternatives.

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3. Siargao Island, The Philippines

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…because there’s nothing like a little solo motorbike adventure.

Siargao Island is a water-lover and general adventurer’s dream. You can go on a little solo motorbike excursion, as the roads are mostly flat and easy. It is also a surfer’s paradise with a playful soul, so if you are an enthusiast, or have been thinking of picking up the sport, Siargao is perfect.

The island’s popularity is growing rapidly, but the atmosphere remains laid-back and relaxing. This means that it’s just as easy to meet others as to be by yourself. I was able to hang out with surfers on the beach and talk to other people in restaurants and cafés, but also retreat to my little corner in an adorable guesthouse every night.

A Complete Guide to the Philippines

What Changed My Mind about the Philippines

4. Singapore

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Who doesn’t appreciate extravagance?!

This thriving island city is unique compared to the rest of Southeast Asia . It’s home to the largest port in the region, making it one of the most prosperous and busiest Southeast Asian countries. You’ll find evidence of such in the clean streets, skyscrapers, strictly enforced laws, and abundance of things to do, like hopping between speakeasy cocktail bars or walking through the Gardens by the Bay. It’s definitely a more expensive destination, but if done right, you can easily explore on a budget with this list of  free things to do .

Here’s a three-day itinerary by a local .

5. Chiang Mai, Thailand

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…because there are so many epic day trips to keep you busy.

Thailand is famously a great place for solo female travelers because of how friendly the locals are and the overall abundance of other backpackers . It’s easy to meet other travelers here who might be down to explore different hikes or temples , or go on other excursions just outside of Chiang Mai . This northern city is also known for its outstanding gastronomy, and traveling solo means that you can eat your way through Chiang Mai without anybody stopping you. Yum!

9 Awesome Things to Do in Chiang Mai

6. Reykjavik, Iceland

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…because it is literally the safest country in the world.

Iceland is ranked the #1 safest country in the world by  Vision of Humanity , and I can attest that people even left their cars running while they went grocery shopping! That’s how sure they are that nobody will steal their car. 

Iceland’s landscape  is also unique and stunning, plus it’s  great for a road trip . Reykjavik has social hostels as well, where you can find adventure partners.  This guide  has everything you need to know about Iceland.

7. Lisbon, Portugal

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…because you feel like you’re part of a painting with pastel-colored buildings.

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is one of Europe’s most charismatic cities because of its charming hillsides, walkable layout, and the River Tagus. You’ll find ornate architecture that adds to its vibrancy, and plenty of  things to do , like admire the vistas from  St. George’s Castle in Alfama , pastel-colored and tiled buildings, and the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. There are also some must-visit museums, like the  National Azulejo Museum , where you’ll learn about the ubiquitous decorative ceramic tiles that characterize the city, dating back five centuries. If you love beaches, Lisbon is a great jumping-off point to go explore the shorelines on the Atlantic Ocean.

8. The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Woman gazing at the misty fall foliage in Ireland on a cool, gray-sky day

…because this is one friendly road trip.

It’s the small towns on Ireland’s least populated coast that can be the most social. In a country that’s already pretty friendly, I found that people were especially so along the  Wild Atlantic Way on the Connemara Coast . Just walk into any pub, and within a few seconds someone will be talking to and joking around with you.

Solo Female Travel in Ireland: A Complete Guide

9. Berlin, Germany

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…because you can truly be yourself here.

Berlin is hands down one of the coolest cities in the world. It’s like Brooklyn meets San Francisco, with an LA vibe. Whatever you identify yourself as, you can easily find your tribe here. The city is filled with creative people,  alternative things to do , and  delicious food to devour . I never felt like the odd one out as a solo girl in the city, because people couldn’t care less (in a good way). You can dress like a unicorn and barely anyone would bat an eyelash. What’s not to love about that?

Why I Decided to Leave Berlin (after Five Years)

10. Québec, Canada

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…because it’s one of the safest and friendliest places you will visit.

Quite possibly the safest and most scenic areas to drive through,  Québec  is a special place with endless beauty to offer to its visitors. If you are looking for a comfortable solo road trip experience with great accommodation choices, delicious food, and friendly locals, Québec is just right. Come for the beautiful fall foliage, but stay for the food, hospitality, and uncrowded adventures in a beautiful part of Canada.

The Perfect Fall Road Trip in Québec, Canada

11.  The Bahamas

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…because an island vacation is the ultimate “treat yo’self.”

Maybe you wouldn’t think the Bahamas would be a solo female traveler destination because of its reputation as a  honeymoon spot , but think again! With  hundreds of islands  to choose from, you can have the island vacation of your dreams here. Swim with nurse sharks, play with the famous Exumas pigs , snorkel, dive, and have a blast all on your own terms in the Bahamas.

Things to Do in the Bahamas

The Ultimate Staniel Cay Guide

12. Iguazu Falls, Argentina

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…because there are lots of opportunities to make friends.

Iguazu Falls is one of Argentina’s most-visited attractions — and for good reason. I mean, just look at that beauty. There are plenty of social places to stay, from midrange hotels to hostels. A friend of mine told me he enjoyed his guesthouse so much that it took him three days to actually leave the hostel and go see the waterfall!

Bariloche: Argentina’s Gateway to Patagonia

The Tale of Sola en Salta, Argentina

13. El Chaltén, Argentina

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…because it’s the most social place in Patagonia.

Much of Patagonia, particularly along the  Carretera Austral , is remote and quiet, but if you’re solo,  El Chaltén  is the best mix of nature and social opportunities. The hostels are warm and friendly places, many of the hikes and campsites are well-loved, and it’s easy to meet others on the more trodden hikes. Far from the catcalls of Buenos Aires, I found El Chaltén to be a breath of fresh air.

14. The Riviera Maya, Mexico


…because having cenotes to yourself is magical.

Renting a car and heading from Cancún through Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and down to Bacalar is an epic road trip in itself. With all the pristine cenotes (sinkholes), white-sand beaches, and Mayan ruins along the way, being able to take this trip at your own pace is liberating. Plus, Tulum and Bacalar are particularly social, meaning you can easily make friends and share the experience with other travelers.

Things to Do in and around Cancún

How to Get between Cancún and Tulum

Best Cenotes in  Cancún  &  Tulum

15. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

torres del paine o circuit

…because it’s just right when you don’t want to hike solo, but you are solo.

Even if you start out alone in the five-day W or the eight-day  O Circuit trek in Torres del Paine National Park , you’ll come out of it with a bunch of new friends. For the same reasons that I loved the Annapurna Circuit, I love the social atmosphere among campers and hikers on this trek, particularly on the back, “O” part of the trail, where fewer hikers go and the crowds are more intimate. Refugio Dickson, in particular, was tons of fun thanks to the social rangers who played music and organized soccer games.

The Perfect 9-day Torres del Paine O Circuit Itinerary

16. Costa Rica

Woman sitting on a low hanging branch over a sandy beach in Costa Rica

…because you can soak up the salt and sun.

Between the  beaches ,  tours ,  volcanoes , and  road trips , you’ll soon discover some of the  most beautiful parts of Costa Rica . It’s easily the world’s eco-tourism capital, so make this your next destination if you love nature. Because of its unique geography (Atlantic and Pacific coasts, mountains, rain forest), there’s so much biodiversity to discover. But, Costa Rica is one of the most visited places in Latin America, so it can also be one of the more expensive destinations. Here’s a  breakdown of what a trip could cost you . Here’s a guide on what to wear and the best time to go .

Itineraries for One Week, Two Weeks, and One Month

17. Coffee Bay, South Africa

south africa road trip

…because Africa isn’t “scary” after all.

Africa gets a bad rap as being a scary place to travel through, and while it’s important to take precautions ( here’s a list ), that doesn’t mean solo female travelers should write it off. I love how laid-back Coffee Bay is (and that whole coastline) — there weren’t many people around or worries at all. It’s easy to meet people, including backpackers passing through, go on long walks along the bluffs on the ocean, and take in gorgeous nature. While South Africa does have a pretty high crime rate,  the bulk of it is in the cities .

The Essential Guide to Solo Female Travel in Africa

7 Reasons to Visit South Africa, the Rainbow Nation

18. Tofo, Mozambique

flamingo bay resort tofo

…because, I maintain, Africa’s not that ‘scary’.

I love  Tofo, Mozambique , because of the type of adventurous and interesting people it attracts. It seems like most travelers in  Mozambique  have a cool story and have arrived by word-of-mouth. There are only a couple of backpacker accommodations there (I stayed at Fatima’s) and scuba dive shops, but they are excellent places to meet other solo travelers.

Why Going Alone to Mozambique Was the Best Decision Ever

How to Travel through Mozambique

19. Sunset Beach, Zanzibar

Jumping on a sandy beach in Zanzibar

…because there are so many awesome activities.

The white-sand beaches and baby-blue waters of Zanzibar are legendary, and there’s so much to do there, from diving and swimming to boating and perusing the markets in Stone Town. It’s one of the cheapest tropical islands to travel to , but it’s attractive for a lot of other reasons too. I remember laughing and dancing at the reggae bar there with Maasai warriors dressed in regalia, local beach boys, and tourists from all over, and loving how communal and inviting it was. Even if you go there solo, you can find your people. Just lock up your stuff in the safes, as there’s some petty crime.

5 Steps for the Perfect Zanzibar Style

20. New Zealand

new zealand south island itinerary

…because there are unlimited doses of nature.

New Zealand is made up of two gorgeous islands, North and South, and both are worth visiting for the  iconic destinations , especially those that are  off the beaten path . You could easily spend a year here exploring all that this beautiful slice of the earth has to offer. If you love nature, you’ll be in paradise with all the  dolphin watching ,  hiking trails ,  glaciers , fjords, and beaches. There’s something for the more adventurous too, like skydiving and bungee jumping!

Here’s a New Zealand packing list .

South Island Itinerary

21. French Polynesia

Swimming with whales in French Polynesia

…because its friendliness and hospitality is out of this world.

Remember travel before the internet became so ubiquitous, before Instagram was even a thing, and before the birth of “influencers”? Allow me to introduce you to  French Polynesia , where the residents immediately treat you as though they know you, the environment is preserved and treasured, and you can truly come back to yourself. While Bora Bora may make solo travelers feel a little bit out of place, French Polynesia offers way more than that, and I can almost guarantee you that you will have a wonderful time as a solo gal. I know I will be returning to again and again.

I Spent 22 Days with Whales

An Ode to the Places We Keep Secret

22. Montana, USA

whitefish montana saltbox

…because it is so meditative and relaxing!

Montana is the type of place where people deeply value nature they’re blessed with, and where visitors can find abundant yoga classes, ancient trees among which to walk, and ample opportunity to relax and reflect. Country roads lead to organic grocery stores, crystal shops, and artist galleries. I was lucky to be able to  experience Montana  through the locals’ eyes, and found many meditative things to do and places to go, including crystal sound bowl meditation and stand-up paddleboarding.

The Relaxing Side of Whitefish, Montana

23. New Orleans, USA

new orleans itinerary french quarter

…because it’s easy to stay entertained!

New Orleans turned out to be one of the most enjoyable solo trips I’ve had. I spent  a week in the Big Easy , and was kept entertained by the huge variety of things to do. Even when  I dined alone in restaurants , the wait staff and others were totally open to talk, and almost everyone I met had a suggestion for me on where to go next. I never felt like the odd woman out either, as I sometimes do in beachy or couples’ destinations.

An Awesome New Orleans itinerary

The Vegan’s Guide to New Orleans

24. Maui, Hawai’i, USA

maui surf lessons

…because it’s for more than just honeymooners.

It’s crazy to think that Hawai’i would be a good place to travel to solo, but I was delighted to find that there were tons of things for me to do even though I wasn’t on my honeymoon. I made friends easily while snorkeling, and found a lot of active adventures, like hiking to waterfalls on the  Road to Hana and  a surf school  especially for women!

23 of Maui’s Best Things to Do

Secrets of the Road to Hana in Maui

25. California, USA

Woman in a multi-colored shirt walking through a field of bright orange poppies

…because you may just fill your heart with gold.

If you’ve never been to  the Golden State , there are a lot of  places you’ve got to see . The state’s beautiful landscapes, views, and  national parks  have inspired artists, poets, photographers, and writers. Plus there’s a lot of fun and fame when it comes to Disney Land and the Hollywood sign. Other must-sees include the the Golden Gate Bridge,  deserts , and the redwoods, and you can also tour a good bit of the seashore (here’s a great  guide for a Pacific Coast road trip ).

Solo Female Travel Guide to California

Guide to Southern California

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After traveling for over 12 years, mostly by myself, I’ve found some gems around this world that seemed to have that special something that was missing from many others, and all of these places have that.

I was delighted to find, sometimes where I least expected, that such friendly people and an amazing social atmosphere could exist, and that’s the beauty of traveling on your own.

Which destination will you visit first?

About Kristin Addis

Kristin Addis is the founder and CEO of Be My Travel Muse, a resource for female travelers all around the world since 2012. She's traveled solo to over 65 countries and has brought over 150 women on her all-female adventure tours from Botswana to the Alaskan tundra.

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Megan Thudium says

01/20/2017 at 12:17 pm

I love how your places are “off the beaten path.” I’d also add Austria and New Zealand to the list. I loved traveling these places solo.

Kristin says

01/20/2017 at 12:42 pm

Also great places that I need to see more of!

Ijana Loss says

01/21/2017 at 9:40 am

I would love to go all these places! Thank you for picking places that aren’t just the typical “safe countries” lol because honestly most places are safe enough as long as you’re smart and there’s so much more to the world when you open up to places you wouldn’t normally consider. I’ve been considering taking a hiking themed trip which many of the locations you listed would be perfect for, maybe I just need to bite the bullet and do it.

01/23/2017 at 10:31 am

Pick Patagonia!

01/23/2017 at 5:23 pm

Yes that’s what I was thinking!

01/22/2017 at 2:04 am

While we havent visited (yet) majority of places on this list we can definetely confirm that Phong Nha ke Bang felt as a very warm and welcoming atmosphere, people came across as genuinly kind if you have any troubles. The owners of the housestay we lodged at also kindly invited us to share their familly dinner and have a nice discussion about the area.

01/23/2017 at 10:32 am

That’s so sweet they invited you to join them for dinner! I loved the welcoming atmosphere there and the people I met.

01/23/2017 at 10:33 am

I agree Europe is good, although there are pickpockets and cat callers in some parts but that’s part of being a female sometimes, sadly.

01/24/2017 at 6:11 am

Hi Kristen!!

Love your blog, was wondering…for your Iceland trip, how many days do you recommend? I’ve heard a long weekend is great especially if you’re flying from the east coast since it’s a relatively short flight. Also best season/months to visit?

01/24/2017 at 10:33 am

I really loved visiting in October since I got changing leaves and the northern lights. I did 11 days and it felt short, but you could also maximize a long weekend and see a lot if you stick to the Golden Circle:

01/26/2017 at 5:37 pm

Thanks so much for the tips, Kristin** ❤️ 🙂

Crazy Travelista says

01/24/2017 at 8:18 am

Love this list so much! I haven’t heard of so many of these places, so I’m extra intrigued! Patagonia is high on my list! Although I’m so not a camper, hence the reason I’ve avoided it thus far haha. Are there other ways to do Patagonia, maybe more glamping style? It’s so hard to find good info on it. Or maybe it’s that there is so much info that its overwhelming.

01/24/2017 at 10:31 am

If you went to El Chalten you could stay in town and do day hikes without having to camp. Much of the rest of it isn’t glamping style, though. You can sometimes stay in the refugios, but they’re usually quite basic as well. Seems like a good place to try camping out. You might really like it!

Arianwen says

01/24/2017 at 3:29 pm

This is an awesome list. I’ve been to quite a few of these by myself as well. I loved Pai and Don Det. Lucky for me, I met people to trek the Torres del Paine with, but it was still a surprisingly sociable experience. I never thought we’d be drinking boxed wine with other campers in the evenings!

01/25/2017 at 11:07 am

The boxed wine! Haha same here.

01/25/2017 at 3:47 pm

Thanks for the great list! I will definitely be referring to this when I pick where to travel over the summer:)

01/30/2017 at 6:40 am

Adding these to my list!!

01/30/2017 at 11:56 am

Amazing places. All on my to-visit list. Looking forward to my next vacay. Don’t know where to go yet though.

Kate - Travel for Difference says

01/31/2017 at 1:27 pm

Such incredible destinations! It’s great to see some inspiration for solo travellers, especially to locations that are far from the traditional ‘London’ or ‘NZ’. Great post!

Krista @ Gringita says

02/02/2017 at 12:18 pm

Some places in Peru are awesome for solo travel as well! Notably Lima and Cusco! Though not all of Peru is safe for solo female travelers (I do not recommend going into the Amazon! but that is in any country with Amazon jungle).

Sophiya says

02/03/2017 at 1:42 am

Sounds like a great list! I haven’t been to all that places, but looks very amazing and wonderful. After reading this blog, I definitely visit to all these places. Thanks @Kristin for sharing these interesting places.

02/24/2017 at 7:37 pm

This list is just what I needed to read right now. I’m a copywriter and have been trying to plan my next solo trip – did any of these spots stand out as good for working from? I always seem to pick spots with questionable Internet and want to make sure I get it right this next time!

02/24/2017 at 11:58 pm

I would just recommend getting a local SIM card. I’m sitting in Tanzania right now working from 3G and I’m not paying much for it. In Africa it’s a must, I’d say. China is OK but you need a VPN, and naturally the European destinations will have better Wifi

Mehndi says

10/05/2017 at 7:03 am

This is a great list! Im looking into starting properly travelling and am trying to plan a few good adventures! this really helped me out!

Alice Teacake says

01/24/2018 at 9:19 am

Hi Kristin! I love it that you’ve got Ireland, Coron in the Philippines and Phong Nga in Vietnam on your bucket list. I’ve been to them and can vouch that they rock for solo female travellers 🙂 You’re always pushing boundaries and comfort zones and you’ve got some great hiking spots on here. Thank you for the continuous inspiration. Love what you’re doing. Keep it up!

01/25/2018 at 3:24 am

Aw thank you Alice! Glad you like the post and that you’ve been there and love those places too!

Maritza says

02/15/2018 at 2:37 pm

Hi any info on Canary Islands?

Loved your book and blog!

02/15/2018 at 4:46 pm

Haven’t been yet!

Undefined Journey says

04/14/2018 at 8:14 pm

I just love your blog, there are so many places where I can go

05/05/2018 at 9:55 am

I just came back from Coffee Bay and I loved it! I’m from Johannesburg so I know what the crime is like but I felt completely safe in Coffee Bay. Everyone is super chilled and the beaches are beautiful and wild. Great list, by the way. I had a similar experience on Annapurna – hikers are just cool people 🙂

05/08/2018 at 4:07 pm

I loved how chilled Coffee Bay was too!

05/13/2018 at 10:51 am

Hi Kristin, Just discovered your blog this weekend and have been reading all the articles since then! Just wondering if you’ve ever been to/heard much about Guatamala? I’m considering my first solo trip there this summer before I get married next year and was curious if it would make for a good first time solo trip destination.

05/13/2018 at 11:10 am

I’ve only visited Tikal, the big Mayan ruins there. I have heard it’s awesome, though. Nice, conscious communities as well are around. I’d go there in a heartbeat!

05/13/2018 at 3:17 pm

Oh perfect! Thank you very much! Now to take the plunge….

melissa says

06/09/2019 at 9:01 am

Greetings! Glad to have found you. Any trips in July? I would sign up immediately! What is the average age of travelers?

selinacantrell says

07/14/2019 at 8:28 pm

Me and my friends are planning to go to spain this January. We would love to see some nice beaches with clear water and some stunning scenery. We were thinking Majorca,Ibiza and Canary Island, we are up to some adventures and experience a great nightlife in our travel. Can anyone suggest any ideas or tips? Any help is kindly appreciated 🙂

08/18/2019 at 1:09 am

Love your blog, was wondering and this Pai Thailand destination is good for female travellers and this is the best place I had a great experience at this place. and Thank you for sharing these options.

08/18/2019 at 8:26 am

I know that it’s changed since I was last there and has become a lot more touristy, but I hear it’s still pretty cool. I loved it and went solo three times. Even considered living there for a while.

Solo Female Traveler says

08/31/2019 at 10:29 pm

Oh my, I loved this article. Very informative.

08/31/2019 at 10:30 pm

Very valuable information! Thank you

Alysse Chase says

12/28/2019 at 3:32 pm

Yes! Thank you for this list ?I’ve been thinking about traveling solo for years but have had an internal debate over where I actually should go. This is perfect! Does anyone have experience using travel apps like Fairytrail or Couchsurfing to meet people while traveling solo? Appreciate the help! ?

12/28/2019 at 8:34 pm

I’ve met people couchsurfing and it’s hit or mess tbh but the hits are so great! You can also check out my facebook group for solo female travelers:

Luna Jennifer says

01/10/2020 at 2:09 am

It’s been inspirational to read these posts!

Dolakh Thapa says

01/13/2020 at 4:57 am

Thank you so much for placing Annapurna Circuit Trek, Nepal in your 20 most awesome destinations. Nepal is really a perfect destination for adventure lovers. I request you to try Everest Base Camp Trek as a solo female traveler in visit Nepal 2020.

01/13/2020 at 6:07 pm

I’d love to do more trekking there. Are there trails with fewer people?

Sabrina says

02/20/2020 at 11:05 pm

3 of them I have travelled solo…. Iguazu, Torres del Paine and El Chalten. And it’s been amazing. I would also add Austria to that list (well i’m from there, but still, it’s so safe and easy going)

02/21/2020 at 9:05 am

True and Austria is so pretty!

Mary Ann Siwek says

06/07/2020 at 8:15 pm

I want to travel to Thailand and Japan

Kimberly Roth says

05/04/2021 at 7:05 pm

i love that you picked El Chalten! I traveled there in 2019 solo and had a fabulous time. El Calafate and Puerto Madryn were great too. Another place I would recommend for solo travel is Australia. Everyone is very friendly and there’s tons of things to do.

05/05/2021 at 7:57 am

great suggestion!

Tong Metal says

05/05/2021 at 1:32 am

I just want to ask if a solo female traveler also love safari or wilderness travel, its more fantastic to see solo female travel experience this one

Angela says

04/18/2022 at 12:07 am

Hello! Do you have any advice about pick pockets when taking your own travel photos? That’s my biggest fear especially when travelling at very touristy places like Italy!

04/18/2022 at 2:42 pm

I don’t usually set up a tripod in a super crowded area, particularly in Europe. I’d ask someone else to take the photo for me in that case – ideally someone who also has a camera and is taking photos too.

Isa Sirbegovic says

07/10/2022 at 8:32 pm

Such a great blog! I’ve been wanting to start up more solo travel, but it can be so intimidating! I appreciate all the research that went into this post.

Rosieaustin says

01/02/2023 at 11:34 pm

Awesome list. thank you for sharing

09/03/2023 at 8:42 am

NOLA as a destination for solo female travelers?! I live here and for your info, we not only have the second highest murder rate in the country, but we also have the highest murder rate of women! There is not a neighborhood untouched by crime. I would never venture to walk the streets – ANY street (and natives will agree) – anywhere in NOLA by myself after dark; and during the day you should always be on your guard. You’re obviously not from here.

09/08/2023 at 6:00 am

Hi Suzy, I had a great time solo in NOLA and walked around plenty alone, but it was always during the day and I agree, any city in the US would require one to be on their guard and is best avoided on foot at night.

06/11/2024 at 11:04 pm

Thank you for including all the details. Your above information will definitely helpful for all the travelers. I really enjoyed your post. You include all the points and I really agree with them.

06/15/2024 at 6:33 am

And what about Sri Lanka? Would you recommend it for female solo travel?

Kristin Addis says

06/15/2024 at 9:40 am

It depends. I did have someone jiggle the handle of a room I was sleeping in and shine a light in one night there. Not the best feeling. However I think if you’re experienced and know to be on your guard it can still be good solo.

UEFA EURO 2024 fixtures and results: When and where are the matches?

Friday, June 21, 2024

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Check out the full UEFA EURO 2024 final tournament schedule below. All kick-off times are CEST.

When are the EURO 2024 matches?

Group stage.

14 Jun e Group A : Germany 5-1 Scotland ( Munich )

15 June A : Hungary 1-3 Switzerland ( Cologne ) B : Spain 3-0 Croatia ( Berlin ) B : Italy 2-1 Albania ( Dortmund )

16 June D : Poland 1-2 Netherlands ( Hamburg ) C : Slovenia 1-1 Denmark ( Stuttgart ) C : Serbia 0-1 England ( Gelsenkirchen )

17 June E : Romania 3-0 Ukraine ( Munich ) E : Belgium 0-1 Slovakia ( Frankfurt ) D : Austria 0-1 France ( Düsseldorf )

18 June F : Türkiye 3-1 Georgia ( Dortmund) F : Portugal 2-1 Czechia ( Leipzig )

19 June B : Croatia 2-2 Albania ( Hamburg ) A : Germany 2-0 Hungary ( Stuttgart ) A : Scotland 1-1 Switzerland ( Cologne )

20 June C : Slovenia 1-1 Serbia ( Munich ) C : Denmark 1-1 England ( Frankfurt ) B : Spain 1-0 Italy ( Gelsenkirchen )

21 June E : Slovakia 1-2 Ukraine ( Düsseldorf ) D : Poland 1-3 Austria ( Berlin ) D : Netherlands 0-0 France ( Leipzig )

22 June F : Georgia vs Czechia ( Hamburg , 15:00) F : Türkiye vs Portugal ( Dortmund , 18:00) E : Belgium vs Romania ( Cologne , 21:00)

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23 June A : Switzerland vs Germany ( Frankfurt , 21:00) A : Scotland vs Hungary ( Stuttgart , 21:00)

24 June B : Croatia vs Italy ( Leipzig , 21:00) B : Albania vs Spain ( Düsseldorf , 21:00)

25 June D : Netherlands vs Austria ( Berlin , 18:00) D : France vs Poland ( Dortmund , 18:00) C : England vs Slovenia ( Cologne , 21:00) C : Denmark vs Serbia ( Munich , 21:00)

26 June E : Slovakia vs Romania ( Frankfurt , 18:00) E : Ukraine vs Belgium ( Stuttgart , 18:00) F : Czechia vs Türkiye ( Hamburg , 21:00) F : Georgia vs Portugal ( Gelsenkirchen , 21:00)

Rest days on 27 and 28 June

When does the EURO 2024 round of 16 start?

29 June 38 2A vs 2B ( Berlin , 18:00) 37 1A vs 2C ( Dortmund , 21:00)

30 June 40 1C vs 3D/E/F ( Gelsenkirchen , 18:00) 39 1B vs 3A/D/E/F ( Cologne , 21:00)

1 July 42 2D vs 2E ( Düsseldorf , 18:00) 41 1F vs 3A/B/C ( Frankfurt , 21:00)

2 July 43 1E vs 3A/B/C/D ( Munich , 18:00) 44 1D vs 2F ( Leipzig , 21:00)

Rest days on 3 and 4 July

When do the EURO 2024 quarter-finals start?

5 July 45 W39 vs W37 ( Stuttgart , 18:00) 46 W41 vs W42 ( Hamburg , 21:00)

6 July 48 W40 vs W38 ( Düsseldorf , 18:00) 47 W43 vs W44 ( Berlin , 21:00)

Rest days on 7 and 8 July

When do the EURO 2024 semi-finals start?

9 July 49 W45 vs W46 ( Munich , 21:00)

10 July 50 W47 vs W48 ( Dortmund , 21:00)

Rest days on 11, 12 and 13 July

When is the EURO 2024 final?

14 July W49 vs W50 ( Berlin , 21:00)

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