We all know how hard it can be to plan a trip with family and friends when you all have different opinions and budgets. That’s why solo travel has become increasingly popular in recent years. A recent survey by Solo Traveler World says that one in four people will solo travel in 2018. Not only is solo travel empowering, but it allows you to freely plan what you want to do on vacation. The U.S. is home to several solo travel-friendly destinations and America By Rail can help get you there. Here are some of the best destinations within the U.S. that are perfect for those traveling solo.
New York City, New York
New York City has it all – shopping, modern and classic art, food, theatre and more. There’s something in the Big Apple for everyone which makes it ideal for any solo traveler. You may think NYC’s crowds will be overwhelming for a solo traveler. However, New York City is a huge tourist hub and those who work in shops and restaurants are usually willing to help you with directions. Once you get a hang of the different boroughs and the subway system, the city isn’t hard to navigate. You can also spend time in the quieter areas like Greenwich Village and Central Park if you want to get away from the crowds. New York City does run a free Big Apple Greeter program too where real New Yorkers volunteer to show visitors around the city.
Portland is a great destination for solo travelers because the city is bikeable, walkable and the public transportation is easy to navigate. Biking in Portland is huge with over 315 miles of bikeways around the city and the MAX Light Rail Line is only $5 for a day pass. Other than transportation, Portland is known for its eclectic neighborhoods, healthy lifestyles, and creative people. If you love a good mix of outdoor recreation and city life, Portland is the place for you. The city is tucked beneath Mt. Hood for stunning views and hiking in the mountains. You’re sure to love exploring Portland’s extensive city park system, unique coffee shops and landmarks like the International Rose Test Garden.
Not only is there plenty to do in Sedona for a solo traveler, but the city surrounded by a colorful expanse of red rock buttes and canyons. If you’ve never been out west before, Sedona is a great place to stay for first timers and solo travelers. Sedona is much smaller than other popular cities in the west but is a great central location if you want to explore the Grand Canyon and other parts of Arizona. Sedona is home to several parks and scenic canyons like Red Rock State Park, Slide Rock State Park and Oak Creek Canyon. In town, you’ll find several art galleries that feature Native American inspired works and day spas if you’re looking for a bit of R&R during your trip.
Anywhere in Alaska is great for solo travel but, if you’ve never been before, Juneau is a good starting point. You’ll find yourself captivated by the natural beauty of this state. Juneau is ideal for those who love getting outside or who want to get away from big city life. You can hike Mt. Roberts and Mendenhall Glacier, view the wildlife at the Juneau Raptor Center, embark on a whale watching cruise and eat the best crab you’ve ever had in your life. What’s great about Juneau is there are several different tour options to explore Juneau’s attractions where you can meet other travelers in your group.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
When you think of Cape Cod, images of family vacations and posh resorts may come to mind. Cape Cod is a great destination for solo travelers too because it’s safe and easy to navigate. There are several different cities to choose from as your home base including Provincetown, Chatham, and Sandwich to name a few. These beach villages are easily walkable for getting to restaurants and beaches, but you may want to have access to a car to explore other areas of Cape Cod. You’ll find a variety of historical attractions, seafood restaurants, and lighthouses to explore during your trip. You can also take a boat tour to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and meet even more solo travelers along the way.
Solo travel is a great way to step out of your comfort zone and explore a destination you’ve always dreamed of visiting. America By Rail offers several different rail vacation packages that venture through solo travel-friendly cities across the United States. A train trip is a great way to meet other solo travelers and explore America’s best destinations in a safe and fun environment.