Traveling solo is the ultimate adventure, especially since there are countless opportunities to make new friends while discovering the beauty and culture of new places. Find your perfect home away from home during your travels by booking a stay at an incredible vacation rental. Whether you’re looking for a quiet, secluded getaway or a bustling urban adventure, this list of top getaways for solo travelers has it all.
1. Seattle, Washington
With a coffee shop on seemingly every corner, Seattle provides solo travelers with plenty of spaces to hang out and talk to locals. Single drinkers are not uncommon and the laid back atmosphere encourages casual socializing. Soak in the rich Seattle culture at Pike Place Market, Seattle’s downtown public marketplace, with a neighborhood atmosphere and plenty of spots for relaxing, including the Storyville Coffee Company with a cozy fireplace and plush seating with a view. For a view of the entire city, be sure to go to the top of the Space Needle, and if you’re hoping to meet up with an eclectic crowd, check out the event schedule at the Museum of Pop Culture on Fifth Avenue.
2. Austin, Texas
If you want to meet new people, consider booking a vacation home in Austin. With several festivals taking place in the city nearly every month, there’s always somewhere to hang out and do something fun along side locals and other travelers. Meet up with others who share your musical taste at one of the more than 250 music venues across the city, and then sit back and have a few drinks while discussing the performances at one of the motley collection of bars along Rainey Street.
3. Washington, D.C.
With affordable entertainment options, including the sprawling Smithsonian and historical attractions at the National Mall, Washington, D.C. offers an activity-packed vacation to solo travelers on a budget. Spend an afternoon at the zoo, striking up conversations with others enjoying the exhibits, and then check out one of Washington’s many international restaurants, such as the excellent Afghan cuisine at the Food Corner Kabob House or the Lebanese specialties at Zaytinya, and enjoy the chance to try something new without worrying about the tastes of your dining companions.
4. Lenox, Massachusetts
Lenox, in the heart of the Berkshires, offers solo travelers a variety of great farmer’s markets for stocking the their vacation home kitchens plus many organized activities to make it easier to socialize. Browse vacation rentals to find something affordable in an area likely to attract others similar to yourself, and then head to the nearest coffee shop to get the lay of the land. Consider planning your vacation time to take in a concert at the Tanglewood Music Center or to attend the annual Food and Wine Extravaganza. If you’re hoping for a little solo relaxation, take in a yoga or meditation workshop at the nearby Kripula Center, and then head to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to explore miles of hiking trails through 1,300 acres of wilderness.
5. Las Vegas, Nevada
Whether you enjoy an occasional game of chance or can’t wait for the opportunity to sample top entertainers, a getaway in Las Vegas fits the bill, and the city that never sleeps makes sure that solo travelers never suffer from boredom. If you’re a thrill seeker, head to the top of the Stratosphere tower for some of the highest thrill rides in the country, or take a ride on SlotZilla, the Las Vegas urban zip line, for a great view and a chance to bond with other travelers over a new experience. Head down the promenade to find plenty of bars, eateries, and interesting things to see, and make sure to check out the fantastic light shows at night. When you need a break, your vacation rental provides a relaxing retreat to rest up for more excitement the next day.
6. Miama, Florida
If your ideal getaway includes fantastic nightlife and innumerable daytime shopping opportunities, Miami offers all that plus gorgeous beaches. Take advantage of the tropical climate, and sign up for an outdoor adventure class, such as scuba diving or deep sea fishing, to help you meet other like-minded individuals.
7. Denali Park, Alaska
Book a vacation rental in Denali Park, and enjoy exploring the Alaskan wilderness of Denali National Park and Preserve on your own terms. As a solo traveler, you get to set your own itinerary and focus, such as photography, wildlife sighting, or kayaking. Alaskans tend to be warm and welcoming to travelers, and both narrated tour buses and transit buses provide easy access to many areas of the park in the summer allowing you to get around easily and connect with other travelers.
8. Beacon, New York
Glory in the beauty of the Catskill Mountains during a getaway to the small riverside town of Beacon. Browse the vintage clothing shops and quaint boutiques, and savor coffee in one of the many local cafes. Fine dining opportunities include The Roundhouse and The Pandorica, and single diners are common due to the town’s close proximity to New York City and regular crop of business travelers. Be sure to save some time for excursions into the beautiful surrounding countryside, and spend at least one afternoon browsing the contemporary art collections at Dia:Beacon.
9. Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
If you love art, head to Bay St. Louis for a fabulous vacation on the Gulf of Mexico. Walk the streets and alleys of Old Town browsing through the many small art galleries and boutiques for unique finds and new friends. Porch seating at Mockingbird Cafe is the perfect place sip a cup of your favorite brew and visit with the locals. Drop in for one of the walk-in classes at Treehouse Yoga, and then spend some time on yourself with a massage and facial at Spa at the Bay.
10. San Francisco, California
If you dream of visiting the Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz Island, plan a getaway in San Francisco. This urban hot spot offers plenty of activities for single travelers with beautiful watery views on three sides of the city. Take advantage of San Francisco’s widely available public transportation including its iconic trolleys to visit all the typical tourist sights, including Coit Tower at the top of Telegraph Hill for a fantastic view in every direction.
11. Savannah, Georgia
Immerse yourself in Southern charm with a vacation getaway to Savannah. A vacation rental right in the city makes it easy for solo travelers to explore the many historical squares throughout the city on foot. Sample authentic Southern-style fried chicken at Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room or Savannah Fried Chicken, and take a walk along Jones Street and in Forsyth Park to see some of the best in Southern architecture. Some of the historical mansions are open to visitors, including the Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House. If you want to dig into the history of the area more deeply, an architectural tour or a Dead of Night Tour is a great way to learn from experts and meet other travelers.
12. Haiku-Pauwela, Hawaii
Located on the north shore of Maui, Haiku-Pauwela offers travelers a small town location close to some of Maui’s most scenic areas. The Road to Hana is the best way to access many of these scenic wonders, and making the journey solo lets you set the pace and focus for a truly customized experience. If you want to make new friends, try signing up for a surf lesson or an organized snorkeling trip. Fall and spring are the most affordable times to visit Maui, and the weather is nearly always good in the region.
13. Albuquerque, New Mexico
Head to Albuquerque for its numerous festivals and thriving Southwest culture. From the Albuquerque Balloon Festival in autumn to the Twinkle Light Celebration in winter to the numerous Summerfests throughout the city, something is nearly always happening to pull solo travelers in with quality entertainment and engaging activities. Spend some time exploring Old Town Albuquerque for quaint shops, historic adobe buildings, and hip art galleries, and be sure to take the short drive to the Petroglyph National Monument to view some of the oldest rock carvings in North America.
14. Nashua, New Hampshire
For cultural events plus a scenic trail system perfect for solitary hiking, Nashua is a great choice for your solo vacation. Consider an autumn visit to participate in the New England Roots Festival with live entertainment, art installations, plus an extensive selection of food trucks and craft vendors. Mine Falls Park offers a canal system for solo kayak adventures, and visit MT’s Local Kitchen and Wine Bar great American fusion cuisine and a huge wine selection with many vegetarian options.
15. Portland, Oregon
Portland is a foodie’s paradise, and solo travelers have no trouble finding delicious ways to spend their time, from upscale vegan dishes at Farm Spirit or Blossoming Lotus to junk food at its finest at Voodoo Donuts and The People’s Pig. To work off some of those delectable treats, browse the shops downtown, or if the iconic Portland rain begins to fall, walk the aisles of Powell’s Books, the one of the largest independent new and used bookstores in the world. Portland nightlife offers up a multitude of clubs with dancing and DJs, but if you prefer a quieter night head to Mactarnahan’s Tap Room or Belmont Station for some of the local craft brews and quiet conversation your soon-to-be new friends.
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