Thinking about a solo travel trip but don’t have the time to head to popular spots in Europe, Asia, or South America? 

Fear not, because there are plenty of amazing spots for solo travelers all across America. And, you don’t need to go far, some of them are a perfect weekend road trip away. 

In this post, we’re going to highlight 5 cities that we think are perfect spots for solo travelers. 

So get your backpack ready, fill up the tank, and let’s take a road trip!

For Plenty of Nightlife: New Orleans, Louisiana

horse and carriages in front of Jackson Square in New Orleans

You are never going to run out of things to do and see in the Big Easy. That makes it a perfect city for solo travel. 

Take a tour of the Mardi Gras World or the Garden District. If you love spooky things, you can enjoy a different haunted ghost tour every night. The food is incredible; you can’t miss beignets and coffee at Cafe Du Monde, or po-boys at Avery’s. And of course, there is plenty of nightlife from bars to jazz performances to keep you busy. 

For the History Buff: Washington, DC

Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC at night time, with building reflection on the water

Love visiting museums and historical sites? Well, you can’t go wrong spending any time in Washington, DC as a solo traveler.

Washington, DC is a museum lovers paradise. The Smithsonian owns and operates almost two dozen, and most of them are free. You can easily spend hours in the African American Museum, Air and Space Museum, and the National Zoo to start. From there, wander the historical monuments all over the city, and you can even tour Congress or the White House.

For a Quiet Getaway: Portland, Oregon

Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon

Portland is a popular city with a small town feel that has plenty of friendly people and lots of things to explore and do. 

Spend any time in one of Portland’s many cafes or coffee shops, and you’ll likely strike up a friendly conversation with your barista. They’ll probably tell you to head to their favorite food truck for lunch. Or you can explore the Japanese Gardens and then get lost for hours inside Powell’s Books. Portland is also a perfect hub for mini excursions to Columbia River Gorge too. 

For the Outdoor Adventurer: Boulder, Colorado

Chautauqua Park on a sunny day in Boulder, CO

Want to be close to hiking, skiing, and some pretty cool craft breweries? You can’t go wrong with Boulder. 

You’ll find Boulder tucked into the Rocky Mountains not far from Denver. If you’re up early to get a hike in, head to Chautauqua Park this is a favorite spot. Or drive 20 minutes outside Boulder and hike Eldorado Canyon State Park. Once you’ve worked up a thirst, hit up some of Boulder’s craft breweries for tours and tastings.

For a Beach Vacation: San Diego, California

San Diego Torrey Pines State Park in California during sunset

There’s a reason why many people flock to San Diego all year round for vacation; the beautiful weather and sandy beaches. 

Love being at the beach? Well, San Diego might be your true calling. Start out by exploring La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Then, you can hop on a ferry to take in the views of Coronado Island. And if you get hungry, well you’re in luck. San Diego has some incredible Mexican food. City Tacos and Puesto are both casual local favorites. 

Regardless of what kind of solo adventure you want to go on, there are plenty of options for you in the US. Enjoy one of these hot spots, or pick your own! And for help with hotel reservations along the way, check out our sister site,