When it comes to solo travel, destination makes a big difference. I hate to admit it. I like to believe that with the right attitude, anything can be an adventure. But as a solo traveler, destination is important. Some places just aren't safe for a solo female traveler, and some places honestly just aren't that interesting when traveling alone. That's why, in my preparation of all the travel I hope to do when I return to America, I've put together a list of the top five U.S. cities for solo travelers.
1. Portland, Oregon
I've been lucky enough to visit Portland, and I'm a little embarrassed by how much I love it. It truly is a hipster mecca, and I loved every weird inch of it. I loved the chai flight and the delicious mini donuts at Pip's Original Doughnuts. I loved the maze of books at Powell's City of Books. I loved the artisan teas, gourmet meals, and over-the-top weirdness. Portland is, without a doubt, the perfect city for a solo traveler.
2. Nashville, Tennessee
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I have yet to visit Nashville, but I am insanely curious. Apparently, it's known as one of the friendliest cities in the U.S., which is great news for us solo travelers. I imagine Nashville as the combination of Southern hospitality and the anything goes attitude of big cities. Plus, with all the music in Nashville, there's a lot to do, see, and hear as a solo traveler.
3. Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte wasn't really on my radar until I came across a Charlotte bucket list. I read the words "India Festival" and immediately started researching places to stay in Charlotte because I could eat samosas for days. Then I discovered they have Food Truck Fridays, not to mention all the museums. Now Charlotte is very much on my radar.
4. Boulder, Colorado
I stayed in Boulder for a few days during the Hanuman Festival, which was a truly incredible experience, but the festival was only half of what I loved about my time there. From shopping and eating on Pearl Street to hiking the nearby mountains, Boulder is full of fun things to do. It's an incredibly safe and friendly city for those traveling alone.
5. Boston, Massachusetts
I've been to Boston three or four times now, and with every visit, I fall more in love. At first, I was doing the traditional tourist stuff, like walking the Freedom Trail and eating oysters. By the last visit, I was exploring the Arnold Arboretum and falling in love with Jamaica Plain. One thing is clear. No matter how many times I visit Boston, it continues to be one of my favorite cities for solo travel.
The world is big and full of adventure, and the best way to see it all is just to start. Pick a city that suits your interest and book a ticket. Soon enough you'll be seeing the world! Tell me, did I miss your favorite U.S. city for solo travel? Tell me about it in the comments below!
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