The best places for a solo trip to the United States

Travelling with friends or family is always fun, but there is a certain joy in going on an adventure alone. The solo trip is a way to recharge your batteries, get to know yourself, gain confidence and be autonomous. It’s also a great way to see only what interests you and do what you want! Building your own itinerary based solely on your desires and needs is rewarding and fun, and it allows you to improvise and change things along the way without worrying about anyone’s approval or contribution.

When it comes to solo travel, there may not be any country in the world that is better than the United States. From east to west and from north to south, America is a beautiful, diverse and culturally rich place. It is impossible to see the whole country in one visit (or even two or three!), but with a little planning and foresight, you can remove many places to visit in the United States from your list.

Travelling alone means taking into account factors such as security, language barriers and transportation, more than if you were travelling with other people. It is important to choose destinations where you can feel comfortable travelling alone.

To help you make the most of your stay in America, we have selected the best places in the United States for solo travellers. We hope they will inspire you to continue to visit the USA.

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San Francisco, California

With an excellent public transportation network, a multitude of youth hostels and attractions, San Francisco should be on the list of all American travellers. The Bay Area is beautiful and full of natural beauty – its landscapes blend in perfectly with the city’s vibrant cultural pulse. Go for a bite to eat in one of the local cafés or bars, try a yoga or meditation class, or go to a concert! San Francisco is picturesque, multicultural and expensive, but it is worth it.

While in the Bay Area, consider a day trip to Yosemite National Park. The trip is long, but it is a must for any nature lover. San Francisco is also an ideal starting point for a trip on the Pacific Coast Highway. Rent a car and discover the rest of California on some of the most beautiful roads the United States has to offer.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

You wouldn’t think, at first, that a city full of flashing lights, neon lights, and intense and lively nightlife would be an ideal place to travel alone, but don’t get me wrong! Las Vegas is really good for travelling alone, because there are lots of things to see and do (interested in seeing world-class shows and concerts?), tons of people to meet (who are usually in a very good mood) and tons of hotels to stay in.

This famous festive city has many buses that make travel easier. From cinemas to clubs to casinos, you won’t get bored in this city that never sleeps. Everyone is looking for fun, so it’s likely you’ll make some good friends along the way!

New Orleans, Louisiana

This city – also known as NOLA – may be known for the effervescent madness of Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras, but there is a fascinating and rich cultural history yet to be discovered. It is easy to visit NOLA, as the city is easily accessible by foot, and there are several good hostel and hotel options for visitors. It is also very easy to navigate by tram or bus. And since there are so many people there, you’ll never really feel alone.

For your entertainment, discover the art of duelling and the impact of the influence of France and Spain. Or immerse yourself in the local practices of voodoo and witchcraft. Visit the Garden District and iFrench cemeteries, and make sure you stop close to New Orleans’ famous doughnuts and po’boys.

Seattle, Washington

This major metropolis in the Pacific Northwest offers distinctive neighbourhoods, food from cultures around the world, incredible museums and beautiful public parks. If you are a fan of live music, Seattle will be an enriching experience: stop by any bar and listen to music from jazz to rock, punk to metal, baroque to blues… almost every night of the week! Public transport in Seattle is easy to use and will help you get where you want to go.

Even better, it is very common to have a solo dinner or to attend a music show alone in Seattle. Feel free to take the plunge, you will not feel uncomfortable travelling alone. The waterfront and the city allow you to walk safely alone at night. Seattle is an important city for visitors from all over the world, so you will find many hostels and hotels to choose from.

Boston, Massachusetts

In the northeastern United States, you will find the oldest and richest city in the country in terms of history: Boston! Anchored in colonial history, Boston is made up of winding, cobbled streets that date back to the 17th century, when settlers discovered the United States and made it their home. Centuries later, Boston is an easy city to navigate on foot or by public transit and is full of things to do for anyone travelling alone.

Spend an afternoon walking the Freedom Trail and reading all the details of its history. Or walk to Cambridge and visit the famous Harvard University. If you visit Boston in the summer, you can take a ferry to Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard to discover New England’s seaside culture and the charm of the small town. Our advice: If you like seafood, try clam chowder in Boston. It will change your life.

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15 tips to know about travelling alone in the USA

Travelling alone to the USA?

Yes, why not? Loving to travel alone since 2010, this time I wanted to find an “easy” place to move around, not too isolated (because I didn’t want to lounge in a chaise longue!) and lively enough to recharge my batteries!

So, no desert island, no hiking, no yoga or Thalasso stay but rather in Roots mode, so take my eyes off me for almost 3 weeks! The immense Californian territory, with its almost annual sunshine and so many beautiful things to see! It was my first trip alone on the West Coast.

Okay, there are no museums or historical monuments, but you know what? That’s good because I don’t need it this time!

I would go back there one day to visit the national parks (Zion, Bryce, etc.), it’s been a long time since it’s on my WishList. The great thing about the US is that everything is huge.JI love this notion of immensity as far as the eye can see.… we look far away and we don’t see the end, everything is wide (the roads too!) and we have space! the USA is easy, even in solo mode!


15 things to do when travelling alone in the USA

1) Don’t forget to do your ESTA online before departure (tax) – make a copy and put it in your toilet bag

2) don’t forget to stay ZEN when you arrive at customs, because like me maybe you will be entitled to a double check of my passport! It just looks pretty freaky because the customs officers, unlike some countries, don’t smile at all but then not at all and when you land in San Francisco after 11 hours of flight and are told to wait, you wait, in peace. A security guy came to get me, OK, I followed him into a separate room. And then I waited, among other passengers who were a little lost. And you’re trying to stay Zen. After 45 minutes, they said to me, “Okay, thanks, Mdam!” That’s it, it’s the USA, they take 1-4 people per flight arrival and do a second check. OK, well, welcome to the USA!

3) Book your shuttle in advance, for example to go from the airport to the city centre (San Francisco). Super Shuttle for example. It is very convenient and cheaper than a taxi. The advantage is that it will drop you off at the address you want. Reservations must be made in advance on their website. Disadvantage? It often takes several stops to drop people off before they stop. 7 stops maximum because 7 people! It doesn’t bother me! Immersion in the city is done quietly and less stressfully than on a crowded bus.

4) Book your guest room with Airbnb, in the USA, it’s easy and super fun! I slept in 3 different places during my 12 days in San Francisco! Little Italy, Marina and downtown! It was cool (not necessarily to redo my bag every time but good!). At least I really felt like LIVING IN SAN FRANCISCO.

5) don’t hesitate to go anywhere! Put on good sneakers and go!

6) take the bus: in San Francisco, they work very well and take you everywhere for $2

7) take a tour in the Hop-on/Hop-off bus, these red double-decker buses if you have little time or pain in your feet! They take you everywhere! Count $30 for the day.

8) still in San Francisco, go see the west, its coast and its beautiful beach! Ocean Beach! Yes, there’s a beach in San Francisco and it’s beautiful.

9) Book your flight tickets with Southwest Airways, they are really cheap. You may also consider taking off from San Francisco’s second airport and not the main one. It is Oakland Airport and is located 30 minutes by car from downtown. The advantage? There are far fewer people, customs facilities (it goes a little faster!) and few waiting times for check-in. The low-cost airline Spirit Airlines, for example, offers flight tickets to Vegas at $80!£

10) On Southwest Airways (between Las Vegas and San Diego), the cabin crew is completely crazy! Sometimes they sing or do non-standard protocols and everyone laughs (if you understand English!). I remember the:

11) In Las Vegas, line up to book a bus transfer to your hotel or go in a limousine!

12) go see a show of theCirque du soleil,it’s just magical! It was my dream! As soon as I arrived at the hotel, I went to see Zarkana at the Aria Resort Hotel & Casino. An unforgettable evening with my popcorn!

13) In San Diego, I went to see (with regret) the Zoo (supposedly fabulous!). Even if I’m not into “animals deprived of their freedom”, it’s true that I love animals, but here I saw a kind of sadness in their eyes. And I regretted it. So, for those who have children, certainly, it may be the only valid excuse to go there, there are PASS on the Internet with, for example, 3 parks to visit in several days. For my part, I had made a combination between ZOO, SEAWORLD & UNIVERSAL STUDIOS (California).

14) in San Diego, make a mandatory detour to Little Italy and go to Pacific Beach! The pictures below will give you an idea of what it is! Great! Surf & Sea atmosphere. 15) Feel
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rent a car, even if you are alone like me. I enjoyed it! Not at first (because I was a little afraid to drive there), but then I lived almost American-style! And I loved it. An automatic model, a big sedan (Toyota) and let’s go for the adventure. I rented a car from HERTZ to go to Pacific Beach (GPS required) and then back to Santa Monica (near Los Angeles). Plan your itinerary in advance, quietly and take the time margin. You’re on vacation, don’t stress. Sometimes, like me, you may miss a motorway exit, but it doesn’t matter, you will learn to take the time…

– use the services ofUBER(private taxi) – it is much cheaper, faster and more fun than an ordinary taxi.

– in Los Angeles, go sleep on the Santa Monica side instead, it’s much safer and prettier than Hollywood…..

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