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Live the American dream in these US solo travel hot spots!

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Traveling doesn’t come easy for everyone, so while I’m the first to encourage international adventures, don’t forget that there’s plenty of fun to be had exploring your own backyard first. So what makes a destination solo travel-friendly? I look at the attractions, the city’s vibe, accessibility, hospitality, and costs.

Whether you’re into the outdoors, or want a cosmopolitan atmosphere, here are the best places to travel alone in the US.

1. San Francisco, California

Easily one of the most photogenic cities to hail from the west coast, San Fran is a local and international favorite for many. Not only is the city and its sights awesome, but the energy you get from the people is pretty special too. The misty mornings, hills, and and bay views from all angles make you feel like you’re in the setting of a movie.

With the affordable BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) getting you around, cable cars, scenic walks, and buses, explore Pier 39, have a picnic in Golden Gate Park, visit the Japanese Tea Garden, have dinner in Chinatown, and take a free walking tour to meet people

Last but not least, head to Marin Headlands for that iconic Golden Gate Bridge shot, the main reason you want to visit I’m sure

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2. New York, New York

The concrete jungle where dreams are made of and pursued by people from every walk of life. The thing about traveling in New York is that doing it solo is unlikely, because it’s such a densely populated city, so you’re going to be surrounded by people everywhere you go. New York can easily break the bank, but not if you plan ahead. Like if you wanted to catch a Broadway show and don’t mind waiting in line a bit, show up to the box office and opt for their standing room only tickets, or even their lottery system and see what you could land!

Because New York is such a diverse city, you can take a trip around the world without leaving the city, because every type of cuisine can be eaten in the Big Apple. Use MeetUp.com to see what events are going on that week, grab some bites at Chelsea Market, and sit at a coffee shop to people-watch like a champ.

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3. Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta is a city I will never get tired of visiting because you have that perfect blend of urban charm and natural beauty that make it special. There are dozens of local museums to peruse, parks to stroll in, and a diverse range of restaurants to stuff your face in. And no visit to Atlanta is complete without a stop in Mary Mac’s Tea room for a taste of that southern hospitality the area is known for. The soul food will be plentiful, and the nightlife will help you burn off the calories, dancing to jazz, blues, and Atlanta’s massive hip-hop scene. I recommend staying in Midtown as it’s super safe to walk around at night, and central to everything.

best places to travel alone in the US - Atlanta, Georgia

best places to travel alone in the US - Atlanta, Georgia

4. New Orleans, Louisiana

Continuing with my love for the south, no city is more welcoming and fun to navigate solo than New ‘Ahhlins’. It’s a quirky city, with the French Quarter full of shops, churches, museums, art, and street musicians to add the perfect flair. From the French Quarter, you can walk to the Mississippi River for a surplus of tours in the area. There’s a Swamp and Plantation excursion where you can see old oak trees covered in Spanish moss that makes for some amazing photos.

Jazz clubs are everything and more at night, and you’d be crazy not to try the gumbo or crawfish in town.

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5. Lawrence, Kansas

Though unfairly placed in the “flyover state” region, Lawrence, Kansas is more than just a college town with an insanely loyal University of Kansas basketball fanbase. I lived 10 minutes away from this city for five years, and I truly took its beauty for granted. It’s most gorgeous in the Autumn, as basketball season is approaching, the trees turn golden and orange hues, and the weather is still fairly warm at night.

It feels like a very young city as it draws almost 30,000 college students to KU’s campus every year. While the streets are all conveniently named after U.S. states, Mass street is the one you’ll probably frequent the most. Full of hipster vibes, cafes, boutique and thrift shops, and bars with the sports channels locked in, it’s so inviting, and there is no such warmth such as the Midwestern hospitality.

Hit up the Prairie Park Nature Reserve if Mother Nature is your jam, but also check out the Spencer Museum of Art, and Free State Brewing Company for a fun and inviting pub atmosphere in the heart of Kansas.

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best places to travel alone in the US - Lawrence , Kansas

6. Boulder, Colorado

With close to 45,000 acres of easily accessible and wide-open landscapes of beauty, it is such a pedestrian and biker-friendly city, with an amazing vibe downtown. Boulder’s iconic Flatirons perfect the postcard-perfect scenery, but it’s the creative scene I love most about this city. There are dozens of galleries, museums, theaters, and dance studios with performances and shows to check out fairly often. The Boulder’s Farmer’s Market is a great way to support local farmers and chefs, and it’s known as one of the biggest foodie towns in North America.

Opt for a stroll through Rocky Mountain National Park or Golden Gate Canyon State Park to take in all of Mother Nature’s glory. Easily one of the safest cities in the states, and one that you could never get tired of.

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best places to travel alone in the US - Boulder , Colorado

7. Austin, Texas

There’s a reason Austin consistently ranks as the top city to live in the U.S. amongst locals. Not only is it super accommodating for solo travelers, it has a vibe and spirit about it that makes it desirable for everyone. It’s urban, vibrant, and hip which makes it easy to navigate alone. The hostel culture here is rapidly growing, and there’s never a short of things to do whether you love music, food, or art. For bars and live music, check out Sixth Street, for a young scene, hit up Rainey Street, and to hang with the locals, check out Elephant Room, Eastside Showroom, and Brass House. Austin is most famous for its festivals, especially SXSW (South by Southwest), but there is something for the music and art lover at all times of the year.

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8. Portland, Oregon

I love Portland because it’s a bit of an underrated gem of the west California cities get all the shine. It has such natural beauty and gorgeous landscapes, that your first stop should be the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. There are tons of spunky cafes, pubs, and restaurants to keep you fed, and it’s incredibly easy to navigate by car. Probably one of the safest cities in the U.S, it’s a city you can discover as you want and at your own pace. Pioneer Square is a nice contrast if you’re needing electric vibes, and there’s usually food carts to peruse on weekends. If you’re someone who’s laid back and wants to see some of the best of the west, Portland is a great start.

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best places to travel alone in the US - Portland , Oregon

9. Washington, D.C.

This list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the capital, because I consider it one of the best travel destinations for the independent and savvy traveler. I loved the downtown area and its surplus of galleries, gardens, and museums to peruse. You could ice-skate, hit up the many bars, and museum-hop the galleries and exhibits of the Smithsonian Institution (as they’re all free). It’s the political capital so don’t be surprised to engage in a few mentally-stimulating conversations with strangers. The nightlife is great and the history of the city is just as interesting. And though it’s safe, don’t be surprised to see public demonstrations, security organizations, and authority vehicles regularly. I recommend staying in Upper Georgetown and traveling during non-peak hours to save money on your fare.

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10. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I’d be lying to say Will Smith’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air tune isn’t ringing in the back of my head every time I think of this city. It has a character and spunk about it that makes it feel welcoming to the solo traveler. Vibrant markets, colorful street art, and philly sandwiches aside, I think it’s a must for those who might be overwhelmed by a city like New York, but would welcome a less-hectic version of it. The public transportation system is efficient, and I felt pretty comfortable around at night.

Check out Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens for incredible mosaic art, The Reading Terminal Market for a lively eating experience, and ride to the top of City Hall Tower for a nice aerial view. It’s hard to be bored in a city like Philly, and I’m already dying to return.

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10 Best Places for Couples to Travel in the US

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There is nothing better than planning for a romantic getaway with your beloved partner at the best places for couples to travel in the US.

And it turns all the better when you visit the beautiful and breath-taking locales in the US. You and your better-half can begin a new life, starting with a romantic honeymoon.

And what is a better choice than the US.

According to various reviews, the US ranks the best domestic honeymoon spots.

There are several cost-effective and amazing holidaying spots in the US where the couple can rejoice their romantic rendezvous, without much planning.

Right from the vacation spots with sun-kissed beaches of Hawaii and San Francisco to the coffeeshops of York city, or the adventurous hikes at the rocky terrains of San Diego or North Carolina – you can cherry-pick your most-favored one.

And, of course, Read below the list of ten such places for a dream-like vacation, which the loving couples of the US can enjoy to the fullest.

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Ashbury Park is just perfect for the music-loving and adventure-seeking couples. It is the cultural hub, based on the coastline of New Jersey.

The pair can enjoy a romantic date by booking a table at the Ashbury Hotel. While dining here, they will get a combined feeling of ‘rock-n-roll’ culture with Victorian times.

They can also celebrate their ever-lasting relationship by taking a cozy stroll at Ashbury Park or planning to watch a movie.

Sedona, Arizona

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How about breakfast in the middle of the rocky terrains of Sedona in Arizona, with your soul mate? Or a candle-lit dinner in one of the well-known eateries overlooking the red rocks of Sedona Boynton Canyon?

Among the famous red rocks of Sedona, there are a handful of lavish resorts where you can plan to spend some good time with your loved one.

Sedona is one of the best places for couples to travel in the US.

And, it is one of the dream destinations for most. Plan a couple of weeks ahead of time to avail the best of all in Sedona.

The Black Hills, South Dakota

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The couples of the United States can opt for a romantic trip with some adventure in it by planning to visit South Dakota‘s Black Hills.

Pack all your stuff in the car roof racks and head towards the magnificent romantic hide-out of the Black Hills.

Enjoy the picturesque locales and get the view of the majestic sculptures in the mountains while driving.

Plan for camping under the star-lit sky, on the thick greens and pomegranate towers! Make your moments to closeness an unforgettable one. 

Kauai

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How about a small campaign on the island of Kauai?

This beautiful island is no bigger than a coconut palm tree, literally. So, you explore the place on foot with your soulmate. It is one of the oldest amongst the chain of Hawaiian Islands.

Thus, the beautiful beaches, clear blue skies, and pristine sea will never disappoint both of you. A weekend trip is more than sufficient to explore the beauty and celebrate your friendship.

Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island, got the position 10 in my list of best vacation spots in the US for couples. 

Plan to spend a weekend, relaxing on the sun-kissed beaches of Newport, Rhode Island. Explore this historic coastal island with your partner, and fall in love once again! Avail the 

With amiable holiday resorts, their lavish dining options, go for quiet walks along the sea-side and witness the picturesque twilights with your partner.

Newport is the right place for those trying to get hold of a perfect romantic location to spend some fruitful time together.

To make your weekend more memorable, opt for a ride in Sloop Eleanor, to get the lifetime experience on a private cruise during the sunset.

Enjoy the moments of togetherness with delicious eats with sparkling red wine served by Sweet Berry Farm. 

Santa Monica, California

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California‘s Santa Monica generally tops the list of most of the happy couples in the US. It is one of the best places for couples to travel in the USA.

Spend an entire day shopping, at the arcade just a couple of minutes away from the city’s breath-taking Third Street Promenade.

Enjoy a romantic candle-light dinner at one of the beach shacks. Appreciate the evening with the newly-defined tradition by selecting your favorite food from the assortment of teas, caviar, glittering champagne, high-end cocktails, soft muffins, and delicious sea-food.

Later, walk on the beaches, and enjoy the sea waves with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop.

Napa Valley

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Now, this place is for wine-loving couples. While heading towards Highway 29, you will come to witness many Californian wineries.

Please take a tour inside one of the wineries and visit their wine-making areas. Taste the goodness of some sparkling red with your beau.

Opt for a guided tour to make the most of your trip to the wineries of Napa Valley.

You can also transform your romantic vacation into a profitable one, by visiting the royal casinos of Las Vegas.

Explore the unexpected with your beau, and make the nights immemorable.

Plan accordingly, and get a life-time experience in the City of Lights’ spectacular dance shows, waterparks, strips points, and of course the ever-engaging casinos.

Once out on the streets of Vegas, you relish the lavishness and extravagance at every corner!

Nashville

Nashville is for those who are looking forward to spending some fun-filled evenings with their girlfriend.

It is one of the happening romantic getaways amongst American couples. The music-loving couples will appreciate the unique attributes of Nashville’s museums with musical and night themes.

The John Cash Museum caters to the extravagance of artistic genius. His artistry gave the world the famous ‘Ring of Fire’ and ‘Walk the Line.’

Be one of the spectators and plan to take a backstage tour. Get the lifetime experience of the age-old radio show of the US with your loving partner.

New Orleans

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New Orleans is well-known for its unique state-of-art architecture. Plan for a walk through the alleys to experience the strong influence of French and Spanish.

For some moments, you might get a feeling of visiting one of the European cities! Apart from the European impact and the cultural attributes of Creole, New Orleans’ cuisine is extraordinary.

The gourmet scene has taken a considerable leap in recent years, turning New Orleans into one of the most sought-after places to visit amongst the American Couples.

The fine arts have recently evolved, making the art-lovers visit the city, at least once with their partners.

Get a glimpse of the budding local artists to sell their creation while traveling to many parts of New Orleans.

And not to forget the memorable walks in the French Quarter. Spent time with your girlfriend eating delicious beignets, jambalaya, crab meat, or shrimp Po’boy.

While at New Orleans, a classic boat-ride is a must. You can admire the city’s beauty, situated at the tip of Mississippi. Click photos to create memories forever.

Savannah

You can plan for a week-long trip to the Savannahs with your partner.

Take a stroll through the Jones Street and attractive and beautiful Forsyth Park with your soulmate. You both will get the know-how of some historic sites once at savannah.

The ancient pre-war architecture, the Spanish moss, and the delicious local cuisine will make you and your love create memories of togetherness.

While at Savannah, you should plan to visit River Street, get into some shopping of curios from the antique stores. Stir the art-loving soul by visiting the Telfair Museum of Art and the SCAD Store.

The art college students will be more than happy to entertain both of you with their beautiful and intricate fine arts. You can also buy some souvenirs as a token of remembrance from here.

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Final Thought on Best Places for Couples to Travel in the US

No one requires any state declared holiday to plan for a vacation with your beloved.

What is most required is a holiday spot, conducive to stay together for some time, spend some quiet and cozy moments, and double-up your romance!

From rural wine places to tropical islands and mountains, the US caters to all the romantic getaways, where you never require a passport.

So, why wait?  Sit and plan out for your next romantic trip to enjoy some time off together.

As mentioned above, ten best vacation spots will surely help create the most of your time of togetherness.

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Best Places To Travel Alone in The US

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The USA is remarkably vast. From its east coast to the west, it is packed with countless unique and memorable experiences. A destination famous for its national parks, dynamic cities, gorgeous beaches, rich historical sites, and quaint countryside, USA has always been a favorite among holidaymakers. However, ever wondered how a solo traveling experience would be in the USA, while the country offers plenty of places for families and friends to get together and enjoy quality time. But there are also many excellent destinations that are ideal for solo travelers in the US. So where to travel solo in the USA? The guide below will give you an overview of the 11 best cities in America for solo travel. Undoubtedly, some of the best places to travel alone in the US even for the first time for a solo traveling adventure.

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USA’s Best Solo Travel Destinations

San Francisco, California

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Solo travel California - San Francisco in California

The moment you step in San Francisco, you feel one of their own. One of the coolest places to visit in the US, San Francisco lets you wander freely and enjoy pleasant warmth and memorable experiences. Enjoy the beaches, the wharves, the friendly neighborhoods, free concerts and events at your own pace. Not to mention the glorious vistas of Golden Gate Bridge and the iconic tram ride through the streets of San Francisco. This is one place you would instantly fall in love with its locals, its ambiance and stunning vistas.

 

 

 Las Vegas, Nevada

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Best solo vacations USA -  Las Vegas in Nevada

Las Vegas is one of the most popularized places to travel in the USA. One would think of Las Vegas as a place where you cannot travel without any company. However, traveling solo to Las Vegas gives you immense freedom and plenty of things to do on your own. You get to lavish in a luxury, party all night, take hot air balloon rides, get to know people and make new friends. Las Vegas will never give you a dull moment on your trip.

 

 

 New Orleans, Louisiana

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Best places to travel alone -  New Orleans in Louisiana

New Orleans might be famous for its Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras, but there is much more to this appealing township. The city is a great place to enjoy the sublime ambiance, good company, and great food. The city is renowned for its pulsating nightlife, music scene and the eclectic blend of French, African and American cultures. The colorful street murals of the By water neighborhood, its charming alleys, and nature parks, colonial and antebellum heritage – New Orleans take you through a soul-soothing journey away from the urban masses and chaotic life.

 

 

Asheville, North Carolina

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Solo travel California - Asheville in North Carolina

If you have always felt that the USA is all about modernism, a visit to Asheville will open your eyes to a different  and new perspective. Surrounded by pristine mountains, Ashville is a city filled with historical buildings and a vibrant art scene. Stroll around the city to view its historical elements and grab a bite at its quaint cafés and craft breweries. You can also enjoy the sightseeing on the city’s trolley tours.  It is a great place for being outdoorsy, to meet people and saunter around. The trekking or biking adventure on its nature trails is a must do while you are here. Its lush rolling mountains are scattered with countless gorgeous waterfalls.  Take a trip to Asheville and guaranteed you will be smitten by this place the moment you arrive.

 

 

 Moab, Utah

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Best place for solo trip - Moab in Utah

If you feel like taking a hiatus from the modern hustle bustle of the world, check out Moab in Utah – a haven for serenity and outdoor adventures. Add a twist of adventure to your solo travel and head to its pristine national parks which are among the popular USA tourist attractions for travelers. It is a great place to enjoy the serene solitude amid nature’s splendors. Moab is popular for camping and hiking, and its astounding scenic vistas make it worthwhile to enjoy the sublime solitude blended in wonders of nature.

 

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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Safest cities for women to travel alone in the US - Cape Cod in Massachusetts

Appreciate the slow pace of life, pause a little and enjoy the moment. That’s what a visit to Cape Cod is all about.  Teeming with beautiful, pristine beaches, Cape Cod lets you get your dose of nature’s wonder and stunning sunsets. This destination is safe for female solo travelers as well. Take a drive on the scenic route, go hiking on the nature trails or simply bask in the serene beachside ambiance. Whatever you choose to do, Cape Cod will leave a lasting impression on your mind.

 

 

Nashville, Tennessee

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Best cities for solo travelers in the USA - Nashville in Tennessee

Enjoy the mishmash of country music, culinary delights, historical attractions, and amazing art and culture scene. The upbeat downtown offers live music concerts and plenty of restaurants and cafes to mingle with locals and relish a scrumptious meal amid good music. The city preserves its historic charms and offers exciting experiences of horse-drawn carriage rides. Known as the Music City, you can find yourself wandering around houses of music industry’s popular stars and almost every night you can witness a musical concert. You can take a tour of the city on the Old Town Trolley and even go hiking on the city’s gorgeous hiking trails.

 

 

New York, New York

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Best cities in America for Solo Travelers - New York

New York is one of the most lively cities in the world invites you to explore its vibrant ambiance, multicultural facet, and its numerous tourist attractions. The Big Apple is a city that is always on its toes throughout the year. The city is a medley of people from different nationalities and all walks of life. That’s why New York is a great place for solo travelers as you will never feel that you are all alone in a big city. It’s an ideal place to meet new friends and start new friendships. Also, there are so many iconic attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Empire State Building to name a few which are ideal for visiting on your own to enjoy the experience wholeheartedly.

 

Boulder, Colorado

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Safest places to travel alone in the US - Boulder in Colorado

Nestled amid the gorgeous Rocky Mountains, Boulder in Colorado is one of the pleasant and safe cities to visit in the USA. The city is sheathed in nature’s abundance of snowcapped peaks, picturesque meadows and vineyards blended with a charming township. The ambiance is refreshing and gels perfectly with the warmth of the friendly locals. The quaint settings of Pearl Street, the massive slab stones of Flatirons, vibrant teahouses, all will just make you fall in love with this US city. Here are also plenty of adventure activities to look forward to such as hot air ballooning, cycling tours, and skiing and snowboarding during winters. There won’t be a single moment that makes you feel lonely on your Boulder trip. Life’s amazing here with good food, lively people and great art and culture scene. It has been voted as USA’s Happiest City by National Geographic.

 

Washington D.C 

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Best places in the USA for solo travelers - Washington D.C

The capital city of the United States of America is a perfect destination for solo travelers. The city’s strong public transportation network, safety records and the proximity of numerous US attractions is a convenience for solo wanderers. It is also budget friendly as numerous attractions can be done free of charge.  The city’s rich historical elements, a fantastic collection of museums and monuments together with touches of art and the cultural scene makes it one of the most popular cities to visit in the USA. The city also embraces nature’s beauty within its modern and historical ambiances. If you are a nature lover, you would love taking a stroll through the city’s parks and gardens during the cherry blossom season.

 

 

Florida Keys, Florida

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Solo female travel USA - Florida Keys in Florida

Undoubtedly you are going to have a lovely time in the Florida Keys even being alone. Its pristine beaches are where you can just let go of your stress and relax in the warm sunshine as azure waters lap up on sandy beaches. The Florida Keys is also renowned for its self-drive tours where you can witness the beauty of the destination flanked by the turquoise sea on a laid back road trip. The drive across Tavernier Creek Bridge to Islamorada is breathtakingly beautiful and something you will not forget in your lifetime.  If you are interested in marine adventure, then the Florida Keys offers you an array of different activities to discover its underwater treasures. At John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, you can enjoy glass-bottom boat tours, scuba diving, and snorkeling trips.

 

Everyone should once embark on a solo travel sojourn in their life. The experience is unique and an enriching way to enjoy your time alone. It boosts confidence and lets you feel empowered in your life. You also get absolute freedom in choosing where to go, what to see and can be in full command of your journey. USA’s destinations are marvelous to visit for solo traveler and are safe for single female travelers as well. So tick off solo travel adventure from your travel bucket list this year. All you need to do is get your USA visa from Dubai or any places convenient to you. Plan your journey with your favorite US places and gear up for one of the best solo escapades of your life.

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15 Best USA Trips To Take In Your Twenties

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Ready to bite into a Philly cheesesteak or cycle from brewery to brewery in Alaska? We’ve researched some of the best trips to take in your twenties in the USA, developing this stellar list of getaways each with their own special allure.

Terrific Trips For 20-Somethings

Bungalow bar crawling in Austin, dog sledding in Anchorage, shoreline speed boating in Miami, and motor scooting around Denver. If any of that appeals to you, read on for our shortlist of fantastic trips for 20-somethings. The following destinations have big personalities and plenty of flavor. Discover their unique dining and music scenes, cultural institutions, and outdoor pursuits, and you’ll certainly want to come back for more.

Along with incredible attractions and activities, these places host some superb vacation rentals, too. Booking a rental is often an affordable lodging option, and you’ll enjoy extra space, private outdoor areas, and amenities like a full kitchen and laundry. Not to mention you can stay in the heart of your destination, getting a more authentic local experience. You’ll be free to follow your own schedule, cook your own meals (more money savings!), but still be perfectly located to explore.

From Sin City to the Steel City, here’s our roundup of some of the best vacation spots for 20-somethings in America. And once you decide on a destination, you can book all your tours, activities, and attraction tickets right on TripAdvisor. Plus, our new 24-hour cancellation policy means you can pre-book before arriving, but still have the flexibility to cancel if your itinerary changes.

Nashville, Tennessee

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If you’re a music lover, then Nashville is no doubt one of the best trips to take in your twenties. Don’t leave Music City without catching a show at the Grand Ole Opry. There are so many great things to do in Nashville that it’ll be hard to narrow down—but you might consider this adult-only comedy singalong tour, a two-wheeled guided cycle route—including tips on where to eat, drink, and play—or this open-topped party bus tour. Spend some time hanging out in hip East Nashville for its arty feel, fantastic eateries and, of course, more live music.

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Anchorage, Alaska

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“We returned to this lovely cabin in the woods to see if it was as magical as it was when we visited last November. We were not disappointed!” — TripAdvisor Reviewer

Glittering glaciers, stunning parks, jaw-dropping wildlife: Anchorage is a stunning place to visit with a plethora of amazing activities for 20-something travelers. While you’re here, check out the Alaska Native Heritage Center, dine on king crab or reindeer sausage, go dog-sledding, or, if you’ve timed your trip right, catch those Northern Lights. You can get the lowdown from a local on a biking and brewery tour, complete with complimentary beer tasting and appetizers. Alternatively, have your camera ready for this Insta-worthy full-day tour of Turnagain Arm and Portage Valley, including a tram ride, cruise, and in-the-know city tips.

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Charleston, South Carolina

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No stranger to travel awards, Charleston is certainly worthy among the best trips to take in your twenties. Explore this impossibly pretty place on a downtown culinary tour, unlock its sordid past on a dark side walking tour, or spook yourself out on the popular Ghost and Graveyard tour. Surfers can test out the waves at Folly Beach and art enthusiasts should investigate the exhibitions at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. However you choose to spend your day, wind it up with some satisfying southern cooking.

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Austin, Texas

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Welcome to the live music capital of the world! There are several quirky tours to help you see the city your way—by Segway, paddleboard, bike, and more. On a hot day, take a dip in Barton Springs Pool or Jacobs Well spring. In the evening, experience the food trucks and bungalow bars of Rainey Street or the street art and music venues of East Austin.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

The ultimate party town, Las Vegas is a firm favorite with 20-something travelers, who flock here to witness the lights of the Strip, catch a wild Vegas-style show, and take advantage of the nightlife that goes on until the sun comes up. You can save money and skip some queues with a Las Vegas Explorer Pass, or escape the bright lights and see the stunning scenery of Red Rock Canyon on a scooter car tour.

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Miami, Florida

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“This condo was perfect. It was exactly like the pictures and actually exceeded our expectations. It was close to everything and the view was amazing. The rooftop pool was breathtaking.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer

Good times abound in super-sunny Miami. You can zip along the coastline on a speedboat tour to spy on the island homes of the rich and famous, discover the city’s Cuban heritage on a Little Havana food and walking tour, or simply grab some blades and see South Beach the Miami way. At night, swerve the swanky high-end clubs and go for one of the relaxed beachside lounges with killer views. From March to September, check out the Pérez Art Museum’s Third Thursday event, with DJs, art exhibits, food and drink.

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Kauai, Hawaii

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The spectacular island of Kauai is dotted with waterfalls, blanketed in rainforest, and fringed with coconut palms. What’s not to like? It’s an incredible trip in your twenties with some of America’s most stunning scenery—why not take it all in by zipline, by kayak, or by airvan? Hikers will love the trails through Koke’e State Park and the island’s arty hub of Hanapepe is well worth a visit to pick up a souvenir. Be sure to swing by the Dolphin in Hanalei for fresh seafood with your sunset views.

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Jackson, Wyoming

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Set in the Jackson Hole Valley, this spot is one of the best vacation spots for 20-somethings who want an active getaway. Skiing in winter, exciting white-water adventures in summer, plus a great range of eco tours and guided fishing trips. Stop by the National Museum of Wildlife Art to witness its incredible collection, including works by O’Keeffe and Warhol. Or, don your cowboy boots for beers and some western dancing at the Cowboy Bar.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Start with your Liberty Bell selfie, then move on to all the other wonderful things Philadelphia has to offer. Choose the atmospheric Philly By Night tour, a fine art walking tour or even a pub crawl. This place is alive with festivals and events, especially in spring and summer; you can grab a bite to eat while swinging in a hammock at Spruce Street Harbor Park or follow Parks on Tap, a movable beer event that takes over green spaces around the city. For the ultimate taste of Philadelphia, grab a Philly cheesesteak from Geno’s Steaks.

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Denver, Colorado

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Denver is a super-fun destination for 20-somethings, home to all sorts of happenings celebrating theater, music, food and drink. It’s also close to the Rocky Mountains for outdoor exploration of all kinds. You could choose to see the city on a motor scooter city tour, taking in sights like LoDo (Lower Downtown), the Coors Field baseball park, and the Denver Art Museum. Or you might prefer this craft beer crawl with a local expert. The River North Art District is worth a look for its free events and installations.

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Missoula, Montana

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A good way to begin exploring this mountain city is a scenic cycle along the Riverfront Trail. You can also get to grips with the Northern Rockies on a mountain bike, play a game of disc golf, or explore the backcountry on horseback. Beer fan? You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to craft breweries, so make sure you stop to sample the local creations. And don’t leave town without snapping Missoula’s beloved vintage carousel.

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Boise, Idaho

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“This studio was very artistically appointed with all the little touches to make it welcoming. Hosts were especially accommodating” — TripAdvisor Reviewer

This sports-loving city is home to the Boise River Greenbelt (a lovely place to linger), the Art Deco Boise Art Museum, and an exceptional dining scene. Join the queue at Big City Coffee for delicious baked goods, and then book a table at Fork for tasty, locally sourced food and drink. You can turn your city tour into a game with this smartphone-based scavenger hunt, which takes in major landmarks and outdoor art. Cover all the top brunch spots on this Sunday tour, followed by a scenic hot-air balloon ride at sunset.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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The Steel City welcomes you in with its impressive city skyline, far-spanning bridges, and leafy parks. They’re sports mad here—hockey, football, baseball—so you can catch a game whenever you visit. Then there’s the unmissable Andy Warhol Museum in the North Shore neighborhood, home to the largest Warhol collection in the world. You can dine on top-quality Asian food in Squirrel Hill, or forage in the Strip district for fresh produce to enjoy back at your rental.

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New Orleans, Louisiana

“One does not visit NOLA and not hit up Bourbon Street.” “Bourbon street is the Times Square of NOLA…a sensory overload and a smorgasbord of lasciviousness. Lots of energy and excitement.” “If you like the weird, wild and wacky this is the place for you.” — TripAdvisor Reviewers

Old-world charm, live music playing into the night, incredible cocktails, and as many po-boys, beignets, and oysters as you can eat—NOLA may very well be the best trip to take in your twenties. You can get your bearings on a scavenger adventure or a Segway experience, or go bar to bar on a drunk history tour. Drop in on the city’s excellent summer festivals and be sure to explore the hipster stretch of Magazine Street, with its coffee stops, craft brews, and vintage finds. Of course, leave yourself at least a few hours (or more) to take in famous Bourbon Street.

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Greenville, South Carolina

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Greenville is another top recommendation for travel in your twenties. You’ll find all the artisan coffee and craft beer you could wish for, plus regular live music that’s free to enjoy. Also free of charge is the Greenville County Museum of Art, which houses American art from the colonial era to the present day. A wander across the suspension bridge in Falls Park on the Reedy is a must. If you want the local lowdown, try a guided tour.

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Top 11 Warm Places to Visit in December in the U.S

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Not a big fan of the cold weather during the winter months? With the holidays approaching soon, how about a warm winter getaway? Store away your thick and heavy coats, pack your bags, and go on a vacation somewhere warm. Here are some of the best warm vacation spots in the U.S. for the winters:

1) Savannah, Georgia

Every year, the charming city of Savannah transforms into the perfect southern wonderland with decked out trolleys, boat parades, and little gingerbread towns. With a warm and pleasant temperature of about 63 degrees in December, Savannah is among the best winter sun destinations in the country. You can go on relaxing horse carriage rides on the cobbled streets or a riverside cruise. Just a stroll through the manicured and elegant gardens will make your day spectacular. The beach at Tybee Island is also easily reachable and a perfect place to spot dolphins.

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2) Beacufort, South Carolina

A town with a big heart, Beaufort is in the center of the Low country and is perfect for warm winter vacations. Beaufort is not only close to Savannah and Charleston, but also just a short drive away from the beaches of Hilton Head Island. It is situated at such a prime location that you can not only visit the larger cities nearby but also be a part of small-town Christmas celebrations down in the south. Enjoy warm weather with an average temperature of 60 degrees in the month of December.

3) New Orleans, Louisiana

There is absolutely nothing like the Christmas celebrations in the Big Easy. Go on a boat trip along the Mississippi, and hop on a vintage streetcar ride and devour tasty Creole dishes. Visit Pat O’Brien’s or the Carousel Bar for some late-night piano sessions. Enjoy a warm winter getaway in the beautiful city that is always full of life.

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4) Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu is well known as one of the best winter sun destinations for many reasons, one of them being its famous fish tacos. Because it is surrounded by the sea, Santa chooses to come on a surfboard rather than a sleigh on the island of Oahu. Venture out on a hike to the top of Leahi if you want to witness the panoramic view over Waikiki and Honolulu. You can also use the telescopes at the Makappu Lighthouse if you want to spot whales in the sea. Indulge in snorkeling or go on a historical tour of Pearl Harbor for an amazing experience.

5) Laguna Beach, California

Situated on the Californian coast, the sunny and bright weather makes Laguna Beach an ideal warm winter getaway. The long coastal walks, the deep blue water of the Pacific, and the swaying palm trees offer a picturesque view. The pleasant weather is another reason for you to pack your bags and visit Laguna Beach this holiday season.

6) Santa Monica, California

The enjoyable Candle Night Walk leading to the Shopping Cart Tree at the Edgemar Courtyard is breathtakingly beautiful and the sidewalk sellers along the walk offer some great shopping deals. Experience a fun time along Montana Avenue with local band performances and holiday parties all along the road. With an average temperature of 64 degrees in the month of December, Santa Monica is an ideal place for warm winter vacations.

7) Tempe, Arizona

Situated between Phoenix and Scottsdale, the city of Tempe has its own concerts and exhibitions at the Tempe Center for the Arts which is a historic downtown that is full of local restaurants. It also comes with plenty of outdoor activities due to the warm weather prevailing all year round. The lively environment of this small city makes Tempe an ideal location for warm winter vacations.

8) San Diego, California

The winter season is the time for migration for the California grey whales. Not only is it a sight to behold, but it is also free. An extremely budget-friendly city, San Diego offers a wide range of accommodations that will suit your pocket without burning a hole in it. With temperature hovering around 65 degrees in December, San Diego is among the best warm vacation spots in the U.S. for the winters.

9) Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is one of the best winter sun destinations with its pastel-hued French buildings, beautiful gardens, beaches and harbor. Go around the city on a romantic horse-drawn carriage, get to know the rich history of the city, and indulge in shopping and lunch at excellent restaurants for a brilliant experience. This coastal city has an average temperature of 60 degrees in the month of December making it an ideal place to escape from cold weather.

10) St. Petersburg, Florida

Even with a soaring 72 degrees in December, St. Petersburg is famous for its Snow Fest. Real snow, toboggans, and Santa ensure that winter fun is not missed out even in the hot weather, making it an ideal place for warm winter vacations.

11) Las Vegas, Nevada

What better place to celebrate the holidays other than the City of Lights, Las Vegas? Even though it is the season of holidays, Las Vegas is never asleep. Everything is always open here and you can have a great time in this city. With an average temperature of 57 degrees in December, Las Vegas makes for a fun-filled and brilliant warm winter getaway.

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Amazing Best Places to visit in USA During The Magnificent Christmas & New Year Eve

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December being a holiday season with Christmas and New Year at the door step, it is time for you to decide your holiday destination and pack your bags. Be it a street party that you are looking for or a peaceful celebration with a fancy dinner; USA has it all.

Following are the seven places that you should look forward go to this Christmas and New Year.

Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii

Whether you want an urban style celebration like Waikiki or the tropical style of Oahu such as north shore, you will find it all in Honolulu. One thing unique to this place is the traditional luau such as the Waikiki Starlight Luau at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Go to Ala Moana Boulevard at the Aloha market Place, you will be able to take part in the New Year’s Eve part known as the “Party of the Year”. Sway to the tunes of live music and break some leg to the thundering music of DJ. Food trucks serve hot and cold local delicacies which you can savor and satiate your hunger pangs with. After this at midnight you can see some amazing fireworks at display. If you wish to have a different view of the fireworks show, you can hop aboard Dolphin Star or Star of Honolulu.

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

One of the biggest reasons to apply for US tourist visa this year should be to enjoy festivities in Los Angeles. The City of Angels sure knows how to celebrate the spirit of Christmas and it definitely knows how to party hard when it comes to welcoming the New Year. The biggest celebration for New Year happens at the Grand Park downtown with live music on many stages and food trucks that serve roadside food with a twist. Being a family event, it is alcohol-free, yet many bars nearby host New Year parties. The “Prohibition” is another themed event with deejays, live music, open bar and burlesque dancers. This roaring 20s theme is a unique experience you’ll enjoy to the core. If you are thirsty for some unique events along the Long beach hop on aboard Queen Mary which has live music, international delicacies, unique bars and stunning fireworks at display.

Walt Disney, Florida

Walt Disney, Florida

Considered one of the busiest places on earth during Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Walt Disney brings out the child in you. To make celebrations interesting most of the Walt Disney parties are food based with meals at Monsieur Paul and watch some mouth watering dishes at California Grill while watching fireworks. Live Band, drinks, dance, drinks at Atlantic Dance Hall are some of the few attractions. If you buy your own VIP ticket you can have access to your own bar tender and a special dessert bar. Being one of the most crowded places on earth, it is imperative that you plan your activities well in advance.

New York

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With more than 1, 00,000 places to celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year, you will be spoil for choices in New York. One of the most famous New Year’s Eve destinations is the Times Square, the iconic public square. Either purchase passes for the official party at Times Square or goes past it to the premium open bars. Or for a view that overlooks the Hudson, go to the STK Rooftop and enjoy the live music and dance to the ground shaking music of the in-house DJ. Order some soul satisfying food with the menu spruced up especially for Christmas and New Year. Any place you choose to be in New York, we can say this much that it will be a rocking day for you.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

The city of entertainment, Las Vegas knows how to celebrate Christmas and New Year in style. Be it over-the-top parties or lavish light shows or huge Christmas Tree, Las Vegas has it all. When you are in the sin city you will be spoilt for choices to do activities. Head to the Bellagio conservatory and botanical gardens which is completely converted to a Christmas wonderland. With stockings and snow globes filled with presents, you will be awestruck. Take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy the sight of beautifully decorated and lit Christmas Tree. And guess what it’s free? Head to the ice rink at The Cosmopolitan or just watch the Bellagio fountains as they dance with special lights and music. And do not miss the countdown to new year where crowds gather and cheer in the New Year.

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

One of the best party destinations through-out the year, New Orleans treats you with friendly locals, bars that open till late in the night and some hot dining options. People walking down the road with adult beverages are a common sight here and make an inviting climate for tourists. To enjoy new year in a unique way go to the Jackson Square where New Year is celebrated in historic French style with entertainers playing band and watching stunning fireworks. You can continue partying at clubs and bars at the Bourbon Street in the heart of the city. If you want to go for cruise, go aboard the Steamboat Natchez or Creole Queen and watch spectacular fireworks while enjoying music, dance, and mouth-watering dining options.

Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

If you want to enjoy Christmas and New Year New York Style but want to avoid crowd, the head to Atlanta. The peach drop ball of Atlanta is the same as Times Square ball of New York but just in a smaller scale. Head to the place above Underground Atlanta and enjoy local food and drinks where deejays and entertainers rock your mood. There are also live shows and bands by some big names of the industry. With free admission you can enjoy the festival mood and yet be light on your pocket. The chick- fill-a –peach bowl and many other planned activities you never run short of options to celebrate the festive mood in Atlanta. And don’t miss the famous fireworks next to Stone Mountain to the eats of Atlanta.

Conclusion

USA is one of the best places to visit across the world for its sheer magnificence, amazing weather, warm people, and the fact that it is a destination of every happening activity. So, if you’re starting your journey of wanderlust, start it from USA- a perfect destination for all kinds of travelers.

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