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10 Most Beautiful US Towns To Visit This Time Of Year

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Stowe, Vermont (Flickr: My Discovery)

If you’re looking for picturesque foliage this fall to capture on your kid’s Instagram or your own Pinterest account, you needn’t go far. Whether you live on the East Coast and have access to New England or upstate New York, or you’re on the West Coast in proximity to the Pacific Northwest, or even in the most Southern part of the country, you will find spectacular displays of color and natural beauty. Each of the ten towns listed below offer stunning leaves, family-friendly accommodations, activities and things to do for all ages. It’s easy to spend a day or a weekend, jumping in leaves, snapping shots of fall in its glory, picking apples and drinking hot apple cider.

Here are ten of our suggested most beautiful U.S. towns to visit in the fall.

(MORE: 5 Insanely Beautiful US Cities in the Fall)

Stowe is superb in the fall when its mountains, fields and trails come alive with dazzling colorful foliage. It’s also extremely kid-friendly, offering a village for shopping and strolling, galleries, theaters and great restaurants. Kids will love a visit to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Percy Farm Corn Maze and a visit to the Depot Street Malt Shoppe, a 1950’s style soda fountain for families. An adventurous family will enjoy renting bikes and taking the 5.3-mile recreation path, winding through meadows, crossing the West Branch River on 11 arched bridges or the 1-1/2 hour morning paddle downriver to the Maple Outlet in Jeffersonville where you will learn about the process of making maple syrup. There are also local farms and orchards where you can celebrate fall.

Where to stay: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa offers comfort, lovely service, good food, plenty to do and easy access to Stowe’s village – all the ingredients for a great family vacation. If you want a unique family weekend, head to the Trapp Family Lodge, named after the real family from The Sound of Music, for it was where they relocated after escaping Nazi Europe.

Woodstock a 2.5-hour drive from NYC and is a wonderful place to witness fall foliage. The first week of October is typically peak period, and you can observe the leaves either by hiking on nearby mountain trails, like on Temper Mountain, or by strolling through the town’s country village and tapping into your artsy side in its boutiques and crystal shops. If your kids like apple picking, High Spring Orchard and Woodstock Orchards offer pick-your-own apples and also sell apples from their farm stands. If they like train excursions, the family-friendly Catskill Mountain Railroad Scenic Tour is an hour and thirty-minute railroad ride located in nearby Kingston. And guess what? They offer fall foliage train rides!

Where to stay: The nearby Emerson Resort is perched on the edge of a meandering creek, with views of the mountains from every balcony and a family-friendly restaurant on the premises. For something a bit cheaper, head to the Woodstock Inn on the Millstream, where you can get a room with a full kitchen, fireplace and whirlpool tub, as well as free continental breakfast.

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Beacon, New York (Flickr: David Brooks)

Located on the Hudson River just 60 miles north of New York City, Beacon is a small town that has a warm feeling that’s sprinkled with art, culture, Victorian architecture, good food, boutique shopping and the outdoors. The town offers a plethora of fall activity including the annual Beacon Waterfront Pumpkin Festival and apple-picking at Fishkill Farms where they offer 15 kinds of apples. While in town, be sure to visit Dia: Beacon, a modern art museum housed in a former Nabisco factory that contains a collection of the Dia Foundation of art from the 1960s to the present.

Where to Stay: The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls is located right on Fishkill Creek overlooking Beacon Falls, just minutes from Mount Beacon and steps away from the heart of Main Street. It hosts 14 chic hotel rooms, two restaurants – one inside, one outside – both facing the waterfalls, a yoga studio and spa.

(MORE: Awesome Late Summer to Early Fall Outdoor Adventures for Families)

Newport is one of America’s great, historic cities; and it shines in the fall, making it the perfect family fall getaway. This is a city whose prime attractions are decadent mansions, and they are stunning when surrounded by colorful foliage. In addition to seeing the leaves, kids will love one-hour narrated cruises around Newport Harbor or a visit to Fort Adams State Park where kids can explore a citadel. Kids will love a ride on Newport’s Old Colony & Newport Railway, a historic ride along the west side of Aquidneck Island. The Newport Exploration Center is a maritime museum for children where kids can learn about sea life. The Newport area is also host to a dozen or so apple orchards such as Rocky Brook Orchard, a family run orchard.

Where to stay: If you have never stayed in a lighthouse, now’s your chance. Lighthouse Inn of Galilee offers harbor side rooms with kid-friendly amenities such as Internet access, an indoor swimming pool, arcade and game room. For something more straightforward, head to the Newport Marriott, with amenities that include an indoor pool, spa, and best of all, proximity to the mansions on Ocean Drive.

Bethlehem is located in Lehigh Valley near the Poconos. It’s a city filled with museums, restaurants, antique shops and things to do. The city comes alive in the fall with ghost tours and harvest festivals. Kids will love nearby Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway that goes from Port Clinton into downtown Jim Thorpe, offering beautiful colors and scenery of the Lehigh Gorge State Park. In nearby Easton, kids will love Crayola Experience, a museum dedicated to some of their favorite creative tools on earth: crayons and markers. With 10,000 square feet of science and technology activities for children of all ages, the local Da Vinci Science Center is another wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

Where to stay: You can’t beat the amount of space and comfort that the Hyatt in Bethlehem offers and it’s a great value. Located in the center of town, you can walk to restaurants, antique shops and galleries. It includes free parking in a covered lot, breakfast is and Wifi.

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Vail, Colorado (Courtesy Vail.com)

Vail is gorgeous in the fall, despite the fact this ski town is off-season. Imagine looking down at the fall foliage from a hot air balloon, with a view of the majestic Rocky Mountains, colorful leaves, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Other kid-friendly adventures include zip lining, horseback riding, bike riding, a walk around the Vail Farmer’s Market, fly-fishing and, of course, eating. There is plenty of farm-to-table dining throughout Vail. Scenic drives to fully capture the beauty of the leaves include rides through the Battle Mountain Pass, Red Sandstone Park, Brush Creek Road and Independence Pass.

Where to stay: The Arrabelle at Vail Square is ideal for a family stay. Rooms are spacious and cozy, and the hotel offers unusual touches like pumice stones in the shower, a balcony with a view of Vail, a flat-screen TV, free Wifi and an electric fireplace. Another option is the Lodge at Vail offering murphy beds (great for kids), wood-burning fireplaces and marble bathrooms, plus balconies and mountain views

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Hood River, Oregon (Photo Peter Marbach courtesy Hood River County Chamber of Commerce)

Home to some of the most spectacular fall scenery in the Pacific Northwest, Hood River makes for an awesome sightseeing destination. From orchards to agricultural areas around the river, you can grab your hiking boots and step into Mother Nature to see the leaves – along the Indian Creek Trail or Waterfront Park, for example. There is also Mt. Hood Railroad Excursion Train, taking you through the Upper Valley of Hood River, a cruise on the “Historic Columbia River Scenic Waterway” on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler where the colors of the Gorge jump out in their glory, whitewater rafting in the beautiful Columbia Gorge or you can witness the leaves from the air in a glider or airplane. Hood River is also home to fruit farms, the Dalles Farmers Market, vineyards, chestnut farms and stands, all which come alive in the autumn.

Where to stay: Comfort Suites Hood River is an all-suite hotel less than 2 miles from Mount Hood Railroad that offers free WiFi, hot breakfast and parking.

Port Townsend, Washington

Port Townsend is the perfect place to witness the dramatic fall beauty of Olympic National Park. It’s a great place for a family-friendly hike to see the leaves or stroll through a colorful forest. Public trails surround the town noted by signposts. Your kids may also love taking a boat charter to see the leaves, or biking the Larry Scott Trail to Port Angeles. The city also includes many family-friendly things to do such as the Jefferson County Historical Society Museum, Rothschild House, the Northwest Maritime Center, Fort Warden State Park and Port Townsend Marine Science Center. There are local orchards and farms for apple picking and cider tastings. In addition, the town’s Uptown Historical district is perfect for a stroll on the waterfront.

Where to stay: The Swan Hotel is near the waterfront and Fort Warden State Park and offers rooms and cottages with bay views. Cottages have fireplaces, whirl tubs and patios.

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Avalon, California (Courtes Santa Catalina Island Company)

Avalon is a gorgeous enclave on Catalina Island, 22 miles south of Los Angeles surrounding Avalon Bay. It’s a picturesque seaport with so much to do with kids – from Catalina’s Undersea Adventure, zip lining adventures, paddle boarding and boat rides. Fall tends to be more of an Indian summer, meaning you can still take a dip in the ocean and stroll around the island in a tee shirt. The lines are shorter as kids in California are back to school. There are fall festivals and events including JazzTrax, the Catalina Swing Dance Festival, the Catalina Air Show and Catalina Art Festival.

Where to stay: The Catalina Island Inn Hotel offers family rooms with deluxe plush beds and complimentary continental breakfast. Another option is the Hotel Metropole, an upscale hotel that overlooks the harbor and features spacious rooms, perfect for families, fireplaces and onsite shopping and restaurants.

(MORE: Final Fling! 5 Fun Outdoor Escapes with the Kids this Fall)

Known for its beautiful beaches and delicious seafood, but St. Simons Island should be considered in your list of where to go in the fall. Kids will love a visit to nearby Jekyll Island, climbing the local lighthouse, seeing historic Christ Church, taking a trolley ride and going to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The marshlands begin to lose their summer green color by late fall of each year and the contrast of colorful leaves with surrounding beach life is a sight to behold. Take a stroll through Massengale Park or a crisp walk on St. Simons Island Beach.

Where to stay: The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort is a beachfront resort with six swimming pools, a sandy play area and a multitude of activities for kids.

Holly Rosen Fink of The Culture Mom contributed this to MiniTime. She is the founder of Pivoting Media who blogs about her love of culture and travel.

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12 Best Vacation Spots for Couples in the US

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Written by Lavanya Sunkara
Jan 24, 2019

Travel is one of the best things to do to keep the romance alive. It’s a great opportunity to get to know a new partner or spend quality time with your loved one, away from the stresses of daily life. Whether you are planning a getaway for Valentine’s Day, your anniversary, or for a long weekend, there are plenty of couple-friendly locations that are perfect for your romantic escape. For ideas, read this list of the best vacation spots for couples in the US.

1. Santa Fe, New Mexico

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With a distinctive architectural style of low-slung, earth-colored adobe buildings found nowhere else in the country, New Mexico’s capital is idyllic in all seasons. Santa Fe comes alive with lilacs and forsythias in the spring, lanterns adorn rooftops as the smell of burning piñon wood fills the air in the winter. Warmer months bring al fresco dining at top-notch restaurants serving authentic Southwestern fare, as well as outdoor festivals, and markets selling folk art.

Take a stroll through the Downtown Plaza and side streets, stopping at Chapel Loretto to admire its mysterious spiral staircase. Choose from art galleries on Canyon Road, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, boasting the largest collection of her Southwestern-inspired landscapes. A short drive from downtown, you can get in touch with your inner child at the Meow Wolf immersive art exhibition.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Santa Fe: Best Areas & Hotels

2. New York, New York

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Sleepless in Seattle made the top of the Empire State Building a must-visit for couples, and it’s one of the most romantic spots in New York. The city that never sleeps has so much to offer. Serenade your sweetheart in a rowboat on Central Park Lake surrounded by stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, catch a Broadway show, enjoy a delicious meal at a gourmet restaurant, and end the evening holding hands under the stars of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.

In the winter, there’s no better place than New York for the holiday lights and decorative store fronts. Ice skate at Wollman rink on the East Side of Central Park to the tune of festive songs and then share a frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3 just a few blocks away.

3. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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America’s first national park is a 2.2-million-acre wilderness rich with wildlife and natural wonders, from the awe-inspiring Old Faithful and Steamboat geysers to the Grand Canyon waterfall of Yellowstone. Spend a few nights at Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins, the oldest hotel within a national park, overlooking the largest high elevation lake, or at the world’s largest log cabin at the Old Faithful Inn to fully experience all that Yellowstone has to offer.

Take a safari through America’s Serengeti at Lamar Valley for large herds of bison and sightings of elk, pronghorns, and gray wolves. Make the nearby frontier town of Cody, Wyoming a stopover for a truly Wild West experience, with a night rodeo and log cabins of the infamous outlaws, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and stay at the iconic Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel, built by the town’s founder, the legendary Buffalo Bill Cody.

4. Scottsdale, Arizona

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Scottsdale is desert elegance at its best, with incredible luxurious resorts, spas, and golf courses in a glorious setting. Take a stroll down Main Street, pop into one of the museums, and take advantage of dozens of restaurants. Wake up early for a memorable hot air balloon ride over the Superstition Mountains and enjoy a champagne toast and picnic back on land, a classy tradition dating back to 18th-century France.

If you’ve got an appetite for adventure, get your boots dirty as you make the arduous assent up Camelback Mountain. You’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of the Valley, bragging rights, and, most importantly, an unforgettable experience with your lover.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in Scottsdale

5. Savannah, Georgia

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As the oldest city in the Peach State, Savannah is charming, with oak trees adorned with cascading Spanish moss, stately mansions, and historic squares. With warm weather year- round and thriving cultural and culinary scenes, Savannah makes for an ideal Southern getaway.

Savor impressive gardens and the magnificent water fountain of Forsyth Park. Take a walk through the tree-shaded streets to River Street overlooking the Savannah River, where you can shop for souvenirs and have authentic Southern cuisine at riverside restaurants. Find out which houses in the Historic District are haunted on a walking ghost tour. Take a drive out to Bluff Drive in the Isle of Hope to see antebellum houses and quaint cottages across from the Intracoastal Waterway.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in Savannah, Georgia

6. Molokai, Hawaii

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Molokai is unlike any other Hawaiian island: the pace is slower, the buildings are shorter than the coconut trees, and there are no mega resorts or luau parties. Known as the “Friendly Isle,” it is ideal for experiencing authentic Hawaii.

Combine culture with adventure on a hike through Halawa Valley to one of its cascading waterfalls, guided by one of the descendants of the original inhabitants of this lush paradise. Stay at the Hotel Molokai, situated on a peaceful stretch of palm-fringed beach. Share giant, hot sweet bread spread with cinnamon, butter, or strawberry cream cheese. Burn off those calories by canoeing in the calm waters abounding with sea turtles. Show your love for your partner by picking your own plumerias at the Molokai Plumeria Farm and stringing them together for a lei.

7. Hocking Hills, Ohio

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Marked by soaring cliffs, waterfalls, craggy caves, and lush forests, Ohio’s Hocking Hills region is one of the Midwest’s most beautiful destinations. Located 50 minutes outside Columbus, it seems a world away from the bustle of the city. Even during the busiest season, you won’t see crowds at the natural attractions of Ash Cave and Old Man’s Falls in Hocking Hills State Park.

Get that adrenaline pumping at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours as you zipline above the gushing Hocking River and verdant forest, an experience amplified by the brilliant colors of autumn. If your idea of romance involves heart-racing action, trust the guides at the High Rock Adventures to rappel down cliffs. Spend a few nights in the luxury yurt at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, which comes equipped with cozy furnishings and a fireplace.

8. Snowmass, Colorado

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While thousands flock to the trendy ski resorts of Aspen, the neighboring small resort town of Snowmass, Colorado remains uncrowded and unpretentious. Located eight miles from downtown Aspen, this winter playground and summer mountain destination enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. It has the second largest vertical drop in the United States, more than 3,000 acres of mountain terrain, and plenty of opportunities to enjoy its natural beauty on moonlit treks or fly fishing and rafting trips. If you are visiting in the summer, don’t miss the Snowmass Balloon Festival, one of the highest-altitude events of its kind in the country.

9. Big Sur, California

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The rugged, mountainous area of California’s Central Coast has picturesque views and lodgings ideal for a romantic seaside vacation. The drive to Big Sur, nestled between Carmel and San Simeon, on Highway 1 is breathtaking, hugging the curvy coastline with dramatic ocean views at every turn. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is a must visit, home of the most photographed waterfall in California spilling onto a secluded beach.

While there are plenty of resort options, to thoroughly enjoy the beauty of Big Sur, stay at Treebones Resort offering glamping in yurts with comfortable amenities to enjoy rustic solitude with your loved one. For more structure, book a stay at the Esalen Institute, a cliffside retreat center providing workshops to help you better connect with one another.

10. San Francisco, California

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With incredible views, iconic landmarks, and delicious food, the City by the Bay is a lovely destination on the Western Coast. Walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset, wander the landscaped gardens of San Francisco Botanical Garden, and take a Cable Car ride tour of the city’s highlights. Enjoy a scrumptious meal at one of the finest restaurants in the North Beach or Marina districts. Summer time might bring the fog, but the mist clears just in time to hit the beach. If you love music, head to the Stern Grove Music Festival (held on Sundays) at the Sigmund Stern Grove for a picnic and groove to the energetic beats.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in San Francisco: Best Areas & Hotels

11. Key West, Florida

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Although within driving distance from major cities in Florida, Key West seems like a world away, with quaint streets, breezy beaches, and Conch-style houses flanked by colorful gardens. This island city and crown jewel of the Florida Keys is best explored by bike. You’ll glide past 19th-century storybook cottages with white picket fences, as the aroma and beauty of hibiscus, orchids, plumeria, and exuberant bougainvillea whisk your cares away.

Pretty soon, you will come across the residence of Ernest Hemingway in the heart of the Old Town, where you can get a glimpse into his life and meet the descendants of his six-toed cats. For outdoor fun, take a sunset sailing cruise, go snorkeling in the warm waters, or take a seaplane to nearby Dry Tortugas National Park. Take a moment to celebrate your love watching the sunset and the street performances at the happening Mallory Square, within walking distance from the famous Duval Street.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in Key West

12. Charleston, South Carolina

the Stern Grove Music FestivalHistoric downtown Charleston

Charleston is delightful, with its cobblestone streets, historic mansions, majestic oaks, and the scent of magnolia that fills the air in the warmer months. The oldest city in South Carolina has many unique offerings for couples. Partake in a goat yoga class at Jeremiah Farm & Goat Dairy followed by a picnic under the majestic 500-year-old Angel Oak Tree on John’s Island, a short distance from downtown Charleston. Walk along the Battery to enjoy views of Rainbow Row, a series of pastel-colored houses.

Explore the surrounding islands by boat and stop by the deserted beaches around Edisto, nicknamed Shell Island, to search for shells with your loved one. Enjoy down-home Southern cuisine on Bowen’s Island near Folly Beach.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in Charleston, SC


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Best Places To Travel Alone In Europe In 2021: BudgetTravelBuff

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Are you a die-hard solo traveler? Looking for some of the best places to travel alone in Europe? You have landed on the right page. Traveling is one and the only thing that gives me ultimate peace. It’s not only about exploring a new place but beyond that traveling gives me an opportunity to meet new people, to learn a different culture, to taste local cuisine and many more.  

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However, being a frequent traveler it’s not possible for me to travel with my friends all the time. Hence I travel alone sometimes and it gives me total freedom to do whatever I want during my solo trip. Although you might have to face some challenges while traveling alone to an unknown place. All you need to do is good research on the place where you are going to travel alone.

There are a lot of countries that are really very safe for solo travelers. Today I am going to share with you some of the best places to travel alone in Europe.

#1 Copenhagen-Denmark

Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark. Being a small city, it is an ideal destination for solo travelers who love to explore a walkable place. The Danish people are very friendly to travelers and always welcome foreign travelers wholeheartedly.

Denmark is one of the safest countries in Europe to travel alone. Even at night, a solo traveler won’t feel insecure in this beautiful place in Europe. The mesmerizing city offers a perfect blend of old and new architecture, beautiful canals, enchanting castles, and some world-class restaurants.

Things to Do Alone in Copenhagen:

  • Keep open your Google Map and explore the old city of Copenhagen with fantastic museums, galleries and take some photos of stunning Danish architecture.
  • Take a boat tour in the city’s canals and enjoy a panoramic view of the city and know more about the city’s rich history.
  • You can take a 3-hour bike tour with other fellow travelers to explore the hidden local attractions by a friendly local guide.
  • While traveling alone in a small city like Copenhagen, the night can be boring sometimes. Copenhagen Pub Crawl is a great option to chill with other like-minded travelers.

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Where to Stay in Copenhagen:

Copenhagen has plenty of hostels for visitors who travel alone.

#2 Oslo-Norway  

When choosing some of the best places to travel alone in Europe, Oslo just has to be on your list. Norway was considered the world’s happiest country in 2017 by the United Nations. This peaceful European country also has a lower crime rate that made this little country one of the best places to travel alone in Europe. Oslo, the capital city of Norway is not only popular among solo travelers, but it is also a place where you would like to visit with your friends and families.

From magnificent Fjords, spectacular mountains, stunning Scandinavian architecture to vibrant cultural heritage, Norway has a lot to offer its visitors. Most of the Norwegian people speak English and the country has an excellent public transportation system with extremely friendly locals.

Things to Do Alone in Oslo:

  • Norway is famous for its unreal beauty of Fjords that is a must-visit in Norway solo travel. You can discover charming landscapes, panoramic city views in a 2-hour sightseeing cruise in Oslo Fjord.
  • Solo travelers can visit Kirkeristen, a wonderful market of handicrafts and antiquities.
  • Explore the various museums in Oslo like the National Museum of Art, Viking Ship Museum Norwegian Folk Museum, Munch Museum etc.
  • If you are a solo backpacker, visit Oslo in winter. You will find it less crowded with amazing hotel deals and plenty of winter activities.

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Where to Stay in Oslo:

Oslo is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. Finding cheap accommodation is quite difficult. Solo travelers can stay in a hostel or apartment that is comparatively cheaper than hotels.

#3 Interlaken-Switzerland

No crime, only cows. Yes, Switzerland is another safest country in Europe. If you are planning to start your solo travel in Europe, without any hesitation book a cheap flight to Zurich. I know Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries in the world. No need to be worried. I have a detail travel guide on Switzerland Solo Trip on a Budget where I have described how I traveled 8 cities in 8 days with just $1000.

There are so many beautiful places in Switzerland that you would love to travel alone. I will highly recommend traveling to Interlaken if you don’t have much time. This fairy tale mountain village is arguably one of the best places to visit in Europe for its natural scenic view of stunning snow-capped Swiss Alps, spectacular landscapes and countless waterfalls.

The transportation system is well organized throughout Switzerland. You can buy a Swiss Travel Pass for worry-free travel. You can ride on bus, boat and train with this pass. Even the Swiss travel pass covers the entry fee of most of the museums in Switzerland. While traveling solo in this beautiful country of Europe, Swiss travel pass will be your all-time companion.

Things to Do Alone in Interlaken:

  • Interlaken is a walkable town. Exploring the city on foot is one of the best among the free things to do in Interlaken.
  • If you are an adventure enthusiast, go for paragliding, skydiving, river rafting and many more adventure activities.
  • Hiking is another free thing to do in Interlaken. Enjoy the beautiful scenic view of Interlaken to Harder Kulm hike.
  • Visit the beautiful alpine village Lauterbrunnen. Some of the best waterfalls in Switzerland can be found here.
  • Book a ticket for a day trip to Jungfraujoch, one of the most popular places in Switzerland. The train journey to the top of Europe is itself very scenic. Enjoy a panoramic view of snowy Alps from the top of Jungfraujoch.

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Where to Stay in Interlaken:

Being an expensive city in Switzerland, it’s hard to find cheap accommodation in Interlaken. If you travel solo in Interlaken try to book a hostel in advance. Check out some of the best hostels in Interlaken for solo travelers and backpackers.

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#4 Stockholm-Sweden

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden is another safest place to travel alone in Europe. Stockholm is an excellent choice for many backpackers traveling alone. The Swedish are very relaxed and always ready to extend their hands towards strangers.

Solo travelers can explore the city freely without any worry. Stockholm is an amazing stop if you want to spend some quality time with yourself. The city is enriched with wonderful experiences – the parks, the gardens, the harbor, the historic colored houses dating back hundreds of years.

Things to Do Alone in Stockholm:

  • Explore Gamla Stan(old city) and take some picture-postcard photos with the saffron-colored buildings, cobblestone streets under the clear blue sky.
  • It is better to rent a bike and explore the city while traveling alone in Stockholm. The city has bicycle lanes and paths throughout.
  • Visit the famous ABBA museum, Nobel museum, Skansen Open Air Museum etc.

Check out some of the Best Deals in Stockholm:

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Where to Stay in Stockholm:

Accommodation in Sweden is pretty expensive. Check out the rates of some of the best budget hostels.

#5 Amsterdam-Netherlands

Are you a party freak? Then you cannot skip Amsterdam while sorting out the best places to solo travel in Europe. It doesn’t mean that Amsterdam cannot be enjoyed if you are not a party lover. Beyond this, Amsterdam is a beautiful city in Netherland that you can explore on foot.

Amsterdam is also known as the Venice of the North for its countless canals and decorated little bridges. The city is popular as a romantic place in Europe. No need to be worried about the transportation system and safety while doing solo travel in Amsterdam as the city is extremely safe for female solo travelers too. The city is well connected with nearby places by bus, tram, metro, and train. Buy a public transport ticket that is valid in all mediums and explore the city.

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Things to Do Alone in Amsterdam:

  • Getting lost in Amsterdam’s museums is a good choice for solo travelers. Among all the significant museums I will highly recommend buying a ticket for Van Gogh’s museum and get a chance to see hundreds of paintings, drawings and letters by the Dutch master.
  • The best way to explore Amsterdam is to rent a bike and tour along the beautiful cobbled streets and visit the local sightseeing at your own pace.
  • While traveling in Amsterdam don’t miss a scenic canal cruise by night. Discover the city with hundreds of bridges and iconic buildings along the canals.
  • A day in Amsterdam is incomplete without if you don’t experience the popular nightlife scene of the city. Buy a ticket and enjoy free entry to 16 clubs with a free welcome drink.
  • Don’t miss the famous walking tour in the Red Ligh District area of Amsterdam and explore the sinful streets, old church and new markets.

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Where to Stay in Amsterdam:

Check out some o the best hostels for solo travelers in Amsterdam where you get a chance to meet other solo travelers:

#6 Prague-Czech Republic

Prague is one of the most visited cities in Europe. This digital nomad city is extremely popular among honeymooners and couples for its natural beauty and ambiance, but it has a lot to offer solo travelers. You will find fairytale architecture throughout the city with lots of museums, monuments old clocks and bridges.

Prague is a safe place in Europe for solo travelers. Whenever you visit, you will be amazed by the beauty of the Czech Republic. Czech is the official language and widely used in the country. However, most of the Czech people can speak and understand English. Prague has an outstanding transportation system and all the popular sightseeing are within a walkable distance. That’s why I think Prague is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe.

Things to Do Alone in Prague:

  • Explore this one of the most beautiful cities in Europe by foot. Visit the old town of Prague and get an opportunity to see Gothic architecture. The old town square is a popular tourist place where you find some of the best sites of Prague such as Old Town Hall, Astronomical Clock and Gothic Church.
  • Pay a visit to Prague Castle. See the highlights of the castle including the Old Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, and the Golden Lane. To know about Prague castle I will recommend booking a small group tour with a local guide. You can save your time by skipping the line on a busy day in Prague.

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Where to Stay in Prague:

The Czech Republic is one of the cheapest countries to visit in Europe. Hence finding budget accommodation for a solo traveler is not a big deal. Check out some of the best hostels in Prague for solo travelers.

#7 Vienna- Austria

Are you fond of art, music, culture? Visit the imperial city, Vienna that is also the capital city of Austria. The city is blessed with amazing museums, stunning architecture, historical places, and sights. Austrian people are very friendly with strangers. Most of the people in Austria speak German, though English is also used in touristy places.

Vienna can be explored by foot and most tourist hotspots are well connected by bus, tram, and train. So the language and transport system won’t be a barrier for solo travel in Vienna. With an efficient transportation system and an endless list of sightseeing for any budget, Vienna is one of the best cities in Europe to travel alone.

Things to Do Alone in Vienna:

  • Explore the largest city of Austria by walking along the Danube river and various museums and monuments. You can also book a day tour with a local guide who will help you to know more about this historic city.
  • Enjoy a day trip to Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens. Following the tour, enjoy the short walk around the gardens and have a glimpse of the Gloriette.
  • Take a boat tour on the Danube canal. Explore the city and enjoy the panoramic view of Vienna from the boat.
  • You must try Austrian foods which are very delicious. I will highly recommend trying their popular dessert Apfelstrudel.

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Where to Stay in Vienna:

#8 Budapest-Hungary

How can you ignore Budapest when it comes to travel as a solo traveler. Budapest is a charming capital city of Hungary located in Central Eastern Europe. I have enough not to skip this city from the list of ‘best places to travel alone in Europe’.

Being a little city, Budapest is pretty much a walkable place in Europe; the city is very easy to navigate and remarkably there are plenty of free things to do in Budapest for solo travelers. From buses and trams to four metro lines and suburban railway, public transport in Budapest is very easy and money-saving.

Budapest is an ideal solo destination in Europe to enjoy the incredible Hungarian cuisine, rich culture, and vibrant nightlife. Although Hungarian is the official language in Budapest, luckily most of the people can understand and speak English. However, Budapest is a very safe place in Europe for female solo travelers that made I one of the cheapest European countries to live in for digital nomads. Still, you must ensure your basic safety precaution. Be careful whenever traveling to a touristy area.

Things to Do Alone in Budapest:

  • 3 days in Budapest is enough to explore this beautiful city. It is divided by the Danube river – Buda and Pest. Go for a Danube river cruise which offers a fantastic view of the city with World Heritage sites. Enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the city while the sail passes through Watertown, Margaret Island, the Castle Hill, Gellért Hill and the Citadel.
  • Visit the Hungarian Parliament – the landmark building of Budapest. This Gothic Revival-style building is the third-largest parliament building in the world. The interior design is very impressive with a spectacular central staircase and great vaulted hall. Book your guided tour to the Hungarian Parliament from here.
  • Thermal spring bath and Spa treatments are must-do things in Budapest. Enjoy a relaxing ‘me time’ in the stunning outdoor pools. Book your full-day ticket from here.

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Where to Stay in Budapest:

There are plenty of hostels and hotels to stay in Budapest. Pest side of the city is quite a popular place among solo travelers. Buda side is also a good option to stay in Budapest. Here can see numerous hostels and Airbnbs, nicely located, well furnished at a cheap price.

#9 Munich – Germany

Munich, the capital city of Germany is another great place in Europe for the first time solo travelers. Traveling solo in Germany is very easy and fun. Pretty much everywhere in Germany is very safe for solo travelers. The public transportation system is too good, so there are no worries about being stranded alone somewhere. You can walk most places or take the trams which are very easy to figure out.

There you will find cheap hostels at every corner of the city. From visiting the galleries, joining an alternative street art tour to shopping at the flea markets, Germany has plenty of things to do alone. The locals are generally helpful to tourists, English is widely spoken – Germany just checks all of the boxes for the solo travelers.

Things to Do Alone in Munich:

  • The first thing you should do when you are visiting Munich alone is head to Marienplatz, the main city center. You will notice the unique style of Bavarian culture in this amazing historical location. You shouldn’t miss Hofbrauaus, a traditional beer hall where Hitler gave his first speech.
  • Visit the Dachau Concentration Camp, one of the first concentration camps in Nazi Germany. It’s located just outside of Munich and can be accessed by Munich transit.
  • There are many museums in Munich to visit. Deutsches Museum is the biggest natural science museum in Europe, a perfect museum if you are a Science student. BMW Headquarters and Museum is a must-see for any car enthusiasts.
  • Germany has some of the best Christmas markets in Europe. If you visit in winter, you must explore any of these Christmas markets – Munich, Cologne or Nuremberg.

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Where to Stay in Munich:

It is recommended to stay near Marienplatz, the heart of the city, to access plenty of great restaurants, beer halls, street shows, and architectural wonders. Ample accommodations are available there to suit any budget.

  • Euro Youth Hostel (Budget hostel in Budapest)
  • Wombats Hostel Munich (Mid-range hostel)
  • Hotel Deutsche Eiche (Private room)

#10 Venice – Italy

Venice should always be at the top of your Italy bucket list. Although solo travelers tend to avoid Venice as it has a reputation for being a romantic city. However, despite intimate couples’ gondola rides and the city’s propensity for romance, there are so many things to do alone in Venice.

A two day Venice itinerary is perfect to experience this UNESCO world heritage site which is perfect to explore on foot. The locals are amazing and friendly. Expect to talk to shopkeepers and for people to offer directions if you look a little lost. It is a touristic place, so no need to worry about safety. The transportation system in Venice is either on foot or on water. Waterbus tickets are 7 Euro which is valid for 1 hour.

Things to Do Alone in Venice:

  • Venice is a small city, you can walk it in several hours. Go for a walking city tour, explore the city canals, coloring houses and learn about the city’s history and culture.  
  • Visit St. Mark’s Square, the heart of Venice. Spend some time just by watching people and feeding the pigeons.
  • Venice is famous for its beautiful churches and basilicas. Don’t miss the San Marco Basilica, a magnificent cathedral in Italy. Some other popular churches are Santa Maria Della Salute, Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari, San Giorgio Maggiore.

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Where to Stay in Venice:

Finding cheap accommodation can be painful in the historical part of Venice, it’s still much more convenient than trying to stay on the mainland. For cheaper options, try to stay in hostels near the Santa Lucia Station, in the northern part of the city.

  • Generator Venice (Budget hostel in Budapest)
  • Ostello S. Fosca – CPU Venice Hostels (Mid-range hostel)
  • Combo Venezia (Private room)

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