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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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The Best Places To Travel Alone In The USA

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AnneLise Sorensen

12/9/2018

Traveling alone isn’t just empowering – it’s also, say many, more enriching. Without the buffer of a travel companion, there’s a heightened immediacy to experiencing new lands and cultures.

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In the US, take your pick of the solo adventures: you can trek through wilderness, eat your way around the world at gourmet international restaurants, and then ease into the night over jazz – sometimes all in the same 24-hour span.

From cities to national parks to arty enclaves, here are our pick of the best places to travel alone in the USA.

Calling all solo adventurists: Boulder is the perfect spot to park your hiking boots. Sitting in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this is an outdoor town with plenty of year-round activities that you can take on solo, from skiing to cycling.

After dark, the fun continues, with a buzzing nightlife – check out the brew pubs of Pearl Street – and a diverse array of cheap international restaurants, where you can comfortably (and inexpensively) wine and dine alone.

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Key West isn’t just different from Florida – it’s different from the entire country. The southernmost point in the US, Key West is as famous for its sunny shores as for its offbeat, anything-goes, wild and playful side.

Solo travelers are enthusiastically welcome here, with all sorts of inclusive events, from open-air concerts to impromptu parades to dive beach bars where, after a few drinks, everyone knows your name.

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The San Francisco spirit can be summed up in two words: be yourself. This is a city that embraces solo travelers, with free summer concerts and festivals – dance on the grass at the lively Stern Grove Festival – to Bay Area Bike Share, which makes it easy and cheap to pedal around the city.

Plus, many of San Francisco’s restaurants have inviting bar seating for one. And, of course, there are the cable cars: hop on, hang on, and see the city with the wind in your hair.

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4. Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Leave Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon to the hordes of summer family travelers. Instead, trek through America’s lesser-known pockets of wilderness like Hot Springs National Park, which is one of the smallest and oldest national parks in the US.

Make your base in the town of Hot Springs, which forms part of the park, and once you’ve hiked the trails, soak in a traditional bath at Buckstaff Baths.

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Looking up at Sedona’s famous red rocks as they glow under the setting sun is a memorable experience – and even more so when you’re alone. The area’s magnificent stillness is best enjoyed without any companion chatter.

When you’re ready to join others, there are plenty of ways to do so, such as the First Friday Art Walk (first Friday of the month), which circulates through the top galleries in town.

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Where better to travel solo than in one of the most famous singles’ cities in the country? Atlanta’s thriving nightlife includes many solo-friendly options, from trivia nights at the bars of East Atlanta to singles’ meet-and-greet events at the cocktail lounges of glitzy Buckhead. The city’s sights are also made for solo-exploring, including Piedmont Park and the High Museum of Art.

7. The college towns

Cheap, friendly, and festive: America’s student-thronged college towns – from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Lawrence, Kansas – are a gift for solo travelers. Time your visit with a game day – cheering along with thousands of face-painted fans at a college home football game is the ultimate slice of Americana. As is consuming beer, hot dogs, and more beer.

A perfect American itinerary? Travel from one coast to the other, stopping at college towns along the way – kick off the trip in leafy Cambridge, Massachusetts (Harvard University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and end in colorful Berkeley, California (University of California at Berkeley).

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Sometimes, the best solo experiences aren’t in America’s big cities, but in its small towns, like Beaufort, South Carolina (population circa 4000). This is a charming microcosm of the South – a vine-draped historic district, moody antebellum mansions, and a breezy seaside perch on Port Royal Island. Amiable and safe, Beaufort is ideal for solo meanderings, followed by a mint julep (or three) on a breezy porch.

In some cities, festivals are a special occasion. In Austin, they’re a way of life. The capital of Texas is a music town, with one of the greatest concert calendars in the country. The city’s tunes are matched by its BBQ – and its great outdoors, with a wide array of solo-friendly activities, from strolling sun-speckled parks to splashing in local swimming holes, like Barton Springs.

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If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. That famous quip about New York especially applies to solo travel in the city. Yes, New York is loud and bewildering, but it’s also where you’ll likely have the most memorable solo experiences in the country, whether walking across the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset, or curling up with a book under a tree in Central Park. Enjoy roaming the great halls of the Metropolitan Museum and sipping a cocktails under the stars on a rooftop bar.

11. The hiking trails

The famous naturalist John Muir once said: “in every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” And this is particularly true for solo hikers, where your only companion is nature itself, and any chatter comes from the birds. America is a boon for solo hikers, with well-maintained trails that fan out across the country.

Trek a section of the Appalachian Trail, the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, which extends from Maine to Georgia; embark on the 37-mile Teton Crest Trail in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park; or, follow in the footsteps of John Muir, on the John Muir Trail through the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. For solo-hiking safety tips, check the National Park Service.

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12. The open road

When it comes to solo travel, there’s nothing quite like taking the wheel and cruising the open road while singing as loudly (and badly) as you want. The USA is the quintessential road trip nation, with vast highways and freeways crisscrossing every state.

Try the famous Route 1 that traverses the length of California – don’t miss stunning Big Sur – to the mountain-flanked Seward Highway in Alaska to Highway 16 through Texas Hill Country, where you can refuel in towns like Bandera, the self-proclaimed “Cowboy Capital of the World.”

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Best Places To Visit In November: Where To Travel This Fall

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November is a great month for off-season travel and you’ll be thankful for the cheaper prices and shorter lines at tourist attractions. Here you’ll find cheap travel deals on flights, hotels, vacations, and cruises that allow for travel during the month of November.

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At TravelPirates, we’re always on the move and we love nothing more than exploring new destinations. We sat down with one of our editors, Carmen Morion Castilla, to find out where she’s traveling this November. Read on for her top tips on how to make the most of your trip, travel hacks, and where she’s headed this fall.

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Carmen Morion Castilla

Job Title

I’m a content editor and deal hunter. My job is to make it easy, enjoyable, and affordable for people to travel. My job is also to motivate potential travelers, inspire them, and ease the whole travel search and organization process for them.

Background

I originally come from Cadiz, Spain. After I studied in Ireland during my fifth year of high school, a whole new world opened up for me. I realized, traveling, getting to know different people, and basically getting out of my comfort zone made me grow as a person, and I wanted more. I started a degree in Business Administration in Seville but thanks to some academic merits-based scholarship, I was able to study two semesters in Germany, one in Canada, and one in Madrid. After getting some work experience in the marketing department of a hotel headquarters, I headed to Germany to improve my German. Once there, I found a job in the travel industry, which led me to stay there for over 3 years. After having lived outside Spain for over six years, I felt homesick and started to look for options to continue to develop myself professionally in Spain and…here I am!

How many countries have you visited?

19

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What is your favorite place you’ve traveled so far and why?

Hong Kong. It was the most random and unplanned travel ever. We decided to go somewhere in two weeks and found cheap flights to HK. Since my passport was expiring in 5 months, we could not visit anywhere else in China, we needed to stay in HK province. It turned out that Chinese New Year was the first week we were there. It was just an amazing experience, we were able to participate in the local traditions, and we discovered many beautiful isolated places in HK like paradise beaches and traditional fishing towns..

Where are you traveling in November?

I’m going to Florida because I have a friend living in Tampa who I’ve been meaning to visit for over 5 years! I will be there with my boyfriend for 10 days. We will arrive in Orlando and my friends will pick us up and take us to Tampa, where we will spend two days before flying to Key West together. We will spend two nights there, then take a road trip through the Florida Keys on our way to Miami, where we will spend one or two nights. Then it’s Tampa to celebrate Thanksgiving with my friends. The day after, we will buy a huge suitcase to fill on Black Friday. For the last 3 days, my friends will show us around, and we will probably explore Orlando a bit more.

What are 3 tips you have for someone looking to plan a vacation on a budget?

1. Book either with far in advance or at the last minute (or just use TravelPirates!)
2. If possible, pay with cash instead of a credit card. It helps not to lose track of what you are actually expending.
3. Avoid eating right in the city center, where the most touristy places are, and instead look for somewhere that caters to locals.

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What are the most underrated travel destinations?

The Moselle Valley in Germany, Gibraltar, Iran, and Madagascar.

What song/album/artist gets you in the mood to travel?

Lonely Traveler by A. Blue 

Some people like to plan everything down to the tiniest detail when they travel, and some prefer to be completely spontaneous. Where do you fall on the spectrum?

I tend to plan everything but thankfully, don’t stress out if we change plans at the last minute or cancel them altogether. I think it is good to do research and get the big picture of what you are going to find, and to define you priorities. However, you will just truly see what there is, once you are there. That’s why it’s normal and perfectly fine to change plans or even to decide not to do anything for a day, and instead just hang around and enjoy the city like a local.

You’ve been gifted an all-expenses-paid trip anywhere in the world–where do you go?

I’d go to the Bahamas to swim with the wild pigs.

What were your most memorable/unique travel experiences?

Going dog sledding in the Rocky Mountains in Canada & spending Chinese New Year in China.

What kind of trip/destination would you recommend for someone who has never traveled outside the US?

I would recommend that they travel in Europe. I think it’s interesting for someone who has never left the US to see so many different countries, so close to each other but still so different, with their own customs, architecture, languages, etc.

Fill in the blank: When I travel to a new city, the first thing I like to do is ___________________

Find out what the typical food is and try it.

Fill in the blank: When I discovered ________________ it made travel so much better

Sketchers.

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Fill in the blank: I know a lot of people love ______________ when traveling, but I hate it.

Going on guided bus tours.

What was your longest trip?

10 days in Hong Kong.

What was your shortest trip?

A road trip from Saturday to Sunday, traveling from Düsseldorf to Luxemburg, passing by a few a few cute towns in Germany, and sleeping over in the Netherlands.

Tell us about a time when you felt like a pirate on your travels.

Well, once I went to Amsterdam with two friends. Once we got there, we realized we had been scammed with the house where we were supposed to stay in. We found ourselves, three people, in Amsterdam at midnight with our suitcases and nowhere to sleep and found some random hostal with a big poster on the door saying “Free Room”. The receptionist/owner slept on the sofa in the hall, in his underwear, with his cat. We squeezed in a super tiny room with 1 bed, where I saw a mouse.

Anyhow, we took it all with good humor. The receptionist/owner turned out to be super nice, the hotel was right in the city center, we spent very little money, and we had lots of fun and laughed a lot throughout the trip.

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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

Best places to travel alone -  New Orleans in Louisiana

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

Best place for solo trip - Moab in Utah

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

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

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

Best cities in America for Solo Travelers - New York

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

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

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 

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

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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15 Best Places To Travel Alone In The US

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Are you planning a Solo trip? Searching for the best places to travel alone in the USA? 

Solo travelers enjoy the privilege of exploring new destinations, meeting new people, making new friends, and collecting life-changing experiences. The best part is the USA has many such places if you want to travel alone.

Sometimes, it feels like solo vacations take away your comfort. But the confidence and richness of experiences you receive are priceless when you try solo traveling. Pick up the attractions you love the most, check the modes of transport, hospitality & costs and start your journey.

15 Best Places To Travel Alone in the USA

  1. Boulder, Colorado
  2. Chicago, Illinois
  3. Portland, Oregon
  4. Nashville, Tennessee
  5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  6. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  7. Washington, DC
  8. Santa Fe, New Mexico
  9. Boston, Massachusetts
  10. Florida Keys, Florida
  11. Big Sur, California
  12. New York, New York
  13. San Diego, California
  14. Seattle, Washington
  15. San Francisco, California

1. Boulder, Colorado

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If you love solitude and all the perks that come with it this is the perfect place for you, and why wouldn’t it be with 30,000 acres of uninterrupted land open to the public? If you’re in Boulder, Colorado don’t forget to visit Chautauqua Park and the Flatirons which are some of the most beautiful places in the city. The best thing about Boulder is that every attraction of the city is located within a 2-mile radius, which makes this city perfect for self-exploration. Know more Why Boulder Is A Top Destination For Solo Travelers

2. Chicago, Illinois

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If you don’t want to explore the wilderness and want to do something fun and engaging there is no better place than Chicago. This city has many interesting things to offer ranging from the great museums, grand theater to a beautiful lake front. You can explore Chicago by renting a bike and just cursing along the 18-mile long ride along the Chicago Lakefront Trail. The city of Chicago is also known for the amazing deep dish pizza, don’t forget to try one of those out! It’s also one of the best party cities in the USA!!

 

3. Portland, Oregon

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Portland is a pretty weird city with lots of unusual attractions, but doesn’t that sound like a perfect place for solo traveling? The overall vibe of the city is pretty warm and the locals are very welcoming towards tourists. There are many activities you can do here which includes fishing for the Dungeness crab and eating it or just go on a quiet hike in the surrounding thick forest trail. Checkout why Portland is brilliant solo travelers

Also Read –14 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations in the USA

4. Nashville, Tennessee

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Nashville might just be the perfect place to travel alone in the USA for you. The famous southern hospitality can be seen here with people going out of their way to help you. Don’t be surprised if you make a couple of friends at the end of the day itself. It is also a historically rich city proof of which can be seen at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. If you are looking for a fun time we recommend you join the Nashville Pedal Tavern tour which will take across all the important landmarks of the city, oh did we mention that they also serve alcohol onboard?

5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia is a culturally rich city with a lot of activity. It also offers many attractive destinations that will keep you occupied for the entirety of the trip. You can start off your day by visiting the Independence National History Park to find the famous Liberty Bell. When you’re done run up the famous Rocky steps while singing Eye of the Tiger out loud, this will take you to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Take a stroll through the museum and browse through the amazing collections of exhibits made by different local artists. At the end of the day head down to a restaurant to enjoy the famous cheesesteak (or two). Read this Philadelphia Solo Travel Guide

6. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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If you are just looking for a long walk on a beach you should head down to Myrtle Beach, California. It is a quite 1.2-mile long radius with nothing more than the sand and the sand. There are some restaurants and food trucks nearby but you will have to head down to the Boardwalk for a bite. If you are done with some much-needed soul searching and silently walks of solitude head down to The Bowery which is a famous hot-spot for its nightlife. The bars are usually open till late night which makes them perfect for bar-hopping with the friends you just made at the beach.

7. Washington, DC

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If you ever find yourself alone in Washington D.C with nothing to do, don’t worry! The city has a lot of attractions within its compact limits. There are tons of museums here that you can explore. Some of them are free, and some of them charge a nominal fee. If you find yourself fascinated with history visit the National Museum of American History which consists of a large number of exhibits showcasing American culture throughout the years. If you are into art visit the American Art Museum or the National Portrait Gallery which will take you through the works of many talented artists around the country.

Check out: Best Beaches near Washington DC

8. Santa Fe, New Mexico

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This New Mexico city is filled with rich southwest architecture which was left behind during the Spanish colonial era. But if you’re not in the city to admire old buildings we recommend you explore the beautiful desert of Santa Fe and just take in the picturesque beauty of the Rocky Mountains. If you want to learn more about the city’s history visit the New Mexico History Museum or the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. At the end of the day to relax visit the Ten Thousand Waves Spa. After all solo adventure is all about treating yourself right. Few things you Should Know Before Visiting Santa Fe.

9. Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston is one of the oldest cities in America is filled with many historical attractions. You can start your adventure by visiting the Boston Common which you will discover on Freedom trail, if you continue on the trail you’ll also find Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitutions. If that’s not enough for you to visit the museum of Fine Arts which showcases many historical exhibits. To relax at the end of the day head down to Sam Adams Brewery and have a pint (or three).

10. Florida Keys, Florida

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If you think there is no better place to relax than a beach vacation, then Florida Keys should be on top of your list of places to travel alone in the US. Its white soft sand and beautiful turquoise water are easy on the eyes and feet alike. If you want to take full advantage of your beach vacation there are plenty of activities like scuba diving, snorkeling and Para-gliding available, but if you want to just relax and read a book that can be done too, as this beach is mostly empty.

11. Big Sur, California

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Which place is more perfect for a solo traveler than one of the best coastlines in the world! The stunning rugged seashore views are something you can cherish while you are alone. Big Sur does not only offer sightseeing but also offers hiking and camping and other outdoor activities. The Pine Ridge Trail and the Mt. Manuel Trail are some popular trails in Big Sur. Being a solo traveler, you will definitely enjoy events that are held in Big Sur every now and then. The Big Sur International Marathon, Big Sur River Run, and Big Sur Folk Festival are some of the most vibrant events held in the city.

12. New York, New York

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What’s better than visiting NYC? Visiting NYC alone! This city of dreams, colors, and hopes lies on every millennial’s travel bucket list. Whether it is the enormity of Empire State Building or the liveliness of Times Square, New York City will never fail to make you go awestruck. The array of international cuisines available here will be your perfect companion on your solo trip to NYC. Indulge yourself in the modern culture of New York and make your solo trip memorable.

13. San Diego, California

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The relaxed vibes that San Diego embodies are perfect to soothe the wandering and slightly tensed mind of a solo traveler. The mild year-round climate and extensive beaches are a nice blend to enjoy. San Diego is the most appropriate place to visit when you need time for yourself. It is serene and happening at the same time. The Balboa Park, the SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo and the Seaport Village are some popular tourist attractions in San Diego apart from beaches. San Diego is the best place to unwind and soothe your soul.

14. Seattle, Washington

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Located across the Puget Sound, Seattle is a postcard-perfect place. Seattle is gigantic and enormous skyscrapers, crowded public markets and leading industries surrounded by serene water bodies, untouched mountains, and lush greenery. Shopping and wandering through the hustle and bustle of the city for the whole day and relaxing under the stars while camping, what else does a solo traveler want? The Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle Aquarium, Space Needle, Lake Washington, Seattle Square, and Alki Beach are some of the many tourist attractions in Seattle.

15. San Francisco, California

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Who does not want to click a picture at the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco? What makes it more interesting is that you get to be your own muse! San Francisco may not be a widely spread city, but it is full of interesting things to do. The Golden Gate Park, the Fisherman’s Park, the Alcatraz Island, Ferry Building Marketplace and Twin Peaks are the major points of interest in San Francisco. The city is also famous for its restaurants. Also, some of the nation’s best chefs reside here!

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Jet Set–Approved: These Are the 11 Best Places to Travel Alone in the U.S.

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Given how many examples there are of women casting off their tired surroundings for the ready change of travelWild and Eat, Pray, Love, most notably—it may seem like you need to experience catastrophic pain before you can sightsee alone. But that’s not the case. If you simply think about the different annoyances that can go into group excursions, taking off on your own doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. You can book the place you want to stay, sleep as long as you’d like, make your schedule as packed or as leisurely as you please, and eat what you want, when you want. We asked three women with extensive globetrotting pasts—Helen Schuckers, Juliana Broste, and Breanna Wilson—to give their recommendations for the best places to travel alone in the U.S. Maybe this is the only sign you need to get away.

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Austin, Texas

Austin offers an abundance of different activities ideal for any solo traveler looking for a mix of adventure, good eats, and a night on the town,” Helen notes. To start your trip off in an adventurous spirit, she recommends a self-guided kayak tour on Town Lake. When you get hungry, Helen says South Congress has the best food options. At night, make the most of the city’s live music. “There is a music venue that will suit your tastes and help you dance the night away with the locals,” she says.

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Kauai, Hawaii

“Kauai is one of the most peaceful places for solo travelers looking for solitude,” Helen says. “Take an overnight backpacking trip on the Nā Pali Coastline, an 11-mile stretch of rugged hiking that has some of the most beautiful sunsets and stargazing in the world.” Helen also recommends some secluded downtime at Polihale State Park, Secret Beach, and Keālia Beach when you want to relax.

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Portland, Oregon

Portland‘s accessibility to nature makes it an easy choice for outdoor enthusiasts,” Helen says. “However, Portland’s abundance of local businesses makes it a top choice for many solo wanderers looking for a good time without a lot of planning, too. Portland is a mecca of public transportation that can lead you to coffee shops, breweries, and donut shops with friendly locals always willing to have a chat.” Helen’s picks include Stumptown, Ecliptic Brewing, and the famous Voodoo Donuts.

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New York City

There are so many interesting things to see and do in New York City, you’ll almost never feel lonely. “Solo travelers will find countless organized tours to meet fellow travelers, and of course, Times Square is a famous place to put yourself in the middle of the action,” Juliana says. “But even something as simple as riding the subway can be an experience for people watching.”

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Denver

“At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is great for solo travelers, with world-class skiing and mountain excursions in its backyard,” Juliana notes. “Whether you catch a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater or you grab a bike to explore the Mile High City, there are plenty of ways to take in the atmosphere.” She recommends stopping by the different brewpubs, breweries, and taprooms in the area, and bringing your camera to explore the street art in the RiNo neighborhood.

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San Francisco

San Francisco is the ultimate place for those who want to do what they want, when they want. “You can have tacos in the Mission District, dim sum in Chinatown, or pizza and pasta in Little Italy,” Juliana says. “Or you can grab a bike and pedal over the Golden Gate Bridge and treat yourself to an ice cream cone before a return via ferry. Whatever you feel, San Francisco can dish it up!”

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Sisters, Oregon

“Sisters, just outside of Bend, is where it’s at,” Breanna says. “Not only is downtown Sisters so quaint—I can’t even do it justice with words—but Suttle Lodge is one of my all-time favorite places to head for a few days by myself. Everyone who stays there is friendly, and since it sits right on Suttle Lake, you can head out on canoes, kayaks, or stand-up paddle-boards whenever you need some adventure.” The lodge is known for musicians and bands that pop in, so you never know who might be playing a few songs while you watch the sunset on the lake.

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Scottsdale, Arizona

“Scottsdale is one of those places that continues to amaze me, no matter how many times I visit,” Breanna says. “I always discover a new adventure—like this last time, when I found myself skydiving from 17,500 feet over the Grand Canyon. Or the time before that, when I floated down Salt River in an inflatable kayak.” The locals are extremely friendly, and it’s an easy place to navigate on your own, making Scottsdale a great spot for those who are nervous to travel solo for the first time.

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

If an outdoorsy vacation is what you’re craving, head to Jackson Hole. “With two National Parks just outside of Jackson Hole—Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park—there’s plenty to explore during the day, and places like Million Dollar Cowboy Bar (you’ll die when you see the horse saddle barstools) for adventures of a different kind at night,” Breanna says.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

For some of the most friendly locals and a buzzing city atmosphere, Pittsburgh is the place. “I might be a little biassed on this one because I’m from here, but local yinzers (what we call someone from Pittsburgh) are some of the most welcoming people in the world,” Breanna says. “Seriously, you can find yourself bonding over your love of sandwiches with French fries on them one second, and then find yourself being invited over to your new friend’s grandma’s house for homemade pierogies the next.”

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Joshua Tree, California

Head to Joshua Tree when you need some quality ‘me’ time. “There’s just something about the energy there: You look out and see nothing but Joshua Trees for miles and feel this overwhelming sense of calm,” Breanna says. “Plus, La Copine is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in the world, and Pappy + Harriet’s in Pioneertown is one of those venues that has never, ever disappointed.”

There’s just something about the energy there: You look out and see nothing but Joshua Trees for miles and feel this overwhelming sense of calm.

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The Best Fall Travel Destinations in the United States

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As far as I’m concerned fall is the best season for traveling in the United States. The air is a little cooler, summer’s crowds have died down and trees are set ablaze in gold, russet and burgundy. Fall also brings forth a host of festivals and seasonal culinary delights. I asked a few of my fellow travel bloggers to share their favorite fall travel destinations in the United States; with destinations from New England to California this list will surely have you packing your scarf and hiking boots to plan your next fall trip.

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Acadia National Park, Maine

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Nowhere does fall’s splendor quite as brilliantly as New England . Maine’s Acadia National Park is the crown jewel of the Atlantic coast.  Granite peaks transition into dramatic cliffs and rock strewn shores and the trees are a dazzling show of crimson, amber and gold. Climb to the top of Cadillac Mountain to catch the sunrise, these are the first rays to hit the US each morning. Want to break free from the crowds near Bar Harbor? Head to the western side of Somes Sound which is know to locals as “The Quiet Side”; the southern loop of Acadia offers up spectacular hiking with a bit of solitude.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Fall is a magical time in the Eastern US, but perhaps there’s no place better for fall color than Chattanooga Tennessee. Why? It’s the southern tip of the great eastern deciduous forests before the start of Georgia pines and conveniently accessed by a host of Interstate Highways. It’s also where autumn leaves peak right before Halloween. It’s like you have two holidays in one. Autumn leaves and Halloween are like peanut butter and jelly. They just go together.

Towering above Chattanooga is Lookout Mountain, where it’s rumored that you can see seven states from the summit. There’s no better vantage point to soak in the rolling hills of amber leaves. A thousand feet underneath the mountain, there is a different kind of celebration of color. The 145′ tall Ruby Falls, America’s largest underground waterfall splashed down to a synchronized light show. Ruby Falls also hosts Dread Hollow, a bone-chilling haunt experience. From mountain high to cavern low, Chattanooga knows how to celebrate the season.

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Burlington, Vermont

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Burlington, Vermont is one of the best destinations in New England, and if you’re looking for fall foliage and a fun city—it’s the ideal fall destination, too. 
Burlington is the “largest” city in Vermont, but compared with other urban spots, it is practically a tiny hamlet. Full of arts, nature, craft beer, and all things Vermonty, Burlington has so many things to do. It’s a college town, with UVM right nearby, which means you can expect a town with a lot going on. And set right on the edge of Lake Champlain, the city boasts commanding lake views. There’s lots of beauty here.
In the fall, the views over Lake Champlain are at their best, with the colorful Adirondack Mountains in the distance. The weather is lovely this time of year, and visitors may want to rent bikes and go cycling along the miles-long bike path that fringes the shores of Lake Champlain. 
Don’t miss Church street, a pedestrian-only walkway filled with great shops, restaurants, and lively buskers. And of course, the local craft beer (and cider!) is a must. There are countless places downtown to grab a good brew.
Head away from the Lake for some excellent hiking that can be reached within 20 minutes-1 hour away from Burlington. The Green Mountains are one of the most beautiful places to go for a fall hike. 

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Amy and Nathan Hartle – Two Drifters

White Mountains, New Hampshire

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New England is known worldwide for amazing fall foliage. One of our favorite places to experience fall foliage at it’s finest is the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The mountains are the perfect place to highlight the oranges, reds and, yellows with nothing but the blue sky behind those bright trees. With less man-made structures in the White Mountains nature is showcased beautifully. Take a hike on one of the many trails in New Hampshire to get right in with the foliage and if you are inclined above the trees! Another great place in the White Mountains to fully appreciate the autumn leaves is near water, the leaves turn faster at water’s edge so be on the lookout for streams, ponds, and lakes.  Be prepared the foliage takes a little longer to turn up north in the White Mountains due to the cooler temperatures.  Check local foliage guides to see when peak is for your visits.  A tip from us: some of the major routes can be busy with leaf peepers but take a side road and enjoy the foliage without the crowds.

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Cathy Merrifield – Nothing but New England

Oak Glen, California

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When people think of Southern California images of beaches and awing palm trees come to mind…Not exactly a destination to experience autumn. but just inland there is a community nestled in the foothills of the the San Bernadino Mountains is the amazing and unexpected community of Oak Glen. Whole hill sides are apple orchards and pumpkin patches. What isn’t farmed is riddled with parks and a conservancy full of sunflowers and oak trees to hike around and get lost in. 
This Family makes the trek there every year to keep our traditions of picking apples for our homemade apple butter and choose the perfect pumpkin for our front entryway. (Who am I kidding-we usually get four) Oak Glen keeps American history alive throughout with different properties that specialize in bringing the Old West or Colonial time periods to life. There’s even an old schoolhouse made of stone that you can tour from the early 1900’s. 
Pumpkins and history aren’t enough to sway you to jump in the car right now? I have two words APPLE CIDER. Seriously!! What’s better than homemade apple cider? (The correct answer, in fall anyway, is nothing) You can watch it be pressed or press it yourself the old fashioned way! There are hard cider varieties as well so truly something for everyone! 

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Jen Tousey – This Family Blog

Western North Carolina

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“Turn right at the stop sign, stay left at the place where there’s kind of a fork in the road, don’t drive off of the winding mountain path for 1-2 miles, turn left at the Christmas tree farm, park along the dirt road, unplug the electric cow fence, climb over the barbed wire, and viola! You’ll be in the high vineyard.” That was the advice given to us by our innkeeper in Banner Elk, a small town set amongst the mountains of western North Carolina, touting itself as the “Ski Capital of the South.”But my husband and I weren’t there for the skiing – we were there for the leaves! “Ooookay,” we responded, unsure of what we were getting ourselves into. But when we reached the high vineyard to soak in the views and the gorgeous 75-degree temperatures just one week before the colors would be blotted out by a blanket of icy snow, our skepticism exploded all over the inside of our practical 4-door sedan. We were celebrating his return from Afghanistan, and viewing the vivid fall colors from atop the secluded mountain was the perfect “Welcome Home.”

From there, the drive to Asheville was visually spectacular. Asheville is rife with affordable B&Bs, and we snagged one within walking distance to town to enjoy the fresh autumn mountain air and spectacular colors – and so we could both partake in those glorious craft cocktails for which foodie towns are famous and make lots of new friends. For romance, restaurants, and maybe a chance rendezvous with fun local swing band, the mountains of western North Carolina will forever remain, in my mind, a top fall travel destination.

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Katie Gard – Domestiphobia

Estes Park, Colorado

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While there are plenty of fun activities all year round in Estes Park, Colorado it is especially unique to visit in the fall. September through October is mating season for elk, so you are just about guaranteed to see a few of these majestic animals roaming around town. In fact, locals even refer to the month of October as “Elktober”! In honor of the season and to educate visitors about the elk, Estes Park holds an annual Elk Fest celebration.   It was certainly a different type of fest than I have ever been to before, but it’s one that is worth attending! They have Native American music, elk-inspired arts and crafts, dancing and storytelling, self-guided elk tours, a craft beer garden, and more! During this season you’ll also notice the very distinct sound of elk bugling, whether it’s from the actual elk or just the people participating in the Elk Fest Bugling Competition. Between the elk and the beautiful fall colors with the Rocky Mountains backdrop, I don’t think you can go wrong with Estes Park as your fall travel destination!

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Marissa Sutera- Little Things Travel

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, straddling the line dividing North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains is the most popular of all the US National Parks, attracting around 9 millions visitors each year. The park’s gorgeous mountain landscapes deserve every bit of attention they get and boast a diverse array of wildlife species, including Deer, around 1,600 Black Bears, and lots of birds. But the most noteworthy animal you can see in the park is its ever-expanding herd of Elk. These huge herbivores once roamed these hills in the thousands, but they were killed off by hunters in the 1700s. There are now more than 150 in the park thanks to a reintroduction program started in 2001, and Cataloochee Valley (which is surrounded by stunning 6000-foot mountains) is the perfect place to see them. Autumn (especially October) is the best time to visit, because the herd’s males will be in full rut and the leaves will be reaching their jaw-dropping crescendo of color. Helpful park volunteers will gladly tell you all about these animals, including where the herd was spotted last. But we found a number of them on our own while wandering along a lovely hiking trail next to a popular trout-fishing stream. The trail also takes you past several historic buildings, including a 19th century schoolhouse, barn, and a home that visitors are welcome to explore. 

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Bret Love & Mary Gabbett – Green Global Travel 

Shenandoah Valley, Virgina

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The Shenandoah Valley, which follows the Shenandoah River through western Virginia and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, has always been my favorite fall destination. There are dozens of charming little towns with events and festivals to attend, wineries showcasing some of Virginia’s best wines and picnic spots, and Blue Ridge Mountain trails to hike, but best of all is the fall foliage. From September into November, the abundant leaves on the maples, sumacs, hickories and ashes that prevail in the valley put on a spectacular show of colors.

Meandering along Skyline Drive is the perfect way to see the vibrant colors of the leaves. The drive extends for 105 miles north to south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park. If you pull off at some of the overlooks along Skyline Drive, you’ll see varying degrees of brilliant reds, oranges and yellows as the leaves change at different times along the stretch. The valley runs at a much slower pace than the nearby bustling cities, so it’s a good place to retreat for relaxation and quiet, especially in the fall when the year starts to slow down and melt into winter.

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Laura Lynch of Savored Journeys

Chicago,Illinois

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Chicago is such a great city to visit in the fall. There’s a lot to see and do and it’s very easy to get around. I love walk-able cities, and Chicago is definitely one of those. It also has great parks, where during this time of year, you can see the leaves changing color. I would recommend walking through Millennium Park to see the beautiful colors of the foliage. I would also recommend visiting the Navy Pier to visit its many attractions and to get a great view of the downtown skyline. Remember to bring a jacket though! They don’t call it the “Windy City” for nothing.

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Vicky Sosa of Buddy the Traveling Monkey

Yellowstone National Park

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If you are looking for the perfect fall getaway, look no further than the oldest national park in USA – Yellowstone. From amazing hydrothermal activity to breathtaking canyons, Yellowstone has it all. Of course a trip to Yellowstone wouldn’t be the same without heading off the beaten path and experiencing some of the finest hiking trails, with stunning scenery and landscapes surrounding you.Old Faithful may be the most popular geyser but we would encourage you to checkout alternative hot springs and geysers such as Steamboat and Beehive. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is spectacular with Upper and Lower Falls providing epic adrenalin rushes if you are adventurous enough to hike to the bottom of each. Still not convinced? Don’t worry, the myriad of wildlife and impromptu face-to-face encounters with bison, bears, elk among others will surely convince you that a trip to Yellowstone should be added to your upcoming travel plans.Whether you want to camp inside the park or perhaps stay in Old Faithful lodge (if you choose this option, be sure to plan well in advance as it fills pretty quickly) there is always the option to stay outside in nearby towns such as West Yellowstone, Wyoming and Big Sky, Montana. The fall season is the perfect time to visit Yellowstone as temperatures are a little cooler than the heart of summer yet there is still enough light in the day to maximize your time here.

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San Francisco, California

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The best time to visit San Francisco is the fall.  It is our Indian summer and between the warm, mild weather, the activities and the food, you are going to need more than a few days to enjoy it.Many of San Francisco’s “villages” such as Castro and Potrero Hill, hold their annual festivals where you can experience the amazing diversity of the city’s neighborhoods.  There are major film festivals in San Francisco and a huge music festival in Treasure Island (which we kind of consider as part of SF).  But the biggest party of them all is Fleet Week.  It is something to see, with ship visits, air and boat shows and lots of events along San Francisco’s waterfront. Oyster season begins just before autumn starts and goes through the winter, so do not miss out on $1 oyster happy hours that are all over the city.  Early November marks the start of Dungeness crab season and plenty of restaurants show off their unique crab dishes through the new year.  The best way to sample our famous crab is to get the equally famous Ciopinno and there is no better place to try than San Francisco’s oldest restaurant, Tadich Grill.The kids are back in school, baseball season is nearly over and the holidays season hasn’t quite started yet, the perfect time to check out one of the U.S.’s most iconic cities!

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Do you have a favorite fall travel destination? I’d love to hear about it, please share with me in the comments!

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The eleventh month of each year brings nice fall foliage, a nice pre-holiday calm, and tons of things to give thanks for—especially when it comes to traveling. From the Big Apple to the Sunshine State and all the way to the Pacific Coast, it’s easy to rest and relax before the seasonal hoopla by escaping into the grey blue skies and cooler temperatures of late fall by attending a star-studded annual parade, adventuring into the wonderful world of Disney with the kids, or even getting away to a tropical paradise to experience a warmer weather vacation getaway.

Get a jump start to all your holiday bliss and celebrate the change in the seasons by checking out these fabulous vacation ideas across the great United States. Here are the eight best places to visit in November in the U.S.

Best Places to Visit in the US in November:

1. Santa Monica, California

Sunny SoCal may be beautiful all year-round, but the more-than-mild temperatures of November make it an even more stellar choice for those hoping for not-too-harsh sun, sand, and sea to chase away any impending winter blues. Head on over to the world-famous Santa Monica Pier or shop till you drop at Third Street Promenade. Of course, there’s also the good old beach itself, where you’ll find surfers, beach babes, locals, and tourists alike mingling festively together at Pacific Park amusement park, the outdoor gym at Muscle Beach, or on the historic Looff Hippodrome Carousel– there’s also Bergamot Station in the heart of the city, which houses several art galleries to check out.

What’s more is that fall is the best of the best time to travel to this Californian hotspot, as prices drop more than a little and the only weather risk you need to worry about are those Santa Ana winds. Take on cleaner ocean air, nice temps, and a fun-in-the-sun beach-focused lifestyle this holiday season by heading over to the West Coast.

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2. Hawaii

There are not one but a cornucopia of hotspots to check out in the Aloha State come November. First, Oahu, which has, throughout the years, been transformed by Asian-Pacific locals from a holiday outpost into a globalized, cosmopolitan destination that offers all the glory of paradise in one locale. You’ve got the allure of the Island landscape, plus the buzz of modern living mixed in a relaxed, slow-paced daily lifestyle near the shores. It is (along with Honolulu) the center of the Hawaiian universe, and will no doubt sprinkle excitement into any Thanksgiving celebration. You might even want to go all out by getting a taste of authentic, fantastic Hawaiian flavor by cooking that turkey in a traditional imu (underground oven)! Those who want to work off all that feasting can hop on into the Turkey Trot 10 Mile Run on Thanksgiving morning and then spend Black Friday enjoying the annual Waikiki Holiday Parade—instead of braving those restless shopping crowds.

For those looking for an even calmer slice of paradise without all the holiday festivities, try Waimei on Kauai’s southwestern shore, which offers calm waters and sandy beaches that are especially attractive in the early winter months. Get away from all the gloomy weather of the East Coast by trying out a Waimea vacation rental—it’ll definitely make for makes the perfect base to explore all Kauai has to offer.

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3. Colorado

Let’s just say that November in Colorado is a truly exciting time of year. The city of Denver hosts several hot annual events, including Mile High Holidays, The Starz Film Festival, and the International Wine Festival. There’s also Denver Arts Week, which is a week-long celebration of the visual and performing arts held during the same month. What’s more is that snow aficionados looking to get an early start on winter sport fun should make resort reservations come November. The earlier you claim those spots, the cheaper the prices tend to be.

Plus, Colorado is home to the world-renowned Breckinridge, a historic town at the base of the Rocky Mountains’ Tenmile Range that’s well-known for its ski resort, year-round alpine activities, and Gold Rush history. You’ll also find tons of shops, galleries, and restaurants housed inside colorfully-painted Victorian buildings, along with four whole mountain peaks that provide 2,358 acres of enough variety to suit even the most seasoned of skiers, boarders, or even snow-shoers. It’s also important to mention that last season, the Summit County municipality saw 447 inches of snow. Lifts open up in November, so what are you waiting for?!

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4. Plymouth, Massachusetts

Celebrate Thanksgiving at the place it all began, at Plymouth Rock where the Pilgrims landed in 1620 to celebrate America’s most beloved holiday. It was at this historic site that the Wampanoag chief signed a treaty with the Europeans to begin a feast that has lasted for centuries– it was here that New England was established.

It is this quintessential destination– nestled conveniently between Boston and Cape Cod– that’s known as “America’s Hometown,” offering not just a glimpse into our national history, but an array of enjoyable activities from water sports to golfing to whale watching to ghost tours. During the fall you can even take trolley or culinary tours, or witness live cranberry and pumpkin harvests. It’s a November getaway to remember for sure.

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5. New York City, New York

NYC usually tops the list for superb November getaways based on one single factor: you can catch a sneak peek at all of those terrific Macy’s Parade floats the night before on the Upper West Side before gawking over them again as they make their way through the city streets on Thanksgiving Day!

There’s also the opportunity to get some early holiday shopping done in Times Square or on Fifth Avenue and to kick up your heels with the Radio City Rockettes, who begin dancing in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular come early November. The Big Apple awaits.

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6. Florida

While the most recent hurricane has hit some areas of Florida pretty hard, most people know that come wintertime, the further down south or towards the desert you go, the warmer the weather will be. This tried and true fact makes November one of the best times to visit Florida, especially for travelers wanting to engage in lots of opportunities for nature-viewing. You won’t need binoculars in the Sunshine State to spot the sight of wintering birds at Florida’s Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge — they make an annual pit stop along the major migration corridor located near Cape Canaveral. You and the entire fam can also stare at a colorful gathering of pink roseate spoonbills that hide out in various estuaries around the area come November.

Plus, there’s always the chance to brave the crowds at one of the state’s bounty of theme parks. You’ll have Minnie and Mickey, as well as the glorious gifts of Mother Nature, right at your very fingertips. Seriously, mid-November through mid-December are prime times to vacation in Florida (but check around for any hurricane impacts first).

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7. Virginia & Vermont

Don’t let the last weeks of fall pass by without getting one last glimpse of the season’s best colors by taking a road trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway to enjoy a look at fine fall foliage in Virginia. It’s always around November time when the vibrant bloom of changing leaves begins to lose their glow, so take in a spectacle of brilliant warm autumn hues before the snow starts falling by heading out to Central or Eastern Virginia.

There’s also Mad River Valley in Vermont, another place to spot amazing hues of fall foliage within Green Mountain National Forest, which provides one of the most gorgeous November vacations. Enjoy quiet seclusion in the small towns near and around Central Vermont for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see autumn’s last breath and the birth of winter white splendor. Plus, November also happens to be primetime for skiers in Vermont and surrounding Eastern states. Enjoy a slice of wondrous heaven this Thanksgiving holiday.

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8. Phoenix, Arizona

Pay homage to the Native American heritage of the U S of A by taking in the sights and sounds of Arizona’s capital city for pure rest and relaxation before the holiday season. Phoenix anchors a sprawling, multicity metropolitan area known as the Valley of the Sun, which is highly regarded for its luxury resorts, vibrant nightclubs, designer golf courses, and long lasting sunshine and warmth—even through the winter months. Attractions include the Heard Museum and the Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park. Be sure to check them out!

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