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Top 9 US Destinations for Solo Travel in 2016

Sailboats float down the Charles River in front of the Boston, MA skyline

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Best Solo Travel Spots In America

You don’t have to wait for someone else to take time off work to go on an epic journey. Traveling solo is a liberating experience that everyone should try, and there are many advantages to traveling without a partner. You get to do only the things you want to do. You get the opportunity to learn about yourself. And, you can explore a new destination without any distractions.

Although there’s so much to look forward to about a trip on your own, the idea of traveling solo can still be daunting, so don’t let choosing your destination—or where to stay—add to the stress.

Regardless where you’re headed, a vacation rental from FlipKey will be the perfect home base. Whether you’re looking for a modern apartment in a bustling city, or a cozy cabin in the mountains, we have you covered. FlipKey offers great rental options in each of these top destinations in the United States for solo travel. You’ll enjoy extra space to stretch out, plus money-saving amenities like laundry and full kitchen.

Click on each location below to find the perfect FlipKey rental to stay in during your solo adventure.

Boulder, Colorado

The Boulder Flatirons are a great place to explore on vacation in Colorado.

Located at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills and with 30,000 acres of unspoiled land open to the public, Boulder is a solo traveler’s dream. Spend your days hiking Chautauqua Park and the Flatirons, ubiquitous symbols of the city of Boulder. Bring your camera along to capture the stunning beauty of the area. Many of Boulder’s main attractions are located within a two-mile radius of the city center, so it’s easy to explore on your own. Enjoy the fresh air and take in the solitude during your solo travels here.

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Portland, Oregon

Sunrise View of Portland, Oregon from Pittock Mansion.

Portland is chock-full of activities to keep you busy while traveling alone. And, this Oregon city has a super friendly and laidback vibe that welcomes all visitors. The city itself is very green, but venture just outside of town to find miles of forested trails perfect for a peaceful hike, some self-reflection, and observing the local wildlife. Enjoy a tasting at the Portland Brewing Company’s taproom or time your trip to coincide with one of the seasonal festivals that takes place throughout the year.

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Nashville, Tennessee

A view of the Nashville skyline from Centennial Park.

If you’re looking to travel solo without feeling too alone, visit Nashville. Known for being one of the friendliest cities in the US, this destination will have you getting to know new people by the end of your first day. Take advantage of Southern hospitality here and join a group for a tour of the city with Nashville Pedal Tavern. This bar on wheels is a fun way to see the city in a group setting. Find a dance partner and stomp your feet to live music at Ryman Auditorium, or get a taste of the area’s history at both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

View of the Philadelphia skyline and City Hall at dusk.

Rich in history and bustling with activity, Philadelphia is an ideal destination for vacationers traveling alone. Your first stop should be Independence National Historical Park where you’ll find the Liberty Bell, an iconic symbol of American independence, and Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed. From there, head to City Hall Tower for 360-views of Philadelphia from the tower’s observation deck. It’s the largest and tallest City Hall in the country and it is centrally located in the city. Feel like a champion running up the Rocky Steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art before entering to browse the impressive collections exhibited here. From historic landmarks to well-known art and science museums, make sure to mix things up during your visit to the City of Brotherly Love, and don’t forget to enjoy a cheesesteak (or two).

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

View of Myrtle Beach and the ferris wheel from the ocean.

Myrtle Beach offers solo travelers a blend of both unadulterated beach bliss and spirited nightlife. During the day, walk along the 1.2-mile long Oceanfront Boardwalk for prime people-watching, and grab something to eat on the go from the Boardwalk Snack & Ice Cream, the heart of the boardwalk. Unfurl your towel at Myrtle Beach State Park a bit further up the Grand Strand to escape the action for a bit. It’s worth the nominal fee for some quiet time during your solo getaway. In the evening, the city comes alive with activity. Start your night at The Bowery, a landmark in Myrtle Beach for many years, and enjoy the friendly atmosphere at this hot nightspot. Bars are open late night here, so hop from place to place with new friends that you meet along the way.

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Washington, DC

The Washington Monument is framed by flowering trees.

Whether you have some time to kill on a solo business trip or you’re looking to learn about the U.S. capital, Washington, DC packs a lot to do into its compact city limits. Don’t be burdened by a car and use the extensive Metro to get around the city. It’s safe and easy to use for solo travelers. Take advantage of the abundance of free, world-class museums during your stay. Since you’re solo, you can visit only the ones that interest you. If you like history, check out the exhibits at the National Museum of American History or the National Museum of Natural History. Art-lovers will enjoy the American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, while space-enthusiasts will want to explore the National Air & Space Museum. If you’re looking to spend more time outdoors, take a Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour, wander around the National Mall, or spend some contemplative time by the Reflecting Pool.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Hillside houses and trees in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with clouds in the background.

Equal parts adventure and relaxation, Santa Fe appeals to all travelers. Explore the pristine desert landscape to take in breathtaking vistas of the Rocky Mountains or stroll along Canyon Road, the city’s cultural center. Visit the New Mexico History Museum and the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture to learn about the area’s rich history. Everywhere you go in Santa Fe, you’ll see Spanish Colonial charm and unique Southwest architecture. After strolling around the city’s vibrant streets, indulge yourself with a spa treatment at Ten Thousand Waves or Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens. The luxurious spa treatments here will give you the perfect opportunity to reflect on your trip.

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Boston, Massachusetts

Sailboats float down the Charles River in front of the Boston, MA skyline

Boston is one of America’s oldest cities and is a great place to tackle on your own. It’s just large enough that you’ll never tire of things to do, but small enough that you can easily get around from neighborhood to neighborhood during a quick trip to this coastal city. Follow along the 2.5-mile long Freedom Trail through Boston to discover many important historical sites. The red brick-lined route stretches past attractions like the Boston Common, the Old State House, Bunker Hill Monument, and the USS Constitution, and exploring this piece of history is a great way to see the city. Shop the stores within Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market or browse the boutiques along Newbury Street for a fun afternoon. Reward yourself after a day of touring the Museum of Fine Arts or Fenway Park with a tasting at the Sam Adams Brewery.

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Florida Keys, Florida

Empty beach chairs on deserted beach with sailboat in distance

What could be a more relaxing getaway than a solo trip to the Florida Keys? The only company you’ll need here is that of a good book. Sometimes the best thing to do can be doing nothing at all, so simply enjoy basking in the sun’s warmth at any of the area’s pristine beaches. You’ll find turquoise waters as far as the eye can see and soft white sands beneath your feet.  See fish up close on a scuba diving or snorkeling excursion or hit the open waters on a fishing charter. Whether you choose Key West or Key Largo, Islamorada or Big Pine Key, these Florida islands offer ultimate serenity and are a great place to spend time focusing on yourself.

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