Exploring the Best Places to Travel Alone: From Seville, Spain to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

2023-08-17 00:26:49 - Drany Macley Drany Macley, the senior editor of Vytravels.com, brings extensive journalism background and over eight years of experience in travel writing and editing to the site, offering practical insights and first-hand knowledge through articles on innovative hotels, backed by a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College.

If you're looking for the perfect destination to embark on a solo adventure, look no further. We have compiled a list of the best places to travel alone, ranging from vibrant cities to breathtaking natural wonders. Whether you're seeking cultural immersion, thrilling outdoor activities, or simply a tranquil escape, these destinations have it all. So pack your bags and get ready to explore Seville, Spain, Redding, California, Bangkok, Thailand, and many more incredible locations. Let's dive into the world of solo travel and discover the hidden gems that await you.

Seville, Spain

When I made the bold decision to move to Spain almost a decade ago with no connections whatsoever, I couldn't help but feel a sense of panic. After all, tapas, a quintessential part of Spanish culture, are meant to be shared with friends. How would I fit in? Fortunately, I landed in Seville.

As expected, the southern region of Spain lives up to its reputation as a vibrant and welcoming place. Social life here spills onto the streets, plazas, and cobblestones outside the numerous bars. It's not uncommon for locals to spend years in Seville without ever setting foot inside their best friend's house. This openness makes it easy to strike up conversations with the locals, provided you can navigate the infamous Andaluz accent, or with fellow study-abroad students if your language skills are not quite up to par.

In Seville, you don't even need a plan to have a memorable experience. Simply step outside, and something will invariably catch your attention, whether it's a religious procession (which are abundant), an impromptu flamenco show, or a lively crowd cheering for their team during a Betis game in one of the bars at La Alameda or Plaza del Salvador. For those seeking a true challenge, visiting Seville during the Feria de Abril is a must. During this week-long celebration, the entire city transforms into a scene reminiscent of 1899, with locals dancing sevillanas and reveling in colorful canvas tents called casetas. While some casetas are open to the public, most are reserved for specific families and their close friends. If you manage to secure an invitation to one of these private casetas, you'll instantly be embraced as a local. –Maya Kroth

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Redding, California

When people hear about Redding, California, they often recall the devastating Carr Fire and the destruction it brought upon Northern California. However, as is often the case with wildfires, new growth emerges from the ashes, and Redding is currently in a phase of rejuvenation. While Redding may not have the same trendy appeal as some of the other cities on the West Coast, it doesn't aspire to be that way either. It's a town that strikes the perfect balance, offering a sense of solitude for solo exploration while still being small enough for you to form connections and contemplate the possibility of putting down roots in the outskirts of Shasta Lake.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Redding is its paradoxical nature: It's a place where you go with the intention of leaving. The city is surrounded by untouched and awe-inspiring nature. To the north lies the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, with its jewel, Lake Shasta. To the east, you'll find the remarkable Lassen Volcanic National Park, boasting an array of hydrothermal sites and the Devastated Area Trail. To the west, Six Rivers National Forest awaits. During my visit, I embarked on a hiking adventure to explore a waterfall loop that promised four falls in a single day. As luck would have it, I ended up discovering and enjoying seven falls instead. Among them, Middle McCloud Falls stood out as especially captivating. Despite the freezing water, I couldn't resist taking a refreshing swim under the scorching summer sun while marveling at the majestic waterfall enveloping me. For an added thrill, I ventured to Hatchet Creek Falls, where I summoned the courage to jump off a massive log into the inviting swimming hole below. Just make sure to stay focused and not lose your way, as cell service can be spotty in those areas.

And then there's McArthur-Burney Falls. Most of the river leading up to the falls flows underground, creating the illusion of a colossal water wall bursting forth from the mountainside. While I refrained from swimming there due to uncertainty about the rules and the chill in the air that day, the visual spectacle alone made the experience well worth it. On my way back to Redding, I couldn't resist giving in to the temptation of Yaks on the 5. This hidden gem served me one of the best burgers I've ever tasted, a perfect way to end a day filled with hiking and swimming. –Alex Robinson

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Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is a city that caters to everyone, regardless of their interests or preferences. It's a vibrant concrete jungle that brings together a diverse array of personalities and travelers who seamlessly coexist in this bustling metropolis. Even if you're typically shy or take some time to adapt to new surroundings, you'll find it surprisingly effortless to connect with people in Bangkok. Friendly locals will willingly take you under their wing, and you'll inevitably form friendships with fellow foreigners who, under normal circumstances, you might not have necessarily crossed paths with. These connections are forged through shared experiences and those incredible "WTF" moments that arise from navigating this chaotic yet electrifying hub.

All it takes is a night out at a bar opening or an expat mixer, and a few drinks later, you'll find yourself cramped in a tuk-tuk with an eclectic group, heading to a nightclub or an afterparty. Years ago, during my early days as a wide-eyed tourist in Bangkok, I unexpectedly found myself adopted by a Thai celebrity couple and their entourage. They invited me to join them at a Lady Gaga concert, followed by a night of VIP bottle service at what was then the city's most prestigious club. It was one of those colorful chance encounters that Bangkok has a knack for creating. The experience was so remarkable that I swiftly made the decision to return to Canada, pack up my belongings, and set up a new life in this vibrant city. –Barbara Woolsey

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Paris, France

When you plan a trip to Paris, you'll often be met with the question, "Who are you going with?" However, the most valid response in this case is "No one." This is because when you venture into the world of Parisian museums, you want complete freedom to indulge in their wonders without any constraints. A travel companion can easily disrupt the tranquility of a contemplative stroll or a prolonged gaze at centuries-old masterpieces. The Paris Museum Pass, available for a mere 78 euros and granting access to 50 different sites over a period of six days, allows you to fully immerse yourself in the artistic and cultural treasures of the city. Even with ample time, it's nearly impossible to witness everything the Louvre has to offer in a single visit.

To ensure maximum convenience, I recommend finding accommodation in a central and walkable location. Personally, I booked a serene apartment through a rental site called Paris Perfect. Alternatively, if your taste veers toward a more relaxed atmosphere, Airbnb offers modest one-room apartments for as little as $40 per night. Hostels are another budget-friendly option for those looking to save money. Regardless of where you choose to stay, make sure to allot sufficient time for exploring the architectural marvels that define Paris. For instance, a visit to the Rodin Museum allows you to stroll through the grounds of a grand 18th-century mansion that the artist himself called home in 1911. Nearby, the Museum of the Army occupies a palace built by Louis XIV for his wounded veterans. With countless comparable attractions awaiting, the best part is that there's no one rushing you to your next destination. Take a seat, soak up the atmosphere, and revel in the beauty that Paris so generously bestows upon its visitors. –Sam Eifling

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Wales, UK

For those in search of a picturesque backdrop for their next short story, a trip across the pond to the Welsh coastline is an absolute must. Wales is home to some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world, such as Barafundle Bay with its emerald fields, the charming and colorful architecture lining the waters of Tenby, and the jagged rock cliffs of Presipe. To enhance the enchantment, consider staying at a cozy bed-and-breakfast or one of the many medieval castles that grace Wales, like the Bath Tower located on the northern coast. Additionally, some of the beach towns, such as Shell Island, also serve as campgrounds, allowing you to pitch a tent and fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the waves in the countryside.

When it comes to safety, Wales ranks highly, making it an ideal destination for solo adventurers. The Welsh people are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality (although it's important not to mistake them for being British). So, while inevitably stopping by a local pub for a pint, don't be surprised if you find it effortless to strike up conversations and make new drinking buddies. English is widely spoken throughout Wales, although in more rural areas, you might come across native Welsh speakers. Just be prepared for the challenge of trying to pronounce and ask for directions to places like Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (yes, it's a real place). –Brooke Sager

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Athens, Greece

Greece has long been synonymous with honeymoon and engagement destinations, and it's hard to deny the allure of Santorini's awe-inspiring sunsets, perfect for popping that once-in-a-lifetime question. However, Athens, often overlooked as a mere stopover city, offers its own unique charm. Due to the inevitable flight and ferry connections in and around Greece, it's likely that you'll find yourself spending at least one night in Athens, regardless of your final destination.

During my own adventure to Crete last summer, a friend's oversight in completing a necessary Passenger Locator Form resulted in her having to rebook her flight, leaving me with two unexpected and blissful days alone in Athens. I chose to stay in the former artisan area of Psiri, now a trendy and up-and-coming neighborhood. Wandering through its cobblestone streets, I found myself immersed in Plaka, the historical center of Athens, which houses the iconic Acropolis, as well as charming sidewalk cafes and traditional Greek tavernas (even if some may cater more to tourists). For lunch, I stumbled upon a Japanese gastropub called Birdman, where I indulged in some of the most inventive yakitori I have ever tasted. I couldn't resist purchasing artisanal olive oil and mountain tea from a small gourmet grocery store, and later treated myself to a delightful dinner of natural wine and a delectable cheese plate at Heteroclito, a Greek version of a Parisian wine bar.

What struck me the most during my time in Athens was the genuine friendliness of the locals. Whether it was the server at Heteroclito who went out of his way to find me a table on a busy Saturday evening or the taxi driver on my way to the ferry port, everyone seemed eager to showcase the best that their city had to offer. The taxi driver even mentioned the upcoming opening of several new hotels in Athens, expressing his hope that visitors would choose to extend their stay and truly experience the city before venturing to the islands. Although lingering in Athens wasn't initially part of my plan, I am grateful that circumstances led me to seize the opportunity. It provided me with a unique and insightful perspective of the gritty yet captivating Greek capital that is often underestimated. –Lane Nieset

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Glacier National Park, Montana

Embarking on a hike up a steep incline in Glacier National Park, where one wrong step could land you in a crevasse, forces you to confront your own strength and determination. As your quadriceps scream in agony and your lungs ignite with each breath, you instinctively reach for the bear spray on your belt, a simple motion akin to checking your phone in everyday life. It is during these moments of physical and mental exertion that you realize your unwavering commitment to face any challenges that may arise, even in the face of potential encounters with wildlife.

This experience encapsulates the essence of America's National Parks, and if you truly seek the ultimate adventure, I highly recommend Glacier in Montana. Encompassing over a million acres, with 175 mountains and an impressive 745 miles of meticulously maintained hiking trails, this park offers a vast and exhilarating obstacle course. Amidst the breathtaking landscapes, you'll encounter not only chipmunks, rabbits, and marmots, but also majestic creatures such as bears and moose. The park emphasizes safety, encouraging hikers to wear jingling bells to ward off bears and always carry bear spray, especially when trekking alone. However, it is in those solitary moments that you truly appreciate the towering, snow-capped mountains enveloping you, a sight that seems to shrink your existence and reaffirm nature's dominance over our world. Reaching the end of a trail or ascending a peak to behold an otherworldly view solidifies this realization, reminding you that nature ultimately holds the reins. –Nicole Schuman

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After completing grad school, I embarked on a bike trip around Belgium. Armed with only a used bicycle and my high school French, I set out on an adventure that would lead me to unexpected encounters and delightful experiences. It wasn't long before my sense of direction failed me, and I found myself hopelessly lost. However, in that moment of confusion, a kind elderly lady came to my rescue, persuading me—an avowed vegetarian—to savor her homemade sausage. I also had the pleasure of meeting a man named Pol, who owned a microbrewery aptly named Inter-Pol. To him, the clever play on words was an endless source of amusement.

Belgium possesses two major factors that make it an ideal destination for a bike trip. Firstly, it boasts an exceptional concentration of renowned breweries. With over 150 breweries to its name, Belgium urges you to visit a different one each day. The ease of biking between these breweries is second to none. You can join guided tours, sample their tantalizing beers, and then hop back on your bike, riding off to your next exquisite pint.

Secondly, Belgium is a country that truly adores bicycles. The country idolizes professional cyclists, and bike shops can be found on virtually every corner. On two separate occasions, these bike shops proved to be lifesavers. Furthermore, Belgium surprises visitors with an extensive network of dedicated bike paths that run parallel to highways. Unlike their counterparts in the United States, Belgian drivers are significantly less threatening, alleviating any anxiety you may have about riding with a belly full of monk-brewed Trappist beer. –Lewis Kelly

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Dublin is easily accessible from New York, making it a perfect base from which to explore the captivating and stunningly green Irish countryside. A short day trip or overnight stay from Dublin allows you to venture into the idyllic landscapes that feature an abundance of fluffy white sheep. Despite its modest size, Ireland offers an array of transportation options to suit your preferences, including public transport, biking, or car rentals. Traveling by tour bus is an efficient way to explore with ease, taking you to historic cities like Cork or the traditional harbor city of Galway, as well as the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher. While these destinations may attract their fair share of tourists, they also provide an excellent opportunity to connect with other solo travelers, share a pint in a cozy pub while listening to lively Irish folk music, and perhaps even purchase a traditional fisherman sweater.

A solo trip doesn't always have to be a grand adventure or a profound self-discovery journey. Sometimes, all you need is a week between jobs, where you can escape to a place that is accessible, enjoyable, and where you don't need to exert extensive mental energy to communicate effectively. Ireland is the perfect destination for those seeking respite from the everyday routine, craving anonymity for a little while, savoring comforting food, and relishing in the company of curious donkeys peering over their pasture fence as your vehicle slows down by the roadside. The locals exude warmth and friendliness, while the air is crisp and refreshing—except for that one unfortunate night I spent in a poorly ventilated hostel room in Dublin with five roommates who had been reveling in the delights of The Temple Bar all night. I wouldn't recommend that particular experience, but I will certainly never forget it. –Carrie Dennis

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Morocco is a photographer's paradise, with endless possibilities for capturing stunning images. Every corner you turn reveals a new subject worth photographing. The country's aged architecture, in particular, is incredibly alluring, drawing you in with its distinct colors and intricate details. According to New York City-based photographer Eian Kantor, who recently embarked on a journey to North Africa with nothing more than a backpack and two cameras, the landscapes in Morocco resemble living paintings, while its medinas mesmerize with their chaotic yet captivating maze-like streets.

Each city in Morocco offers a unique experience. Chefchaouen, with its characteristic blue-washed buildings set against the backdrop of the vast Rif Mountain region, is especially captivating and begs to be captured on film. Just three hours south lies Fez, home to an 11th-century leather tannery where hides are soaked in a mixture of cow urine, pigeon feces, alkaline limestone, salt, and water. The dried, dyed, and naturally scented hides create a stunning visual display, resembling vibrant vats of color. Although these colors are derived from unorthodox sources, holding a sprig of mint to your nose allows you to momentarily forget the origins and instead appreciate the striking sight before you. Locals may invite you to view the tannery from a balcony, charging a fee for the privilege, which, as Kantor discovered, is well worth it for capturing the perfect shot. The friendly Moroccans genuinely want to show off the beauty of their country, a mission that photographers immediately share. –Rebecca Strassberg

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When considering trips to national and state parks, the typical destinations that come to mind are often visited during the summertime. However, going in the summer also means dealing with big crowds. If you're looking for some quality solo time during the off-season, where you can truly enjoy the peace and quiet without the background noise of schoolchildren, then Utah is the place to go.

February is the perfect time for a solo trip to Zion National Park. Only 13% of visitors go during the winter months, which means you can explore the usually crowded trails in a more peaceful setting. It's also a great time to visit Goblin Valley State Park, where you can marvel at the otherworldly hoodoos that Bryce Canyon National Park is famous for, without the usual crowds. If you venture farther north, consider visiting Vermilion Cliffs National Monument along the Utah-Arizona border. No matter where you go, make sure to stay up late and enjoy the incredible stargazing opportunities that Utah offers.

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Berlin, Germany

If you're planning a trip to Berlin, here's a tip: start with a guided walking tour. Berlin is a city where you can see the remnants of its history on almost every corner, and getting a quick introduction to some of its darker past will provide a strong foundation for the rest of your trip. Explore the Jewish District, visit the Topography of Terror Museum which is located at the former site of the SS & Gestapo Headquarters, and take a moment to pay respects at the Holocaust Memorial. Walking along the East Side Gallery, the preserved section of the Berlin Wall covered in stunning artwork, is a must-do. Catch a glimpse of the Brandenburg Gate at sunset, and you'll feel like you're living the history you learned about in textbooks.

Berlin is a city that offers a feast of museums and historical landmarks, making it an excellent destination for solo travelers. If you're a bit shy and find it challenging to strike up conversations with strangers, spend your days exploring the city's best currywurst spots while wandering between points of interest. Don't miss the Bauhaus-Archiv, where you can see items from Walter Gropius's iconic design school, or the Kulturforum, home to the Neue Nationalgalerie which houses 20th-century paintings. A climb to the top of the Berlin Cathedral will reward you with stunning views of the city. And who knows, maybe you'll even make a weird friend along the way to share a doner kebab dinner and attempt to get into the notoriously strict Berghain nightclub.

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Whitehorse may be a cold and isolated place, but it has its own unique charm. As the capital of Yukon, a vast region in Northwest Canada, Whitehorse is surrounded by untamed wilderness. The population is small, with only 25,000 people residing in the area. Fun fact: there are almost two moose for every human living in the Yukon!

Life in Whitehorse can be challenging, but the locals have mastered the art of making friends. During my two-week stay in Whitehorse, I felt like I was part of the community. Within 24 hours of arriving, a kind stranger not only helped me set up Wi-Fi but also invited me to dinner at their house and offered their car for grocery runs.

Whitehorse offers numerous opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and skiing. The surrounding wilderness is beautiful but can also be unpredictable, so it's essential to have friends you can rely on in case of emergencies. Most locals carry bear spray with them, a testament to the wildlife encounters that can be expected in the area.


While Dubrovnik can be quite expensive and touristy, driving along Croatia's Dalmatian coastline reveals hidden gems without breaking the bank. You'll find an abundance of wine, cheese, seafood, and picturesque spots for sunbathing. Traveling solo to a stunning destination doesn't mean sacrificing comfort; you just need to know where to go.

Make sure to sample the oysters in the ancient village of Ston and take a dip in front of the Sea Organ in Zadar, where the waves create a melodic tune as they hit the strategically designed marble steps. Pay a visit to Pag, known for producing some of the world's best sheep's cheese. No matter where you end your day, find a cozy bar and enjoy a glass of the local red wine while asking the bartender for the best swimming spots to explore the next day.

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Saratoga Springs, New York

Saratoga Springs, located just a short Amtrak ride away from New York City, is the perfect destination for New Yorkers seeking a quick solo escape. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the historic Saratoga Race Track, enjoy a concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and indulge in the mineral spring baths that give the city its name. Don't forget to explore the fabulous dining and shopping options along Broadway.

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Waco, Texas

Waco, Texas is a hidden gem for fans of the famous Fixer Upper duo, Chip and Joanna Gaines. As the heart of their Magnolia empire, Waco offers a fun and laid-back atmosphere just a short drive from both Austin and Dallas. Explore Magnolia Market for tasty treats and farmhouse chic shopping. Beyond Magnolia, you'll find boutique shops, wine and beer tastings, and a vibrant nightlife downtown. Make sure to visit the Dr. Pepper Museum, check out the Mammoth National Monument, or explore the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum for an extra dose of Waco's unique charm.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is a haven for art lovers, with its renowned Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the original Meow Wolf, an immersive art exhibit and psychedelic escape room. Stroll through picturesque downtown Santa Fe, lined with art galleries, antique stores, and craft shops. Don't miss the opportunity to try New Mexico's famous red and green chiles and treat yourself to a spa day at the luxurious Inn & Spa at Loretto.

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Burlington, Vermont

If relaxation is what you're seeking, Burlington offers a serene and laid-back atmosphere. This picturesque town is surrounded by stunning mountains and boasts plenty of green spaces, including the Idaho Botanical Garden and Camel's Back Park. Take a stroll through the lovely Church Street Marketplace, tour the Ben & Jerry's factory, or indulge in a cooking class at the Essex Resort & Spa. Explore Lake Champlain and enjoy activities such as boating, sunbathing, and hiking along the shore. And if you visit during the fall, you'll be treated to the breathtaking foliage that Vermont is known for.

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Flagstaff, Arizona

Despite its small town vibe, Flagstaff offers as many activities as a big city. Nestled near natural and historical wonders like the Grand Canyon, Walnut Canyon, and the Wupatki National Monument, Flagstaff is a perfect base for adventure enthusiasts. You don't even need a car to see these attractions, as there are numerous tour operators located in the city. Don't miss out on visiting the famous Lowell Observatory, where astronomers first discovered Pluto. Explore the downtown area, filled with unique restaurants and bars, before embarking on desert adventures.

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Portland, Maine

Ranked as one of the 25 safest places to live, Portland is a pristine seaside city in New England. Its historic district is filled with beautiful architecture, museums, art galleries, and lush green squares, offering plenty of opportunities for solo exploration. Foodies will be delighted by the diverse range of restaurants and cafes serving delicious cuisine. Don't forget to try the local catch of the day at one of the waterfront restaurants, or stop by a local brewpub for a pint.

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The Poconos, Pennsylvania

The Poconos, a mountainous region in northeastern Pennsylvania, offers a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. Whether you're hitting the ski slopes or exploring charming small towns, there's something for everyone. Driving through the scenic landscape, especially during the fall foliage season, is a highlight. Make sure to hike the trails, visit local attractions like Bushkill Falls, and savor the local food and craft vendors at the Capital City Public Market. For a more tranquil experience, consider staying at one of the many resorts in the Poconos, such as Skytop Lodge.

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Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is a haven for history and art lovers alike. Its historic district boasts beautiful architecture, lush green squares, museums, and art galleries. Take your time to explore this picturesque city on your own. Savannah's reputation as a foodie paradise means you'll find a diverse range of restaurants and cafes serving delicious cuisine. And don't forget to try some authentic Southern dishes while you're there!

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Boise, Idaho

Boise, one of the safest places to live in the U.S., offers a scenic location surrounded by mountains and plenty of outdoor activities. Idaho Botanical Garden and Camel's Back Park are just a couple of the green spaces you can explore. The Capital City Public Market, held from mid-April to mid-December, is a great place to sample local food and crafts. If you visit in late summer, make sure to catch the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic, a magical event held in Ann Morrison Park.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan, offers a wealth of attractions for museum lovers. Explore the University's Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, and Museum of Archaeology. Stroll through the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and catch a show at Hill Auditorium. Off-campus, visit the Nickels Arcade for shopping and dining options.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City may be an underrated destination, but it offers a plethora of attractions. Explore the lively Bricktown neighborhood, visit the unique Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and take in the beauty of the Myriad Botanical Gardens. For a unique experience, try whitewater rafting or kayaking at a dedicated facility. Don't miss the chance to stay at the newly-opened National Hotel, which is housed in a former bank and even features a cocktail bar in the old vault.

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Reno, Nevada

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While Las Vegas may attract most of the spotlight in Nevada, Reno offers a more accessible destination for solo travelers. Although it does have casinos, Reno also boasts remarkable art and automobile museums, a beautiful rose garden, and the Nevada Historical Society. During the winter, skiing opportunities are nearby, and in early fall, Reno hosts the world's largest free hot air balloon event. Indeed, "The Biggest Little City in the World" lives up to its title.


Tampa, Florida

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While many travelers are well-acquainted with the popular destinations of South Florida, Tampa has grown in prominence and is now recognized as one of the safest cities to live in the United States. Beyond its renowned attraction, Busch Gardens, Tampa offers more than just thrilling roller coasters. Visitors can indulge in waterfront dining along the Tampa Riverwalk or experience vibrant nightlife in Ybor City, known for its classic cigar lounges and the iconic 118-year-old Columbia Restaurant that serves an incredibly delicious house salad and hosts captivating flamenco shows.


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Asheville, North Carolina

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Asheville offers an impressive array of attractions that cater to various interests. History enthusiasts can explore the grandeur of the Biltmore Estate, while shoppers can delight in the unique stores of the Grove Arcade. Outdoor enthusiasts will revel in the opportunity to explore the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, and art lovers can enjoy leisurely strolls through the River Arts District. Not to mention, Asheville is also known for its local breweries and delectable Southern comfort food.


Boulder, Colorado

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Before embarking on your ski or hiking adventures in Boulder, take the time to explore the Pearl Street Mall, a vibrant hub filled with eclectic shops and delightful dining options. Boulder may surprise you with its landmark tea spot, the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, where solo afternoon tea experiences are simply divine. The city also boasts a contemporary art museum and the Shelby American Collection, a classic car enthusiast's haven.


Chicago, Illinois

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Although Chicago is a bustling metropolis, it boasts a pedestrian-friendly layout, making it incredibly easy to navigate on foot or using the efficient "L" train system. The city offers an abundance of activities, including architectural history boat tours, visits to the renowned Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum, and the opportunity to capture a selfie with the iconic "Bean" sculpture. And of course, indulging in a deep-dish pizza tour is a must-do, because you deserve the whole pie to yourself.


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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

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For those interested in hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail, the Harpers Ferry region is an ideal destination. The visitor center serves as the "psychological midpoint" of the trail, and there are numerous scenic day hikes to embark on. The town itself exudes small-town charm and is situated within the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Visitors can explore the area's antique shops, including the delightful "The Gilded Flea," and indulge in treats from a historic candy shop.


With so many incredible destinations to choose from, there is no shortage of options for solo travelers seeking their next adventure. Whether you crave the vibrant energy of Seville, Spain or the serene landscapes of Glacier National Park, Montana, there is something for everyone on this list. From the historic charm of Saratoga Springs, New York to the breathtaking beauty of Croatia, the world is yours to explore. So pack your bags, leave your worries behind, and embrace the freedom and self-discovery that comes with traveling alone. Your next unforgettable journey awaits.

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