March 13, 2024

12 Best Solo Trips in the US for 2024

Article By: Tara Chieffi and Caroline Lascom

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with solo travel – a journey filled with freedom, flexibility, empowerment, and self-reflection. Over the past decade, solo travel has transcended stereotypes, embracing diverse themes, experiences, and budgets. The digital nomad trend, coupled with increased connectivity via social media, has fueled the surge in solo adventures. In 2024, more than 50% of travelers are set to explore the world solo, with married women leading the charge, according to a Skift report. As hefty single supplements diminish, solo travel becomes more accessible and affordable, offering opportunities for both group tours and independent exploration.

For first-time solo travelers, the United States offers a plethora of welcoming destinations that combine easy access, affordability, and diverse experiences. These destinations invite you to step out of your comfort zone and redefine travel on your own terms. Here are 12 top picks for solo travel in the U.S. in 2024.

  1. San Luis Obispo, California
    • Best for: Surfing by day, wine tasting by night.
    • Where to Stay: The Vespera Resort, Autograph Collection.
  2. Boston, Massachusetts
    • Best for: History buffs
    • Where to Stay: The Liberty Hotel, Luxury Collection and The Verb Hotel
  3. Santa Fe, New Mexico
    1. Best for: Artistic Enlightenment
    2. Where to Stay: La Posada Santa Fe, Tribute Portfolio
  4. Ashville, North Carolina
    • Best for: Hiking, Biking, and Beer
    • Where to Stay: The Foundry Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton
  5. New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Best for: Live music and livelier crowds
    • Where to Stay: The Eliza Jane and Kimpton Hotel Fontenot
  6. Austin, Texas
    • Best for: Music lovers and foodies
    • Where to Stay: The Driskill, a World of Hyatt property and The Austin Proper Hotel
  7. Zion National Park, Utah
    • Best for: Breathtaking scenery and an accessible gateway town
    • Where to Stay: SpringHill Suites Springdale Zion National Park and luxe tents provided at Under Canvas’ glamping site in nearby Virgin.
  8. Portland, Oregon
    • Best for: Exploring the unique landscape of the Pacific Northwest
    • Where to Stay: Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland and The Nines Hotel Portland
  9. San Diego, California
    • Best for: A mix of beach days and California history
    • Where to Stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown and Hotel del Coronado
  10. Nashville, Tennessee
    • Best for: Legendary country music
    • Where to Stay: Embassy Suites Downtown Nashville and The Graduate Nashville
  11. Orcas Island, Washington
    • Best for: Idyllic scenery and amazing wildlife watching.
    • Where to Stay: Snug Harbor Resort
  12. Sedona, Arizona
    • Best for: Reconnecting with nature
    • Where to Stay: Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, L’Auberge de Sedon, or The Wilde Resort & Spa

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