Vacations no longer have to be a group or family endeavor. Solo traveling has increased in popularity in recent years, and now lone travelers are flying, driving and hiking all over the planet to some of the best travel destinations available. If you’re not quite ready to make the international jump, but the thought of vacationing and exploring at your own pace seems attractive, here’s a list of the best vacation spots in the U.S. for solo travelers.
If some of the goals of your solo traveling include quiet, rest and relaxation, then Ojai, California is a good place to start. You can rent a cottage and maintain whatever schedule suits you. Hike the nearby Rose Valley Falls, hit up a vineyard and shop at some of the local boutiques in town. Round it all out with a spa treatment if you’d like.
If you’re looking for outdoor adventure during your solo travels, Denver is an excellent choice! You can ski in the winter and hike or take in some outdoor concerts during the summer months. No matter when you visit, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do some self-reflecting and exploring, and you can always grab a great meal in any number of the city’s excellent restaurants.
St. Pete Beach
If, in your eyes, an epic beach is the only ingredient you need for a great vacation, St. Pete Beach is the place for you. You’ll get plenty of pristine, sandy beaches with clear water, awesome museums and plenty of affordable places to stay.
It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit, Red River offers plenty of fun. Located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this mining town will offer plenty of entertainment, regardless of the season. Ski in the winter or hike, ride horses or mountain bike in the summer months.
There’s something about a peaceful lake setting that can absolutely recharge your batteries, especially if you’re traveling solo. Lake George, in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, is just that kind of place. The peak at Prospect Mountain will offer amazing views year-round, and vacation rentals right on the lake will surely help you find whatever it is you’re looking for in your retreat.