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U.S. Cities for Solo Travel?

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U.S. Cities for Solo Travel?

Hello everyone! I would love any suggestions on U.S. cities. that you think will be perfect for solo traveling! I'm open to all kinds of activities to do and things to explore. So far I've been to SF, SD, Seattle, Portland (OR), Chicago, Minneapolis, NYC, DC, Boston, and LV; and I would love to explore other cities!

My only concern - other than safety, of course - is the ease of going around without a car, since I don't drive. I won't mind walking around or taking public transport.

If you know any other U.S. cities that's easy to navigate w/o cars and perfect for solo travel, please let me know! Thank you everyone!

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New Orleans is walkable and has reasonable public transport. Staying in the French Quarter will make it easier to go out at night on foot. Otherwise you will need to make use of taxis.

Austin is fantastic and much that is worth seeing is walkable if you stay downtown. There is also a more local version of Uber.

Taos, New Mexico has a small centre and there may be local tours to further attractions. It is an interesting small city in a beautiful setting.

On the other hand, if you can manage Los Angeles without driving, I suspect you could manage almost anyplace.

If you are willing to extend your travels to Canada the choice is wide: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec and more.

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A second nom for New Orleans. Fantastic city.

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Third vote for New Orleans!! That's the one I thought of before I saw the other 2 posts above mine!!

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Atlanta and Philadelphia are the only two major cities in the U.S. that [a] you have not yet visited and [b] are manageable to explore using public transportation alone. And even at that I am hesitant to recommend Philadelphia as there really is not much there.* Any other U.S. city worth visiting -- and I would put Nashville, Kansas City, Houston, Colorado Springs, and Phoenix on this list -- requires a car.

Although it would require getting a passport, you might want to consider expanding your horizons to Canada, where air travel costs and travel time are comparable to a number of U.S. destinations. Montreal and Vancouver, in particular, would make excellent solo travel destinations. Toronto also has an excellent public transit system, but is a little less interesting in my biased opinion.


* Footnote added: Yes, there is the Liberty Bell. And, yes, it is worth seeing. It takes five minutes. Other than eat a cheesesteak, what are you then going to do with the other 47 hours, 55 minutes of your two-day weekend in Philadelphia?

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You're already hit my best suggestions on the west coast... San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle! :)

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At this point, I’d invest in a passport and go to London. It’s a Mecca for a solo traveler that likes transit. Japan as well, and flights from LAX are so cheap. Paris, Rome. Both amazing. And if you can navigate LA, you won’t be intimidated by either. I think LA is more of a culture shock than Paris!

It’s worth noting that Colorado has ski shuttles and if you have a good budget for lodging, you could probably have a pretty awesome trip in Colorado. Abquerque/Santa Fe, as well. There are places reachable from NYC/Boston, like Cape Cod, Portland ME, Salem, Vermont.

Alaska Marine Highway might be of interest—it stops at the same places the cruise ships stop at, so there are tours you can do.

You didn’t mention Philadelphia, which I love.

But after that, and NOLA, I really think you’re going to be disappointed in other cities. Transit gets frustrating. I’m all for US travel but a lot of the cool places that aren’t the majority cities really require a car. You’ll be blown away by the trains and buses elsewhere. We really haven’t got anything close to UK’s or Japan’s or Germany’s infrastructures.

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Well sure I like that idea better! With a passport, in addition to those already mentioned, I'll add Amsterdam and Venice. Any European city I have been to was easier to get around solo than any USA city I've ever been to. No contest that.

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If you're going with European cities don't forget Lisbon, it is the cat's pajamas.

Oh wait the title is US cities..Oops

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I just got back from a solo trip in DC. I thoroughly enjoyed it and transportation is plentiful. For a more expensive route there are plenty of Uber’s to get you around the capital and on the other hand bicycles and motorized scooters can be found to rend on almost every street corner.

If you have never been to DC their is a ton to see and do with the majority of them being FREE! (My favorite word) If you’re interested in reading about my experience of solo traveling in DC you can read about my trip here: backwardmaptravels.tumblr.com/MysteryVacation

Happy Travels!!

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I'd back DC over Atlanta or Philly

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