The Best (and Safest) US Cities for Solo Female Travelers
Solo traveling is one of the most enriching and empowering experiences that can give you a life-changing adventure. In the US, you’ll find a variety of options from hiking in the wilderness to exploring artsy treasures in museum filled cities.
So leave your worries behind, because traveling solo in the United States is quite easy (and safe) even for female solo travelers. Although we recommend that you still keep your guard up especially when traveling alone, some cities are considered far safer than others, where you can explore freely, without having much to worry about.
Here are the best (and safest!) cities to travel when you’re traveling alone in the country. Also, we’ll discuss some helpful advice for solo female travelers so that it’s easier for you to get started in your United States vacation.
San Francisco, California
Whether you’re a solo female traveler or not, San Franciso is one of the most favorite places to visit by tourists. The city is pretty safe, and transportation is a breeze, too. You just have to ride the Bay Area Rapid Transit or BART train from the airport, and it will take you downtown.
A city is relatively easy to navigate as well, even if you don’t have a car, with a multitude of streetcars, buses, and cable cars. Stay at an accommodation near Union Square, as it’s easy to get to other parts of the city from there. Since it’s located in the main area, you have no trouble finding local restaurants and stores, not to mention it’s well lit at night.
Also, don’t miss out on San Francisco’s top attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, China Town, North Beach, and Fisherman’s Warf.
Portland is a city that offers excellent outdoor activities if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, as well as vibrant cultural events. Getting to the city from the airport is a breeze. All you need to do is to ride a train that will take you to the main city center, where you can start your travels.
Another reason why it’s excellent for female solo travelers is that people here are genuinely friendly. So if ever you’re lost or in need of directions, most people are more than happy to help.
Check out the Portland International Hostel and Guest House while you’re in the area. The staff is excellent, and the hostel offers walking tours and more. Afterward, drop by the Northwest district and explore unique stores and artsy coffee shops. If you’re itching for a bit of outdoor exercise, head off to the hiking trails Forest Park.
New York, New York
New York is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re up for the challenge, then take it on the Big Apple. Unknown to most people, surprisingly, the city is safe for female travelers as well. Getting downtown might be a challenge since you have to walk from one of the two airports. However, it has become more convenient thanks to public transit.
Make sure that you book your stay in advance as this city can get pretty booked, especially during the holidays. Also, find out what’s the fastest and most convenient way to get to your accommodation.
Once you’re all checked in, then you’re set! Exploring New York’s streets is quite easy once you’re already familiar with the grid system. A great thing about New York is that there are a lot of tourists around, so you’ll never feel like you’re out of place.
Visit the famous Central Park, embark on a sightseeing trip, pay your tribute to the 9/11 memorial, and window shop on the expensive stores. Dine alone and explore New York’s local restaurants, while drinking wine and listening to jazz music.
Festivals are Austin’s way of life. Texas’ capital is upbeat and colorful, being one of the country’s greatest concert venues. Matching vibrant tunes of the city is its mouthwatering barbeque, making it one of the top places to travel alone if you’re a passionate foodie.
The city also has solo-friendly excursions from strolling through sun-speckled parks, to jumping through swimming holes like Barton Springs.
Are you a bit surprised? It’s true, Honolulu has gained a lot of popularity for being a romantic destination for honeymooners, but that doesn’t mean that the place isn’t perfect for solo travelers as well. Because of the place’s laidback feel and low crime rates, it’s considered one of the best places to travel alone in the United States.
As an added bonus, there are a variety of things to do for female solo travelers such as lounging at the beach, hiking the Diamond Head, and visiting the Pearl Harbor.
Key West, Florida
Without a doubt, Key West is one of the safest places to travel alone in the US. In fact, over the years, the place has managed to lure thousands of solo travelers from all over the world, thanks to its beautiful sunshine and palm trees.
While it’s a city, it feels like you’re walking in a charming town, with a strong sense of community, where you’ll feel looked after. Aside from that, there are a lot of museums in Key West that you can explore anytime at your own pace, such as the famous Hemingway Home.
Park City, Utah
Are you traveling during the winter and you’re looking for picturesque places to visit? Well, you can’t go wrong if you’re in Park City. Whether you want to hit the slopes, or you want to explore the charming downtown, there’s no shortage of places to do when you’re in the area.
It’s just an hour away from Salt Lake City airport, making it one of the most accessible places if you’re traveling on your own, and you want to find retreat in the mountains.
Over to you
Even though the US is big, there’s no shortage of the wealth of places to see. We hope that this list has sparked your wanderlust to start or go on with your solo travels.
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Odette Viola is a passionate traveler and always looking for the hidden gems of the world, always looking for new adventures and experiences. She’s also currently developing her skills in blogging and photography.