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Four states you can’t miss on a solo trip to America

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA at Jackson Square and St. Louis Cath

Traveling solo is a courageous feat, and venturing into the vast and varied landscapes of America promises an experience like no other. Whether you’re looking to soak up the sun on stunning beaches, hike through majestic mountains, explore bustling cityscapes, or immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage, the United States offers a kaleidoscope of experiences to the lone traveler. In this blog, we’ll take you through four must-visit states that embody the essence of the American spirit to ensure your solo trip is packed with unforgettable memories.

New York

Highly recommended by travel experts, New York is more than just its eponymous city. While NYC – with its towering skyscrapers, the sprawling Central Park, and a plethora of museums – is a treasure trove for any solo traveler, the state itself is not to be overlooked. Venture upstate to experience the tranquillity of the Adirondacks or the cascading waters of Niagara Falls. Try your hand at wine tasting in the Finger Lakes or lose yourself in the artistic enclave of Woodstock. Any fears of being alone in such an expansive area will soon be put to rest – just a short stay in the Empire State can be extremely liberating for the solo traveler.

Colorado

If your spirit of adventure is fuelled by outdoor pursuits, then Colorado is the state for you. Home to the world-famous Rocky Mountains, the stunning Centennial State is teeming with hiking trails and pristine pistes beckoning you to strap on your skis. Keep your itinerary on the right track by taking a ride on the world’s highest train – the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway. Then, stay up in the clouds with a trip to Denver. The Mile High City offers plenty to see and do for the solo traveler, including exploring its vibrant art scene and immersing yourself in its sporting culture that’s ingrained in the city’s heritage.

Oregon

Widely considered to be one of the country’s most naturally charming regions, Oregon’s appeal lies in its diversity, with landscapes ranging from the windswept Pacific coast to the desolate beauty of the high desert. The hipster charm of Portland contrasts with the silent, ancient majesty of Crater Lake National Park. Here, solo travelers can find themselves amidst communities of artisans, hikers, and coffee aficionados. Get your camera at the ready as you venture into this beautiful state where you can combine outdoor discovery with metropolitan adventures. 

Louisiana

If exploring the country’s culture is your trip’s raison d’être, there are few better places to start your journey than in Louisiana. Embrace the joyous cacophony of cultures in this colorful state, ticking off its major cities as you go. Any stay in Louisiana wouldn’t be complete without paying the state capital, Baton Rouge, a visit. There is always plenty going on here, with events and festivals taking place throughout the year – many of which are free of charge – so check the calendar and time your trip accordingly.

And of course, New Orleans is a city like no other, and even a short stay here is bound to provide countless highlights that’ll headline your travel journal. It’s an explosion of music, food, and revelry – solo travelers can wander through the French Quarter, enjoy the soulful notes of a jazz saxophone, or indulge in a bowl of authentic gumbo.

Conclusion

Traveling solo to the States offers an unparalleled opportunity to meet new people, find unexpected joys, and learn about one’s self against the backdrop of America’s vast beauty. As you gear up to hit the road alone, let curiosity be your compass and these four states the waypoints on your journey of discovery.

Author: Chris Hawkes

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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