5 of the Best Places to Travel Alone in North America

Looking for your first solo adventure? Why not make it North America? For a start, there’s no language barrier – even in the French-speaking areas of Canada, everyone’s fluent in English. The cultural similarities make it an easy way to dip your toes into the world of solo travel, while still experiencing new ways of living, from food to nightlife and much more.

At TrekAmerica, we welcome thousands of solo travellers onto our small group tours every year, with many being first-timers travelling alone, or joining as part of a bigger trip. If you’re looking for your first taste of how amazing travel can be, we’ve got five places in North America that are great for travelling alone in.

New York City

 Times Square, New York City

Probably the first port of call for most US solo travellers, New York City has enough to keep you entertained for days! Wave to Lady Liberty on a boat trip, see the city from above at the Empire State Building and explore the hip neighbourhood of Brooklyn, perfect for coffee sipping and people watching. With some of the best brunching opportunities in the world and a whole load of shopping, theatre and entertainment, one thing’s for sure – you’ll never be bored in the Big Apple!


Check out our ultimate NYC city guide



 Girl travelling alone in Toronto

If you’re looking to meet friendly locals on your solo travels, Canada is the place to be! Ontario’s capital is a great starting point, packed with cool culture and buzzing with excitement. Make your way up the CN Tower for epic views, discover sporting legends at the Hockey Hall of Fame and tuck into a big ol’ bowl of poutine (basically, chips with cheese and gravy!), the Canadian dish of dreams.


Make friends in Canada with our Canadian Pioneer tour


The Deep South

 Street in New Orleans

Southern hospitality does pretty much just what it says – the people in the Southern states are super friendly, and the food is really something else. In New Orleans, experience the lively jazz clubs on Frenchmen Street and the beautiful homes of the Garden District. Nashville and Memphis are ideal for music lovers, and it’s easy to find like-minded souls to enjoy the Grand Ole Opry, Graceland and Sun Studio with.


Find your foodie and music-loving tribe with our Deep South BLT


San Francisco

 Girl travelling alone at San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

More compact than California’s other big-name city, Los Angeles, San Francisco is much easier to explore on foot and full of quirky, fun neighbourhoods and things to do. A tour of the infamous Alcatraz Island and prison is a must (book this in advance), and Pier 39 is a great place to chill out and experience the perks of a seaside city. Shop in independent boutiques, take in some stunning street art and, of course, stretch your legs with a walk across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.


Spend some time in San Fran before checking out the rest of the West Coast with one of our awesome group tours



 Man travelling solo at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The Hawaiian islands are a pure paradise – and each one is small enough to be the perfect destination for a solo traveller. We’d recommend the ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii itself – it may be compact, but within its coastlines, you’ll discover amazingly diverse landscapes and climates. Volcanoes National Park gives you the opportunity to walk through lava tunnels and see the most active volcano in the world, Kilauea. Hawaii is filled with beautiful beaches, stunning waterfalls and some of the most laid-back people you’ll meet on your travels!


Wanna visit Hawaii AND make some new mates? Check out our Big Island group tour


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