Wanderlust tugs at everyone, and as appealing as it often is to travel with your family or close friends, sometimes the urge to hit the road by yourself — to truly get away from it all — is too strong to resist. The benefits of an independent adventure can be boiled down into a simple statement: You’re in charge — of everything. You choose the itinerary, the food, the resting points, the places to stay, the things to do, and the people to see (or avoid). Far be it from us to intrude on such a personal decision, but if you’re looking for some ideas, we’re happy to offer you a few great places for solo travel across the U.S. this winter.
Austin, Texas. The capital of the Lone Star State, Austin also bills itself as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” with a vibrant music scene that includes over 250 live venues. One annual highlight is the SXSW (South by Southwest) conference and festival. Taking place this year from March 7-16, SXSW features top stars and the hottest up-and-comers in the music, film, and interactive industries. You’ll want to check out the movie premieres and concerts, but be sure to catch the various keynote speakers.
Arizona. With average highs of 70 to 76 degrees in February and March, Arizona can provide a much-needed break from cold, inclement weather. The Grand Canyon is the favored spot for most travelers, but the Cactus League (15 Major League Baseball teams that head to Arizona in late February for “spring” training) is a popular destination for fans who like to get a jump on the coming season. Preseason ticket prices remain less expensive than regular-season tickets, and the ballparks are cozy enough to offer up-close views of all the players.
New York City. “The city that never sleeps” has a slew of attractions and activities that appeal to tens of millions of travelers year-round. From Broadway shows and museums to sporting events, 4,200+ restaurants, 1,700+ parks (including Central Park, of course), and a sprawling transportation system that can ferry you around town while protecting you from winter’s elements, you’ll likely find more ways to spend your time than you’ll find time to spend in New York City.
Kirkwood, California. Adventurous solo ski buffs can test their skills with a trip to Kirkwood Mountain Resort, which has averaged well over 400 inches of annual snowfall since 2008. Just 47 minutes south of Lake Tahoe, and within reach of 14 other resorts in the area, Kirkwood is nevertheless uniquely isolated from the outside world, offering “Rare Earth” views and challenging trails that will leave you breathless.
Whether you just want to escape or are trying to find yourself, getting away on your own is a worthy pursuit. Whatever your reason for solo travel in the United States this winter, Travel Plus can help you save on your journey, with 5% cash back on plane, hotel, and rental-car reservations, rebates on travel perks, and much more.