The Top 5 Budget-Friendly U.S. Cities for Solo Travel

Oct 12, 2018

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Have you been thinking about traveling solo but aren’t sure how to pull it off?

And what about budget? Can you afford a trip when you don’t have someone to share the expenses?

Retail Me Not surveyed 2,000 Americans to uncover the top budget-friendly U.S. cities for solo travel, so grab your calendar and start planning some 2019 solo trips.

The top 5 budget-friendly cities to explore solo

  • Asheville, North Carolina

  • San Antonio

  • Washington, D.C.

  • New Orleans

  • Jacksonville, Florida

Were you surprised to see some of the cities on this list?

It’s true that the cost of living in some of these areas isn’t cheap, but each has plenty of free activities available. Keep your accommodation costs down in the larger cities on this list by looking into a single-room vacation rentals through Airbnb or VRBO.

»Learn More: Beat your travel budget: Find cheap activities in any city

If you like nature

You could hike some of the hundreds of trails the Blue Ridge Mountains offer in Asheville, or spend some time on the beachfront in Jacksonville. If you want a big-city feel mixed in with your dose of nature, the United States Botanic Garden in Washington is a great mix of both.

If you like great food

The French Market in New Orleans is a huge open-air market that sells produce, along with arts and crafts. And no trip to New Orleans is complete without gumbo and beignets. San Antonio is home to delicious cuisine — think beyond just Tex-Mex.

If you like museums

Washington is full of free museums and monuments to enjoy. From the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to the National Zoo, solo travelers can enjoy a lot for free. Get some fresh air and exercise by walking around the monuments.

Whatever it is you enjoy, you’re bound to find your own adventure in one of these cities. Still not totally sure about traveling solo? Here are four reasons why you should try it.


How to maximize your rewards

You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2022, including those best for:

partner programs

IHG® One Rewards
Get exclusive benefits and earn points faster
World of Hyatt
Enjoy free nights, member rates and more
Alaska Mileage Plan
Join Mileage Plan and Save $25 on your next flight
IHG® Rewards Program

IHG® One Rewards

Wherever you go, however you stay, IHG One Rewards offers rewards for every one.

on IHG One Rewards’ website

Highlights:
  1. Cheers to new tiers: New tiers allow members to earn points faster.
  2. Piling on the perks: New members benefits that enhance every stay
  3. Milestone Rewards: Allows members to choose their rewards.
  1. Cheers to new tiers: New tiers allow members to earn points faster.
  2. Piling on the perks: New members benefits that enhance every stay
  3. Milestone Rewards: Allows members to choose their rewards.

on IHG One Rewards’ website

World of Hyatt

World of Hyatt

With the World of Hyatt loyalty program, enjoy a world of rewards designed to revolve around you.

on Hyatt's website

Highlights:
  1. Earn points for things you already enjoy with Hyatt
  2. Use your points for free nights at more than 1,100 hotels around the world
  3. Three elite tiers to unlock exceptional benefits - room upgrades and more.
  1. Earn points for things you already enjoy with Hyatt
  2. Use your points for free nights at more than 1,100 hotels around the world
  3. Three elite tiers to unlock exceptional benefits - room upgrades and more.

on Hyatt's website

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Alaska Mileage Plan

Mileage Plan is Alaska's loyalty program for anyone who loves to travel and is free to join!

on Alaska's website

Highlights:
  1. Join Mileage Plan and Save $25 on your next flight
  2. Our members earn 30% more miles on average than other airlines
  3. You earn based on how far you fly, not how much you spend
  1. Join Mileage Plan and Save $25 on your next flight
  2. Our members earn 30% more miles on average than other airlines
  3. You earn based on how far you fly, not how much you spend

on Alaska's website

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