Solo trips are a great way to travel on your own schedule. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of adventuring to a new location, while flexing your independence and self-reliability. Since international travel is limited this summer, here are some destinations to explore that might be right in your backyard.

Located in Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park encompasses 277 miles of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. With fire, heat, and COVID-19 warnings changing daily, be sure to check out the website for the latest closures before booking your trip. Once there, the Grand Canyon is a nature lover’s paradise. Spend the day exploring the Bright Angel Trail or the Grand Canyon Village for shopping and quick dining options.

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Savannah is your spot if you love to shop, eat, and explore local history. Dating back to the 1840s, Forsyth Park occupies 30 acres in the Historic District. “The iconic water fountain at the center is a landmark in itself, but Fragrant Garden, walking trails, and a quaint cafe make for a relaxing spot on your itinerary”, says After a stroll through the park, the afternoon options are endless. Enjoy a trolley tour, museum visits, the old cobblestone walkways of River Street, or chase rest and relaxation on Tybee Island, only 20 minutes away from Savannah’s Historic District.

Rolling hills, fantastic wine, and infamous sunsets. Napa is a region known for its natural beauty and laid back vibe. Spend the mornings exploring the hillsides and the afternoons touring the local wineries, boasting some of the best wines in the world. A solo trip to Napa can get pricey, so if budget is a concern, check out some of the Airbnb options instead of booking at one of the many resorts.

Although Aspen is often considered a winter destination, this mountainous city is equally stunning during the summer months. From relaxation to outdoor adventure, Aspen offers something for every type of traveler. If you are looking for hiking trails, head to Roaring Fork Valley, for breathtaking views, ride up Aspen Mountain on the Silver Queen Gondola, and foodies will love indulging in Aspen’s decadent culinary scene.

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If you are looking for an inexpensive destination to explore, consider Austin, Texas. The city offers a host of attractions for free or low cost including bike rentals to explore the city, a visit to Zilker Park, a hike through Mount Bonnell, exploring the Green Belt, paddling across Lady Bird Lake, or taking in a movie at the drive-in theater. From local food markets to 5-star restaurants, Austin is also a renowned destination for food lovers.