Spring is the perfect time to plan a solo trip and experience the beauty of a new place! The weather is warm, the flowers are blooming, and many cities have a variety of annual celebrations and festivals to enjoy. If you're ready to sail off on a solo adventure to somewhere beautiful, here are the top 15 places that should be topping your bucket list.
1. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, is a stunning "fairy-tale" town filled with charming cottages and castle-esque homes, art galleries, mountain views, and bright, blossoming gardens on every corner.
Spend your time shopping at the various boutiques (no chain shops here!), sipping fresh-ground coffee from the local cafes, and wandering along the quiet beaches. In the surrounding area, adventure abounds in some of America's most beautiful coastline. Garrapata State Park has mountains, valleys, cacti, and Redwoods, while Point Lobos State Reserve offers prime seal, sea lion, and whale viewing. Or, take it easy with an iconic trip down the Pacific Coast Highway or 17-Mile Drive.
2. Lisbon, Portugal
Portugal's beautiful capital makes a great solo destination any time of year, but spring is incredibly charming. And if you happen to be a solo female traveler, you may be happy to hear that Libson is home to 3 of the world's top 10 hostels for women, according to HostelWorld! (Goodmorning Solo Traveller Hostel, Lost Inn Lisbon, and We Love F Tourists)
Spend your days exploring the brightly colored neighborhoods, the LX Factory, or the museums of your choice. If you'd rather get outside the city walls and enjoy Portugal's springtime weather, Libson is conveniently located by several top-tier beaches and mountains.
3. Wales, United Kingdom
Wales is an excellent option for first-time solo travelers, thanks to the safe and welcoming culture and widely spoken English. And in spring, the entire country comes alive with bright foliage and wildlife.
If you like castles, you'll have your pick of fascinating tours and even the option to stay overnight in some. For nature, be sure to explore Wales' many beaches, which vary from pristine sand to rock-strewn coasts beneath towering cliffs. Or, take a tour of the country's most mesmerizing waterfalls and nature trails!
4. County Kerry, Ireland
You can't really go wrong with visiting any part of Ireland in the spring, but County Kerry has a particular sort of charm. Spend your days indulging in traditional comfort food, making friends at the pub, and enjoying the clean air of the Irish countryside.
One of County Kerry's most fascinating stops is Skellig Michael, a 6th-century monastic settlement on the rocky coast. Keep an eye out for puffins and razorbills, too! Whatever you do, don't miss the breathtaking Killarney National Park, a 26,000-acre conglomerate of mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and woodlands. Finally, make sure to swing by the Dingle Peninsula to see rugged cliffs, ancient castles, beaches, and medieval huts.
5. Zion National Park, Utah
Zion National Park is an excellent choice if you want to stay in America but see incredible sights. Temperatures in spring are warm in the day but cool at night, and the valleys will be blossoming with new growth.
You can fill your days with hikes that highlight the spring flowers, but you'll definitely want to stop by the hanging gardens on the trails to Weeping Rock and Emerald Pools. Another fun option is to hike to the park's various waterfalls, which are at peak beauty in the spring when the snow is melting. Finally, keep an eye out for all the baby wildlife in the park, including bighorn sheep and mule deer!
6. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Sunshine on your mind? Head over to Grand Cayman for a luxurious trip filled with lounging on the beach, exploring the sea, and eating fantastic food. The weather is absolutely perfect this time of year, and airfare is remarkably affordable, too!
Grand Cayman is only about 76 square miles, so it's very easy to get around the entire island via taxi or bus. Besides the beach, some of the best solo activities include snorkeling around coral reefs and shipwrecks, touching the rays at Stingray City, and enjoying the resorts and spas on Seven Mile Beach.
7. Rome, Italy
Take on one of the world's cultural capitals with a trip to Rome! The people are generally very friendly to travelers, and many speak English, which makes it easier to travel solo. Just beware of pickpockets!
Choose from a nearly endless list of activities and sightseeing opportunities to do on your own, or join a local tour to enjoy the city with other travelers. Spend some time enjoying the sunshine and local cuisine while you people-watch in a piazza or café, and visit the Coliseum, Vatican, and Trevi Fountain. Then escape the crowds with leisurely strolls around the city's many beautiful neighborhoods, stopping to enjoy the wine, gelato, and less-touristy shops.
8. Paris, France
Few places in the world can top the charm of Paris in springtime. While you may not think to visit the "City of Love" alone, it's the perfect destination for solo travel!
Explore Paris at your own pace with leisurely walks along the Seine, the Champs Elysees, and all around the Ile de la Cité. While beautiful architecture fills most of the city, Paris hasn't failed to keep many beautiful spots of nature woven into the infrastructure.
When you want to be inside, take your pick of museums and palaces, focusing on the things that interest you, rather than catering to a group! Be sure to carve out a whole day to enjoy the splendor of the Palace of Versailles and its extensive gardens, which are incomparably beautiful in the spring!
9. Seville, Spain
Seville is full of rich culture that you could spend months discovering. And thanks to the widespread transportation system in the city, it's straightforward for solo travelers to explore.
Spring is the perfect time to visit the city before the weather gets hot. Plus, Seville is teeming with events in the spring, like Feria de Abril, a one-week festival! When you're not celebrating the Spanish holidays, eat your fill of tapas, wander around Santa Cruz, and visit the four beautiful bridges that cross the Guadalquivir River.
10. Bangkok, Thailand
While the crowds may deter some, Bangkok is a fantastic place to explore alone, thanks to the highly welcoming culture and variety of activities. Solo travelers will find many friends in the locals and other nomads.
A visit to the Grand Palace is a must, as is a trek up the stairs to the beautiful Temple of the Golden Mount. Brave the crowds in the marketplaces to shop for souvenirs and local cuisine on foot. Or, take the experience to the next level by visiting the floating markets and train markets! Finally, don't forget to treat yourself to a famous Thai massage.
11. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is always beautiful, but spring is a particularly vibrant time to explore the city. Colorful buildings combine perfectly with blossoming flowers and trees along the cobblestone streets. Plus, the weather is perfect for long days of exploration.
Charleston is an extremely safe and walkable city, making it perfect for navigating alone. You can enjoy many activities by yourself, from historic walking tours to art galleries to museums. Don't miss the iconic Angel Oak Tree, some colorful photos on Rainbow Row, or a quick splash in the Pineapple Fountain! And when you're hungry, Charleston's food scene is top-notch and abounding with local specialties.
12. Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos is one of the loveliest cities in the entire Mediterranean. This gorgeous Cycladic island has pristine beaches, stunning cliffs, bright blue waters, and a mesmerizing city.
Take your time enjoying the cobblestone streets of Mykonos Town or snapping the perfect selfie in one of the island's many iconic locations. If a lazy day sounds nice, head to one of the beaches to soak in the sun and meander around the local shops. And if you do happen to crave someone else's company, you'll find many willing friends at the nightlife hotspots, local bars, and even group yoga sessions!
Singapore is arguably the safest place you could take a solo adventure. The country is clean, the streets are well-lit at night, and the public transportation is top-notch. It's a great solo trip for anyone, but it's perfect for solo female travelers!
Spring is the ideal time to visit and avoid the rainy season, plus the weather is very lovely and warm. You'll definitely want to spend time just walking around and enjoying the modern and colorful city. But prime springtime activities include the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the Gardens by the Bay, and Punggol Waterway Park. Add on trips to the Cloud Forest and Sentosa Island if you have more time!
14. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam in the spring is an unforgettable experience. The rows of colorful houses and windmills pair perfectly with bright green leaves, blue skies, and rainbows of tulips! And, the streets are alive with many spring festivals and events.
You can quickly lose track of time as you wander at your own pace among many local parks in the cities, particularly Vondelpark. If you want to see cherry blossoms, head outside of town to Bloesempark in mid-March for a gorgeous display. And if you wish to see a lot of flowers, schedule a visit to Keukenhof, one of the worlds' most extensive gardens!
15. San Juan Islands, Washington
Does your ideal trip include wildlife and lots of time in nature? The San Juan Islands are for you! This collection of over 172 islands and reefs offers opportunities to embark on an adventure or simply relax. Plus, it's easy to feel safe in a community where most people don't even lock their houses.
The San Juan Islands Sculpture Park is a great place to enjoy spring, with over 150 unique sculptures displayed in curated landscapes. There are also many options throughout the islands to see orcas, humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions, and porpoises by boat or even kayak! But if you prefer to stay on land, the islands are well-suited to explore their various landscapes by bike or hiking trails.