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We know how fun a group adventure can be. You and close friends. Or you and a bunch of family. Or you with close friends and a bunch of family. It’s all fantastic and very Griswaldian. But sometimes you need some time to be alone. That ever precious “me time” has never been more important and we think you should take some of it now.

As part of our all-American series, we thought it’d be a fine idea to put together a list of eight destinations that are tailor-made for a solo road trip. But not just any old road trip; one with you and only you to keep you company.

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Hoquiam, Washington


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Getting lost in the Pacific Northwest during a solo road trip is a fantastic idea. You deserve some “me time” and the town of Hoquiam is a perfect place for that. Clear your head with a loop around the Olympic Peninsula via U.S. Route 101. The road snakes along coastal cliffs and winds through dense green forests, providing you with ample opportunities to take the perfect Instagram picture. Then head back to town and see a show at the 7th Street Theater.

Ogden, Utah

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What should you do when you have no one to travel with? Take a road trip to the foot of the Wasatch Mountains, of course. Ogden has everything you’re looking for in a solo destination. The drive along the Ogden River Scenic Byway will take you to higher elevations and offers panoramic views of the surrounding land. The 25th Street Historic District is loaded with restaurants, bars, coffee shops, art galleries, and some tattoo parlors in case you want to get inked up. And the Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum will turn you into a bona fide gearhead.

Sheridan, Wyoming


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Northern Wyoming is barren, rugged, out there, beautiful, and a go-to spot for a reflective road trip. A drive through Bighorn National Forest up to Bald Mountain Overlook is a great way to start off your trip. From the top, you can survey the land like an Old West frontiersman. And speaking of frontiersman, make your way to King’s Saddlery, a legendary tack store that has every fixing a cowboy or cowgirl like you needs. After a full day of gallivanting about town, take a load off at the Sheridan Inn for the night. Hungry? Frackelton’s is perfect for whiskey and steak and it’s walking distance.

Rapid City, South Dakota


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If your South Dakota road trip planner doesn’t include a stop in Rapid City then you better add it right now. This city on the eastern slopes of the Black Hills mountain range is a far cry from the prairie lands you’re used to in other Midwest states. First of all, cruising through Custer State Park offers you a chance to encounter wildlife like pronghorns, American bison, and begging burros. These pesky donkeys are aptly named because they will stick their head through your car window looking for free treats. In town, the Rapid City Art Alley is an equally impressive sight. Take a walk among the best street art your eyes will see during your journey.

Oshkosh, Wisconsin


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Yes, the cheese in the state is legendarily fantastic. From the Montforte Blue cheese and fried cheese curds to Colby cheese, it’s to die for. But don’t get blinded by the cheese—that’s for you, Manfred Mann. In between your tastings of that delicious dairy product, mix in a visit to Oshkosh. Drive the stretch of North Shore Drive along Lake Winnebago between Oshkosh and Neenah. Then turn around and drive back to the EAA Aviation Museum, where some of the coolest planes ever built are on display. And if you get a little lonely, head to Ground Round at River’s Edge and make friends with the locals.

Chattanooga, Tennessee


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You’ll understand why Chattanooga is called the Scenic City after you drive to the top of Lookout Mountain and peer down on this amazing landscape. In fact, you can see seven states from up there: Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. Lookout Mountain is also home to Ruby Falls, a formation of caverns with an underground waterfall. After your spelunking needs are fulfilled, get your fair share of art at the Hunter Museum of American Art. The collection is humungous, with hundreds of paintings, photographs, sculptures, and decorative arts. And what better way to end the day than with a pile of meat at Main Street Meats? There’s your Chattanooga in a nutshell.

Roanoke, Virginia


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Even with a population of 99,660, it’s easy to be on your own in Roanoke, Virginia. Forget about everything in the world as you take in a cruise along Blue Ridge Parkway and admire the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Outside of the car, you can escape into a network of hiking trails that exist just outside the city limits. One bucket list hike you should do while in town—that’s slightly terrifying—is the hike to McAfee Knob. We’re willing to bet you’ll take a least 100 Instagram photos while standing high, very high, above the Roanoke Valley. If your appetite is raging and you feel like gorging on the best Virginia’s Blue Ridge has to offer, take a Roanoke Food Tour—they specialize in food comas. In terms of entertaining yourself, the Grandin Theatre and Taubman Museum of Art will suit you just fine.

Brunswick, Maine


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Maine is such a great place to go by yourself because it’s so far east, most people think it’s too out there. And that’s their loss because Maine is frickin’ unbelievable. Spruce and fern forests, a rugged coastline, small towns, and amazing lobster rolls can all be found when you road trip into the town of Brunswick. This place is a goldmine of fun and adventure. The Maine State Music Theatre puts on incredible shows, ranging from classical musicals to Saturday Night Fever tributes. Venture over to the campus of Bowdoin College and admire the collections at the Bowdoin Museum of Art. And if you’re wondering about that lobster roll thingy, head to Cameron’s Lobster House. After you’ve filled up on that tasty crustacean, point your four-wheeled beast north on Maine U.S. Route 1 and drive as far as you please.

Like we said before, solo road trips are all the rage right now and we hope you take one immediately. Especially to eight of these incredible destinations scattered across the United States. The choices are yours because, hey, there’s no one else to tell you what to do.

Header Image Via: Shutterstock.com/Maciej Bledowski

 

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