According to a new survey—which asked 1,000 globetrotters across five different age brackets to rank their favorite places to travel solo
NYC was ranked as the world’s safest solo travel destination as well, with each age group—ranging from the 18-to-24-year-old demographic to those aged 55 and up—in agreement. LGBTQ+ travelers also reported feeling safest in NYC, as compared to other U.S. cities (Denver and San Francisco ranked next).
In the survey, travelers said they experienced some downsides of flying solo; 46 percent of respondents said they have gotten lost when traveling by themselves, while 43 percent have felt alone or out of place. In Manhattan, though, the city’s grid system and the number of signs pointing to tourist attractions such as the Empire State Building and Central Park take the intimidation out of finding your way around. Plus, public transportation makes zipping from one spot to the next as easy as pie. (P.S. Forget about the mean big-city stereotypes: New Yorkers will be happy to give you directions on the subway.)
The survey’s entire top 10 U.S. cities for solo travel were:
New York City