Best Solo Travel Tours

Solo female traveler sits on the edge of the Grand Canyon

Getting Started 

Whether it’s your first time embarking on an adventure-for-one or you’re a seasoned pro, there are questions you must ask yourself before leaping into a solo trip. “Real world” anxieties tend to get the best of even the most cool, calm and collected traveler. However, if you’re willing to break down that internal barrier, a limitless world of possibilities opens up. 

Behind each door is a new opportunity for self-growth and exploration. A rare chance to get to know yourself and discover what it is that truly sparks the curiosity within. So what should you consider to ensure the best possible experience for me, myself, and I? Before diving into options, begin by asking the following questions: 

What am I looking to gain from this experience?

Maybe the answer right now is simply, “I’m not sure.” That’s okay! In your daily life, start to take note of what it is you’re seeking from a getaway. Maybe you’re often stuck behind a computer at work and a serious break from screen time would help you feel recharged. Feeling overwhelmed by social situations or relationship troubles? Maybe a location that offers solitude is what you need right now. Whatever it may be, start to become aware of your surroundings and daily stressors in order to figure out exactly what it is you are seeking to gain from your solo venture.

What activities am I looking for?

So you’ve done a little soul searching and you have a goal in mind for your trip. Now for the fun stuff: what outdoor activity do you find most enjoyable? While this article is primarily focused on hiking trips (and I personally think a good hike is the best medicine for any situation), there are many options when it comes to getting outside. Below I will highlight a variety of adventures offered by both Wildland Trekking and Intrepid Travel that will be sure to check off some of your adventure boxes. Whether it’s staying in historic lodges, cooling off in waterfalls, trying your hand with a boat and paddle, or challenging yourself to a multi-day backpacking trip, there’s no right or wrong way to satiate your personal travel bug. 

Have I done the research?

We’re getting closer. You’ve narrowed it down to a few options…but they all sound so cool! How do you know which is the right choice? Well, good news for you, our country’s National Parks and protected lands aren’t going anywhere any time soon. You can always plan another vacation! However, a huge factor in having an enjoyable experience is timing it correctly with the seasons and weather for each specific region. For example, if you can only get time off from work in March, you may consider a desert trip as temperatures are mild and optimal for hiking. Looking for a summer vacation? Consider escaping to the mountains or the rivers, which would typically be snow-covered in the winter months. 

Along with planning around the seasons comes the convenience of the location. Research local airports and transportation options, as some trip locations are more remote than others and may take up more travel time. 

The Options

So you’re feeling pretty good about embarking on your journey as a lone wolf. You’ve asked yourself the essential questions and you’ve considered how all of it will impact your experience. Now it’s time to look at some options. Below are trips that make for excellent solo travel. 


Starting off with our Inn-Based* options, these all-inclusive trips often offer stays in historic lodges and dine at local restaurants. Inn-Based is a great option if you enjoy social time, but also appreciate the opportunity to retreat to a comfy bed and hot shower at the end of a long hiking day. 

Sedona Arizona bell rock trail sign

Red Rock Adventurer | Sedona, AZ | Best for: The red rock desert experience

What I like about this trip:

  • There are options for a 3-day or 4-day itinerary for more flexibility 
  • Incorporates beautiful, diverse scenery as well as human history and a tour of the nearby historic mining town 
  • 4-day itinerary features a swimming hole! 
  • Sedona is a great town to explore for those who are less hiking-focused 

Possible cons:

  • The desert gets very hot very quickly so the optimal hiking months are limited 
  • Sedona can be crowded during peak season 

Winter Hiking & Snowshoeing in Yellowstone | Yellowstone National Park, WY/MT/ID | Best for: The hiker that runs hot  

What I like about this trip: 

  • Offers a unique perspective and experience of Yellowstone National Park in the snow 
  • Chances for optimal wildlife viewing 
  • Significantly more solitude than a summer visit would offer 

Possible Cons: 

  • Days can be very cold or subject to inclimate weather 

**Note that Inn-Based options often include an additional “Single-person Supplement” to supplement room costs for the solo traveler 

Basecamp Style 

If you want to get a little deeper into the outdoors, basecamp may be the right option for you! Basecamp style offers a little more opportunity for group bonding while your guide prepares family-style meals and guests roast s’mores around a campfire. Not to mention some killer stargazing! 

Waterfalls, Views, and Whitewater | Yosemite National Park, CA | Best for: The multi-sport adventurer 

What I like about this trip: 

  • Has a little bit of everything for the adventurous solo including white water rafting! 
  • You’ll feel like you experienced Yosemite for all it has to offer, including its many gushing waterfalls 
  • A walk among the Giant Sequoias has a magical effect on people 

Possible cons:

  •  Only offered in spring months when the snowmelt is at its highest 
  • Spring months bring larger crowds 

Yosemite national park solo traveler perches on granite dome

Bryce and Escalante Basecamp  | Grand Staircase-Escalante Ntl. Monument / Bryce National Park, UT | Best for: Landscape Diversity 

What I like about this trip: 

  • Get cozy at the same campsite for all four nights in the Escalante Petrified Forest and even take advantage of the trailheads at the campground 
  • Escalante/Boulder, Utah boasts to be the most remote hiking in the contiguous United States 
  • Waterfalls, slot canyons, river crossings, oh my! These activities make for great team building with your new friends, especially when you’re wiggling through narrow slots! 

Possible cons: 

  • Flash flood season can alter itinerary 
  • Summer months are hot with little shade 


Finally, we offer a number of trips for the solo traveler who doesn’t mind a little extra weight and really wants to go the distance. Backpacking can be tough, but the rewards are great. And who knows, you may even emerge with some new lifelong friends. 

North Carolina’s Appalachian Trail | Shining Rock Wilderness, NC | Best for: Rugged terrain trekking

What I like about this trip: 

  • Great starter hike if you’ve ever dreamed of hiking the Appalachian Trail 
  • Hybrid backpacking/basecamp style allows you to cover larger distances 
  • Great amount of solitude in Appalachia 
  • Asheville is a lively town for breweries and music to unwind after your hike 

Possible cons: 

  • Weather can be wet and unpredictable 

Woman stands alone looking out over canyonlands national needles district

Canyonlands Classic | Canyonlands National Park, UT | Best for: The solitude seekers 

What I like about this trip: 

  • Explore quiet canyons in a remote region of Utah and Canyonlands National Park 
  • Great breakup of the mileage covered per day for optimal enjoyment 
  • Features a hike to the very unique Druid Arch 
  • Moab is a cool town to hang out in and grab dinner after your trek 

Possible cons: 

  • High desert temperatures in the summer 
  • Moab can be busy in peak season (spring/fall) 

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Ready, Set, Go

There you have it! Not so scary after all. Solo travel is all about knowing what YOU and you alone want out of a trip. So pour yourself a cup of coffee or that glass of wine and have a nice sit down chat with yourself. Map it out, and let’s get to planning!

About Nina Groom

Wildland Trekking guide Nina G.

-Wildland Guide and Blog Contributor-

Nina’s love for the outdoors began in the rolling Appalachians of New England where she learned to hike and ski at a young age. Aside from being out in nature, Nina spent many years working in theater as a director and producer until her relocation to Utah. It was here that her passion for outdoor recreation really blossomed! Nina now spends her winters skiing and ski touring in the Wastach mountains, and working at Deer Valley Resort. In the summers, find her on the crag or on a number of southern Utah backpacking trips. Some of her favorite things include the smell of lavender, a campfire with good friends, and a refreshing dip in a lake. Nina is a certified Wilderness First Responder in addition to being trained in Avalanche Rescue and PADI open water scuba diving.

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