10Best U.S. Destinations For Introverts

  • Santa Barbara, California

    In Santa Barbara, introverts may find themselves wandering down public plazas, which locals call "paseos," filled with restaurants and shops or taking a walking tour of the city's red-tiled roofs. For a true feeling of peace, walk through the Old Mission and journey through its 200-year-old cemetery and church. Santa Barbara also offers the beach and a gorgeous harbor perfect for stand-up paddle boarding, or head out to the Channel Islands just offshore for quiet hiking, kayaking and whale watching. Drive into the Santa Ynez Mountains for more hiking and spectacular views, or head to Santa Barbara's wine country for tours and tastings galore.

    Photo courtesy of Mark Weber

  • Breckenridge, Colorado

    Introverts will thrive within the laidback vibe of Breckenridge, or “Breck,” as the locals call it. A quintessential old Western town, Breckenridge is a departure from the busyness and glamour of nearby ski resorts. The Rocky Mountains tower above the charming village filled with historic buildings housing eclectic shops, restaurants and inns. Take a serene enclosed gondola ride up the mountain, ride a bike back down or go on a hike to explore the beautiful scenery. Bring a book to read by a bubbling stream or find a quiet space to think with the mountains as your muse.

    Photo courtesy of Breckenridge Ski Resort

  • Charleston, South Carolina

    Like stepping into a living history museum, Charleston will charm the pants off an introvert. Known as the most mannerly city for many years running, its residents are sweet and friendly. The best way to see this city is on a slow walk through its historic district stopping to enjoy all the details on the amazing homes. There are countless hidden nooks and crannies ideal for a silent break and many cute cafes and fine restaurants to rest and recharge. Check out the pineapple fountain, a sign of hospitality in these parts. Head out of town a bit to the gorgeous Southern plantations where introverts can spend time among fragrant gardens and peaceful rivers.  

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  • Sedona, Arizona

    Said to be located on an energy vortex, Sedona indeed boasts a certain natural energy that may be just what the doctor ordered for an introvert. It's often been described as a healing destination that uplifts, rejuvenates and inspires. With plenty of outdoor activities amidst its red rocks, there is ample opportunity to spend solo time in nature. Don't miss the Chapel of the Holy Cross built into the red rock cliffs for a breathtakingly quiet spot for meditation. For a relaxing retreat, try L'Auberge de Sedona nestled on the banks of Oak Creek and offering yoga and meditation.

    Photo courtesy of L'Auberge de Sedona

  • Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Susan Cain, author of “Quiet,” a best-selling book that explores introversion, loves Ann Arbor because, she says, it's "a hotbed for arts, culture and cafes–the perfect trifecta for introverts." With nearby University of Michigan, it has a studious feel and its quaint downtown beckons those to meander its streets at their own pace. With the first Borders bookstore based in Ann Arbor, it’s a hub for book lovers, an activity that appeals to many introverts. But when it comes time to be social–and introverts are not by nature anti-social–there’s ample opportunity at coffee shops, museums and boutiques.

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  • Ojai, California

    Mellow and relaxed describe the ambiance of this Southern California town known for its arts scene. Between its quaint village center, surrounding mountains and nearby Lake Casitas, introverts can choose from a variety of solitary activities. Writers, artists, musicians and more–many of whom tend toward introversion–flock to Ojai, and as a result, it’s filled with art galleries and studios, and hosts a busy art center and pottery school. Sip wine at area vineyards, horseback ride to the coast in Ventura or take in a round of golf at one of North America’s top golf resorts.

    Photo courtesy of Andy via Flickr

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

    With its reputation as a hotbed of art, Santa Fe offers the introvert plentiful opportunities for undisturbed wandering through more than 300 art galleries for reflection and inspiration. This southwestern town has some 320 sunny days a year to keep introvert spirits lifted and for spectacular hiking and biking year-round. There's also white water river rafting, horseback riding, fly-fishing and a growing food scene with more than 200 restaurants to choose from. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains offer an imposing backdrop and history buffs will love learning about the archaeology and storied past of the area that blends Spanish and Native American cultures.

    Photo courtesy of Chris Corrie

  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming

    Part of Teton County, which has the largest percentage of "public access" land in the U.S., Jackson Hole offers plenty of wide open spaces for introverts to spread their wings. The Tetons provide a fantastic backdrop to this lovely town with picture-perfect vistas at every turn. Walk along a trail to a quiet spot overlooking the National Elk Refuge or search the woods for elk, or even elk antlers, which are collected to make home decor items. There are a large number of art galleries and shops, as well as the nearby National Museum of Wildlife Art.

    Photo courtesy of Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce

  • Juneau, Alaska

    Introverts can truly get off the grid in Juneau, Alaska, a city more than 3,000 square miles in size but with less than 200 miles of road. Instead you'll find hundreds of miles of hiking trails within a population of only 30,000, making it easy to immerse yourself in nature and solitude.  Surrounded by mountains and ocean, introverts can journey to glaciers and waterfalls, see wildlife and kayak or canoe to completely uninhabited islands. You can even stay in a cabin accessible by boat or float plane only. Should you choose some social time, take a seat at the city's many sea-to-table restaurants.

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  • Mystic, Connecticut

    Remember the movie Mystic Pizza and the delightful air of the town of Mystic, Connecticut? It has introvert written all over it from its New England small-town feel to its lovely white sugar sand beach. Take a quiet drive through the backroads of Mystic and through picturesque country towns or take a sight-seeing cruise down the Mystic River. Introverts will also find respite on its many walking trails through covered bridges and on a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the countryside.

    Photo courtesy of Mystic Country