You either love it or hate it.
The pink and red heart shaped balloons – and chocolates and steaks and candy. Valentine’s Day can be overwhelming, even if you’re spending the day over-the-moon-in-love with your sweetie.
But what if you’re single? Don’t fret. Valentine’s Day can be the perfect opportunity to #treatyourself to a night out or mini-getaway.
Last fall, WalletHub published the best – and worst – cities in the U.S. for singles, and we weren’t surprised to find large metros such as Los Angeles, Chicago and New York near the top of the list. However, there were a few shockers.
Here’s some of our favorite activities in a couple of the top cities for singles, so you can begin thinking about Valentine’s Day, or Singles Awareness Day, plans.
San Diego, California
Coming in at No. 8 on WalletHub’s list San Diego, is way more than just another beautiful California beach city. Tap into your wild side with a solo trip to the famous San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park. With more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals, including giant pandas and koalas, it’s easy to spend an entire day at the zoo. Add on a bus tour to learn more about the zoo’s conservation mission and commitment to saving species around the world, or simply wander around the 100 acres of habitats.
History buffs will enjoy walking (or floating?) back in time on the USS Midway, one of America’s longest-serving aircraft carriers that now serves as an interactive maritime museum. Plan at least three or four hours to properly explore the ship and experience its exhibits. If you’re up for a bit more information, self-guided audio tours or docent-led tours are available.
Simply waking up next to the ocean on Valentine’s Day doesn’t sounds like too bad of an idea either. Diamond’s Riviera Beach Resort is just an hour north in Dana Point and just steps from the water.
Wave “Hello” to Valentine’s Day haters from Honolulu, which came in at No. 16 on WalletHub’s list of best cities for singles. As Hawaii’s capital, Honolulu is a perfect mix of laid-back beach vibes and city amenities. If you’re into the outdoors, hike to the top of Diamond Head for breathtaking views of Waikiki and almost all of Oahu. The 1.6 mile-long trail takes you to the edge of a 300,000-year-old volcanic crater and includes switchbacks and nearly 100 steps, followed by a brief tunnel. Take a solo selfie at the top to give your Instagram followers serious V-Day FOMO.
Sneak away to The Study for a creative cocktail and live music. Hidden behind a wall of books inside the lobby of The Modern Honolulu, The Study is a secret gem in Waikiki and a hotspot for travelers looking for island sophistication. Head in for happy hour every night from 6-8:00 p.m. or step outside to The Grove Restaurant & Bar for a fresh bite to eat and views of the yacht harbor.
The Mile High City is an active spot for singles. At No. 2 on WalletHub’s list, Denver boasts breathtaking mountain views, plenty of hiking opportunities and a historic downtown that’s home to a thriving arts scene. Tap into your creative side at the Denver Art Museum, one of the largest art museums between the West Coast and Chicago. The building itself will inspire you as its own work of art, and if that doesn’t work, the more than 70,000 works, extensive collections and hands-on activities should do the trick.
If you’re not one for going it alone, grab a group of friends for a food and drink tour to get a taste of Denver’s local flavor. With more than 100 brewpubs, breweries and tap rooms, the Denver Beer Trail is the real deal. (Just be sure to drink responsibly, as always.)
And you can’t visit Colorado without enjoying the outdoors at least once. Many of the nearby ski resorts offer deals for winter sport beginners and are hosting special events for Valentine’s Day. Because what says #treatyourself more than spending a day shredding fresh powder in one of the top ski resorts in the world.