The holidays are quickly approaching, and for many, this means being constantly reminded they’re not in a relationship. Not having anyone to cozy up next to the fireplace with for chestnuts and mulled wine can be depressing, but it doesn’t have to be. To get yourself out of the being-single-slump, here are the best cities in the United States to visit during the holidays.

New York City, New York

New York City, New York

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If you’re down about being single during the holidays, the worst thing you can do is leave your schedule open. But, what if there’s nothing to fill it with? If you head to New York, this won’t be a problem. During the holiday season, the city is full of concerts, markets, parties and events that can help you keep your mind occupied while possibly meeting someone special. Find cheer at one of the many holiday markets like Bryant Park, Union Square and Grand Central Station, or do something completely unrelated like see a comedy show, attend a concert or bar hop at one of myriad trendy venues. Since it’s the “City That Never Sleeps,” you’ll be able to have fun any time you please. If you’re still in town during New Year’s, you’ll also have a range of options of how to spend the holidays. Those who want to have a wild night can opt for one of the many open bar parties at venues like EVR, The Ainsworth and Forum. There are also interest-focused gala events going on, like a comedy festival as well as a film festival at AMC, an art viewing at Gallery Bar and a variety show at the Knitting Factory.

Durango, Colorado

Durango, Colorado

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To help deal with being single for the holidays, one idea is to immerse yourself in thrilling activities. Durango in Colorado is one of the most adventure-focused cities in the U.S., offering everything you can imagine: offroading, hiking, mountain biking, canyoning, ice climbing, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, horseback riding, zip lining and more. This shouldn’t be too surprising, as the city has an elevation of 6,512 feet and a variety of terrains, including the iconic Rocky Mountains. Best of all, the destination enjoys mild and sunny winters, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

San Diego, California

San Diego, California

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For those feeling blue about not having a significant other during the holidays, head to “Sunny San Diego” to instill some cheer. The city enjoys mild, sunny weather all year, with about 146 days of sunshine annually and less than 12 inches of precipitation. Instead of spending the holidays in your PJs pigging out on sugar cookies and watching movie marathons, enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors. Visitors can go whale watching at Point Loma, stroll along the city’s 70 miles of beach, or trek and wildlife spot in the 600,000-acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. If you’re feeling festive, there is also a range of holiday activities like free holiday-themed organ concerts at Spreckels Organ Pavillion from 2:00 PM each Sunday, an old-fashioned Christmas at “Old Town Holiday in the Park & Las Posadas” at Old Town State Park and the “Port of San Diego Parade of Lights” on December 9 and 16, which showcases 100+ boats decked out in holiday lights. Bonus: San Diego is often touted as the country’s luckiest city, possibily increasing your chances of meeting that special someone.

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

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According to Business Insider, Boston is one of the top 15 smartest cities in the U.S. Spend your time gaining some knowledge and getting your mind off being single at one of the city’s many museums with focuses like art, science, history and culture. If you enjoy art, the Decordova Campus features an array of contemporary art galleries and outdoor art while the Fuller Craft Museum showcases contemporary craft. Garden in the Woods is excellent for those interested in plants, the Concord Museum is one of the the city’s best for history and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology displays cultural artifacts from around the world. Of course, don’t forget the iconic Freedom Trail, which allows you to walk to 16 important historical sites. If you happen to meet someone special on your journey to enlightenment and want to go out for a drink, the city boats an elite classic cocktail scene at bars like Eastern Standard, The Hawthorne and Island Creek Oyster Bar, all accessible in the Commonwealth Hotel.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

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If you want to forget you’re single – and possibly your name – during the holidays, there is only one place to go: Las Vegas. Las Vegas is a place where anything is possible. You can go there and completely reinvent yourself to be anything you want without being judged, or just have such a wild night you lose your mind and any negative thoughts that were in it. Over-the-top and energetic TAO is constantly rated as one of the city’s best nightclubs, as are XS, Pure and Marquee, while Coyote Ugly will allow you to let loose at the world’s nicest dive bar. Petrossian is a must for those who enjoy a nice classic cocktail, Fix holds a chic and boutique atmosphere and the Chicago Brewing Company is an enormous space featuring craft beers, handcrafted cocktails, a cigar bar and game machines. Las Vegas isn’t just about nightlife, however. Other experiences include seeing world-class shows and top performers, trying your luck in one of the many casinos, strolling through the botanical gardens or watching the fountains dance every half hour at the Bellagio or viewing the Lake of Dreams Light Show at Wynn Las Vegas. Adrenaline junkies can head to the Stratosphere Hotel, whose roof boats three of the world’s scariest thrill rides, the X-Scream, Insanity and Big Shot.

Jessica Festa
Jessica Festa
Jessica Festa is a freelance travel writer. Her work has been included in outlets like Gadling, Huffington Post, AOL Travel, Fodor's, Matador Network, Vagabondish and The Culture-Ist.

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