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The Solo Traveler’s Guide to US Performing Arts Venues

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As a solo traveler, immersing yourself in the performing arts can be a great way to explore a new city or destination. From the lights of Broadway to the symphony in Boston, the US offers a plethora of performance venues sure to delight any culture-loving adventurer. Here’s a guide to help you navigate and explore some of the country’s top performing arts venues.

1. Experience Broadway in New York City

Broadway theater New York City

As the hub of the theater scene, New York City is home to some of the world’s most famous theaters where Broadway reigns as king. The city’s varied selection of musicals, plays, and operas guarantees something for everyone. Get ready to be enthralled by dazzling performances at theatres like the Richard Rodgers Theatre, the Gershwin Theatre, and the Imperial Theatre.

Make sure to book your tickets in advance or online to avoid disappointments as they sell out quite fast and to be at the forefront of competitions to grab good deals from vendors. Seats in the balcony are usually inexpensive but provide an excellent view of the stage area.

2. Enjoy Opera in San Francisco

San Francisco Opera House

The San Francisco Opera House is where opera enthusiasts should be. The venue is known for hosting some of the greatest opera performances in the world, with unmatched acoustics that heighten the experience ten-fold. It’s best to secure the tickets early for, without a doubt, an outstanding operatic ride.

The Opera House has a seating capacity of 3,146, and there is thoughtfully a broader wheelchair seating area. Therefore, people with disabilities can enjoy the unique performances offered in the premises. During the performance, the surtitles help follow the lyrics of the song/aria in various beautiful languages.

3. Catch a Show in Chicago’s Theatre District

Cadillac Palace Theatre Chicago

If you’re on a quest for the ultimate theater district, the one located in Chicago is a must-visit spot for any solo traveler. The district boasts of different venues ranging from the massive Cadillac Palace Theatre to the intimate Broadway Playhouse. So whether you’re in the mood for a musical or dramatic play, there’s something for everyone in Chicago, an adventure in itself. Additionally, getting to the theatre district is easy as it is close to most hotels within downtown Chicago.

Traveling in and around the district is made easy by the accessibility of rental cars, public transportation, taxi services, as well as walking to take in the beauty of the district in the evening.

4. See the Ballet in Washington, D.C.

Kennedy Center Washington DC ballet

The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., is home to some of the country’s finest arts performances throughout the year. Among the various events hosted range from theatre, opera, among others, the ballet performances are some of the most notable. The center’s world-class facilities provide an incredible viewing experience which will stay with you long after the performance’s end.

Do not forget to have a tour of the Center’s beautiful environs, including the restaurants that offer great food and refreshments, and enjoy the stunning rooftop view of the city along the scenic Potomac River.

5. Enjoy Jazz in New Orleans

Preservation Hall New Orleans jazz

Jazz enthusiasts worldwide consider New Orleans the epicenter of this music genre. The city is home to many venues that offer live jazz performances every night of the week. Preservation Hall, Snug Harbor, and The Spotted Cat are among the best places to experience authentic jazz music. If you’re lucky, you’ll witness performances from some of the city’s most legendary musicians that will leave you mesmerized.

Most jazz venues in New Orleans offer great food and drinks accompanied by lively music to kick back and enjoy your meal. Additionally, schedule your visit during Jazz Fest, and you’ll be treated to an unforgettable experience of the innovative sounds and styles from an array of musicians.

6. Experience Shakespeare in Ashland, Oregon

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Ashland

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, is among the largest annual celebrations of the works by Shakespeare and other playwrights. It lasts for several months over summer and features a range of traditional and modern classic plays. Make your bookings early not to miss out on the spectacular exhibition.

While in the area, explore the talents of the local artists in the region’s galleries and exhibitions, explore the beautiful gardens or unwind and relax in one of the local spas.

7. Catch a Symphony in Boston

New York City Ballet David H. Koch Theater

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is renowned for holding the world’s most famous symphony orchestras. The Boston Symphony Hall’s ideal acoustics, among the best in the world, ensure that every note is a stirring, emotional experience. It is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves classical music.

While there, it is wise to grab a bite to eat in some of the great restaurants in the city and learn more about the town’s cherished history such as do the Freedom Trail Walk that will take you to all the significant historical sites in the city.

8. Enjoy Stand-Up Comedy in Los Angeles

With its reputation as the entertainment capital of the world, if you’re a fan of stand-up comedy, Los Angeles is where the fun is. LA offers endless stand-up comedy performances for visitors to choose from, such as The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, among others. A laugh session will ease off the fatigue and leave you refreshed and ready to continue with the travelling.

While there, why not take advantage of the city’s local attractions, such as visiting the nearby beaches, hiking trails, theme park rides, and many more.

9. See the Ballet in New York City

The New York city ballet is renowned worldwide for its elegant performances, breathtaking choreography, and incredibly skilled dancers. The David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Centre offers an outstanding ballet viewing experience. Whether you’re an avid ballet enthusiast or a newbie to the art form, you’ll be moved by the company’s skill and artistry, an experience worth remembering.

While in the city, make sure to visit one of the many art museums and galleries such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum.

10. Catch a Show at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado

The Red Rocks Amphitheatre sits stunningly carved into the side of a mountain and offers a top-tier outdoor venue. In addition, it provides some of the country’s most unique and breathtaking performance venues that offer spectacular views and unparalleled acoustics. Catching a show under the stars here can be an enriching experience for any solo traveler.

While there, you can explore the nearby trails, go rock climbing, or take in the sites of Morrison historical town. You can also engage in a concert ride to the venue’s beautiful music museum to learn about the history of music in the region.

Author: Caroline Hunter

Author: Caroline Hunter

Caroline Hunter is the ultimate travel chameleon - she can switch from a rugged backpacker to a glamorous hotel-goer in the blink of an eye. With a decade of solo traveling experience, she's collected tips and tricks from every corner of the globe. And now, she's generously sharing her secrets with us mere mortals who still struggle to pack a suitcase without forgetting something crucial. So, whether you're a fan of roughing it or prefer to indulge in luxury, Caroline's got you covered.

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