I want to go to USA (San Francisco or New York) or England this summer, but I am 17. I will be alone the whole trip. Would there be any problems?
Most Helpful Guy
England is generally very safe, especially if you avoid London. London itself is full of tourists and therefore prices are at rip-off levels. Much better to go to smaller cities and towns like Cambridge, Oxford, Bath, Bristol, Sheffield. The Lake District is lovely, and so are the Dales in Derbyshire. Devon and Cornwall are lovely counties.
Really, all you need is to be streetwise and to be able to say "No thanks!"3
Most Helpful Girl
As a tourist, with any common sense, you will be absolutely fine in both of those places.
The dangerous parts of San Francisco are called "Oakland", and are located across a large body of water to the east. Srsly...
There are bad parts of both cities, but, in both cases they are VERY far-flung from tourist areas. You will not accidentally wander into them, the way you might in a place like Atlanta, Houston, or Miami.
In NY, you will presumably be staying in Midtown (Manhattan). Unless you end up all the way up in Harlem -- like, triple-digit streets, at least 30 blocks north of anything touristy -- you'll be fine.
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is in Harlem. That's worth a visit -- but, obviously, you'd go see that in the daytime. Just go back downtown before the middle of the night.
In San Francisco, I swear, you couldn't even get mugged if you TRIED.
The only really dangerous parts of SF are Hunters Point and Bayview -- but you'd never be walking through there or anywhere close.
The Tenderloin district and 6th Street are run-down, but not actually dangerous. They're inhabited by crackheads who can't even stand up on their own two feet or speak coherent words, let alone try to rob an able-bodied adult.
On the other hand, the hotel prices? THAT absolutely WILL be "robbery".2