You might think that in order to fully experience a city like Las Vegas you need to be there with a group of friends or a significant other and even though this makes sense, there are a lot of things to do in Vegas while traveling alone. Sure, being alone in the world’s largest ‘adult playground’ can be a strange experience but this doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. In fact, this will allow you to see the city from an entirely different perspective. Here are some of the best things you can do in Vegas that don’t require another person
Explore Downtown Vegas and Fremont Street
Get away from the strip and check out Downtown Vegas and Fremont Street. Gambling there is cheaper (if it can ever be cheaper), there are a lot of nice, affordable restaurants, and inexpensive souvenir shops. This is the old part of Vegas or “the Classic Vegas” but this part of town is always in the midst of a huge revitalization. You can indulge in some interesting activities such as seeing the light show on Freemont Street, visiting some of the best bars in town, or even go zip lining at…
The SlotZilla Zip Line is one of the most recent additions to the list of cheap trills you can find on Freemont Street. This zipline allows you to fly above the city center starting at the 34-meters-high SlotZilla; the world’s largest slot machine. The SlotZilla offers two ways to fly over the city- the lower “Zipline” and the upper “Zoomline.”
Take a VR adventure
If you like playing video games, then you’ll surely like the option to be the main hero in VR Adventures’ virtual reality. Their headquarters are at LINQ Promenade and for a small fee, you can choose a virtual reality-based on your preference; you can explore a haunted house, fly over Vegas like Superman or shoot down enemy’s drones.
Cirque du Soleil
This one might be a cliché but since you’re in town, Cirque de Soleil is one of the best things to do alone in Vegas. Vegas is a city in which the circus is always in town. And not just any circus; the largest circus in the world! Founded by a group of street performers in 1894, Cirque du Soleil is the largest contemporary circus producer in the world. Today, this circus is a synthesis of circus styles from around the world, with its own central theme and storyline
The Mob Museum
We’ve all heard the legendary stories about Vegas’s mobster past and the mob museum is a great place to learn more about this part of the city’s history. Inside the museum, you can find a lot of artifacts and learn some fascinating stories while traveling back in time to the Prohibition era.
If you’re a fan of the famous TV show CSI Las Vegas, you’ll surely love one of the newest attractions on the Las Vegas Strip. Guests can take part in different experiences as they try to solve mysteries while examining a crime scene and analyzing evidence in a lab. If you have some free time on your hands, this is one of the best things to do when traveling in Vegas alone.
The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
As surprising as it might sound, you can find a group of exotic birds in the heart of Vegas. Flamingo’s outdoor Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Casino and Hotel allows visitors to get up close and personal with pink flamingos, koi fish, exotic ducks, and much more. Even though the habitat is located in the heart of the city you’ll feel like stepping in an oasis that’s located miles away.
Check out the buffets
The Vegas buffets are ideally suited to solo travelers. There are quite literally hundreds of tables at some of the biggest buffets like the Bacchanal Buffet in Caesars Palace. It’s also a great way to save money on food. Dinner buffets tend to cost more than lunch buffets and lunch buffets cost more than breakfast buffets. However, it’s possible to sneak in towards the end of the lunch buffet, pay the lunch buffet price and get the wealth of dinner options shortly after lunch service ends.
Take a walking tour
If you’re not comfortable walking around on your own, you can always take a walking tour. It’s a great way to learn about the city while connecting with some other solo travelers along the way. If you’re looking for some suggestions about walking tours, check out this Neon Twilight Walking Tour or this Freemont Walking Tour.
And if you don’t mind walking and are an outdoorsy person, Vegas has some amazing treks located only a short ride away. If you ask me, hitting the outdoors is one of the best things you can do in Vegas alone.
Take a trip to Gilcrease Orchard
You might think that the desert isn’t a place where you can find some fresh fruits and vegetables, but you’d be wrong. Thanks to the Gilcrease family and the natural artesian springs, this unique piece of land has been growing fresh fruits and vegetables for almost a century. And if that’s not a reason enough to visit, you should also know that the Gilcrease Orchard is a non-profit organization that takes care of maintaining this piece of land and your visit would help them to proceed to do so in foreseeable future.
Visit Mount Charleston
If you want to get away from Vegas’s busy streets and get some peace and quiet, there’s probably no better place than Mount Charleston. Mount Charleston is located only one hour driving away from Las Vegas and it’s one of the most beautiful places in Nevada. In the winters, it’s a popular skiing destination but it’s equally beautiful and vibrant during spring, summer, and autumn too. On the way to the summit, you’ll discover a few hidden gems like Mary Jane Falls and the spectacular views of the Lee Canyon. If you’re traveling in Vegas alone and love the outdoors, this is one of the best things you can do!
Take a hot air balloon ride
Hot air balloons are always fun and Vegas is no exception. Seeing the sin city from bird’s-eye view is a spectacular experience and hot air balloons in Vegas aren’t that expensive. In fact, you can find a hot air balloon ride in Vegas for as little as $150.
Explore Red Rock Canyon
If you ask me, no trip to Vegas is complete without seeing one of the most beautiful natural attractions in the US. The area is famous for its unique geographical features, such as the towering red sandstone peaks, the Keystone Thrust Fault, and the Native American petroglyphs. The canyon is located only 30 minutes away from the strip but if you want to get there, you have to either hire a guide or rent your own vehicle. If you’re planning to do the latter, check out AutoEurope and compare all prices before you book to make sure you save as much as possible on your car rental.
Visit Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam is arguably the great engineering marvel in the entire USA. The dam is located at the border between the states of Nevada and Arizona, not very far away from Vegas. The dam was built during the Great Depression and required the combined efforts of thousands of workers and the lives of more than a hundred of them. If it wasn’t for this dam to control floods, provide irrigation water and produce hydroelectric power, Las Vegas would never be the thriving city it is today.
Drive through Valley of Fire
An hour away from the city, you’ll find some of the most distinguishing rock formations that form a landscape that will make you feel like you took a trip to Mars rather than Vegas. The Valley of Fire will require a full day trip to cover most of it but it’s totally worth it. This valley is home to some of the most stunning desert vistas I have ever seen. If you plan to visit, try to be around during sunset or sunrise; around this time the sun’s reflection creates the illusion that the rocks are on fire and it’s one of the most spectacular views you’ll ever see. Just don’t forget to pack a lunch as there aren’t a lot of dining options around.
What to wear in Las Vegas?
If you want to enjoy the sights and sounds of Las Vegas alone without attracting too much attention, it’s a good idea not to wear clothes that will make you stand out from the crowd. Although many people used to dress super-smart for a night in a Las Vegas casino or show, the reality is that dress codes have become increasingly informal through the years. Gone are the days of tuxedos, bow ties and little black dresses.
Of course, if you still plan to party and make new friends, you’ll need to abide by the strict dress codes of the resorts’ bars and nightclubs. Generally, as long as you avoid ripped trousers and trainers, you should be allowed into most late-night venues.
A few more trips about solo travel in Vegas
Contrary to what some may think, the city of Las Vegas and particularly the Las Vegas Boulevard Strip is just as safe as most other cities across the US. The Strip itself is well-policed and has plenty of other security measures. Let’s conclude by offering you some more general safety tips when exploring Vegas on your own: Try to book a flight that will ensure you land in Vegas in the daytime. If you are unfamiliar with the city, it will be safer to transport yourself to your resort from the airport in broad daylight.
There’s no doubt that many of the casino resorts along the Vegas Strip are some of the biggest on the planet. It can take several minutes to make your way from the Strip back through the casino floors to your hotel room. As a solo traveler, it’s a good idea to request a room as close to an elevator as possible, so that you don’t have to walk too far.
If you’re looking to save on accommodation in Vegas, use my Booking.com discount voucher and get up to 15% off on all properties in town.
If you’re planning to rent a car, check out AutoEurope and compare all prices before you book to make sure you save as much as possible on your car rental.
And last but not least, don’t forget about travel insurance. Personally, I recommend you choose World Nomads. Sure, they might be more expensive than most average travel insurance providers but they will have your back no matter what happens, unlike some other travel insurance providers that offer cheap packages but don’t provide coverage for a lot of emergencies.
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