Las Vegas is known as a party city, where large groups gather to celebrate everything from 21st birthdays to bachelor parties.
But what of the travelers that prefer to travel alone or are in Vegas on business? While the city’s tourism marketing may have you thinking otherwise, the city is still friendly for the lone traveler.
Though the city is built for crowds, there are plenty of things to do on your solo Vegas trip.
We will do a deep dive into all aspects of Sin City to explore some tips for traveling alone, including the best attractions, dining, and experiences to be had.
What Can a Solo Traveler Do in Vegas?
The best thing about Las Vegas is that solo travelers can really do whatever they want.
At least, whatever is in their comfort zone. You may even have it better than people traveling in a group because you can float between activities without having to take a vote.
Want to book a tour to the Grand Canyon?
Go for it!
There’s no minimum party needed, so long as the tour group itself has enough people to warrant the trip. Think spending a few hours Downtown suits you better?
You don’t have to ask anyone else if they’d be comfortable with it (though we’ll touch on spending time Downtown alone later on).
Now, the trick is finding things that appeal to your personality and what you want to get out of your solo trip to Las Vegas. Here are some things to do in Vegas alone during the day because, come nightfall, your strategy may change:
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Pamper Yourself with a Spa Treatment & a Pool
If you’re in Vegas, you’re staying amongst luxury. Why not take advantage of it?
Spas are typically found in every resort along Las Vegas Boulevard, and there’s no shortage of treatment options. Enjoy the quiet pampering and prepare yourself for the day ahead.
Alternatively (or on top of that), you can spend some time at a pool if the weather allows. There are Dayclubs, but those are typically better suited for groups or those looking for a pool party.
At the resort pools in Vegas, you can just grab a chair and enjoy the desert sun.
Gambling Solo in Las Vegas
Table games and slot machines are friendly to lone travelers.
There’s no one breathing down your neck, commenting on how much you’re betting. Nobody can make you feel bad for sticking to penny or branded slots.
Don’t want to try a table game?
Try one of the craps, blackjack, or roulette video solo machines.
And best of all, if you do win big, there’s no awkwardness after as people expect you to cover the next round of drinks.
Enjoy a Reflective, Leisurely Drive
One thing that so many people don’t know about Vegas is that there are some very nice drives to be had. Sure, renting a luxury car and driving down The Strip is cool and all, but there’s nothing like cruising through the vibrant red of Red Rock Canyon.
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It’s a quick 20-minute drive from The Strip and you can easily spend the bulk of the day driving down the Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive, stopping for photos and enjoying the fresh desert air. While some recommend hiking through the canyon, we’re going to caution against it. The rocks and sand can be slippery, and you should never be without a hiking partner.
If the canyon doesn’t interest you, you can also head south through Boulder City, down to the Hoover Dam, or north to Mount Charleston. There’s really no shortage of delightful drives that are great for just enjoying time alone.
Fashion Show Mall, the Las Vegas Premium Outlets, the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace, the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venitian—there are many opportunities to get out there and shop.
Upscale boutiques and common brands are all over Vegas’ malls, but if you want souvenirs, head down to East Sahara Road and I-15 for Bonanza Gift & Souvenir, the “World’s Largest Gift Shop.”
Common Attractions for a Solo Traveler
If you want to see some of Vegas’ more touristy spots, you may consider checking out any of these unique experiences and venues:
- The National Atomic Testing Museum
- The Mob Museum
- The Neon Museum
- SlotZilla Zip Line
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Double-Decker Bus Tour of The Strip
Enjoying the Night in Las Vegas Alone
Come nightfall, your solo Vegas experience will change a little. Typically, the night is for nightclubs and parties.
However, unless you’re a social butterfly, you’ll want to focus your time on shows and maybe a cocktail or two at any of the many lounges.
If you’re looking at a show, there is a great selection, ranging from variety shows to risque productions. You can catch David Copperfield or listen to the golden hits of the Rat Pack sung live. And that doesn’t even factor in the residencies and one-off concerts The Strip frequently hosts.
The best thing to do is check to see who and what’s still playing during your planned stay, list your top choices, and narrow it down from there.
Some shows worth looking into include:
- The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil
- Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club
- V – The Ultimate Variety Show
- Terry Fator: Who’s the Dummy Now
- Legends in Concert
Where to Dine Alone in Las Vegas
Believe it or not, some Vegas dining establishments are better when you’re with people.
Gimmicky restaurants like BLACKOUT, where you dine in complete darkness, and anything that offers dinner and a show will be more geared toward parties and groups. Even buffets or brunches may be a little awkward for a lone traveler, but they’re also few and far between these days.
Other than that, there are more than enough places to dine alone that you won’t be hard up for choices. In fact, there may be too many options. You can grab a burger and fries, pick up something quick and easy, or opt for a finer dining experience without feeling out of place.
For some fast food options, there’s the Fashion Show Mall, the Forum Food Hall at Caesar’s, the Fulton Street Food Hall at Harrah’s, and even The Strip offers convenient access to places like In-N-Out Burger, McDonald’s, and Wahlburgers.
Narrowing Down Your Choices
Since there is no shortage of places to eat in Vegas, you’ll need to narrow down your choices. The best way to do this is by answering these questions:
- Are there restaurants at your resort?
- What cuisine do I prefer?
- How much am I willing to spend?
- Can I travel if needed?
There is a little bit of work involved here, but it’s worth it. Finding the right spot to eat in Vegas will reward you with an exquisite meal, even if you go for something casual.
Some popular restaurants to consider while dining alone in Vegas include:
- Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips
- Bobby’s Burgers
- Rollin Smoke Barbeque
- Market Street Cafe
- Pizza Rock
- El Dorado Cantina
We should mention that, like the shows in Vegas, restaurants can rotate in and out frequently. If you’re planning your menu before your trip, be sure to double-check it to ensure nothing has changed.
General Tips For Traveling to Vegas Alone
To ensure you get the most out of your solo Vegas getaway, be sure to follow these tips:
- Book a window seat on the plane (the view is unforgettable)
- Have a plan of what you want to do before arriving
- Rent a car so you can quickly leave The Strip
- Have multiple sources of funding (cash and credit/debit cards)
- Stick to the main nightclub and pool parties if you want to meet people
- Don’t visit expecting to win at the tables or slots
Vegas Solo Trip FAQ
Is It Safe to Travel to Vegas Alone?
Vegas is both like every other city and quite unique. So, you definitely want to take the same precautions you’d take in New York or Chicago but also allow yourself to feel a little looser. Keep your personal belongings close by and avoid any area you perceive as unsafe, even if it is 100% safe.
If you do rent a car and decide to explore, consider avoiding the following:
- Whitney Ranch
- Charleston Heights
- Naked City (Just west of the Strat)
Can a Woman Safely Stay in Vegas Alone?
A woman can safely travel to Las Vegas, but as always, it’s important to mind your surroundings. You may want to consider a few things, such as using an official taxi service over a rideshare app if you’re not renting a car.
Of course, never:
- Open your hotel room door for anyone you don’t know
- Only let hotel staff in if you’re expecting room service
- Drink anything you didn’t see a bartender pour
- Outwardly tell someone you’re alone or what hotel you’re staying in
Is Downtown Las Vegas Safe?
Downtown Las Vegas does get a bad rap.
There are sections you’ll want to avoid, such as D Street, but primarily because there’s nothing there. The Fremont Street Experience and the Arts District are absolutely worth checking out, and you should feel safe doing so.
The key to feeling safe anywhere is to practice situational awareness. These are relatively busy areas, so there should be no concerns, but always mind your surroundings.
Is It Easy to Meet People in Vegas?
If you’re an outgoing person, meeting people in Vegas should be a breeze.
With the best nightclubs, day clubs, bars, lounges, and many more social spots available to you, it’s just a matter of how open you are to meeting people. There’s a lot of alcohol flowing in Vegas, and many people will be chatty.
Are There Deals for Solo Travelers?
Unfortunately, there aren’t typically any discounts for being a solo traveler.
Should I Rent a Car When Traveling Alone?
Absolutely! If it’s within your budget, renting a car makes traveling beyond The Strip a lot easier. With places like Red Rock Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Mount Charleston to explore, you’ll get plenty of use out of a rental.