Solo travel in Las Vegas may not be the first choice of destination that comes to mind as a solo traveler. But there’s a lot to discover when you’re travelling alone in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
From non-stop entertainment to attractions to places to visit, solo travel in Las Vegas is a fun idea.
LAS VEGAS – KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Situated in the vast Nevada Desert, within just over a century (the city itself was officially founded in 1911) Las Vegas has built a reputation as the epicentre for entertainment, extravagant luxury, and high stakes gaming in the United States.
There’s so much to see, do, and experience here, no matter what time of year you visit.
As a city, Las Vegas is most known for its reputation as a poker gaming hotspot – winning a trip to Vegas is high on the agenda of probably every poker player in the world.
But the real Vegas is so much more than casinos and poker tournaments.
Away from the neon-infused main strip you’ll find a diverse mix of authentic culture, boundary-pushing arts, and expansive desert country. Las Vegas is like nowhere else on earth.
WHEN TO TRAVEL SOLO IN LAS VEGAS
Vegas is a year-round destination, there’ll be plenty on offer no matter what time of year you travel; however, the spring and fall seasons are generally the best time to go.
You’ll likely find the best travel deals occur in March to May or September to November, and these months also offer most pleasant weather – high summer in Vegas can see temperatures rise to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Weekend getaways to Sin City are a popular choice but can be expensive.
To save on room rates try to plan your visit to happen midweek, rooms are generally cheaper between Tuesday to Thursday than Friday to Sunday.
SOLO TRAVEL IN LAS VEGAS – WHAT TO DO
As for things to do on your solo travel in Las Vegas, you’re pretty much spoiled for choice.
From fine-dining to spa days, concerts and shows from the best live performers in the world, and adrenaline-pumping experiences, you’ll find it all here.
For something a little different, visiting the Neon Museum is highly recommended. It’s a ‘boneyard’ of iconic vintage neon signs. This place is fascinating, it’s a real living museum dedicated to preserving the unique history of Las Vegas.
Vegas is really well placed for exploring some of Nevada’s other attractions like the Hoover Dam and the Red Rock Canyon.
They’re both a short car trip away from downtown hotels and make for a great day trip away from the hustle and bustle of the strip.
It really wouldn’t be a trip to Vegas without visiting at least one casino, but you don’t have to spend it on the gaming floor.
Inside the palatial Bellagio is a mini oasis, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. These immaculate gardens span an impressive 14,000 square feet and feature all sorts of flowers, trees, and plant species.
Once you’ve replenished yourself in nature, head outside and take a wander down the strip.
The spectacular musical fountains of the Bellagio can’t be missed, and the views from the top of the Eiffel Tower are breathtaking.
SOLO TRAVEL TIPS FOR LAS VEGAS
As a popular hotspot for tourists all year round, Las Vegas is generally a very safe destination to visit as a solo traveler so there’s no need to feel intimidated.
Just as you would when you visit any other city or country, make sure you book your accommodation in advance and follow my recommended safeguards for travelling alone.
Some tips to keep in mind during your stay are:
- Make sure you stay in well-lit areas if you’re visiting the strip during the night
- If you’re heading back to your hotel after an excursion or concert book an Uber or taxi cab in advance – it’s much safer than walking alone at night in an unfamiliar city
- You’ll no doubt want to take lots of photos and videos during your trip, so make sure you carry valuable belongings like your mobile phone or purse in a secure inner compartment of your bag rather than in your pockets.
- If you manage to win big (or small) in the casino, ask the customer service staff or security to accompany you to your room or taxi.
That’s all there is to it for rocking solo travel in Las Vegas. But if you manage to win big at the tables, remember who it was that suggested a trip to Sin City!
TOP TRAVEL TIPS & RESOURCES
Booking Flights: To score flight deals, search on Jet Radar, Kiwi, or 12go.Asia (for Asia planning). Book and fly mid-week, taking red-eyes flights or those in the early mornings for better deals and lower prices. Avoid check-in bags on a budget airline.
Booking Trains: The best websites for booking trains anywhere in Europe are Rail Europe and TrainLine. Both are easy to manage online and track your journeys.
Booking Cars: For the best prices and easy handling of renting a car for road trips and day trips, I’d recommend Discover Cars or Rental Cars, available throughout the world.
Accommodations: I typically use HotelsCombined or Booking.com to book hotels. There are special getaway deals with amazing discounts(over 50%!) for this year on Booking.com, and you can find them here.
I use Hostelworld and Agoda to book hostels as the deposit is low, easy change/cancellation is available and reviews are excellent on both. Depending on the destination, I love staying in VRBOs/homestays.
Travel Insurance: No matter whether it is a short trip or longer trips abroad, I strongly recommend buying travel insurance for international trips. I recommend either World Nomads or SafetyWing for international travel insurance.
Tours: Being a solo traveler, one of the best ways to optimize my time, budget, and super importantly, meet amazing people from all over the world is by joining tours, especially food tours, walking tours, day trips, culture, and history tours.
You will get a local’s perspective, the best opportunities to experience places and people closely. I book using GetYourGuide, Klook, Viator, and Voyagin.
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