How to Have Fun in Las Vegas Solo!

There are many reasons you might find yourself in Vegas alone: you’re in town for a conference, or maybe you wanted some chill time by the pool…to get away from a cold winter where you live.  Maybe you’re in town on a long layover, or a pit-stop after hiking in Zion (this is why I was in town solo), or….maybe you & your partner got in a fight!  Ha…there are many reasons you might find yourself in this legendary party town alone.  But don’t worry: you can still have a good time.  Here’s “How to Have Fun in Las Vegas SOLO!

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Though I’m usually in Vegas with friends, I recently found myself there alone for 24 hours: & had a blast…

If you’ve looking for great hotels to stay in solo while in Las Vegas: read this article.


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The Best Things to Do in Vegas Solo!

  • Explore All the Restaurants In & Around Your Hotel:  Let your solo exploration start right in your own hotel.  My two favorite hotels for solo travelers in Vegas are the Delano & NoMad Hotel. Both are “hotels within a hotel,” which makes them a little quieter ~ great options if you’re on your own. And they both have good dining options for solo travelers: Della’s Kitchen at the Delano is casual & great for people-watching, while the Library Bar at the NoMad is a little darker & sexier.

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The incredibly dark & sexy Library Bar at the NoMad is a fine choice for solo travelers.

  • Try Your Hand at Gambling Solo:  A lot of people gamble solo….even if they’ve come to Vegas with a partner.  So really, no one will even know you’re in the city alone!  Head right down to your own hotel’s tables, or if you’re looking for more of a “scene” ~ try your luck at the Cosmopolitan or Wynn’s tables.  For a more upscale, “adult” vibe: check out tables at the Bellagio.
  • Rent a Car & Head to the Valley of Fire:  If you love to hike, I highly recommend heading out to Valley of Fire State Park, which is a 50-minute, easy drive north of Vegas.  You can rent a car for $25-40/day at the airport (a short Uber from Strip hotels) ~ & the hikes inside Valley of Fire are great even for solo travelers. Routes like the Fire Wave Trail are short & popular, with many other hikers on them: so you won’t feel alone. It’s a beautiful spot even to just drive through!

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The Fire Wave Trail, pictured here, is very short & has many other hikers on it ~ so not scary to do alone!

  • Shop Your Heart Out on the Vegas Strip: For high-end shopping on the Strip, you’ve got plenty of choices ~ from The Shops at Crystal, to the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace (with the famous blue cloud ceiling)!  And almost every high-end hotel has phenomenal shopping in their own boutiques & stores.  On a budget: head to the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets.
  • Take a Helicopter Night Flight Over Vegas!  Sure, this might be more fun with a loved one ~ but it’s still cool to do on your own!  Not many people get to see the Strip this way, & it’s definitely an unforgettable experience.  And it’s not as expensive as you may think: prices with Viator start at $99 for a Night Helicopter Ride….so something to keep in mind, if gambling & dancing aren’t your favorite solo nighttime activities. You’ll make your friends on Instagram jealous with the AMAZING photos you’ll get of the Strip at night!

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Chartering a Helicopter Tour at night is just one “out-of-the-box” idea for a solo trip to Vegas! Photo by Viator.

  • Simply Lay by the Pool & R-E-L-A-X!  I’ve already written a post on the most relaxing pools in Vegas, & any of the pools in that article would make a great spot to post-up solo & grab some sun. Stop by your hotel gift shop & pick up a good read, then settle in for a few hours of uninterrupted sun time. Stand-outs include: Bellagio’s pools surrounded by lush greenery + their lovely Garden Cafe (great for solo diners), & The Palazzo’s stunning seven pools + fun Capri Restaurant ~ another good spot for solo diners.

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The Venetian’s newly-renovated pool area is great for solo sunners: bring a stack of magazines & relax.

  • Take a Stroll thru The Mob Museum or Neon Museum:  The Mob Museum has a fitting new home in Vegas (a city founded by the Mob, after all ~ by way of Bugsy Siegel), & it takes you on a fascinating journey through Mob history, with a series of interactive exhibits. I’d love to go there on my next visit! Or there’s the Neon Museum, which kids will also enjoy: this is where over 200 former Vegas signs have come to “retire.” It’s best to come at night, when signs are lit up! Bring a good camera.
  • Take in a Vegas Show By Yourself!  Certain shows may be more fun to see with others (like big musical acts like Usher, or “Thunder Down Under!“).  But other shows, like Cirque de Soleil, & certain comedy & magic shows may be just as enjoyable to see alone. You can also take a solo stroll by the Bellagio fountains, just like the guys from “Oceans Eleven,” & take in their magical splendor.
  • Take a Tour Over to the Grand Canyon & Do the Skywalk!  If you join an $85 Viator tour, you can get picked up in an air-conditioned coach & transported to the Grand Canyon (a 4-hour drive) ~ with options to walk the Skywalk (that juts out over the Canyon), or stop at the Hoover Dam. They’ll pick you up around 7AM, so it definitely makes for a long day: but if you’ve never seen the Grand Canyon, this could be a good way to do it! If you don’t want to spend all day getting to & from: consider taking a Helicopter Tour from Vegas to the Grand Canyon, which is a 90-minute journey. It costs $469 vs. $85 ~ but you also won’t be spending 8 hours traveling in a vehicle!

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The Grand Canyon is a 4-hour drive from Vegas, or a 90-minute round-trip helicopter ride! It’s definitely worth seeing if you’ve never been.

  • Enjoy an EPIC Solo Spa Day:  Vegas has some of the most high-end, world-class spas in the world. Go against the Vegas grain & spend an entire day luxuriating & pampering yourself within the splendor of these incredible spas. Stand-outs include Canyon Ranch Spa at the Venetian, which has over 100 treatments to choose from. Or try the newly-renovated Asian-inspired Spa at Wynn, for the ultimate in opulent relaxation.
  • Simply Take a Long Stroll Up & Down the Strip:  Not only is this great exercise, but it’s probably the single-best place in the world to PEOPLE-WATCH!!! Depending on the time of day, you’ll be entertained simply by watching the many different kinds of people walking up & down the Vegas Strip. This is personally one of my favorite things to do in Vegas….& you can combine it with various other activities: from gambling, to getting a “Chair Massage,” to stopping in for a solo drink at one of your favorite hotel lobby bars. The choices are endless here…. 

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I took this shot of Cosmoplotan’s famous Chandelier Bar while on a 10-mile walk down the Strip….

  • Join a Group for a Round of Golf:  It’s easy for a single to join in a round of golf….even last-minute. This is a whole new way to see the Strip. Luxury golfers can try their hand at Shadow Creek or over-the-top Wynn Golf Club ~ while those on a budget can head over to fun par-3 course: Angel Park. 
  • Rent a Car & Visit Other Nearby Vegas Attractions:  The Valley of Fire isn’t the only place for adventure-seekers looking to take a quick Vegas road trip. You can also head to Red Rock Canyon (for hikes & views, 30 minutes from Strip), Hoover Dam (1 hour), Mesquite (great golfing, 1 hour), or even Zion National Park (3 hours). If you’ve never been to Zion, I’d suggest staying for at least 2-3 days ~ & possibly book-ending it with a trip up to Bryce Canyon. Vegas is a great place to rent a car, as the price is right & there are loads of vehicle choices. 

It’s also a short Uber ride from pretty much any hotel on the Strip to the airport & Rental Car Center.

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Insane, bucket-list hikes like Angels Landing at Zion are just a 3-hour drive from Vegas.


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How to Have Fun in Las Vegas Solo!

I hope this article has given you some ideas for enjoying solo time in Vegas….let me know how you end up spending your time in the comments below!

xoxo Noelia

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