Thinking about doing Vegas by yourself, but are wondering what the experience will be like? According to a Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority profile survey, 8% of visitors reported that they made the trip by themselves in 2019. With the total number of people visiting Vegas at just over 42 million that year, that means over 3 million people came to Vegas by themselves!
While coming to Vegas in a group of 2 was most common in 2019 (69% of visitors), doing Vegas solo was just as common as traveling in a group of 4 (11%), or a group of 5 or more (8%).
In fact, doing Vegas solo has become so popular, there is an entire ecosystem of resources growing around the trend. Among the most useful forums is the “Solo Las Vegas” Facebook group which has amassed nearly 24,000 members and is chock-full of tips and tricks for doing Vegas by yourself.
We thought it would be helpful to share what makes doing Vegas solo a great option and share suggestions for things to do by yourself in Vegas.
The Reality of Doing Vegas Solo – What is it Like?
Las Vegas is among the most popular travel destinations in the world, attracting over 40 million visitors annually. Although packed to the gills with people, Las Vegas is a strangely anonymous destination. Visitors can float from place to place, and activity to activity, with as much or little interaction as they desire. Personally, we enjoy the anonymity and time to “be in our own head”. Almost like a long drive by yourself, doing Vegas solo can provide the opportunity to spend some time with… you.
For those of you that are extroverts that cringe at the thought of limited interaction, you don’t need to be isolated. Social contact and new friendships are easy to make at a craps table, at bars, clubs, etc. If you are outgoing and want to be around people, that is absolutely within the realm of possibilities.
The ability to do WHAT you want, WHEN you want, at YOUR own speed, is what makes doing Vegas solo a great option for many.
Note that not everything about doing Vegas by yourself is sunshine and rainbows. For those that value having others around, not being able to share highs and lows with others in a city with plenty of swings can be a challenge. As an extrovert myself, I find face-timing the family back home can help combat any feelings of loneliness that creep in.
Is Doing Vegas By Yourself Safe?
Absolutely. Now, you clearly will want to take the same precautions you would at home or any other travel destination, but there is a heavy security presence on both the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street. We would recommend sticking to tourist centers, especially after dark. For instance, exploring the side streets behind Fremont Street after dark isn’t recommended due to the prevalence of a more transient, unpredictable crowd. Doing Vegas solo is safe as long as you stick with the crowds, and take typical precautions.
It may be helpful to take a peek at our compilation of common scams in Las Vegas so that you can steer clear!
Dining Solo in Vegas
Dining out in Vegas alone can feel strange and you’ll feel it the first time you check-in at the hostess desk, but seriously, the sensation passes quickly. My main concern is how I’m perceived by the staff, as solo diners usually equate to lesser tabs and thus lesser tips. Cognisant of that, I always try to eat quickly and tip well. I know, I know, it’s not my problem… but I can’t shake the thought. Oftentimes, I simply opt for quick-serve meal options that are also cheap which helps avoid the awkward “dining alone” scenario.
My favorite option for dining solo in Vegas, however, is at higher-end Strip buffets. Grabbing dinner at Wicked Spoon at Cosmopolitan, Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace or The Buffet at Wynn allows me to feel more comfortable due to the degree of anonymity offered by their self-serve nature. Buffets also allow me to eat at my own pace in addition to offering high-quality food options.
Ideas For Things To Do in Vegas By Yourself
There is an abundance of things to do in Vegas by yourself. Now, clearly, anything you can do in a group can be done solo, but we’ll go over a few of our favorite solo activities here.
Gamble: Seriously. Gambling solo in Vegas is the best. No waiting on others. Nobody waiting on you. Nobody looking over your shoulder. Jump from slot to slot, play some blackjack, or make friends at the craps table. My favorite thing to do solo in Vegas is gamble by a long shot. If you’re a slot player, check out our guide to finding the loosest slots in Vegas!
High-End Shopping: If your normal vegas crew doesn’t share your desire to shop, add it to your list of things to do solo! We suggest checking out the Plaza Shops at Wynn, Crystals, and the Bellagio Shops. All offer luxury brands in a visually appealing setting.
Explore the Arts District: Tucked between STRAT and Fremont Street, the Arts District offers 18 blocks of antique shopping, art, breweries, bars, and restaurants. Commonly overlooked by tourists, and not for everyone, this could be the perfect thing to do by yourself in Vegas.
Eat a High-End Meal: Treat yourself to a meal you wouldn’t necessarily splurge on if you were paying for 2 or more people. We suggest a restaurant with a view of the Fountains of Bellagio.
See a Show: When traveling with others, you need to compromise on a show that everyone will enjoy. When in Vegas solo, you’re in control. See the male revue, burlesque show, comedy, or Cirque du Soleil show you have always craved. See Las Vegas shows by genre here.
Find Unique Things To Do: Are there things you’ve always wanted to do in Las Vegas only to have your usual travel partners scoff at the idea? Here’s your chance to experience something awesome. A few ideas include:
- Visit the trippy Area15 entertainment complex.
- Go to the top of STRAT’s SkyPod and see the city from the observation deck.
- Zip down Fremont Street on the SlotZilla Zipline.
- Visit the Erotic Heritage Museum.
- Explore the Mob Museum downtown.
- See a risque show.
- Grab a cocktail with a view at Resorts World’s Starlight on 66.
- Visit one of these speakeasies in Las Vegas.
- Eat a meal in complete darkness at Blackout Dinging in the Dark.
- Visit Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum.
Save Money on Unique Activities: We compiled some of the most appealing Las Vegas Groupons good for discounted food & drink, shows, and activities. Not only can our compilation of deals save you a few bucks, but it can also introduce you to attractions you haven’t previously considered.
Be Social: Find a bar, club, or lively table game to meet and converse with others. You would be surprised at how often you’ll “attach” to a group for the night.
Relax by the Pool: If you’re a pool person, spend your day wasting away beneath the Nevada sun. Las Vegas some of the most elaborate pools in the world. Use your time in Vegas by yourself to squeeze in the relaxation you deserve.
Take a Nap: My solo trips to Vegas are much different than those with others. Trips by myself tend to be less of a party, and more of a relaxing experience. Among my favorite things to do is get a little day drinking in by the pool, or in the casino followed by a nap before going out for the night.
Spa Day: Spending time at a Las Vegas spa is something that could pull you away from your group if traveling with others. Use your solo time to book that spa day you’ve always had your eye on.
Whether you are traveling to Vegas solo for a convention, or for much-needed time away from reality, rest assured, there is plenty to do. Whether you are looking to relax by the pool, nap, and gamble, or be social with strangers, we trust you’ll have a great time by yourself in Las Vegas!
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