Just because you’re traveling to Las Vegas for a convention alone, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Doing Vegas solo is one of the best ways to explore this world class city. We’ve got some fun activities perfect for the stag Vegas vacationer. You are a wolf pack of one!
While the Sun Is UpDayclubs are some of Las Vegas’ most popular daytime hot spots. They incorporate the things you love most about nightclubs, fun-loving crowds, top-tier disc jockeys and exotic drinks, with sunshine and swimming pools. Rent a couple of adjacent day beds (you never know when you might make a new friend) at the club of your choice, order yourself a fruity cocktail and post up under the comfort of an umbrella. Check out our blog post on the city’s best dayclubs, if you’re having trouble deciding which to patronize.
It’s no secret that Vegas is home to some of the best shopping in the world, and vacationing alone is the perfect time to take advantage of that fact. You don’t have to worry about your boyfriend’s drawn out sighs as you debate between the lemongrass or mint bath bombs, or your wife’s reasonable suggestion that a pair a red snakeskin boots won’t match anything in your closet. Don’t forget to stop into a souvenir shop to pick up a Las Vegas shot glass for your cubicle mate.
The time-honored tradition of walking the Las Vegas Strip is even better when done alone. You won’t be slowed down by a large group, you can follow whatever might catch your eye and you’re free to stop whenever and wherever. Consider strolling around the grounds of Aria and perusing its large collection of public art installations. It’s a desert out there, so come prepared.
When the Lights Come On
Be it a buffet, greasy spoon or upscale establishment, you absolutely should sample some of Las Vegas’ culinary offerings. Don’t settle for room service just because you’re dateless. It’s Vegas! People will think you’re too important for small talk. Find a dark, romantic corner booth in which to share a cocktail with yourself at one of Las Vegas’ hottest new restaurants. If shorts and sandals are more your style of dinner attire, check out these Las Vegas cheap eats worthy of your $10 bill.
Downtown Las Vegas and the Strip’s older sibling, Fremont Street, have undergone a renaissance of sorts over the past decade. The hospitable urban core of Las Vegas offers a plethora of activities for the solo traveler, such as SlotZilla, Downtown Container Park and The Neon Museum. Downtown is only a short cab or bus ride from the Strip, and prices for everything are much more affordable, including the gambling. First-timers eager to try their luck in the casinos would do well to read our primer on gambling in Las Vegas.
The Morning AfterEarly risers can book a seat on Maverick Helicopters’ Grand Canyon Adventure Tour at a discounted rate. The early-bird special includes pickup and drop off from and to your Strip hotel, light snacks and champagne. This stunning tour of the Grand Canyon boasts 30 minutes of landing time atop Maverick’s scenic bluff on the canyon floor, 300 feet above the Colorado River and nearly 4,000 feet below the rim. Other points of interest seen along the way include the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and aerial views of the Las Vegas Strip.
After your flight, enjoy a decadently late breakfast. Savor some delightful brioche French toast with blueberry compote at Bouchon Bistro inside The Venetian. Chow down on quite possibly the best breakfast sandwich you’ll ever eat at Eggslut inside The Cosmopolitan. There are plenty of fantastic breakfast options on the Strip. It’s the most important meal of the day!
If there is one Las Vegas activity tailor-made for those traveling by their lonesome, it’s a good ol’ fashioned spa day. Nearly every resort in town boasts its own spa, and each offers unique packages you won’t find anywhere else. Pay a visit to the Roman baths at Qua Baths & Spa. Enjoy the therapeutic stretching of a Watsu massage at Spa Bellagio.
Maybe you made the solo trip to Las Vegas for a convention. Maybe you needed to get away from it all. Whatever brought you to Las Vegas alone, be sure to make the most of it, and don't forget to share your solo Vegas vacation photos on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you.