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Top Tips for Taking a Solo Trip to Vegas

It’s no secret that Las Vegas, Nevada is known as the entertainment capital of the world, and you can experience all the excitement on a solo trip to Vegas. From the slot machines to the wild nightlife and spectacular shows, Las Vegas is a fantastic city.

It’s easy to get caught up in the glitz and glamour of the city, but Vegas has much more to offer than just the Strip and Fremont. Once you escape the touristy side of Vegas, you’ll enjoy the city like a local on your Las Vegas solo trip.

If you’re planning a solo trip to Las Vegas and wondering what to do or are asking yourself, “Is Las Vegas safe for a single woman?” this Las Vegas solo female travel guide will answer all your burning questions.

Did You Get Travel Insurance Yet?

The Insurance companies I recommend are Hey Mondo and Safety Wing

Hey Mondo is great if you are looking for a great value flexible policy. They offer single-trip cover, annual multi-trip cover, and long-term travel cover. Safety Wing is great value, with monthly coverage starting at $39. It’s super easy to use, and it just renews each month. I currently use them as they offer me free cover for my son as part of my policy.

Read my full travel insurance post here, where I go into detail about all companies. 

Las Vegas Solo Trip: Solo Girl’s Guide to Vegas

After living in Las Vegas for almost 20 years, I know the city pretty well. In this guide to Las Vegas solo female travel, I’ll give you insider tips on the best things to do in Las Vegas alone. We’ll dive into all the fun things to do solo in Vegas besides the Strip and the best local spots you must visit on your solo trip to Vegas.

Where to Stay During Your Solo Trip to Vegas

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When visiting Sin City on a Las Vegas solo trip, it’s essential to book the right hotel for a comfortable experience. With so many different Las Vegas hotels to choose from, it can be overwhelming to settle on one. Over the years, I’ve stayed at almost every hotel in Vegas and narrowed down my top favorites.

Caesars Palace

The Solo Girl's Guide to Vegas: Tips for Taking a Solo Trip to Vegas

Of all the Las Vegas hotels, Caesars Palace is one of the most popular. If you’ve seen the movie The Hangover, you’ll recognize this iconic hotel as one of the filming locations. The Caesars Palace casino has over 18 restaurants and 20 bars and is home to the Forum Shops, a collection of more than 150 stores.

Paris Hotel and Casino

The Solo Girl's Guide to Vegas: Tips for Taking a Solo Trip to Vegas

The Paris is my personal favorite Las Vegas hotel. Location is everything—you don’t want to be too far from all the fun, but the closer you are to the action, the more expensive hotels get. The Paris Hotel and Casino is located in the heart of the Strip, between the Ballys and Planet Hollywood. Amazingly, rooms at the Paris are reasonably priced!

Vegas Palms Casino

The Solo Girl's Guide to Vegas: Tips for Taking a Solo Trip to Vegas

Not only will you find the most expensive suite in town at the Vegas Palms Casino, but you can also discover a highly underrated art gallery in Las Vegas. This casino provides an unforgettable stay, making it the perfect choice for your solo trip to Vegas.

City Center

The Solo Girl's Guide to Vegas: Tips for Taking a Solo Trip to Vegas

City Center is different from your typical hotel—it consists of four casinos on a massive 16,797,000-square-foot lot. Hotels in the City Center include the Aria, Mandarin, Veer Towers, and Vdara. Each hotel is unique in its own way, but all are stylishly decorated and extravagant.

Things to Do in Vegas Solo

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Check Out the Local Bars

Vegas is known for its highly overpriced alcoholic drinks, but almost every local bar off the Strip offers reasonable prices. There are so many fun Vegas bars that won’t break your wallet and still give you a fantastic time. Here are a few recommendations of local bars to visit during your Las Vegas solo trip:

PT’s

Founded in 1982, PT’s is the most famous local bar in Vegas. With new locations being built all the time, VT’s a widely popular chain of bars in Vegas that you’ll find scattered throughout town. PT’s bars have fun games to make socializing easier and more entertaining. Whether you prefer playing pool, darts, or fun drinking games, you’ll love the atmosphere of this 24/7 bar.

Stoney’s Rockin’ Country

Located in Town Square, Stoney’s is a ‘rockin’ country bar with everything from line-dancing lessons and bull-riding contests to bikini nights and killer live music. If you’re a big country fan, Stoney’s is the place to visit on your solo trip to Las Vegas. For all my fellow female travelers—every Thursday at Stoney’s is ladies’ night, which means free entry and $1 drinks all night!

PKWY Tavern

Located off the 215 freeway on the west side of Las Vegas, PKWY (short for Parkway) is the bar to beat for a crazy night off the Strip. This bar gets buck wild, especially on the weekends. From the fantastic music and dancing to the fun games, PKWY Tavern is always a blast.

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Attend Social Events

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There are so many fun local events around Las Vegas—I love to attend because they’re a great way to meet new people from all over the world. I suggest researching before leaving for your Vegas solo trip to see what’s coming up.

Shop at First Friday

If you want to experience Vegas like a local, First Friday is your event. Located in the heart of Las Vegas, First Friday is a monthly art festival on (you guessed it!) the first Friday of every month. First Friday focuses on local musicians, artists, food vendors, and so much more—it’s filled with diverse cultures, so you’ll have a fantastic time.

Take a Paint and Wine Class

You don’t have to be an artist to check out Pinot’s Palette, a paint and wine class studio perfect for beginners. Paint and Wine is the ideal spot for date night or an outing with your gal pals, but it’s also one of the best things to do in Vegas solo. You’ll be given paintbrushes and a canvas and will spend the night painting with the help of an instructor. The best part is you get to sip on wine while you paint!

Visit the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is one of the most underrated things to do solo in Vegas. The Speedway holds over 1400 events a year, and while it’s located outside of Vegas, it’s worth the drive. From car, air, and dirt bike races to music festivals, the Las Vegas Speedway has it all. Check out what events the Motor Speedway will be hosting before your solo Vegas trip.

Hot Local Spots to Visit During Your Las Vegas Solo Trip

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Town Square

Town Square is a popular local hangout spot located near the Strip. Town Square is home to over 120 stores and 18 restaurants and is also equipped with a movie theater and gaming arcade. During the summer nights, Town Square hosts weekly events like Movies On the Green, a free outdoor movie night.

Blue Martini

Blue Martini is a must-visit bar and restaurant located in Town Square. If you’re a fan of signature cocktails, good food, and live music, you’ll love Blue Martini. This Vegas hotspot also offers Shisha for anyone who enjoys a good hookah session.

Desert Breeze Park

There’s nothing better than a lovely day at the park—I highly recommend Desert Breeze Park, located in southwest Vegas. Whether you want to take a stroll or set up a picnic, Desert Breeze has over 200 acres of land to explore and enjoy. As one of the largest Vegas parks, Desert Breeze also has a basketball court, skate park, and water park.

Nightlife

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Las Vegas is known worldwide for its incredible nightlife scene—the city has gone above and beyond to create one-of-a-kind clubs and bars where you can dance the night away. Here are three of my favorite Vegas clubs and nightlife destinations to explore during your solo trip to Vegas.

OMNIA

OMNIA cost over $100 million to build, so you can only imagine how good it is! OMNIA is one of the best clubs in the world and is best known for its 22,000-pound, shape-shifting chandelier. This Vegas club also has an outdoor deck with panoramic views of the Vegas Strip. Throw on your best dancing shoes and get ready for a late night out on the town.

Hakkasan

Hakkasan is located inside the MGM Grand Casino—it’s a whopping 3-story club and one of the best in Las Vegas. Only the world’s best DJs get the opportunity to perform at Hakkasan, so you can expect amazing music and endless dancing.

Encore Beach Club

Encore Beach Club was named the Las Vegas Day Club of the Year in 2018, so it’s the perfect place to spend a hot day in Vegas. The best thing about Encore is that it’s an indoor-outdoor venue, so there’s a lot of space to explore. You can catch shows from the world’s biggest DJs like David Guetta, The Chainsmokers, and Major Lazer.

Tours

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What better way to explore the city on a solo Vegas trip than by taking a tour of all the coolest spots around town? Not only are tours an excellent way to get to see the top sights, but they’re also a great place to meet new friends. There are many local Las Vegas tours, so I narrowed it down to three fantastic options.

Helicopter Tour Over Las Vegas

I recently went on a helicopter ride over New York City—that, my friends, was the day I fell utterly in love with helicopter tours. There’s no better way to see a city than from a bird’s eye perspective. It’s such a magical experience that I encourage everyone to try it at least once.

Segway Las Vegas Tour

Another fun option for touring Las Vegas is exploring the town on a Segway. One of the best tour companies is Segway Las Vegas—they offer tours of downtown Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon (located on the outskirts of Vegas), and a foodie tour for all the food lovers.

Valley of Fire Tour

Not many people have heard of Valley of Fire—I’ve been living in Vegas for almost 20 years and just recently visited for the first time. My only regret is I wish I had visited sooner! Valley of Fire is such a beautiful place located about an hour outside of Vegas. This area comprises over 46,000 acres of land and is named for its iconic red sandstone formations.

Restaurants to Enjoy On a Las Vegas Solo Trip

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Some of the best Las Vegas restaurants are located off the Strip. Over the years, Vegas has outdone itself with a vibrant and world-renowned culinary scene. If you’re a massive foodie like me, you know how to appreciate a good meal. Here are my top three favorite restaurants in Las Vegas.

Dirt Dog

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy getting down and dirty now and then. Dirt Dog is located about 20 minutes away from the Strip, but I promise you, it’s worth the drive. Dirt Dog makes delicious street food like elevated hot dogs—my all-time favorite is the Elote Dog.

Lazy Dog

If there’s one thing I enjoy more than a nice dinner, it’s a nice dinner with my pup. Lazy Dog is located at the Downtown Summerlin Mall and not only serves excellent food but is also dog-friendly. The restaurant even offers a menu for your beloved furry friends so they can enjoy a nice meal with you.

Mon Ami Gabi

For all you steak lovers out there, Mon Ami Gabi will blow your mind. The secret to the mouthwatering steak at Mon Ami Gabi is the sauce. My favorite menu item I order every time I eat at Mon Ami is the Bernaise Steak and Frites.

In addition to the delicious food, Mon Ami Gabi also has incredible views of the Bellagio Fountains across the street. It doesn’t get much better than that if you ask me!

7 Money-Saving Tips for Planning a Solo Vegas Trip On a Budget

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It’s always nice to save a few bucks while vacationing, so here are seven money-saving tips for planning a solo trip to Las Vegas.

1. Get a Water Bottle

Las Vegas is one of the most overpriced tourist destinations in the United States, so a reusable water bottle can cost up to $10 on the Strip. Bring your own to refill throughout your trip, and you’ll save a significant amount of money.

2. Stock Up Ahead of Time

I suggest stocking up on everything you need before embarking on your trip, whether it’s alcohol, snacks, or toiletries. If you have to shop for basics during your solo Vegas trip, try to visit stores located off the Strip—the prices are significantly lower outside of the main tourist areas.

3. Pregaming is Everything

Pregame, pregame, pregame! If you’re hitting the clubs for the night, pregame beforehand. Buy a $10-20 bottle of liquor and have a few drinks in your hotel room or Airbnb before hitting the Strip. That way, you’ll only have to purchase one or two drinks once you’re out on the town. Please use a rideshare service or elect a Designated Driver if you plan to drink and then go out!

4. Explore Old Vegas

Don’t forget about Old Las Vegas, also known as Fremont. Fremont is not only a fun experience, but the drinks there are much cheaper than you’ll find on the Strip.

5. Pick Travel Dates Wisely

Remember the time of year while planning your solo trip to Vegas. Prices tend to rise on major holidays, weekends, and in correlation with special local events. I also recommend looking into Las Vegas vacation packages, which can often provide a luxurious and fun-filled getaway without the hassle and inflated prices.

6. Find Free Activities

There are many free activities throughout Las Vegas, like hiking at Red Rock National Park and Mount Charleston. If you’re not outdoorsy and prefer to party, look for happy hour or “buy one, get one free” specials at local bars. As expensive as Vegas can be, there are also plenty of cheap and completely free solo things to do in Vegas.

7. Check for Self-Parking Fees

Las Vegas charges for self-parking, but there are ways to avoid the fees even if you drive yourself. Most Las Vegas hotels charge for parking, but some still offer free parking lots where you can leave your car and walk to the Strip. You’ll be surprised by how much you can save by avoiding Las Vegas parking charges!

Las Vegas Solo Female Travel FAQs

Is Las Vegas Safe for a Single Woman?

Like most major cities, it’s crucial to stay aware of your surroundings and avoid dangerous situations while taking a solo trip to Las Vegas. Fortunately, Las Vegas solo female travel is prevalent, so the city is relatively safe for single women.

What Are the Best Things to Do in Las Vegas Alone?

Fun solo things to do in Vegas include visiting local restaurants, bars, and social events.

What’s the Best Time of Year to Take a Las Vegas Solo Trip?

I recommend visiting Las Vegas during spring and fall—since these are off-season times, flights and accommodations will be significantly cheaper.

Las Vegas Travel Guide Planning

🚗 Where can I book bus or private transportation while I’m in USA?

I strongly recommend using Bookaway. You can book almost all transport in the major tourist destinations through them online. They don’t just cover buses they also cover shuttles, ferries, and private drivers.

🎫 Where can I buy tickets for museums, attractions, and tours in USA?

I recommend either Viator or GetYour Guide. They have a lot of options!

👩‍⚕️ What is the best insurance to have while traveling?

I recommend using Heymondo for a great value policy. The app also offers you 24/7 Dr Chat. For Digital Nomads check out SafetyWing digital nomad insurance.

I have also written a blog post covering all my recommended travel insurance here

✈️ Any flight recommendations?

WayAWay offers you cheap flights with cashback. You can use this code CLAIRE22 to get 10% off. Otherwise Skyscanner or Expedia are my go-to flight searching platforms.

📱What do you use for internet connection while traveling?

I’m a big fan of personal WiFi devices and they have saved my ass so many times when traveling. I wrote a full review of the top travel WiFi devices you can read here. I personally use GlocalMe as I can either pop in a physical sim card or use their local carrier.

With regards to my phone connection, I use e-sims while traveling, so rather than having to swap out my regular sim card I can download the app and buy a virtual sim card. I recommend using eitherAirhub or Alosim. Both have great coverage of multiple countries and are very easy to use.

🛏️ What is the best platform to use for booking accommodation?

The 3 best platforms that I normally use are Booking.comHotels.com, and Expedia They offer great deals and multiple options. I always check all three to be sure of the best deals.

🛅 Do you have any luggage recommendations for traveling?

I do have a complete list of the best packing and luggage products that I recommend, you can check the list here. I’m currently traveling with this suitcase and this backpack. 

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