With pandemic restrictions on travel mostly lifted, many aspects of life are returning to some semblance of normalcy. Free of the cabin fever of long lockdowns and quarantines, many tourists are traveling again and more often. Solo travel, in particular, seems to be on the rise as increasingly large numbers of both millennials and older generations take to the skies. It's reported that 74% of respondents to a recent survey say they are ready and willing to book a 2022 vacation, with 62% saying they were even willing to take two to four trips!
That means the US is open for business, and one of the best places to visit this year is Las Vegas, Sin City. It's a tourist trap, but is it something you can do on your own? Can a solo traveler really get the most out of a Vegas vacation? We think so, and here's how to do it.
Why Las Vegas
We’ve shared some of our favorite travel destinations in our ‘Best Trip Ideas for Solo Travelers 2022’, but anywhere can be a good landing spot. Solo travel anywhere can be a fun and rewarding experience. The flexibility of being alone offers an opportunity for all sorts of new connections and freedom to explore. Even a typical group destination like Las Vegas can make for an excellent solo trip if you play your cards right. From Michelin-starred cuisine to stunning desert landscapes to residencies from artists of the caliber of John Legend and Adele, you can find plenty for every passion in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
When To Travel
The peak seasons in Vegas are spring and fall; due to the more temperate climate. Attractions like the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Festival draw in huge crowds and feature parties, events, and many other shows and activities to keep you moving. One of the big appeals of solo travel is the friends and connections you make along the way, making the peak times definitely the way to go. You’ll have a better chance to socialize, and some softer tables. As leaves start to fall and sweaters are donned in the Midwest, Vegas at a balmy 82 degrees gives you a perfect excuse to bust the sunblock back out.
What To Do
First and foremost, the thing that comes to everyone’s mind in Las Vegas is gaming. Home of the World Series of Poker, cards, dice, and slots are an annual draw of players from all around the world. It just wouldn’t be right to visit Sin City without stopping by at least one card room because everyone wants to feel like James Bond in Casino Royale, right? Whether you choose the classic Bellagio or make your way to the Aria, it’s sure to make for some good stories and experiences. However, after you’ve grown tired of the close quarters and ‘what time is it?’ feeling, Poker.org mentions Red Rocks as a great place to reset and explore a wide open space. Featuring spectacular views and rich history, it’s a great stop off the beaten path for city slickers and adventurers alike.
Helicopter tours can provide a new perspective on the city, and the views on top of the Eiffel Tower are hard to beat. With world-class entertainers regularly performing at all the local hotspots, it’s definitely worth seeing a show or two while in town. For dining, take in an old-school Italian dinner at Ferraro’s, a huge favorite of TheInfatuation.com. NHL hockey at the Las Vegas Golden Knights makes for a good night out for the sports fan. Hikers and adventurers will love the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam for sightseeing. History buffs will love the neon museum - a very cool look at the ‘old’ Las Vegas. All of these pastimes can be done alone, and who knows, you might meet a few friends along the way.
Don’t just take the money and run! Vegas is a vibrant tourism destination, offering nightlife, dining, and access to the great outdoors. Vegas and the solo traveler make a pair of aces.