Las Vegas Mini Travel Guide
You don’t get many results when you search for blogs or women that have traveled Las Vegas solo which is a shame because good times can be had by everyone in Vegas, even those traveling alone. Here is my guide for solo travel in Las Vegas.
When to Go
Daytime Temps: 70F – 90F (21C-32C)
Nighttime Temps: 55F– 66F(9C-19C)
Fall: September – November
Daytime Temps: 66F – 94F (19C-34C)
Nighttime Temps: 47F – 71F (8C-22C)
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What to Wear
Keep it casual during the day while you’re exploring the Strip and touring the Hoover Dam. Some jeans, comfortable walking shoes and light, breathable tops are perfect for daytime Vegas.
Las Vegas at night is a whole different game though. Bring that little black dress with the strappy heels that have been sitting in your closet begging to be worn. Don’t leave your jacket or sweater in the hotel though because temperatures drop at night and it can be a bit chilly.
Hotel on the Strip: Prices range from 75 USD to 300 USD a night.
Hostel off the Strip: Prices range from 14 USD to 22 USD a night.
**Note: As you can see Las Vegas doesn’t have to break the bank.**
What To Spend
100 USD/ 130 AUD/ 130 CAD/ 80 EUR/ 70 GBP
*Assuming you’re on a backpacker’s budget. Making use of public transportation, staying in hostels or other budget accommodations and eating out about once a day. For the daily budgets of other destinations check out Round The World Trip Budget next.*
How To Get Around
Strip & Downtown Express (SDX)
The SDX takes you all over the Strip and downtown Vegas. Some of its stops are the Las Vegas Premium Outlets, the Freemont Street Experience and MGM Grand. The SDX runs from 9 am till midnight and picks up about every 15 mins.
Deuce on the Strip
The Deuce buses are perfect for those that want to spend most of their time exploring the Strip. The bus drops off at most of the Strip hostels with pit stops at the Mob Museum and the Freemont Street Experience. The Deuce runs 24hrs a day and picks up every 15 mins from 7am-2am. From 2am-7am, the bus picks up every 20 mins.
To get a bus pass you have to hit up one of the ticket vending machines available at most stops. The passes let you ride on both the SDX and the Deuce and cost 6$ for a 2-hour pass, 8$ for a 24-hour pass, and 20$ for a 3-Day pass.
The Las Vegas Monorail only covers four miles but is still the fastest way to get around the Strip. The Monorail makes seven stops: MGM Grand, Bally’s/Paris, Flamingo/Caesars Palace, Harrah’s/The LINQ, Las Vegas Convention Center, Westgate Las Vegas and the SLS Las Vegas Station. The train picks up about every 4 – 8 mins and operates from 7 am – midnight on Monday. 7 am – 2 am from Tuesday – Thursday. 7 am- 3 am from Friday-Sunday. As for prices:
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What to Do
Walk the Strip
Grab a bottle of water and a good pair of walking shoes and wander the Strip. See the dancing fountains of the Bellagio. The Bellagio fountains are choreographed to music and are particularly beautiful at night. Get amazing views of Vegas from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Visit all the Strip hotels and see how much fun some of them had with their themed decor. Wander through the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. A beautiful display of nature, colors, and culture that reflects the seasons and the ‘Wow Factor’ the Bellagio strives for.
See A Show
It’s obvious why they call Vegas an adult’s playground. There is so much for everyone to do every minute of the day. Musical performances, comedy routines, magic shows, circuses and acrobats, the list goes on. Pick one, pick them all, you’re sure to be mesmerized. If you want my recommendation then “O” by Cirque Du Soleil is a must-see. A magnificently woven story told through an aquatic acrobatic performance with swimming, diving, flying, and gymnastics. My eyes almost fell out of my head while I watched.
Tour the Hoover Dam
In the mood to see a national historic landmark and one of the highest concrete dams? Then why not take a tour of the Hoover Dam. The price for the Dam Tour is 30 USD per person and with that, you can see some incredible natural views and learn a bit along the way.
I’m sure you’re not surprised to find out Vegas doesn’t disappoint when it comes to shopping. The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace boast high-end, upscale shopping centers for those that want to window shop in style. Even if you can’t afford the merchandise it’s worth visiting just for the spectacular ceilings, décor, fountains, and watching the gondola rides in The Grand Canal Shoppes. When you have had your fill of selfies then head over to the Fashion Show Mall where you can find better deals, great styles and a Maggiano’s. I would go just for the Maggiano’s, yum!
What To Eat
Vegas is foodie heaven! Seriously you can find amazing food at every price range for almost every diet. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, OR how about Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Thai, OR just a big, fat, juicy steak. You will not have any trouble stuffing your face.
I was a frequent visitor to the Grand Lux Café because their prices were reasonable, their crème brulee was out of control and don’t even get me started on the gluten-free Godiva cheesecake. (Can you tell my sweet tooth is out of control?) That gets three yums.
- If out late, stay in well-lit areas with lots of other pedestrians.
- Be vigilant for pickpockets because high touristy areas like Las Vegas are where they prowl. Carry all your things in an anti-theft bag for peace of mind.
- Take a cab, bus, or Uber instead of walking around alone at night.
- If you hit it big and win some money at gambling, ask security or the staff to walk you out to your cab or up to your room. Better safe than sorry.
- For more safety tips, read this post on safe solo female travel. Then check out this post on what to pack to protect yourself while you’re in Las Vegas solo.
I had so much fun in Vegas and would go back right now if I could. Traveling Las Vegas solo is perfectly doable for female travelers so use this guide and have a great time. Happy Travels!