Semi-solo in vegas

The hubby has a week long conference in Las Vegas.. what’s a girl to do but make the best of it?

We actually RARELY get time to ourselves anymore (in my opinion). Since we currently live full time in our camper and travel the US, that leaves very few kid-sitters for date nights [zero actually]. I’m too much of a stress-ball to leave my kids with just anybody so they come along for the ride 24/7. We truly love it, as we both have worked full time and know the pains of missing out on firsts with our kids. That doesn’t mean however that we won’t take a kid-free trip when offered! I am indebted to my in-laws for graciously watching our kiddos while we went to the conference. 

While I couldn’t wait to sleep in and be absolutely responsible for no one but myself, I did feel a bit of anxiety as I knew I would be alone in a large city for most of the time. I do consider myself relatively brave but I haven’t traveled solo in over a decade. Thankfully, I’ve visited Las Vegas multiple times. My anxiety dropped when I started doing what I do best – planning *all* the things to do and making a to-do list! Las Vegas is such a popular city to visit, it is not hard to find things to do for solo travelers, couples, and groups of all ages. 

So – if you’re looking for things to do as a solo-traveler, or you’re just researching your Vegas trip in general : scroll down for a list of things that I’d totally do again next time I’m around! 

  1. Reserve a beach chair for the day at Mandalay Bay Beach – this was my top priority when planning some of my solo-time. Mama just wanted some sun, water, and something cold to drink! I loved the pools at Mandalay Bay for this reason. Beach chair reservations are relatively cheap and they are for you only for the whole day. Drink and food service available, and often they’ll have live music as well. The staff were wonderful and the pools were clean and cold! 
  2. Resort Hop  – they’ve made it easy for us visitors to see lots of resorts and find relief from the heat as well. Many of the casinos and resorts are connected by walkways, elevators, and trams. Since the conference was at Mandalay Bay, I spent a lot of time wandering between Mandalay Bay, The Luxor, and Excalibur. Other great resort connections include the Wynn and Encore, and the Venetian and the Palazzo. 
  3. Shop the Strip – I think this is obvious, but if you’ve got your good walking shoes on you can get a lot done down the strip! I had fun exploring the Coca-Cola store (try the beverage bar) and the M&M store … I am addicted to sugar obviously. There’s also a Target if you need some basic items that perhaps you might have forgotten (like a toothbrush). 
  4. See the Bellagio Fountains and Conservatory Gardens – This is a favorite of mine! The fountain show is pretty amazing and free to watch. Inside the Bellagio is breathtaking. The Fiori de Como – a floral glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly hangs in the Bellagio lobby. [His glasswork displays can also be found in another favorite place of mine : St. Louis Botanical Gardens.] Within the Conservatory there is an ever-changing botanical display so no matter what time of year you go, you’re sure to see something amazing!
  5. Spa Day at Canyon Ranch – This spa is truly one of the nicest spas I’ve been to. Located in the Venetian Resort – this sprawling 134,000 square foot wellness and fitness center is sure to please. When you schedule a class or a treatment, you get access to the day spa. Get a massage, take a yoga class, soak in one of the calming pools, and get hair and nails done all in one place. 
  6. Meow Wolf/ Omega Mart – For the experience lovers, this is a super fun space to adventure and stroll around a few hours. If you haven’t tried an immersive art experience like this one, definitely put it on your list. 
  7. Zip Line Las Vegas – Okay so I didn’t actually have time to do this but it’s on my list for next time! You can do this in two places : Fly Linq Zipline which is on the strip, and Slotzilla Zipline which is on Fremont Street. From what I’ve read, Linq is taller and a bit longer, but Slotzilla has better views of the historic casinos on Fremont. Have you done them? Let me know in the comments! 
  8. Grab a Show – There are hundreds of shows and concerts that you can choose from when you’re there. I recommend seeking a few out before you go so you have a bit of a plan, but if you’re more of a play-it-by-ear traveller you’ll find plenty of choices last minute. For a family-friendly establishment I always recommend the Blue Man Group located in the Luxor. We were lucky enough to get upgraded to the front seats last minute, right next to the “splash zone”. 
  9. Explore off the strip – There’s way more to do than just play slots! This time around we tried a new restaurant called Honey  Salt which was absolutely delicious. If you’ve not seen Hoover Dam, that’s a classic stop. There are also some amazing helicopter tours and day trips to the Grand Canyon. Before this trip I’ve also enjoyed venturing out in Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon. 
  10. Over-indulge with a Crazy Shake at Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer – Not the healthiest option of course … but delicious! I highly suggest sharing with a partner (or two or three). These tremendous desserts are piled-high and made to order, with several rotating flavors. You can check out the menu here

There we go – 10 things to investigate when you’re starting your Las Vegas trip planning! This is not an exhaustive list of course, and as a travel advisor I am always looking for new and entertaining things for my clients. If you have something you’d add to this list please tell me in the comments below! 

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