It can be hard to find a quiet moment for yourself in a 24-hour town like Las Vegas
. Among the casinos, the nightclubs that stay open until the early morning hours, and the soft pings from the video poker machines, you never feel totally alone. However, here are 10 things you can do in Las Vegas that don’t require another person and will give you a sense of solitude.
Visit the art of Richard MacDonald
For the art-loving loner, visiting Richard MacDonald’s sculptures is the best place to start. The work of the world-renowned bronze sculptor is available to view by the “O” theater inside the Bellagio, and inside the Aria. The subjects of MacDonald’s work are performers of all kinds, including dancers and Cirque du Soleil artists. His ability to capture the emotion and grace of his muses will captivate you for hours and will drown out any background noise that might distract you.
The Art of Richard MacDonald, 3720 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 583 7581
Go to the ballet
A night at the ballet is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a relaxed evening out. The Smith Center in Las Vegas hosts the Nevada Ballet Theatre, a company that puts on numerous productions throughout the year. Treat yourself to a night of phenomenal dancing and culture, and after your show has ended, you can stroll around Symphony Park to enjoy the night air and the view of downtown Las Vegas.
The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 749 2012
Try the fried ice cream at Doña Maria Tamales
Doña Maria’s is one of many hidden treasures in Las Vegas. Located within walking distance of the Arts District and downtown area, you can drop in for a margarita or a bowl of fried ice cream until 10 o’clock at night. If you want to avoid crowds, go later rather than earlier; you can enjoy your drink or dessert at the bar before heading downtown to continue your solo adventures.
Doña Maria Tamales, 910 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 382 6538
Take a trip to Gilcrease Orchard
The desert doesn’t seem like a place where you’d find fresh fruit and vegetables, but Gilcrease Orchard thrives in the southwest region of Las Vegas. The orchard, which is open three days a week from 7 a.m. until noon, hosts elementary school field trips throughout the day. If you’d like to avoid the crowd and still pick up some fresh produce, it’s best to go early in the morning.
Gilcrease Orchard, 7800 N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 409 0655
Watch the action on the Las Vegas Strip
Watch the action on the Las Vegas Strip
The Las Vegas Strip may not seem like a place to visit alone, but it is one of the best places to engage in an introvert’s favorite pastime—people-watching. Grab a cup of coffee inside the New York New York, and find an empty seat along the Bridge. You never know what you may witness: a fight, a proposal, a flash mob, people sleeping—the possibilities are endless.
Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Drive through Valley of Fire
The Valley of Fire State Park is a must-see for any nature lover, or anyone looking to get away from the commotion of the Las Vegas Strip. An hour’s drive outside of the city, Valley of Fire is home to breathtaking rock formations and a landscape that looks more like Mars than Earth. Stop at Seven Sisters or the Cabins to get away from the sun, or take the half-mile trek to Elephant Rock to capture some unique selfies. If you go in the summer months, go early and take plenty of water with you; the Valley of Fire gets hot during this time of year.
Valley of Fire State Park, 29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV, USA, +1 702 397 2088
Fly at an aerial yoga class
For the traveling yogi who wants to try something new, head out to Shine Alternative Fitness for restorative aerial yoga. This style of yoga utilizes specialized hammocks to support your body weight in traditional poses and inversions, and restorative aerial yoga allows your joints to decompress in a way that isn’t possible in traditional classes. You’ll learn to fly for an hour and end the class in a floating silent savasana. It’s a perfect way to end a busy day—quiet, tranquil, and feeling like you’ve grown two inches.
Shine Alternative Fitness, 6415 S Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 685 1864
Visit Mount Charleston
If you’re looking for peace and quiet, there’s no better place than Mount Charleston. Located an hour outside of Las Vegas, this destination offers a reprieve from the blistering summer heat and a fun, snowy place to enjoy the winter. Hike along Mary Jane Falls or Lee Canyon, and then stop at the Mount Charleston Lodge for lunch or a cocktail before you head back into town.
Mount Charleston, NV, USA
Explore Lake Las Vegas
Less than an hour away from the Las Vegas Strip, Lake Las Vegas is a great place to explore on your own. You can take a paddleboarding lesson, have lunch at Rick’s Cafe or a drink at Firenze Lounge. Taking in the views of the lake and the picturesque homes and hotels provide the perfect setting for some alone time.
Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, NV, USA
Visit Floyd Lamb Park
Another option for a peaceful afternoon in Las Vegas is to visit Floyd Lamb Park. This park is often referred to as a desert oasis, with its lush landscape and wildlife. You can go fishing, see peacocks, have a picnic, or tour Tule Springs Ranch. Tule Springs and Floyd Lamb Park promise an afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the city, filled with unique sights and rich history.
Floyd Lamb Park, 9200 Tule Springs Road, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 229 8100