An Introvert’s Guide to Las Vegas

The Neon Museum at night
The Neon Museum at night | © Gilda / Flickr
Photo of Lauryn Wilder
28 July 2017

Traveling is always fun with friends, but sometimes it’s nice to go somewhere alone. Whether you take an entire trip by yourself or venture off for a night from your companions, exploring a new city solo is sometimes the best way to get an understanding of your surroundings, especially for the introverted personality types. If you’re in Las Vegas and need to spend some time by yourself, check out some of Culture Trip’s suggestions for solo adventures.

For the culture lover

Las Vegas is full of strange and quirky museums. Each one is unique and offers its own view on the history of Sin City, but perhaps one of the most intriguing is the Neon Museum. This gem holds a collection of business and hotel signage throughout the city’s 112-year history and is a popular place for locals and tourists alike. Tours at the museum are limited in size and number, so you won’t have to wade through large crowds if you decide to visit.

Neon Museum in Las Vegas | © Soccergirl296/Flickr

For the nature lover

The nature-loving introvert will want to explore the outer edges of the Las Vegas Valley. To the north of Las Vegas, you’ll find Mount Charleston, which is popular in summer and winter. During the summer, it offers refuge from the scorching summer temperatures, and in the winter, it is the closest place to go skiing. Mary Jane Falls is a great trail to start with; if you reach the end of the trail, you’ll come across one of the only waterfalls in Nevada.

If a trip to the mountains doesn’t interest you, venture out to the Valley of Fire State Park for a hike. The Valley of Fire’s red sandstone formations are the main attraction of the park, more reminiscent of outer space than the desert. If you’re traveling in the summer, be sure to go in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the hot mid-day temperatures.

Valley of Fire State Park | © Ken Lund/Flickr

For the bibliophile

Book lovers and anyone looking for a quiet spot away from the bustling Strip should check out Bauman’s Rare Books. Bauman’s is the only book store on the Strip; the interior design reminds passersby of an Ivy League school library rather than an urban bookstore. You can spend many hours perusing the shelves, taking in the time-honored scent of their limited and first editions.

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For the foodie

With so many five-star restaurants on the Strip, food aficionados from around the world can find something to pique their interest. But for the introverted foodie, most of these restaurants will be too packed throughout the day to enjoy them thoroughly. Dona Maria’s in downtown Las Vegas has delicious Mexican cuisine, and if you go late enough, you can enjoy your food from a quiet table in the back of the restaurant. Their tamales are their signature dish; be sure to pair them with one of their frozen margaritas and a bowl of fried ice cream for a completely decadent Mexican dinner.

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For the movie lover

Anyone who has been to a movie alone knows how enjoyable it can be. While there aren’t many cinemas for film buffs to enjoy on the Las Vegas Strip, there are a couple of theaters around town that every lone movie goer should hit. The Onyx Theater in downtown Las Vegas is the newest; they show both current blockbusters as well as independent projects. The Showcase Theatre is the easiest to get to from the Las Vegas Strip and is perhaps the most secluded theater you’ll find; tucked behind the MGM Grand, it offers the most intimate movie-viewing experience in the city.

For the fitness fanatic

There’s no shortage of fitness facilities in Las Vegas, whether it’s the circus-related gyms such as Aerial Athletica or Shine Alternative Fitness, or the fitness centers inside the hotels. However, if you’re after a more solitary setting, there are plenty of options from which to choose. You can amble down Fremont Street and enjoy the street performers and musicians that take up residence there or explore the Las Vegas Strip.

For those that prefer a natural outdoor setting, visit any one of the city’s local parks. Floyd Lamb State Park is a popular choice; its rolling green lawns and ponds make it seem out of place in the arid desert landscape. During your trek through the park, you might run into one of the many peacocks that live in the area.

Floyd Lamb | © Andrew/Flickr

For the theater lover

It’s a popular belief that stage productions and movies should be seen with another person, but for the introvert, that simply isn’t true. Las Vegas, being the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” is home to a number of theatrical productions. If you’d like to get away from the Strip, check out the schedule at The Smith Center, Las Vegas’ sprawling, luxurious entertainment hall. The Smith Center hosts multiple traveling productions throughout the year; past shows included Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella, The Book of Mormon, and Wicked.

If you want to stay on the Strip, you can’t go wrong with Cirque du Soleil. Seven Cirque productions are currently in residence on the Strip, including Mystère, Zumanity, and Ka. If Cirque du Soleil doesn’t interest you, check out BAZ at the Venetian, or Circus 1903 at the Paris.

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