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What To Do In Vegas Alone

Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:08 am

Well I planned this trip to Vegas months ago, all my friends bailed so I am going by myself. I am staying at the stratasphere. What is there fun to do by yourself in Vegas besides gambling and drinking?
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:16 am

Strippers?

Somebody had to say it.
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:09 am

Spearment Rhino, you won't regret it 
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:58 am

Quoting Mudboy (Reply 2):
Spearment Rhino, you won't regret it

Place is expensive as get out though, except when your paying in cash. Always pay cash, never on a credit card. Learned that little lesson the hard way my first time out.
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:49 pm

I did Vegas by myself last May and here are a few tips:

1. You WILL be drinking alone so try to take care of your alcohol consumption.
2. That hot girl costs more than your daily withdrawl limit from the ATM.
3. Walk the strip and get some exersize since booze and food flow freely. And it's nice to see all the different properties.
4. KGB Burger in Harrah's is excellent and not to pricey.
5. The clubs at a lot of the resorts can be expensive just to get in. I prefer finding the quieter bars where you can actually hear yourself and engage in conversation with other people. I suggest The Nine Fine Irishmen at New York New York.
6. Condoms! Your a human and in Las Vegas!!! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas except herpes... that s**t will stay with you forever!!! LOL


Have fun, stay safe and win big!
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:30 pm

My last three visits to Las Vegas were for business and on all three occasions I was alone. Vegas is a lonely place to be by yourself. Clearly most of the entertainment is to be enjoyed by couples or in groups. Here are some suggestions for staying occupied while not getting bored:

1. Gambling, obviously. Table games can get social and it is possible to make friends at a lively table where people are in a festive mood.
2. If table games are not your style or withing your budget (minimum bets are pretty high these days), the gaming machines can be fun. Nowadays many of the machines are designed to mimic video games, so for not much money you can while away several hours staying entertained in front of a machine.
3. Las Vegas has some pretty good shopping if you are into that. You can spend hours browsing, not buy anything, but still enjoy looking at merchandise and talking with salespeople.
4. Take in a show. Some of the stage shows have adult themes without actually being a strip club. Burlesque is in style in Las Vegas but with a modern twist.
5. Get a tattoo. You can work with a tattoo artist to design something original and then converse with the artist as he or she applies your ink.
6. As others have mentioned, just walking the strip is fun for people-watching and admiring the architecture of the various hotels.

I concur with others who advise to skip the strip clubs. They are more expensive than what you would typically find in any decent sized city in the United States. In Oregon, where I live, strip clubs are all over the place and what it costs you to see some flesh is a fraction of what you will pay in Las Vegas. Strip clubs are no bargain in "Sin City."
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:33 pm

♠ Use the casino-controlled ground transport system to get from airport to hotel and check in.

♥ Walk the most direct route possible from the hotel desk to the hotel elevators. Unfortunately that is about half a mile across the casino floor. No shortcuts through the "pit" as they get cranky about that.

♣ Go to my room and discover that they only have three channels on TV and one of them is the house channel telling me about all their facilities. The other two are showing Laverne and Shirley.

♦ Sit in my room and work on next month's bid so as to avoid LAS layovers.
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:44 pm

How about you bail on the trip, too?

Just my opinion, but getting drunk by yourself, gambling by yourself, or just wandering around Vegas by yourself sounds like not a good idea and not very fun.


......not that doing those things in Vegas with a group sounds incredibly appealing either - why waste the $$ on the outrageous prices, when you could do something more fulfilling?

Too late to get a refund (minus cancellation fee) or trip credit on the airline?
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:58 pm

I did an entire vacation alone in Vegas in 2010 and had a great time. It depends on the time of the year that you go, but there are plenty of things to do.

Every night I did dinner and a show. I used the 1/2 price ticket counters to get my tickets for a show each night, then researched where the shows were and picked a place to eat in the casino where the show was. I would typically check the website for the ticket place first to see what was available for that day:

http://www.tix4tonight.com/

Then, there are plenty of free things to do in and around Las Vegas (....and if you like chocolate, swing by Ethel M's Chocolate Factory, they give free samples, it's a self-guided tour and they have an amazing cactus display on their grounds):

http://www.vegasfreebie.com/

There are a bunch of different tours you can go on, ranging from the "Old Las Vegas" things to Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam tours which are full-day things.

http://www.vegas.com/tours/

While not cheap, in the very place where you are staying (if you are a thrill seeker), there are some thrill rides you can go on, and to be honest, on top of your heart being in your throat you also get some of the most amazing views you will ever get:

http://www.stratospherehotel.com/Tower/Rides

Vegas is a great place to go if you are traveling alone, to be honest. There are plenty of things to see and do if you look. Pick up some of the pamphlets at the airport and hotel, look online, and take a few hours to just walk the strip and take in the sights and what may interest you!

Now, when I went, I stayed off-strip and an all-gay resort so it was a little different compared to being right on strip like you, but I had a great time, got some fun, sun, relaxation, shows, adventure, and it didn't break the bank for me because I used a lot of the discount sites.

Have a great trip!

~H81
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:05 pm

Solo trips in Vegas are nice because you can set the schedule and do things on the fly. I've been to Vegas 12 times and 7 of those trips were solo trips. The Stratosphere is not too bad since they recently redid the rooms. The downside is the neighborhood isn't great. On the plus side, the Deuce bus stop is right in front of the property (and the Strip Downtown Express stop is a short walk away), so you've got easy access to the rest of the Strip (as well as Downtown). My recommendations:

Spend some time Downtown in the Fremont Street area, but don't head into the Girls Of Glitter Gulch no matter how attractive the girls out front are (trust me on this). I highly recommend hitting the Triple George Grill for a meal (Some of the best steaks I have ever had were eaten there.) and go next door to Mob Bar for a drink or two. The Mob Museum is a short walk away (It opened about a month ago.) and is supposed to be interesting.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is somewhere you have to check out. Great bars, really great restaurants, and even a casino (they seem to forget they have a casino in their commercials).

The Atomic Testing Museum is pretty interesting museum and I recommend it.

As for shows, I highly recommend the show "Absinthe" playing in a tent out in front of Caesars Palace. I've seen it three times (Once back in June during its' initial run and twice when I was out there in December.) The best way I can describe it is as a politically incorrect variety show. It's definitely not for the easily offended.

http://absinthevegas.com/

You can usually get a coupon for $20 off of a ticket from folks handing them out during the day in front of the venue.
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:21 pm

I'm always in Vegas alone. I'm there for work, though (I can't fathom going there for vacation). My routine is pretty boring and involves Lucille's BBQ in Henderson, and people watching on the strip. I always rent a car, since it's usually cheaper than my cab rides. Red Rock Canyon is awesome if you can get over there.

I'll occasionally drop in to one of the restaurants in the Venetian Shops area and grab a bite to eat and a beer. Last year I got to watch a Habs game with a bunch of folks from Montreal, who were shocked I knew anything about hockey. Great fun.

Overall though, I hate that city. I like to be there as little time as possible. And if you take a cab, don't let them take you through the tunnel. Ever.
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:44 pm

Quoting chrisair (Reply 10):
And if you take a cab, don't let them take you through the tunnel. Ever.

Been there done that, and as a result, I won't take a cab from the airport. From what some folks on some of the Vegas sites I hang out on, they'll even try to longhaul you to the airport.....

Quoting chrisair (Reply 10):
people watching on the strip

One of my favorite things to do in Vegas, especially on Fremont Street. The guys I hang out with in Vegas once a year have turned it into a bit of a game and strategically place themselves so that the oddballs they come across are in the frame of the photo one of the other guys takes. You can practically play Walmart BINGO on Fremont Street......
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:48 am

Quoting srbmod (Reply 9):
The Atomic Testing Museum is pretty interesting museum and I recommend it.

I looked it up online, it seems very intersting. I think I will check that out for sure, thanks!
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:50 pm

Spend some time at the LAS spotter's parking lot on Sunset. You can watch Southwest planes land all day and see a variety of jetliners from 737 classic to 737NG.
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:33 pm

Quoting dlramp4life (Thread starter):
I am staying at the stratasphere.

First off that hotel is at the South End of the strip all by itself... Can you get a refund on the trip? Getting drunk by yourself would be a very stupid idea. If you do drink, drink seasonably & smart.

Shopping?
Gold & Silver Pawn? (Pawnstars, go see Rick, Oldman, Corey, and Chum!)
Hire an escort to hangout with?
Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum
National Atomic Testing Museum

Try and have fun...
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:54 am

Quoting srbmod (Reply 11):
Been there done that, and as a result, I won't take a cab from the airport. From what some folks on some of the Vegas sites I hang out on, they'll even try to longhaul you to the airport.....

There's a shuttle...roundtrip to strip hotels is $13.

I always do Vegas alone, as none of my friends are into gambling. I pretty much go just for a change of scenery and to unwind. I'm actually headed there a week from Sunday. I'm planning on gambling at as many of the hotels as possible to see what comps I can get for my next trip, possibly heading to one of Nevada's legal brothels (I think they're in Pahrump, and provide complimentary transportation...I just don't know the cost so if anyone can enlighten me, it would be appreciated).

One thing I will suggest is that you pack some Pepto Bismol. I know the eggs at the Riviera's buffet tend to not agree with my stomach, and to buy it in the hotel stores, you'll get robbed.

In terms of gambling, I always go with a set amount for gambling, with a small reserve in case of a flight delay/cancellation. When I go to the casino floor itself, I never carry all my money with me. Reasoning is that if I have to go back to my room to get more money, then I'll be more careful with my bets.

I do enjoy the comedy clubs. I haven't seen any of the big names yet, but if a comedian is playing the Vegas Strip, they're pretty funny...and tickets can be cheap...the Riviera charges $25, I think.

Whatever you do, avoid renting a car unless you want to do a day trip, and even then, do some research. A few trips back, I went to the Grand Canyon. The bus (roundtrip, of course), a stop at Hoover Dam, lunch and admission to the park ran me about $120 about 18 months ago. That's not too bad considering the price of gas, and that included pick up and drop off at my hotel.

If you're into spotting, the strip is very close to the airport in terms of air distance, and not far from Nellis AFB, so you'll see and hear PLENTY of aircraft.

Face it, Las Vegas is one city in which it is near impossible to be bored...ever.

Marc
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:03 pm

Quoting boeingfever777 (Reply 14):
National Atomic Testing Museum

I mentioned that already in Reply 11....

Quoting boeingfever777 (Reply 14):
Gold & Silver Pawn? (Pawnstars, go see Rick, Oldman, Corey, and Chum!)

Two words: tourist trap. There are hour plus lines especially on the weekends. Just about everyone I know that has gone by there don't see any of the guys from Pawn Stars (especially true if there on a Saturday) and the place is more like a t-shirt shop that happens to have a pawn shop inside and the shop is not as big as the TV show makes it look. Plus it's not in the best of neighborhoods either, as Las Vegas Blvd. once you get north of Sahara until right around Fremont can be dicey.

On a related note, Rick's Restorations (From the TV show American Restoration) recently moved to the Arts District area and have opened up a visitor's center and offer tours of their facilities (If they are filming stuff for the show, the workshop area being used will be closed off from view.).

http://www.ricksrestorations.com/

There is a website/blog that caters towards those who travel to Vegas solo:

http://www.vegassolo.com/

A lot of the info on it is helpful even if you're not doing a solo trip.
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:22 pm

Quoting srbmod (Reply 16):
Two words: tourist trap. There are hour plus lines especially on the weekends. Just about everyone I know that has gone by there don't see any of the guys from Pawn Stars (especially true if there on a Saturday) and the place is more like a t-shirt shop that happens to have a pawn shop inside and the shop is not as big as the TV show makes it look. Plus it's not in the best of neighborhoods either, as Las Vegas Blvd. once you get north of Sahara until right around Fremont can be dicey.

It has been hit or miss with me. Ive been twice and both times the only wait was because they hold people outside while they are filming. Ive seen everyone except Rick and they are pretty friendly. It defintely is more of a tshirt shop than anything else though.
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:09 am

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Reply 4):
2. That hot girl costs more than your daily withdrawl limit from the ATM.

The burning with urination, urethral discharge, and shot of ceftriaxone for the gonorrhea isn't so fun, either. Just sayin'...
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:27 am

Go play some pinball!!!

http://www.pinballmuseum.org/
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:13 pm

Las Vegas is so fun! And I mean even without the alcohol, gambling, and girls. I went out there last year with my family to visit my aunt. Of course, we did more family oriented stuff.

--Red Rock Canyon is a must.

--The Station casinos have great buffets for cheap. These are casinos targeted at the locals. There are a few like Red Rock, Aliante, Green Valley Ranch, and some other hotels not worth going to. My aunt had this card that got us all in at a really discounted price, but I don't know how to get it. Regardless, it's still worth eating at one of those. I've only been to Aliante and Green Valley. Amazing!

--Of course, you have to do Freemont to see the weirdos.

--I would say just to start down by New York New York and work your way up the Strip. Must see: NY NY, City Center (not that impressive, w/e), m&m/Coca Cola store, Paris, The Cosmopolitan, Bellagio (fountains), The Forum Shoppes @ Caesar's Palace, Mirage Volcano, The Venetian, Treasure Island (went from pirate show to whore show...), Fashion Show Mall, Wynn and Encore, and your own hotel (go to the top!).

Have Fun!
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:16 pm

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 15):
There's a shuttle...roundtrip to strip hotels is $13.

I'm not a big fan of the shuttle bus services. The few times I used them when staying on the Strip, it wasn't too bad since I was staying at Harrah's and I was either the first stop or the second stop and pick up wasn't so bad either. The last time I used a shuttle bus was when I was staying on Fremont Street and had a bad experience both legs. The driver drove past where I was staying (Golden Gate) and when he dropped me off, it was across the street from the hotel instead of at the hotel. When I called to schedule my pickup, they originally told me I was to be picked up at another hotel that was several blocks away (I had been told that the hotel across the street from where I was staying would be the pickup location.), then they said that I would be picked up in front of the Golden Gate, which wasn't a problem. The problem was the time they said I would be picked up. My flight didn't leave until around 7 AM, but they were picking me up at 3:30 AM (I guess so they didn't have to send a driver there at 4:30 AM to pick up one person), so I got to the airport 3 hours before my flight and 30 minutes before the self-ticketing kiosks went online. That trip ended me taking any flights home from Vegas before 9 AM and I swore off the shuttle buses. For the last five trips, I have either booked a car via a limo service or done a mix of using a limo company, a taxi company (Last March I split my time between a hotel on Fremont Street and the Strip and used a limo company to Fremont Street for the hotel-to-hotel transfer, but took a cab from the Tropicana to the airport since it's so close to the airport. When I was out there last June, I booked a Town Car from the airport to the Golden Nugget and was going to play the return by ear, but my friend offered to take me to the airport [Previous trip with the group I go out there, he offered, but I already had that sorted.].).

Quoting flyerboy1990 (Reply 20):
Of course, you have to do Freemont to see the weirdos.
Quoting flyerboy1990 (Reply 20):
The Forum Shoppes @ Caesar's Palace

There's only one "e" in Fremont and there is no apostrophe in Caesars Palace, both are commonly mistakes made in regards to Las Vegas. The lack of an apostrophe is intentional, as Jay Sarno, the man who built Caesars Palace (and later Circus Circus) left it off as he felt that "everyone should be a Caesar" when staying at Caesars Palace.
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:20 am

What is Vegas like for renting a bike to ride around the strip. Considering the blocks are so huge over there a bike would be really handy. Even for going out to any of the bars so you don't have to pay cad drivers a premium to follow their suggestions which they always seem to do so the bars would pay the cabbies for referred biz.

One thought I had for my next trip there was to pop by a Walmart and buy a cheap bike and then ride that along the strip.
Or maybe Industrial way :P

Oh and what is the rest of downtown like outside of Fremont St. Are there any noteworthy architecture worth a stroll around the inner city or is it a dive.
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:23 am

When you get to Vegas...rent a car and go to California...much more fun!
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:34 am

Quoting BO__einG (Reply 22):
What is Vegas like for renting a bike to ride around the strip.

I wouldn't do it...obviously can't ride on the sidewalks, and traffic is insane on the roadway. If you don't wanna do cabs, and don't wanna walk, get a pass on the Deuce.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Deuce
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:39 am

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 24):
If you don't wanna do cabs, and don't wanna walk, get a pass on the Deuce.

Don't. The Deuce sucks as it is always crowded, stops at all the hotels, and takes forever. The Strip Downtown Express (SDX) is much better, even though it only has 4 stops on the Strip.

http://www.rtcsnv.com/transit/route/...wn/stripdowntown%2809-18-11%29.pdf
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:30 pm

Quoting ha763 (Reply 25):

Don't. The Deuce sucks as it is always crowded, stops at all the hotels, and takes forever. The Strip Downtown Express (SDX) is much better, even though it only has 4 stops on the Strip.

http://www.rtcsnv.com/transit/route/...wn/stripdowntown%2809-18-11%29.pdf

  

I used it to go from the Strip to Downtown and back while out there in December and while I had to walk from Caesars to Paris to hop on it (As opposed to going over to the Flamingo to get on the Deuce.) and the SB stop was at Bellagio a short walk from the Cosmopolitan (The Deuce stop is right by the Mirage and Forum Shops entrance.). The stop for Fremont Street going NB is on Casino Center across from the Golden Nugget, which worked for me, as I needed to put some points on my players club card there, but it's only a short walk to Fremont Street from there. The SB stop is at Casino Center right in front of Binion's.

Back in March of last year, I took the SDX and the Deuce to go to the Strip, as where I wanted to go initially was the Riviera, and the closest SDX stops are at the Sahara monorail station and the LVCC, so I transferred onto the Deuce at the Stratosphere since it stops SB across the street from the Riv. I ended up hopping back on it to head down to Caesars Palace but opted to spring for a cab back to Downtown instead of taking either bus route.
 
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RE: What To Do In Vegas Alone

Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:48 pm

You could drive out to Hoover Dam. It's pretty cool.

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