NEVADA SOLO TRAVEL GUIDE

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WELCOME TO NEVADA!

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Hi! I’m Gwen, and my passion is using my 28 years of solo global travel and sustainability knowledge and experience to help the solo over 50’s be and stay adventurous through solo travel with their eco-friendly, responsible travel foot forward. Here is my guide to Nevada solo travel, all from my travel in Nevada, so you plan and book your solo trip to Nevada with ease. What are you waiting for?

NEVADA: DID YOU KNOW?

About Nevada

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State of Nevada
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Nevada state flag

Nevada, “The Silver State”, is the 7th largest state in the USA and home to very popular destinations like Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Reno, Boulder City, Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, The Valley of Fire, and more. Entered into the USA as the 36th state in 1864, Nevada’s capital is Carson City, and its largest city is Las Vegas.

Nevada is known for its diverse landscape, from high, snowy peaked mountains to its expansive desert. For this, it attracts businesses in the indoor and outdoor sporting, mining (silver), entertainment, hospitality, and, yes, gambling industries. In turn, these bring in over 55 million tourists annually to Nevada keeping its tourism industry alive and well.

Pyramid Las Vegas Nevada

Popular Nevada Activities

Nevada is very diverse. It has mountains, lakes and rivers and an expansive desert terrain offering all outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, backpacking, camping, boating, sailing, kayaking and more. Large cities like Las Vegas and Reno (‘The Biggest Little City in the World’), and Lake Tahoe, also offer some of the best in music, theater, sporting events, dining, shopping, and, of course, gambling. There is something there for everyone in Nevada keeping locals and tourists alike entertained year-round.

Best Hoover Dam Tours from Las Vegas Nevada

NEVADA TRAVEL PLANNING

Nevada Holidays

In addition to U.S. holidays, Nevada may observe additional state or local holidays. It may be a good idea to check what state or local holidays they celebrate to see if there are any public service, school, or other closures as this may impact your tourist itinerary, ability to obtain travel or other services, or it could mean more tourists and/or higher prices in your Nevada destination. Take a few moments to see if there are Nevada holidays to better help you plan Nevada travel.

clock towers-tour Hoover Dam

Tipping in Nevada

See tipping guidelines in my USA Travel Guide for tipping in Nevada.

Travel Requirements

U.S. states do not impose additional travel requirements, such as documentation and vaccinations, other than those imposed at the national level. See the USA Travel Guide for all USA travel requirements.

Electronic Requirements

All U.S. state electric outlets require a Type A (two prong) and/or Type B (three prong) adapter. See the USA Travel Guide for electrical requirements in the USA.

Cyber Security While Traveling

Having a virtual private network (VPN) service and portable WiFi is always a good idea to not just stay connected, but stay connected securely in your hotel and all public spaces, like airports, train stations, and restaurants.

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CITY GUIDES & ITINERARIES

Use my solo travel guides, itineraries, travel tips, day trip ideas, and recommended things to do in these top Nevada destinations, all from my travel in Nevada, to plan your best Nevada solo travel.

The more I travel in Nevada, the more that gets added to this Nevada Travel Guide. Keep checking back.

Hoover Dam

It has been years since I was in the following Nevada destinations. If revisit these destinations in Nevada, this will be updated. Until then, here are my recommended things to do in each Nevada destination (from what I’ve already enjoyed or would do when I revisit).

Las Vegas

Top Las Vegas Attractions

Best Day Trips from Las Vegas

Lake Tahoe

Best Things to Do in Lake Tahoe

HOW TO BOOK NEVADA TRAVEL

It’s important to book the top three travel necessities early: flights, accommodations and ground transportation.

No Nevada guide would be complete without the booking tools below. These, along with fun Nevada things to do and ecotourism ideas, will allow you to realize your solo trip to Nevada.

Cheap Flights to Nevada

With the ever-growing demand for airline tickets to Nevada, flights book quicker these days. Find cheap flights to Nevada now.

Don’t Wait to Book Your Flight to Nevada

Nevada Places to Stay

Second in importance to buying airline tickets to Nevada is finding the best place to stay in Nevada for your Nevada solo travel. Develop your Nevada travel itinerary now and find the best Nevada travel accommodations to knock one more travel planning item off your solo travel list.

Find the Best Solo Travel Accommodations in Nevada

Getting Around Nevada

Nevada has all forms of transportation, including Carpoolworld, Uber, Lyft, and other possible regional ridesharing services and apps (research in advance if they are in your destination area).

Of course, you can easily get a taxi or find a rental a car in Nevada if it better suits your Nevada travel itinerary.

Find the Best Deals on Nevada Rental Cars

Nevada also has regional buses and is part of the Amtrak train system.

Things to Do in Nevada

Here are some of the top things to do in Nevada to book for your Nevada solo travel.

Top California Nevada Tours

NEVADA ECO-TRAVEL IDEAS

There are ways to reduce your eco and carbon footprint through air travel, accommodations, tours, and activities in Nevada. To help avoid greenwashing businesses, here are some eco-friendly or sustainable travel (also called responsible travel) tips and resources, you can use to book your travel.

Air Travel Tips

Skyscanner provides a ‘Greener flights’ filter highlighting flights that emit less CO2.

Purchase carbon offsets through your airline or through a third party, like MyClimate.org, Carbonfund.org, or terrapass. Carbon offsetting allows you to buy a certificate to reduce carbon emissions, a major contributor to climate change, which in turn contribute community projects across countries to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Ground Transportation

Try to avoid flying within Nevada by taking a regional bus or the Amtrak train.

When booking a rideshare in Nevada, select the Uber Green option, instead of a traditional rideshare, to support the use of electric cars and carpooling for cleaner transportation in Nevada.

The best eco-friendly forms of ground transportation in Nevada are public transportation, walking, or renting a bicycle or electric scooter.

Explore Nevada Bike and Electric Scooter Rentals

Lime also has electric scooters to rent in Nevada for fast and clean commuting in select cities.

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Accommodation Tips

Look for Nevada accommodations with the following self and third-party assessed certifications when you book:

Green Globe – Green Globe certifies hotels, resorts, conference centers, transportation, attractions, tour operators, and other tourism businesses globally on sustainable operations and management. Look for USA Green Global members.

Green Key Global is an internationally recognized environmental certification for the lodging and meetings industries, including hotels and hostels, campsites and holiday parks, restaurants and attractions in 65 countries. Search for Green Key awarded sites.

Living Building Challenge – if you want to stay in a true, sustainable building, find one certified by the Living Building Challenge. LBC’s certification directory shows all project types globally. Hopefully they will put in a filter soon to allow searching by hotels or hospitality type.

Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Nevada

LEED Certified – the USGBC’s LEED Certified label on buildings, like many of the Marriott’s hotels, are those that have verifiably employed multiple and varying green building strategies to improve human and environmental health. Search the LEED directory for USA certifications.

Green Lodging Program – Audubon International has an environmental stewardship certification through third-party verification. Search its certified members directory.

GSTC Certified – the Global Sustainable Tourism Council provides global standards for sustainable travel and tourism, as well as international accreditation for sustainable tourism Certification Bodies. Booking sites that offer GSTC certified sustainable are bookdifferent, EcoHotels, and Transat.

Another way to find accommodations in Nevada implementing eco-friendly or sustainable practices, certified or not, is to reserve a Booking.com Travel Sustainable accommodation. Booking.com started the Travel Sustainable program in 2022.

Find Your Travel Sustainable Stay in Nevada

Eco-Friendly Things To Do

Nevada has ecotourism ideas available to explore for your next vacation.

Search Green Global and Green Key awarded members for eco-friendly activity providers in Nevada. Some may also have the GSTC Certified logo.

Best Eco-Friendly Activities in Nevada

Eco-Travel Products

There are more ways to do your part for the planet in your responsible travel, like bringing sustainable and eco-friendly products to protect Nevada’s environment. 

For more ideas on how to travel with the planet in mind, read my 10 Easy Eco-Travel Tips and view my suggested Eco Travel Resources to learn more.

Mountains and horizon Nevada

NEVADA TRAVEL SAFETY

Before You Go

Buy USA travel insurance and international medical insurance for your Nevada solo travel to protect yourself and cover for emergencies.

Safety in Nevada

In addition to the travel safety tips in the USA Travel Guide, if you are planning on going hiking, backpacking, skiing, camping, swimming or doing any other activity that will take you into remote places, please ensure you research the local travel and weather advisories in advance and respect warnings not to travel.

Let people know where are you going, provide them your itinerary, and ensure you have safety and emergency measures provided for in your travel belongings.

Fire Season Travel Tips

NEVADA BUDGET TRAVEL TIPS

Nevada Sales Tax

Nevada levies a statewide sales tax and cities levy an additional, local sales tax. Where you vacation in Nevada could increase your holiday budget. Reviewing Nevada cities’ sales tax rates may help you prepare your Nevada travel budget.

Best Time to Visit Nevada

Nevada’s (particularly Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe) high tourist season can be year-round due to multiple sporting events, music and other entertainment, conventions, and outdoor activities. For weather, the best time to visit is in the shoulder season months (September to November and March to May).

Winter can get cold and snowy, especially in the mountains, and summer months can be sweltering in the desert. In addition to the shoulder season months, the least expensive time to visit Nevada’s high tourist areas is also during the week. Weekends can book quickly so plan ahead to avoid higher prices.

New York Las Vegas Nevada

Budget Accommodations

Staying in Nevada hostels could save you a lot of money on accommodations in Nevada, especially if you stay in a dorm-style room. Save more money by booking well in advance.

Many hostels also offer private rooms, which I choose from time to time. Private rooms in hostels could possibly be cheaper than hotels in Nevada – it depends on where you stay and how far in advance you reserve.

Don’t overlook exploring hostels in Nevada if you’re on a budget.

Reserve Your Nevada Hostel

Best Time to Book Travel

Nevada can be pricey depending on your Nevada destination and time of travel. The sooner you book your reservations, the more you’re likely to save money and get the best flight, accommodation, and rental car choices and deals.

Ready to book Nevada solo travel? Don’t miss out and find the best Nevada travel deals. The best time to book travel is now. Bundling flight, hotel and/or transportation reservations may even save you more money when traveling Nevada.

Book Nevada Travel Early to Save Money

PERSONAL STORY

When you hear of Nevada, you think Las Vegas, right? That’s for good reason. “Sin City” puts Nevada on many U.S. and international tourists’ radars. Yep, guilty. I have been to Las Vegas several times. Still, one of the things I liked best when visiting Las Vegas was touring the hoover dam. It’s a highly interesting U.S. attraction. Don’t be afraid to get out of Las Vegas to explore hiking, Lake Mead, and other attractions Nevada has to offer.

I’ve also had the pleasure to hang in Lake Tahoe and Reno, not to mention driving through the entire state on multiple (probably too man) occasions. Seriously, every visit to Nevada for me has been diverse and interesting. I recommend checking out Nevada.

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