Las Vegas looms larger than life in the minds of many — it’s hard not to, after all. Branded “Sin City” since the first neon-clad casinos rose out of the desert some half-century ago, the allure of Vegas has slowly grown to encompass all walks of life: Gamblers, shopaholics, foodies, ravers, show-goers and party animals will all be awash in options with a simple weekend trip here. But what about introverts? Surprisingly, among all the hustle and bustle of the Entertainment Capital of the World, there is a Las Vegas for introverts — you could dare even say that Vegas can be a quiet getaway. We’ve compiled some of our favorite gems for where — and how — to enjoy a low-key Las Vegas trip.
Retail therapy is a tried-and-true method of having a good time, and compared to the bass-blaring nightclubs and pool parties in the neighborhood, it counts as a quiet outing. Luxe name-brand retailers are a dime a dozen in this town (high-rollers have to look good, right?); but even among the ultra-glamorous, there are low-key Las Vegas experiences to savor. Any shopping spree should certainly include a visit to the Louis Vuitton City Center store. Beyond the luxury handbags and belts, hidden away on the fourth floor of the store is the surreal art installation titled Akhob. A permanent piece by the renowned James Turrell, this ocular dreamscape is akin to living within the soul of a lava lamp. Your time within the installation can best be described as an ephemeral moment of color, a rainbow both frozen in time and striking into the future like a bolt of lightning — with you living in the pinprick-sized moment of the present.
Chalk it all up to the Ganzfeld effect: The phenomenon of visual perception brought about by staring at an (unstructured) uniform field of color. The end result is you bathed in the surround-sound equivalent of color, a spiritual baptism by hues of tangerine and violet. No photos are allowed inside, forcing you to contend with the weight of the moment. With only four people allowed in at a time by way of reservation, it certainly qualifies as a must-see of Las Vegas for introverts.
Equally bright (but far less futuristic feeling) is the Neon Museum. While the headquarters for the museum is the storied La Concha Hotel, the adjacent boneyard is the marquee draw (and a staple of a low-key Las Vegas experience) — partly thanks to how utterly instagrammable it is. The final resting place for many of the city’s fabled (albeit often kitschy) neon signs of yesteryear, a tour through here sees you face-to-face with the Strip’s greatest hits: Signage from the Riviera, the Stardust, the Aladdin Casino, Caesars Palace as well as a fiberglass skull from Treasure Island Hotel are only the tip of the iceberg. While the museum’s boneyard may seem like the perfect daytime adventure, we recommend you come for a tour in the evening. Night tours have the unique benefit of showcasing the signs when they’re lit up, showing there’s still quite a few sparks of life left in this boneyard.
With all the modern resorts and major entertainment clustered in the city, it’s easy to forget this island of city lives in a sea of sand — hundreds of miles of pristine nature stretch out in all directions. Immediately to the west of the city is the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area — a perfect escape from the concrete jungle clustered around the Strip. The namesake of the protected land is the large red rock formations; this medley of ancient mounds and carved Earth is an oasis of hiking, rock-climbing and all-natural views.
If you’d classify yourself as more of a cactus-admirer than a devout hiker, consider paying a visit to the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden. Located right outside of the candy factory by the same name (as in Ethel Mars, the matriarch of the world-famous Mars chocolate), this four-acre, desert-plant garden boasts over 300 species of cacti and succulents sourced from all over the world, making it one of the largest of its kind on Earth. A stroll through this garden is serene, scenic and aesthetically sweet (many of the cacti sport striking flowers); all of which are more than enough to solidify its status as one of the charms of a low-key Las Vegas experience.
Convinced that maybe Las Vegas is for you after all? The first step to savoring the city for yourself should be to give one of our travel agents a call. They’re valued not only because they’re overflowing with travel tips and recommendations for every kind of vacationer — from the high-roller to the introvert — but also for their professional relationships with industry-leading names, which ultimately win you exclusive perks and plush amenities. With the likes of a Delta Vacations Luxury Package (priority airport check-in, First Class seating, luxury transportation whisking you off from the airport to your hotel) and suddenly “Las Vegas for introverts” doesn’t seem as far-fetched. Even introverts like to be treated like royalty.