It’s one of the most famous signs in the world, with an image that conjures up fun and excitement. Having a unique design that is recognizable by people throughout the world, this iconic landmark has been welcoming visitors into Las Vegas since 1959.
If you don’t stop for a photo at the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, did you even go to Vegas? Of all the amazing things to do in Las Vegas, this is easily the easiest way to make your friends envious.
People have been visiting the sign basically since it was erected in 1959. Interestingly, the sign didn’t have a designated parking lot or a place for visitors to strike a pose until 2008. So people were literally dodging traffic for a pic with the legendary landmark.
Big shout out to the city for realizing that a live-action game of Frogger was a disaster in waiting. Traffic-troubled past aside, this 25 foot-tall attraction stands toe-to-toe with the best restaurants in Las Vegas, the best shows in Las Vegas, and the numerous events in Las Vegas as a must-see landmark.
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas
The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is located on the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip. If you haven’t seen in person, you’ve undoubtedly seen countless re-creations of its image on shirts and other souvenirs, as the sign has come to represent Las Vegas itself.
On the front of the sign, it reads, of course, “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas,” while the backside offers a thoughtful message for people leaving town: “Drive Carefully Come Back Soon.”
Where Is the Las Vegas Sign Located?
Originally designed to welcome people driving in on the highway from Southern California, the Welcome to Las Vegas sign was built on what was then the outskirts of town. Today, that same location is considered to be the extreme southern end of the Las Vegas Strip, and less than a mile south of Mandalay Bay.
While the Vegas Strip does not have an official boundary, many people consider the Welcome to Las Vegas sign to be the unofficial southern tip of the Las Vegas Strip.
Oddly enough, the sign isn’t even in Las Vegas! Like much of the Strip, the sign is actually located in the township of Paradise, Nevada. However I think we can agree that “Welcome to Fabulous Paradise, Nevada” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
The sign sits in the median of Las Vegas Boulevard. The beautiful Bali Hai golf course is to the west, with McCarran International Airport to the east, although you cannot easily walk from the airport to the sign.
Despite being smack dab in the median of one of the busiest streets in the United States, the area around the sign is now very pedestrian-friendly, with stop walks having been installed in 2015.
There is typically at least a handful of people out in front of the sign, regardless of the time of day or year.
Typically people line up single-file to wait for their opportunity to have their photo taken in front of the sign. Unless you stop by at say, 5 in the morning, you’re almost guaranteed to have someone there to snap a photo for you. And this being Las Vegas, you’re often likely to see an Elvis impersonator, and/or a wedding party stopping at the sign.
Signs, Signs, Everywhere the Signs
There are two other smaller, less magnificent roadside replicas of the sign around Las Vegas. One is on the Boulder Highway, far east of the Strip, close to the Eastside Cannery Hotel and Casino.
The other is a smaller version of the sign you can see when driving towards the casinos and hotels on Fremont Street. It reads, “Welcome to Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas.” This sign is situated at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and 4th Street. It does not have parking, nor is it pedestrian-friendly.
For many, a photo of themselves in front of the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” is a must-have reminder of their trip to Sin City. Good news, unlike almost everything else in Las Vegas, it won’t cost you a penny.
Must-See Vegas Attractions
No visit to Las Vegas is complete until you’ve had your picture taken in front of the iconic sign at the south end of the Vegas strip. The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign has been welcoming tourists to Las Vegas since 1959 and is one of the most iconic signs in the world.
A snapshot with the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign will definitely go down in your memory books. Why stop there though? Las Vegas has as many wonderful locations for a memorable and breathtaking photo as it does casino chips.
From the standard touristy locales to the off the beaten path gems, you’re sure to find something to match your individual style and personality.
I’ll give you some spots you shouldn’t miss if you want to beat Becky on Instagram. Of course, if like me you just want to reminisce on great times with friends and family these will do the trick.
The Venetian Gondoliers
Nobody is going to confuse the gondoliers at the Venetian for those in Venice. That doesn’t mean they don’t make for a great selfie. If you don’t want to spring for an actual gondola ride where you can take a picture in the boat, you can capture a great image from many points around the water. Bonus if you can capture some great evening light on the buildings
Fremont Street is the chance to get a shot with a more old-time Las Vegas feel with the old casinos and lots of glitter and lights. But you can do so much more on Fremont Street also. There are lots of street performers, a great zip-line, live bands, a video-screen ceiling, and much more. You can easily get a dozen Instagram worthy shots with a little time wandering around Fremont Street.
The Neon Museum is where you find all the ancient relics of classic Vegas. The entrance fee is a bit exorbitant in my view to explore a bunch of old signs, but it is pretty cool that the neon lights still work, which is why going at night costs a bit more. The museum is actually quite small, but with so many different signs, you are sure to get a handful of shareable selfies. The Neon Museum is currently closed but once it opens back up, you must take a trip to the Neon Museum.
The Bellagio Fountains are probably my favorite part of the Las Vegas Strip. They are quite impressive to watch, are easy to see, and don’t cost any money. They also provide all kinds of different photo opportunities. You can shoot from any side of the lake in front of the Bellagio and capture a different backdrop from every angle.
Offbeat Las Vegas Attractions
Giant Fire Hydrant
This larger-than-life fireplug, found in downtown Las Vegas, is said to be the world’s largest working fire hydrant. I would love to tell you I verified that claim, but that would involve setting my drink down for a minute, so no thanks. The hydrant is located near the Western Hotel, which was euthanized in 2012.
Big Rig Jig
Let’s head back downtown to get a look at Big Rig Jig, a hidden gem and spectacularly weird Las Vegas photo op. Big Rig Jig is a 50-foot, 25-ton sculpture, assuming you use the term “sculpture” very loosely.
Berlin Wall at Main Street Station
There’s no way this chunk of the Berlin Wall isn’t making the cut of offbeat Las Vegas photo ops. Not so much because it’s the Berlin Wall, but because it’s in the men’s restroom. Women can get their pic, too, just ask security to escort you in.
Diamond Inn Motel’s Pink Elephant
You can never have too many seedy motels or too many pink things. This roadside curiosity recently got some repairs, so it’s ready for its close-up. The pink elephant can be found along Las Vegas Boulevard, near Mandalay Bay, and the welcome to Las Vegas sign.
Flamingo at Lyft Art Park
Maybe it’s because I’m a “Girl Dad” or maybe it’s just that I’m secure in my masculinity but giant pink animals will always make my list. We piggyback off the Diamond’s Pink Elephant to hit the nest stop.
You’ve heard about Flamingo casino on The Strip , but downtown Las Vegas has a unique flamingo of its own. This giant flamingo looms large over Fremont East. It’s part of the Lyft Art Park.
For me there are few signs that come to mind when pondering the most famous signs in the world. Maybe the Hollywood sign gives Vegas a run for its money.
If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for your friends and family. Besides, you need a new profile pic.
Just be sure to treat her with the respect she deserves, alright? That means telling her how pretty she is and watching where you put your hands.