Las Vegas is known as “Sin City”; because of its endless gambling, bright lights, and “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” attitude. But there’s more to Las Vegas than just “The Strip.” From rainbow-painted rocks on the side of the highway to The Valley of Fire, in this guide, I’m going to share the “Best Las Vegas Photo Spots” to make your trip to Vegas more Instagram-friendly.
Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. It’s located at the south end of the Las Vegas strip. There’s a small free parking lot and the lines are always long. We arrived at 7:00 am and waited a couple of minutes to take this photo.
Seven Magic Mountains
Off the side of Interstate 15, and about 20 minutes south of the strip, is this rainbow art installation that signifies “creative expression of human presence in the desert.” According to the artist, Ugo Rondinone, the location is physically and symbolically mid-way between the natural and the artificial. It’s around until 2021 so you don’t want to miss this one!
Valley of Fire
If you’re down for a drive, head one hour north and you’ll feel as though you’ve emerged into an episode of Westworld where you’ll see sprawling red rocks and maybe even some wildlife – we saw a ram! The Valley of Fire State Park is open from sunrise to sunset and costs $10 to visit (make sure you have the exact change and pen). Best to go during either sunrise or sunset so it’s not too hot and the light that hits off the rocks makes your photos that much more beautiful.
Freemont Street – Downtown Vegas
Located 10 minutes north from all the glitz and glamour is Freemont street – also known as “Downtown Las Vegas.” Original neon signs line the streets and there’s a ‘nostalgic’ more ‘traditional’ Las Vegas vibe.
This resort is reminiscent of Venice, Italy with an indoor canal and beautiful European architecture. If you can’t afford to go to Italy – just come here! Free parking too!
New York, New York Hotel
New, York, New York a hotel so nice they named it twice! NYNY needs no introduction. There are a couple of angles on the strip that make for the perfect photo op spot!
Each season the Bellagio Conservatory transforms their lobby into a floral playground showcasing the seasons. Not only that but in front of the infamous dancing fountains is the “Eiffel tower” from the Paris hotel and it makes for a pretty damn good backdrop.
Home to the best buffet in America (I gave them that accolade BTW) this resort has a Willy Wonka-whimsical vibe! Check out the atrium and the carousel of flowers in the lobby – there are endless places to take photos at this place + amazing lighting!
Thanks for reading my “Best Las Vegas Photo Spots”. Are there any spots I left out that you absolutely LOVE? Leave a comment below and for more of my travel guides head here!