There are few things as gratifying as finding the perfect background for your social media profile picture or graduation photo. Although Las Vegas is known for the glitz, glamour, and gambling of the strip, there are some phenomenal sights to visit that provide the ideal backdrop for your next family photo to hang on the living room wall. From expansive landscapes to quirky settings, the Entertainment Capital of the World has many places to make your next photography session a memorable experience. Read on for our list of the five top Las Vegas photo shoot locations.
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas
As famous as the casinos of Las Vegas themselves, a must-visit photo opportunity is the well-known “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, a Vegas landmark. The sign sits in Paradise, Nevada about four miles outside of the Las Vegas city limits. Designed by Betty Willis in the 1950s, the 25-foot-tall sign is a beacon for tourists and a source of pride for locals. Take a photo to commemorate your first visit or to use as a conversation-starter placed on your end table during your next dinner party.
You’ll find the sign proudly displayed in the median at 5100 Las Vegas Blvd. S., marking the start of the famous Las Vegas Strip. There are 12 parking spaces nearby, but be patient, because they fill up fast.
The Valley of Fire
The Valley of Fire State Park offers other-worldly lighting and interesting angles for your photograph. The Valley of Fire has over 40,000 acres of bright-red Aztec sandstone nestled within gray and tan limestone. Walking the grounds, you’ll find ancient petrified trees and petroglyphs older than 2,000 years.
You’ll find The Valley of Fire at 29450 Valley of Fire Hwy. in Overton, Nevada. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and offers 24-hour campground access. Each vehicle must pay an entrance fee of $10 for Nevada vehicles or $15 for non-Nevada vehicles. Make a day-trip out of your photo session, pack a picnic, and make use of their shaded tables, grills, water, and walking trails. For information, call 702-397-2088.
Seven Magic Mountains
Seven Magic Mountains is an art installation and popular photo destination near Las Vegas. Created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, the brightly colored stacks of rocks stand tall amidst the desert just outside of Las Vegas. The seven massive totems stand from 30 to 35 feet high and are made from locally-sourced boulders. Drivers can easily see the sculpture, a symbolic representation of the natural and artificial, along Interstate 10.
The Seven Magic Mountains art installation is free to enter and open to visit year-round. Visitors do not need to make reservations and parking is available in the onsite parking lot. Because of its location, street parking is discouraged and public transportation to the location is not available. When going, take plenty of water, and understand that there are no restrooms. For the best photos, we suggest you go at sunrise or sunset.
To get there from Las Vegas, follow I-15 to Sloan Rd. at exit 25. Turn left toward Las Vegas Boulevard, and head south for about seven miles. You’ll see the structure to the east).
The Neon Museum
The Neon Museum, founded in 1996, is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to preserving our city’s iconic art, the neon sign. Visitors love to tour the Neon Boneyard, a catalog of the city’s history captured through abandoned neon signs. This destination, unique to Las Vegas, provides guests with the opportunity to walk pathways lined with the retired neon signs that once lit the Las Vegas sky.
Some favorite signs to photograph are the sign from the now-demolished Stardust Casino, or the “Betelgeuse” sign, which appears in the 1980s cult film, Beetlejuice. Theater buffs will rejoice at seeing the bright lights of “Moulin Rouge” aglow.
General admission from 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. starts at $16 for Vegas locals or $20 for all other guests. Guided tours are from 6:45 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. and cost $24 for locals or $28 for all other guests. For a 25-minute light show set to music, purchase a Brilliant! ticket for $19 to $23. Check the website for information regarding scheduling a family photo shoot or to create a work for sale, as you will have to submit a request and pay a fee. The Neon Museum sits at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. N. For information, call 702-387-6366.
Clark County Heritage Museum
The Clark County Heritage Museum is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for novice and professional photographers alike. This museum allows professional photography equipment with prior notice. The 30-acre property hosts a considerable collection of restored historic buildings that display daily life from different decades in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas.
Some favorite points of interest at the museum include Heritage Street, a collection of restored homes, and a replica of a 1900s newspaper print shop. Railroad buffs and future engineers will enjoy touring the 1932 Boulder City Depot. Snap a selfie of yourself or your favorite train fan in front of a 1918 Union Pacific steam engine or aboard an old-time Crummy, a caboose. For the optimal photo opportunity, head to Esslinger Barn right at sunset. The setting sunlight hits the red barn ideally for a headshot or close up profile picture.
You’ll find this photographer’s dream at 1830 S. Boulder Highway in Henderson, Nevada. The Clark County Heritage Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. General admission is only $2 for adults and $1 for children and senior citizens. To schedule a reservation for a group tour, please call 702-455-7955.
We hope this list gave you ideas for your next photo opportunity. De Castroverde Criminal & Immigration Lawyers just shared with you our list of top Las Vegas photo shoot locations. What do you think of our list of suggested spots? Did we miss your favorite Las Vegas destination for an annual photo shoot? If we did, let us know! Leave a message and we’ll check out your suggestions.