Experts Guide to the Las Vegas Sign
The Las Vegas Sign is one of the most famous signs in the world. When someone makes a reference to the Las Vegas sign, you know it's the retro style sign that says “Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas”.
Since the Las Vegas Sign was never copyrighted,you can find it's image everyone. Souvenirs all over town are littered with pictures of this historic centerpiece. Nothing say Las Vegas better than when you buy magnets, key chains, or anything else using its logo.
Finding The Las Vegas Sign
Finding the Las Vegas sign is fairly easy. The sign is located about one mile south of The Luxor (pyramid casino) and Mandalay Bay (gold casino) on the Las Vegas Strip. The address is:
(click on the above address to view it in google maps)
As you drive south on Las Vegas Blvd. you’ll see the sign located in the middle of the road. There is a parking lot making access to the Las Vegas Sign quite simple. That wasn’t always the case. Before the parking lot was installed in 2008, people often jaywalked or jumped the curb to park their car in the center median just to snap a picture with the sign.
The Las Vegas sign is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is free of charge to walk right up to it and free to take your picture. Mornings and early afternoon are the least busy time and best times to go. If you choose to go later in the day, you will most likely have to wait in lines up to 30 minutes to get your picture taken with the hordes of other tourists.
It is not uncommon to see Big Bird, Elvis, or people offering to take your photo for free.
Note: Although they can't legally charge, it is customary to tip them at least $1 to take a picture with them or allow them to take your picture for you.
Facts On The Las Vegas Sign
- In 1959 the Las Vegas Sign was designed by Betty Willis.
- The Las Vegas Sign cost $4,000 to build and install.
- The sign stands 25 feet tall.
- The back of the sign says "Drive Carefully" and "Come Back Soon".
- The sign has $7 pictured on it. Inside each of the circles that spell out WELCOME is a silver dollar.
- On May 1, 2009, the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
- The historic sign is now green. It is run off of solar power.
- The lights from the sign are removed and offered as a commemorative souvenir. You can find them at OfficialLasVegasLight.com .
A good rule of thumb is to always lock your car doors and keep your valuables out of site while taking pictures. I've heard too many stories about cars being broken into and their valuable being taken at the Las Vegas sign. Since it's one way in and one way out of the parking lot, it is easy for potential thieves to monitor your where bouts. As long as you are aware of this and take precaution, you'll have no issues and you'll get your pictures.
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