Las Vegas is such a fun and vibrant city. I can’t believe it took me 31 years to visit! There are so many cute Las Vegas photo spots both on and off the strip.
I visited in December 2020 so a lot of stuff was shut down in the city. Despite it being quieter than usual, I loved the vibe on the strip. I hope you enjoy the list!
LAS VEGAS PHOTO SPOTS
Bellagio Hotel & Casino
Bellagio Hotel is such an iconic part of Las Vegas. I’ve seen this hotel and its famous fountain in so many TV shows and movies. It was pretty surreal finally seeing it in real life!
The water show is a must if you’re walking down the strip. The fountains go off Monday – Friday 3pm to midnight; Saturday’s from noon to midnight and Sunday’s from 11am to midnight. Since they go off every 15-30 minutes, you can’t miss it!
Go early if you want a spot against the railing. It fills up incredibly fast right before each show starts. Then quickly disperses again until the next one.
Paris Eiffel Tower
If you’ve never seen the original Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, this is the next best thing! I had only ever seen the Las Vegas version in photos and I was amazed how big it is in real life.
Paris Las Vegas Hotel is across the strip from Bellagio Hotel so it’s easy to spot the tower. I took these photos from behind the Bellagio Fountain so I could capture a wider view with the High Roller Ferris Wheel.
There’s also a mini Arc de Triomphe next to the Paris Hotel. I didn’t take any photos of it but be sure to stop by!
Gondolas at The Venetian
This is another hotel that will completely transport you to another country. If you love the charm of the famous Venice canals in Italy, you don’t want to miss the Venetian Hotel canals in Las Vegas.
You can purchase a gondola ride for $29-$36/person through reservations only. But if you’re on a budget friendly trip, there are still plenty of photo-worthy spots around the canal. I honestly prefer a photo outside of the water with the gondola in the background anyway.
The Venetian Columns
Just above the Gondolas, you can find the Venetian Columns. The architecture is incredible and it makes me wish I had gotten here earlier in the day.
Unfortunately, the only photo I snapped was a quick iPhone shot on our walk back to the parking lot at the end of the night. Although it’s dark in my photo, you can see the view from the Venetian Columns looks right out over the strip!
Trevi Fountain Caesars Palace
This fountain was, of course, inspired by the original Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy. It’s on a much smaller scale and was quite busy when I was there but still worth the visit.
Caesars Palace is in between the Bellagio and the Venetian. If you plan on seeing all 3 hotels that I’ve mentioned in this blog post, it’s an easy walk between them all.
7 Magic Mountains
We’re now moving away from the strip for the rest of these Las Vegas photo spots!
I first saw 7 Magic Mountains on Instagram in 2018 and knew I needed to visit. It’s a 25-minute drive from the strip and gets really busy, really early. We arrived at 7am and there were already several cars in the parking lot so plan accordingly.
We also had the opportunity to do a bridal themed Las Vegas photoshoot for Viero Bridal while we were in town. That’s why you see photo here of me standing in a wedding dress! 🙂 I’m not married nor engaged though.
We shot photos for the bridal company at 7 Magic Mountains with the scenic mountain background. There’s also a lot of small Joshua Trees in the area so they make for a unique photo spot.
TRAVEL TIP: 7 Magic Mountains was supposed to be a short-term installation, but the permit has continued to be extended. As of now, the permit lasts until the end of 2021. I’m not sure if it will be extended again so hurry up and visit if it’s on your list!
Jean / Roach Dry Lakebeds
This dried-out, dusty ground paired with the mountainous background makes for a beautiful photo. Plus, we got here during sunrise, so the orange sky added even more character.
You can find this lake by taking the first left-hand turn past 7 Magic Mountains. You’ll drive for another minute before arriving at the necessary left-hand turn to enter the dried lakebed. Dry slowly or your car will need a wash when you leave!
Valley of Fire State Park
If you have an extra day in town and don’t want to spend it on the strip, I highly recommend this day trip. The Valley of Fire State Park is just over an hour drive northeast of Las Vegas.
I haven’t visited many national or state parks in my time, but this one had to be one of my favorites. The entire park is filled with red sandstone rock formations. You’ll be amazed at how vast it is.
There’s a $10/car admission fee which is worth it for the number of hikes and photo spots there are inside. I’ll be posting a dedicated blog post about the state park later this month so check back in then!
Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
I saved this one for last because although it is the most popular, we didn’t actually make it here so I have no photo to share. Ahh yes, the famous Las Vegas sign picture. I’ve read online that you need to show up before 8am otherwise you’ll be standing in a long line to get a picture.
We actually drove past the sign on our way into the strip around 2pm and there had to be 100 people in line waiting to take their photo. Go early if you want this classic Las Vegas shot!
Alright that’s a wrap on my list. Do you have any other Las Vegas photo shoot locations to add? Let me know in the comments!