No visit to Las Vegas is complete until you've had your picture taken in front of the ironic sign at the south end of the Vegas strip.
The "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, has been welcoming tourist 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.
About twenty-five feet tall, the diamond shaped neon sign that is topped with a red neon star can be found in the median at 5100 Las Vegas Blvd. South. To get there, drive south on Las Vegas Blvd. just past Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. You can easily park your car, hop out and get the perfect shot. The sign is also a favorite spot to take wedding and engagement pictures and the site of numerous proposals.
There is a small parking lot nearby where you can park the car while you get your souvenir picture taken.
The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is located in the center median of Las Vegas Blvd. South across from the Bali Hai Golf Club on the west side. It is .3 miles south of the Russell Road exit from Interstate 15.
Hours: Daily 24 hours
Getting there by bus:
A great way to visit the Welcome to Las Vegas sign is to ride the Las Vegas Deuce bus or Bus Route 104, both of which stop at the "Welcome to Las Vegas Sign" where you will find a pedestrian crosswalk for safe access.
Parking: There is a small adjacent parking lot, also in the center median, that is accessible only from the southbound lanes of Las Vegas Blvd.
"Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" Sign
5100 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Phone: (702) 455-8242
Did you know.....
The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009, its 50th anniversary.
When the "Welcome" sign was built in 1959, the closest hotel-casino was Hacienda, which was a one-story rambling building on the site of the current Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. There was no Interstate 15 until the early 1970s and traffic from Los Angeles traveled along the Las Vegas Strip, which was then U.S. Highway 91.
Young Electric Sign Company owns the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" Sign
There have been reports that the sign was moved but there is no documentation to support this statement either with Clark County or with the sign owner.
The "Welcome" sign was designed by Nevada native, Betty Whitehead Willis. Willis sign repertoire also included the Blue Angel Motel sign and the Moulin Rouge Hotel and Casino sign. In 1955 the Moulin Rouge became Las Vegas' first racially integrated casino and its opening night was featured on the cover of Life Magazine.