Located in the heart of the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is a place that conjures up images of the neon lights, big casinos and lavish parties in minds of most travelers. Here, you can find a number of Instagrammable places that are both on the Strip and away from it. In this list, I combined some of the most popular Las Vegas Instagram Spots spots along with those that are less visited.
1. Valley of Fire State Park
Located about one hour away from Las Vegas, Valley of Fire State Park is a must-visit place. Not only does it offer amazing hiking trails with stunning background, but it also provides a quiet retreat from the busy Las Vegas strip. I recommend taking at least half a day to visit Valley of Fire and discover some of its scenic trails.
You will have to pay $15 to enter the park, but hey, it’s worth getting that perfect Las Vegas Instagram photo. Don’t forget to bring plenty of snacks and water because the park doesn’t have any stores or restaurants. If you visit Valley of Fire during summer, keep in mind that temperatures can sometimes rise above 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Fashion Show Mall Colorful Stairs
One of the newest Las Vegas instagram spots, Fashion Show Mall Colorful Stairs is located right at the end of the Fashion Show Mall on the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip.
3. The Venetian Las Vegas
The Venetian isn’t just one of the best hotels in Vegas: it’s also bound to top any list of Las Vegas Instagram spots, and for good reason. Famous for its Venice-like canals, this casino has a famous replica of the Italian City. If you want to get Venice-like feel, take a gondola ride along Venice canals or stop at one of the casino’s shops and restaurants.
4. Seven Magic Mountains
A colorful art installation along the stretch of Interstate-15 that connects Nevada with California, Seven Magic Mountains features seven towers made of huge boulders stacked on top of one another. Since the artwork produced by the Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone has been installed in 2016, it has quickly become one of the most popular spots among tourists for taking pictures in the middle of the barren desert.
Thanks to the incredible success of this colorful installation, Ugo Rondinone has agreed to extend the exhibit past the original two years.
Seven Magic Mountains is located about 10 miles south of Las Vegas. It’s visible from many points across the desert and is certainly worth a visit if you are looking for a perfect Vegas Insta photo with a colorful background.
5. Las Vegas Murals
Now let’s move toward downtown Las Vegas. I’m sure you have heard about Fremont Street that is known for its huge LED canopy and quirky street artists. If you walk east from Fremont Street, you will find a true art district with tons of cool murals and graffitis that were created by artists when Las Vegas had a launch of a new music festival that is called Life is Beautiful.
6. The Neon Museum
Part of the Las Vegas cultural corridor, the Neon Museum is home to a number of old vintage signs that populated the Las Vegas Strip in the old days. A huge collection of signs propped against one another creates a really artistic composition and makes for a cool backdrop for your photos.
Since the museum is a popular location for weddings and other events, it’s always a good idea to make a call and check on the availability ahead of your visit. For better Vegas photo ops, make sure to show up early, especially if you are going to visit during the weekend.
7. Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area
One of the most popular recreation spots near Las Vegas, Red Rock is an amazing place to unwind and take plenty of Insta-worthy shots thanks to its towering red cliffs and gorgeous desert scenery. Here you will find tons of hiking trails and some of the most amazing desert landscapes in the Las Vegas area.
If you are not into hiking, simply grab your camera and spend a few hours taking photos against the backdrop of Red Rock Canyon.
Don’t forget that you need to pay a $15 entrance fee to get into the park. You could simply pay the price or purchase America the Beautiful Pass that will allow you to enter Red Rock Canyon and most of the United States’ national parks such as Grand Canyon and Yellowstone for free.
8. Cactus Joe
As you know, the desert makes for some of the most stunning photography locations. On your way out from Red Rock Canyon, make a stop at Cactus Joe, an electric store located near the park that is home to a beautiful nursery and some cool instagrammable spots.
9. The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
After watching the fountains, head over to the Bellagio Conservatory. Here you will find lush botanical gardens made of millions of plants, flowers, and other elements. Every season, the Bellagio Conservatory changes its theme. It’s always fun to check out a new theme at the gardens and take photos of its intricate flower and plant composition.
10. Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
One of the most popular tourist landmarks in Las Vegas, Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is a world-famous spot in Sin City. Originally created in 1960, the sign appears on countless souvenirs, tourism brochures, and your Instagram feed.
Keep in mind that if you don’t show up early, you will most likely have to wait in line to take your photo next to the iconic sign as the sign is visited around the clock.
There you have it: some of the best Las Vegas Instagram spots you wouldn’t have thought of in between casino trips and day drinking. Vegas is a miraculous place where you can find mind-blowing scenes simply by walking from hotel to hotel lobby. The Strip is filled with colorful cake shops and chocolate waterfalls coming out of the ceiling so bring your camera everywhere. Remember: always look up and don’t be shy to venture off-Strip. At least now you have a great starting point with these 10 Vegas photo-worthy locations to wow over.
About the Author
Originally from Russia, Daria has lived in the United States for the past 8 years. She is the founder of The Discovery Nut: a travel blog focused on sustainability and encouraging others to get out of their comfort zone. Through her blog, she hopes to inspire others to venture out into the world and discover new destinations. You can find out more on her Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.