“Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign
One of the most popular sights in Las Vegas is the “Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. Unlike the magnificent fountain show at Bellagio and other famous things to see in Las Vegas, it’s not located right in the middle of the action. The iconic Las Vegas Sign is technically located on the world famous Las Vegas Strip, but it’s isolated and away from everything else you’ll see in Las Vegas. The sign was added to the Nevada State Register of Historic Places in 2013, and was erected in 1959. The sign was designed by Betty Willis and was a gift to the city.
The “Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is located about one mile south of Mandalay Bay. The sign is easiest to reach when driving a car. The catch with driving is that you can only access the sign parking area when driving south on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Las Vegas Sign – How To Get There
If you’re driving to the Vegas Strip from Los Angeles, M Resort, South Point, or Silverton you’ll have to make a U-Turn after seeing the sign. There’s only an entrance to the parking lot for the sign heading south on Las Vegas Boulevard. The parking lot only has room for 12 cars so you might have to wait for a parking space on a busy day or night.
If you’re not driving while in Las Vegas you can take an Uber, Lyft or Taxi. While returning back to the action will be quick and easy with Uber and Lyft, you might have to wait for a taxi. This mode of transportation is probably the easiest way to access the “Welcome To Las Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.
Walk – Las Vegas Sign
If you’d rather not spend money on a car service to visit the iconic sign, you may be able to walk. The sign is just under one mile south of Mandalay Bay. If you’re staying at a casino in the center or north end of the Vegas Strip you can take the monorail to MGM Grand and cross the street to Excalibur and take a free tram to Mandalay Bay. You can also take the free tram from Bellagio to Monte Carlo then walk to Excalibur and take the free tram to Mandalay Bay. However, you’ll still have a walk of nearly one mile once you get to Mandalay Bay.
Walking may not be a good idea during the summer. Temperatures often reach well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit ( during the day. You’ll still be in the sun for a while after walking to the sign. After your walk, you may have to stand in line to take a photo by the sign. For some reason, there’s no shaded canopy while you wait. The line for photos at the “Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas” sign can take up to an hour on a busy day or night.
Bus – Las Vegas Sign
One of the least expensive ways to get around the Las Vegas is the RTC bus system. Buses arrive at stops approximately every 15 minutes. Fares start around $3 (transit fare information) and passes may be purchased for multiple days. The Deuce runs all the way from downtown Las Vegas to the “Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas” sign and beyond. Just be certain to consult the schedule for updates.
Tram and Uber – Las Vegas Sign
While the following method isn’t free it may be the most efficient way to get there. This hybrid approach will have you take the tram to Mandalay Bay. You’ll then use Uber to drive the mile to and from the sign. Since rates for Uber and Lyft do adjust, you can find an estimate of your Uber Trip or Lyft Trip estimate in advance. Taxis are even more expensive. For completeness you can also use the Las Vegas Monorail for part of your journey.
Las Vegas Sign – No Fee, Sometimes a Wait For a Picture
There’s no fee to visit the “Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas” sign and take photos. However, it will take a little time and cost a few dollars to get there. If you’d like to take personal photos below the sign, you’ll very likely have to wait in a line. Depending on when you visit the wait can be just a few minutes or about an hour. Early risers should consider visiting in the morning before the rest of Las Vegas wakes up. Not only will lines be shorter early in the morning but it won’t be as hot.
Note: Updated 16 April 2019