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All That Glitters in Las Vegas: Best Photo Ops
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May 21, 2013 | 17510 views | 0 0 comments | 239 239 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With all the overstuffed slot machines and tempting blackjack tables in Las Vegas, it can be hard to resist the siren calls of Lady Luck when you are in pursuit of the perfect photo opportunity. Fortunately, much of Sin City’s manmade beauty can be found right on the famous four-mile strip and nearby downtown area. If you need a break from the dimmed gaming rooms abuzz with constant beeps and chimes, check out some of the best vantage points to capture all that glitters in Las Vegas.

Fremont Street, A.K.A. Glitter Gulch | Visitors often come to Las Vegas with the mindset that “what happens here, stays here.” While it may serve as a helpful coping mechanism for those who spend too much gambling, it shouldn’t inhibit travelers from taking home stunning shots of the city’s most celebrated road: Fremont Street. Aptly nicknamed Glitter Gulch, this downtown road was once the face of shiny Las Vegas. It has served as a glamorous backdrop for several movies, including Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas” and the James Bond film “Diamonds are Forever”. In the mid-1990s, the road became the Fremont Street Experience: a five-block pedestrian mall covered by a LED display canopy with more than 12 million lights that are illuminated every night at dusk, making it the most sparkly photo spot in city.

Stratosphere Tower | For a bird’s-eye view of the strip, try the Stratosphere Las Vegas. Sitting more than 100 floors up in the air, the observation tower stands at a lofty 1, 149 feet – the tallest in the nation. The Stratosphere Tower can be found at the northernmost point on the strip and offers admission to the observation decks for a nominal fee. This elevated locale is ideal for those who want a unobstructed shot of the Vegas Strip and the surrounding city.

“Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign | No trip to the Entertainment Capital of the World would be complete without getting a photo of the prominent “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. This popular emblem of the city is situated in the median at 5100 Las Vegas Boulavard South, near the Klondike Hotel & Casino. The sign was erected in 1959 on the southern end of the strip in the town of Paradise (where most of the strip is actually located).  Although there are two other replica signs in the area, the original often appeals more to the crowds searching for vintage Las Vegas.

Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub at Rio | At 51 stories up in the air, the Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub is only half the height of the Stratosphere Tower but offers amazing views of Las Vegas, nonetheless. The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino boasts that its elevated steel platform in the bar presents the single best view of Las Vegas. The nightclub offers a distinct vantage point as the hotel is actually located off the strip and past the Las Vegas Freeway on East Flamingo Road. What does this mean for photographers? An unspoiled panoramic view of the strip.

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