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25 Best Las Vegas Photo Spots with Tips from a Local

Whether you’re a photographer or you want to capture beautiful memories to share with the fam, here are the best Las Vegas photo spots.

As Las Vegas locals, we often tell visitors there is more to Vegas than just the Strip. In this post, we included popular spots because most people start there. But we’re also excited to share some hidden gems only locals know.

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Last Updated: November 15, 2022

As a photographer, I’m always scouting for good shooting locations, and we have plenty. On the Strip, you can practically take a trip around the world, and off-Strip, you can explore the budding art scene and beautiful desert landscapes.

Las Vegas is constantly building something shiny and new, and in typical Vegas fashion, bigger or more extravagant. It’s a surprise to see how much the city has transformed since we last lived here. As we continue to explore different neighborhoods, be sure to check back to see newer photo spots added here.

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Las Vegas Strip Photography Spots

3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, 89109, map

Always dressed to the nines. Out of all the casinos on the strip, if you want to see the best seasonal decor, this is where it’s at. Plus, it’s free to visit.

Also, right when you walk in, there’s the gigantic Fiori di Como, one of Dale Chihuly’s most famous pieces. I used to take a photo of it every time I visited Vegas.

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2. Fashion Show Mall Stairs Mural

3200 Las Vegas Blvd S Ste. 600, NV 89109, map

This rainbow installation on the strip-side Plaza staircase is called “Colors that Speak to a United City” by Tanya “Miscre8” Watler.

On the northern strip-side staircase, there’s another mural inspired by Red Rock Canyon called “Be Kind to Bugs” by Michael Dodson

P.S. I edited out the rails to make the photo look cleaner.


3. Eiffel Tower from the Bellagio

3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, 89109, map

Starting from the Bellagio valet, you can take a walk around the fountains to find the perfect vantage point of the Eiffel Tower from Paris Casino.

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4. Flower Carousel at the Wynn

3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, 89109, map

The Wynn has several photo spots, but our two favorites are the flower carousel and the tree-lined atrium.

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3327 S Las Vegas Blvd Ste 2732, 89109, map

MODs opened up in 2021 at the Venetian. It’s a museum focused on digital art with inspiration from Yayoi Kusama’s infinity rooms.

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6. Las Vegas Sign

5200 Las Vegas Blvd S, 89119, map

If it’s your first time in Vegas, you can’t leave without taking a photo with the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign.

We took this from our Vegas engagement session back in 2010, but we need to take an updated one. Probably should have gone when all our friends biked down the Strip when it was closed.

Photo Tip: There’s always a huge line here, but you can skip the line by taking an alternate angle (not straight on) either from the left or right. 

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3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, 89109, map

The 30-minute experience on the High Roller gives you 360 views of the city. Even if you don’t go up for a ride, there are some photo opps on the LINQ Promenade with it behind you.

Photo Tip: If you’re riding, bring a wide-angle lens (at least 16 mm on a full-frame or if your iPhone has the wide-angle, that works too.)

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8. Trevi Fountain at Caesar's

36.1186754,-115.1753614, map

There are tons of spots to take photos around the Caesar’s Palace property, but the Trevi Fountain is by far the most popular.

Here’s me pretending to throw a coin.

Fun Fact – Did you know at the original Trevi fountain, it is believed that if you toss one coin, you’ll have a return trip to Rome? If you toss two, you’ll find romance, and a third will bring you marriage.

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9. James Turrell Exhibit at the Crystals

3720 S Las Vegas Blvd,  89109, map

Although this installation isn’t nearly as amazing as Akhob, the one hidden inside Louis Vuitton at the Crystals, it’s the only one you can take a photo of or with.

If you get a chance, you should absolutely check out Akhob. It’s mesmerizing. They take reservations by phone (702.730.3150). Space is limited.

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3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, 89109, map

You can do the ride indoors or outdoors. We personally like the outdoor one since you can get better lighting, but the indoor one might give you more of that quintessential Venice vibe. There are also some great photo spots along the water where you can catch the gondolas in the background and also at the scenic overlook on the second floor (third photo).

The second photo on the right was taken by our friend, Henry. Go check out his work here.

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11. Luxor Sphinx

3900 S Las Vegas Blvd, 89119, map

At the front of the Luxor, you’ll find a 110 ft tall Sphinx. You can take some great photos in front of the Sphinx or on the walkway to the side of it.

Pro Tip: The Strip monorail has a stop here, so it will sporadically have an influx of people. For the most part, this area stays empty.

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770 Las Vegas Blvd N, 89101, map

Admission: $20+
Locals: $16+ with ID

The Neon Museum, also known as the Neon Graveyard or Neon Boneyard, is where the older neon Las Vegas signs go after they retire. We’ve done both the evening tour and the DIY option during the day.

The area where you walk through the vintage signs is smaller than I first imagined, but it’s a popular photo spot for visitors and engagement/wedding sessions. Go in the daytime to take portrait shots in front of the neon signs or go in the evening to take photos of the signs lit up.

Pro Tip: With regular admission, you’re only allowed to bring your phone. If you want to do a legit shoot, you need to pay an additional fee of $600 or $50 for portrait hour where you share the space with other photographers.

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3215 S Rancho Dr, 89102, map

They have a ton of murals and interactive art both inside and outside. So far, our favorite exhibits are Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart, Lost Spirits Distillery, and Wink World.

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Downtown Las Vegas Photoshoot Locations

14. Lightning Bolt Building, Fremont East

S 7th St, 89101, map

Artist: Felipe Pantone

From the Life is Beautiful festival, Felipe Pantone’s mural with black and white zigzags and a metallic lightning bolt. We still need to check it out at night, but it’s supposed to light up at night since it’s solar-powered.

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15. The Walala Shack

800 E Fremont St, 89101, map

Artist: Camille Walala

One of the oldest surviving gas stations in town has transformed into art. It is currently the Walala Shack from the Life is Beautiful Festival 2021 (left/top). Previously from Life is Beautiful 2018, it was the Empty Club clad in all pink by Andre Saraiva (right/bottom).

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16. Life is Beautiful Mural

S 7th St, 89101, map

Artist: Ricardo Gonzalez

DTLV is such a perfect area to walk around and see all the street art. This brand new Life is Beautiful Mural l is just one of many murals in DTLV from the Life is Beautiful Festival in 2021 (top/left).

It replaced the colorful mural titled “Rest of the Three Graces” by Okuda San Miguel (right/bottom).

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17. Frank Gehry Building

888 W Bonneville Ave, 89106, map

It was a surprise to me to hear that Frank Gehry had designed a building in Vegas. For the longest time, the architect refused to build anything in Vegas for fear that it would be turned into a theme, but Larry Ruvo was able to convince him by including Huntington’s disease in their research. The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health also hosts events, and we can’t wait for our friends to get married here.

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18. Symphony Park Pipe Dream

361 Symphony Park Avenue, 89106, map

Only a couple blocks from the Frank Gehry Building, you’ll find Symphony Park and this colorful striped sculpture called Pipe Dream from artist Tim Bavington. It’s outside the Smith Center for the Performing Arts’ east entrance and was designed to be the backdrop for their outdoor concert series. Hopefully, it will come back in the near future.

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36.1707881,-115.1464592, map

If you haven’t been to Fremont Street in a while, then you might have missed the $32 million upgrade. It’s bigger and brighter than ever.

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2 Cactus Garden Dr, Henderson, NV 89014, map

Even locals love frequenting this free attraction. Who can say no to free chocolate samples?

Local Tip: During Christmas and Valentine’s Day, they decorate the gardens in lights, and because they have to limit capacity, tickets were completely sold out for Christmas last year. Reserve one ASAP.

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9200 Tule Springs Rd, 89131, map

Cost: $6 per vehicle

This is a popular local photoshoot location for family portraits and engagement sessions. So far I haven’t seen many tourists come to this spot, but it’s especially worthwhile during the fall.

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22. Aliante Nature Discovery Park

2627 Nature Park Dr, North Las Vegas, NV 89084, map

Aliante Nature Discovery Park in Northern Las Vegas has an urban waterfall and is a great picnic spot. We booked our picnic with LV picnic parties.

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1000 Scenic Loop Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89161, map

There are so many lovely hikes here. When the temps are right, you’ll find us here at least once a week to explore new hikes or climbs.

If you boulder, chances are you’re here to get a shot at the top of Plumber’s Crack at Kraft Boulders. It’s not difficult but scary AF. If you don’t climb, we don’t recommend it, since you can get seriously hurt.

Local Tip: They currently require reservations for the main loop.

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24. Cactus Joe's

12740 Blue Diamond Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89161, map

We often see Cactus Joe’s Blue Diamond Nursery while driving to Red Rock from the Diamond side. I was surprised how big the nursery was. They have a lot of cute photo opps set up throughout the nursery.

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Photo Spots Near Las Vegas

25. Seven Magic Mountains

35.8384095,-115.2731037, map

It’s hard to believe that this was once a hidden art gem in the desert. If you’re an Instagrammer, this is probably at the top of your list of places to visit, and it’s just 30 mins outside of Las Vegas. It opened in 2016 and the installation has been extended to be there until the end of 2021. If you haven’t been yet, there’s no guarantee it will extend again, but we can hope.

Pro Tip: It’s actually one of the best astrophotography spots closest to Vegas. We go here during the milky way season and whenever there’s an astro event like the Neowise comet.

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Nelson Cutoff Rd, Searchlight, 89046, map

Just 45 minutes south of Vegas is Nelson Ghost Town, a popular spot among photographers to shoot portraits, engagements, and weddings.

It is by far our favorite offbeat place to shoot that we went there twice in the past month already.

Photography Fee: $10-20

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Valley of Fire is just an hour away from Vegas and a popular spot to go to for photos. This road shot and the Fire Wave are both really easy to get to. See our guide linked below. 

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28. Boulder City Dry Lake Bed

35.8491849,-114.9180218, map

Another great spot is the Boulder City Dry Lake Bed. We went out to shoot some elopement shots for Josh & Macy with the help of The Little Vegas CHapel.

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Map of the Best Photo Spots in Las Vegas

More Only Las Vegas Photography Spots

  • With the Bellagio Fountains
  • Chandelier at the Cosmo (light isn’t great here)
  • Paris Eiffel Tower closer up
  • Waldorf Astoria Champagne ATM
  • Las Vegas Chapels – there are a lot of them but we loved the Viva Las Vegas Weddings package with Elvis and the Pink Cadillac.
  • Venetian’s Waterfall Atrium and Love Sculpture
  • High Hat Motel
  • The Mob Museum
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More Las Vegas Desert Photo Locations

More Modern or Urban Las Vegas Photo Spots

  • 11th St Records
  • Bacardi Art Motel (219 N 7th St, map)
  • Downtown Las Vegas Sign
  • El Cortez + Abbey Road
  • Historic Fifth Street School
  • New Las Vegas Sign
  • Tivoli Village
  • Pinball Hall of Fame

Most Instagrammable Cafes and Restaurants

  • Baby Birds Cafe
  • Best Friend – The decor in the entrance is great for photos. As for the food, the frosé and uni fried rice were the best!
  • Black Tap – over-the-top milkshakes that are much better for photos than for eating IMO.
  • Catch at Aria (3730 S Las Vegas Blvd,  89158, map) – Starting with the grand entrance, there are plenty of photo opps at the Catch Restaurant. The lighting inside isn’t the best, but it doesn’t stop people from taking photos.
  • Cafe Lola – everything here was made for the gram.
  • Gabi Coffee and Bakery, Chinatown – pretty dark inside. You might want to bring your own lights.
  • I Love Sugar Candy Martini Bar, LINQ – the candy martinis are massive and have definitely gone viral on TikTok.
  • Mizumi, Wynn – the outdoor seating is prettier.
  • Mrs Coco
  • Park on Fremont – outdoor patio area
  • Savor Coffee, SE
  • Toast Society Cafe
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More Nature and Mountainscapes

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Essential Tips

  • If you’re shooting indoor spots, it’s best to bring a wide lens. Our goto is this one.
  • For outdoor spots, we like to have the option of a wide lens and a long lens in case we want to compress the background.
  • A solid camera backpack is really helpful to have. We love this one because it has a low profile but great access and organization.
  • Don’t forget sunblock! The sun gets intense in Vegas.

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Can you think of any other Las Vegas photo spots that we need to check out? Which of these are you hoping to see next?

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Esther + Jacob

Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.

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