Have you heard the news? Walk around the Strip, and the throngs of visitors make it clear that Sin City is roaring back to life after a more sedate 2020. Every week, more venues are reopening, and 100 percent capacity is on the horizon.
Returning visitors better pack a camera, because everything great about Vegas is still here. You will want to share proof of your exploits to your friends and family back home on social media, including the ever-popular Instagram. Check out this list of some of these lesser-known, but still very Vegas, IG hotspots and add a few to your travel itinerary.
The “City of Las Vegas” Sign
The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign has become a Vegas icon. Close to the Strip, it remains a very popular spot for groups of tourists (and especially newlyweds) and there may be a small wait to take a photo.
However, it’s been joined by a new player. A feature of downtown since 2018, the “City of Las Vegas” sign is definitely worth checking out. It features a pair of 26-foot-high showgirls framing a stylized, cursive Las Vegas in impossible-to-miss lettering. Located on the corner of Main Street and Las Vegas Boulevard, there is ample room in front to gather a group photo of all your buds. Your friends will know that you are doing it up in Sin City!
The El Cortez Hotel
For a taste of vintage Vegas, head down to Fremont Street. There, look for the El Cortez Hotel and Casino, a property that dates back to the early 1940s. In fact, one of its original owners was none other than Bugsy Siegel. The hotel has been renovated, so make sure to find the original E. Fremont Street entrance, which has the old-school charm of the days of the Rat Pack. You should easily recognize the old-school façade, but the nearby rainbow cross walk is a clear sign that you are in the right spot to take that retro selfie.
The Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden
Ethel M are known for their chocolates (and free tours of its chocolate-making factory). But for photo opportunities, don’t miss its elaborate Cactus garden. This comprises the largest cactus garden in Nevada. In fact, there are over three hundred plant species of plants here, with a mix of cacti, succulents, shrubs and trees, all of which are native to the American Southwest. Located across three acres, you will not be at a loss for memorable photo ops! And its winding walkways guarantee a perfect selfie without a stranger getting into the frame.
Awesome IG photo opportunities are everywhere along the Strip. Nowhere else in the world can one find such impressive replicas of France’s Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, a Venetian river cruise, Rome’s legendary Trevi fountain and more. It’s like taking a world tour—and don’t forget that many of these attractions are free.
Even with everything Vegas offers, visitors often overlook its many opportunities for unforgettable photos. Make a list of locations to scout, get out early and make a day of it. Your insta feed will thank you!