“ The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is a Las Vegas Strip landmark funded in May 1959 and erected soon after by Western Neon. The sign was designed by Betty Willis at the request of Ted Rogich, a local salesman, who sold it to Clark County, Nevada. „
The Las Vegas sign is another must see attraction when visiting Las Vegas and is another thing you can do for free. It is in the middle of the road at the far South end of the strip and is very popular with visitors. It is located on a large strip of green with traffic flowing either side so ensure you use the pedestrian crossings!
During our stay in Vegas, we did a LOT of walking, and our visit to the sign was no exception. We stayed at the Luxor which is at the South end of the strip and is the last but one hotel, so we thought we were quite close and within walking distance.
On leaving our hotel, we asked concierge if we could walk it and how long it would take - 'no more than 10 minutes' was his response. It was more than 10 minutes - we walked for what felt like an age and every time we looked back, the Mandalay Bay hotel still looked just a stones throw away. Distances in Vegas are very deceiving - everything looks close but because the hotels are so big, the distance is actually quite large - the strip being more than 4 miles end to end.
However, the sign is walkable - but depending on where you're walking from you may want to think about a bus/taxi as it was about 20 minutes from the Luxor.
We visited the sign mid afternoon, but I must admit I felt slightly uneasy after we had passed the last hotel, I can't quite put my finger on why but I definitely felt safer in the hustle and bustle of the strip, so wouldn't recommend walking there at night.
When we arrived there were lots of other tourists taking pictures - and it's quite difficult to get a picture of you or your party in front of the sign without some randoms in the background.
Another thing is watch out for is people 'offering' to take your picture. We were approached by a lady who asked if we wanted a picture together (which of course we did) and so she took our picture for us. Very gratefully, we thanked her and began to walk off when she exclaimed, 'tips are appreciated'. Feeling slightly embarrassed for not realising sooner that everything comes at a price, I begrudgingly dug in my pockets and extracted the only money I had on me - $3 - and I can tell you she wasn't impressed! (Personally I feel $3 is quite substantial for taking 1 picture!)
We stayed for around 20 mins, taking lots of pictures and trying to get one of each of us without obstructions (no mean feat) and then we also took pictures of the back of the sign which says 'Thank you for visiting'.
The sign is just as it looks in all the pictures, bright blue and eye catching - so is worth a visit just to say you've seen it, and as it's free I would definitely recommend it.
I can remember the first time I ever saw this sign it was 14 years ago and I was really dissapointed with what I saw. I was shocked to see it was really in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip with nothing around it. There was really no way to get close to it to take any pictures. You could run across the street fearing being run down by a fast moving car to get a good picture. I never did get my picture taken next to the sign for fear of ruining a good time by being hit by a careless cab driver.
As the years went by they really started to spend money on the strip. Hotels like Mandalay bay and the Luxor were built giving reason to make the strip pretty even closer to the sign. Then some one had an idea to make the sign a tourist attraction.
Now you can pull over and park in a nice little parking lot next to the sign. Get out stretch your legs and take a nice little walk around the sign. There is grass that is by it that is forever green and it really adds to the wonderfulness of the whole place. To think how many other people have stood where you are getting their pictures taken. How many movies have shown the sign either at the begining, middle or end. As you stand there an you realize your have just touched history you start to plan your next trip out to the city that never sleeps.
This review has been published on Igougo by me using user name Autumnrose2008.
When in Vegas you have to see the sign. It is the one sight that you always see on the TV and in films and although it is just a sign it is a bit iconic I think. Vegas as you all probably know by now is so over the top in its glamour, its tackiness and it's just general amazingness and the sign really reflects this.
The Vegas sign is not in the middle of the strip or anything like that but it is down the South of the Strip. To be honest we were driven to the sign and it did take a few minutes to get there so I am a bit unsure of if you could actually walk there.
There are however car parking spaces right by the sign to welcome you in so you will be able to park. It is in a very busy and big section of the road though so I don't think I would have been brave enough to drive there just to warn you.
I wont lie to you and tell you it is in a nice area as it is in the middle of the road and although it is a tourist sight you will not find many people there with you unless a coach has just parked up.
So it is literally just a sign so don't be under any illusions that it is anything else. The sign says 'Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada' and it is in a gold diamond with a star above it. To look at it again is over the top to welcome to you to Vegas. I have to say though that because it does look so tacky its suits Vegas well. It is quite big and we couldn't actually touch the sign.
We saw the sign in the day and it looks amazing so I bet it would look even better at night as it is lit up and in films it looks a great sight so if you get chance to do that then do it.
Is it Worth Seeing
It is definitely worth seeing if you are in Vegas as it is the sign!!! I was so excited we were going to go to it as you always see it everywhere and it is what most people automatically think of when they think of Vegas. Plus it is one of the tourist spots in Vegas albeit a small one but it is free to visit people which most things in Vegas aren't.
When you get to the sign you will see it just a way down from the entrance gates. Then you have to walk over the grass to get to the sign which is only a 30 second walk so not that far as this tourist spot is not that big. Then you can look at the sign and get your photo taken by it.
To be honest that is all it is at this particular tourist spot. You go there and you stare at the sign for a couple of minutes and you have your photo taken in front of it and then you go to let the next group of people do the same.
I think the Vegas sign is amazing! It is short and sweet but in my opinion a definite must do. I loved every second we were there and would definitely go again but at night next time if I find myself in Vegas again. It was the shortest trip we took on our whole Honeymoon but it is the one photo that everybody gets to in our collection and says wow, I cant believe you went there.
The sign is simple to describe and tell you about which is why this is a relatively short review for me but the Vegas sign is perfect. It is a perfect representation of Vegas and a great welcome to this wonderful place and you have to go and see it!!!!
Thanks for reading.
The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is a Las Vegas Strip landmark funded in May 1959 and erected soon after by Western Neon. The sign was designed by Betty Willis at the request of Ted Rogich, a local salesman, who sold it to Clark County, Nevada.