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The best photos of the Las Vegas Strip: where to go & what to skip

Updated: Mar 16

Note: we're not talking about the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign, not the Bellagio Conservatory or the gondolas at the Venetian, this is about where to get the best pictures of the Las Vegas Strip itself on Las Vegas Boulevard.

An aerial shot of the glittering Las Vegas Strip at night with all the resorts and casinos lit up in the background. ©AlonzoWright
The glittering lights of Las Vegas Boulevard, or the Las Vegas Strip to everyone else, is one of the most famous streets in the world. ©AlonzoWright

While Sin City is famous (or infamous) for luring people into a web of vices, there’s an important silver lining that isn’t always obvious: Vegas gives you permission to be the person you cannot be at home. Think of how many times you’ve felt crushed by the weight of expectations. Juggling schedules, to do lists, paying bills, navigating the global catastrophe du jour, mindlessly scrolling to numb whatever is eating away at you. It’s maddening.


So how does Las Vegas factor into all of this? It’s liberating. It allows you to shed the responsibilities and pressures you, your family, society, or whomever projects onto you each and every day. You become fully present, you let your hair down, you see things through a fresh lens, you try new things, you give yourself permission to indulge, you dance until dawn and then sleep in late…do you see where I’m going with this? At a fundamental level, you return to your basic human impulses and just honor that feeling of being truly alive. Everybody comes to Vegas at some point, so if you’re going to be here anyway, we might as well tell you where to get the best photos of the Strip. After all, you’ll be looking at these pictures for years, they may as well be drool-worthy.

 

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First location to take the best photos of the strip:

A view of the Las Vegas Strip at night with the Bellagio Fountains, Caesars Palace, the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, Bally's Flamingo, the Venetian and more. ©AlonzoWright
The view from one of the beautiful terrace suites at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. ©AlonzoWright

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

This is one of the best (if not the best) hotel to capture photos of the Strip. From the rooftop pool decks, you’ve got a 180-degree view of Las Vegas Boulevard, which means you’ll see all the way to Treasure Island on one end and all the way to Mandalay Bay on the other. If you’re a Vegas newbie, that basically means you can see nearly the entire Strip. While all the resorts (casinos, for the folks who don’t live here like we do) have Strip-facing rooms, they don’t all have outdoor access like The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas does, even in the common areas, especially at this elevation. Your photos will get the full spectrum of Vegas’ best features like the Bellagio fountain show, the Paris Las Vegas and its shimmering Eiffel Tower and hot air balloon, Planet Hollywood’s digital marquee, and much more.


The Good

So we’ve covered that you can mosey on down to the pool deck for great pictures, but if you are a guest, you can request a balcony room with a view of the Bellagio Fountains. And that means you’ve pretty much hit the Vegas photography jackpot. It’s pretty uncommon to have your own private outdoor space in Las Vegas, and this one comes with its own incredible fountain show and a view that’s to-die-for. Lots of people come to Vegas with the mentality that they won’t be in their room much; and that may be true, but you might as well be looking at a view like this, even if it’s just long enough to brush your teet