Call it cheesy—or just classic Vegas neon—but there’s no denying that the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is an iconic symbol of the city. Constructed in 1959 in the early days of Sin City, the sign today is an old-school throwback that differs in size, structure, and style from the modern city lights. There was once a time when tourists would literally stand in the road to snap photos—risking their lives on the Las Vegas strip for the perfect shot of the sign. Today, however, visitors can park in a small parking lot that’s adjacent to the 25-foot tower, and get the timeless Vegas backdrop set perfectly inside the frame. Technically, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign isn’t actually inside of Las Vegas, as the sign is mounted outside the city limits in the neighboring town of Paradise. Chances are, however, that not many visitors care about the exact placement of the sign, as they’re simply excited to descend on the strip of the world’s most infamous town. In 2009, 50 years after the neon bulbs shone bright in the dusty desert, the Welcome to Famous Las Vegas sign was nominated and approved for a place on the National Register of Historic Places.
Visiting the sign and snapping a photo only takes a couple of minutes, and the sign is approximately four miles south of the heart of the Las Vegas strip.