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What is the Welcome to Las Vegas sign?

Have you ever taken a picture by the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign but found it pretty sketchy to do so in the midst of traffic? Since its creation in 1959, access to the sign was very limited — the median’s curbs (along with the lack of close parking) made it challenging to stand right next to one of city’s oldest symbols. The result? People either jaywalked, or risked parking in one of the Las Vegas travel lanes. But scurrying across the street and dodging speeding cars is now a thing of the past. You and your group can now pose by the sign and snap away with ease. The iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign features a 12-car parking lot, which is designed to improve pedestrian safety and even provide access for the disabled. There is also enough space to park two buses.

Located on the Las Vegas Strip just south of Russell Road, the sign famously reads, “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada” on the front and “Drive Carefully” and “Come Back Soon” on the back. The sign was designed by Betty Willis while she worked for Western Neon Company and cost $4,000 to build and install. Willis also designed the iconic signs for the Moulin Rouge hotel.

Welcome to Las Vegas sign Details

  • Hours of operation: Open daily, 24 hours.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Payment options: Not applicable.
  • Reservations: Not applicable.
  • Location: Located just south of Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
  • Age/Height/Weight restrictions: Not applicable.