By Tess Eyrich | August 16, 2016 | Culture
If it’s not on Instagram, did it really happen? We’re scouting out the top six places in Vegas to snap your next selfie or scenic shot.
Downtown’s collection of more than 200 vintage neon signs, housed in the Neon Museum’s outdoor Boneyard, makes for quite a compelling photo backdrop. Although the museum’s nighttime tours give guests the opportunity to see the signs of Strip ghosts like the Stardust lit up in all their glory, it’s daytime tours that provide amateur photographers with optimal views. 770 N. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-387-6366
Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s public art installation Seven Magic Mountains is already an Instagram sensation (not that we ever doubted it would be) with its massive towers of neon-colored rocks. Look for it as you’re driving in or out of Vegas on I-15—it’s located roughly 10 miles south of the city, near the Jean Dry Lake—and be sure to snap a photo before May 2018, when the project is removed from the desert. 702-381-5182
Roughly an hour northeast of Vegas you’ll find Nevada’s oldest and largest state park, Valley of Fire. A photographer’s dream, the park is known for its vibrant sandstone formations, which over the years have acquired names like the Fire Wave, Pink Canyon, Elephant Rock, and Rainbow Vista. Although the space is open year-round, we recommend saving a visit for fall, when cooler temperatures render exploration more enjoyable (just be sure to schedule your trip for earlier in the day, as the park closes at sunset regardless of season). 29450 Valley of Fire Road, Moapa Valley, 702-397-2088
Bellagio’s famous fountain show runs every 30 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes at night, making it an easily accessible spectacular to photograph. For some of the most dramatic views, stake out a spot not directly in front of the show but farther away—across the street and up a few levels—at a neighboring resort like Paris Las Vegas, Bally’s, or the Cosmopolitan. Bellagio, 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 866-906-7171
What could be more awe-inspiring than a 550-foot Ferris wheel? Opt for a rotation in one of the High Roller’s 28 cabins if you’re a more experiential type, but even if heights aren’t your thing, you can still take comfort in knowing that some of the most Instagrammable views of the wheel can actually be seen from the parking lot behind the Linq (on ground level, of course) rather than up in the air. The Linq, 3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-694-8100
Fans of Wayne Newton—or his run-in with the Griswolds in the 1997 film Vegas Vacation—won’t be able to resist a visit to the singer’s 52-acre estate, Casa de Shenandoah, which opened to the public last September. Once inside the pearly gates, guests are invited to pose in front of the Newton-centric spots, including his gold-toned living room, classic car collection, and equestrian arenas complete with Arabian horses. 3310 E. Sunset Road, 702-547-4811