Las Vegas Iconic Neon Signs on the Strip

Las Vegas iconic neon signs are definitely part of this electric city’s fame. At the same time they bring out the nostalgia of the old times. Sparkling on the sky along the strip or downtown, they became part the tourists’ memory throughout the years.

Las Vegas iconic neon signs on the strip

Nevertheless, the most iconic and nostalgic symbol of the city is the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas ” sign.

Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas Sign Art Print featuring the photograph Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas Sign by Tatiana Travelways

…The sign has never been trademarked, so many many variations have appeared. For instance, the Las Vegas ski lovers can see a copy of it at the Ski and Snowboard Resort on Mt. Charleston. Furthermore, on the Fremont Street Experience, you can see a “Welcome to Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas”.

Welcome to downtown Las Vegas at night sign

On the Strip you can see a lot of them shining day and night.

Las Vegas Strip At Night Art Print featuring the photograph Las Vegas Strip At Night by Tatiana Travelways

I called this one below “January Night Fever” and used it for some cool fashion and accessories designs. Check them here: Las Vegas Strip at Night Fashion Design

Las Vegas strip night lights

Flamingo nostalgic neon sign

For me this Flamingo neon sign was the one that always reminded me of Las Vegas. Returning after more than 10 years I was happy to see it again :)

Flamingo Sign Art Print featuring the photograph Flamingo Sign On Las Vegas Strip by Tatiana Travelways

The Flamingo hotel and casino front sign dates back to 1953. It was designed by Bill Clark of Ad-Art when the original version of the hotel was remodeled.

Las Vegas Flamingo Hotel sign at nightBTW: Check these fashion and accessories designs I made with this sign!

Circus Circus

Another famous Las Vegas neon sign is the clown at the “Circus Circus” casino entrance – it’s just across from where Riviera used to be. The sign was provided by Young Electric Sign Company, and was constructed in 1976.

Circus Circus Hotel and Casino Sign, Las Vegas

The Circus Circus casino, was designed as a giant circus tent and it is illuminated by neon and thousands of light bulbs. It is also known as “the largest permanent big top in the world”

Circus Circus Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas

The beautiful Montgolfier neon sign at the Paris hotel, is not an antique sign. It has been standing on the Las Vegas strip since 1999. However, it deserves full attention, because of its unique spherical shape.

Paris Las Vegas neon signParis Las Vegas on the Strip

Pepsi-Cola Neon Sign

This is a cool animated neon sign above Starbucks Cafe on a side of the NY-NY complex on Las Vegas Strip. Although it looks like a vintage neon sign with classic characters, I couldn’t find any information about it’s history… If anybody knows anything about it, please share.

Pepsi-Cola neon sign on Las Vegas Strip

Pepsi-Cola neon sign on Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Nostalgic Neon Signs on the Strip

Part of the famous neon signs of Las Vegas unfortunately disappeared over time . Many have been changed, but some of the original ones. In the meantime some new ones have appeared. For instance, this WestGate hotel sign was Hilton’s sign until 2007.

Las Vegas Westgate hotel sign - February 2015

Riviera hotel and casino neon sign

The hotel was imploded in May 2015, after 60 years of existence – read this:  “Fabled Las Vegas casino closes after 60 years“….

A big loss was the colorful neon sign that was displayed on the Riviera hotel and casino starting April 20, 1955… . It was bought by Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority in order to build a convention center in its place. I’m glad that I was able to take this photo before…

Riviera hotel neon sign

… and this is how Riviera looked inside, viewed from the strip:

Riviera Casino on Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Neon Museum

At the Neon Museum artists technicians are restoring many of the old historic signs which were the pride of famous hotels and casinos now defunct. Nostalgic tourists can see and admire them inside. The museum displays them there to bring back memories of what the city once was.

Las Vegas Neon Museum

I just read that the Riviera sign found its home at this museum as well: The light shines again on the Riviera’s iconic signLiberace would have maybe come to celebrate this last event of the Riviera, as he did for its inauguration. But Liberace himself doesn’t have a home in Las Vegas anymore…

* Many of these signs are available as art prints for wall and home decor in my Fine Art America Las Vegas Gallery.

However, the famous Las Vegas lights don’t end here, and not on strip either. Most of these iconic nostalgic neon signs can be seen on Fremont Street Experience, and downtown.

Las Vegas neon lights on Fremont Street

– Stay tuned for more…


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6 Comments on “Las Vegas Iconic Neon Signs on the Strip”

  1. Excellent. Like the clothing and accessories too. There is nothing quite like ‘Viva Las Vegas’!

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