Las Vegas. The city of lights. The entertainment capital of the world. When the first settlements were erected in this baron patch of dusty desert in the early 20th century, who could have predicted it would one day grow to become one of the most popular destinations in the world?
Famed for its casinos, hotels, neon weddings, and world class entertainment shows, Las Vegas is now one of the most recognisable cities on the planet. So, in a city that has it all, how do you know where to start when it comes to seeing the sights?
Thankfully, airline comparison sight Find a Cheap Flight has done the work for you. They looked at monthly Google search figures compiled from the Semrush search analytics tool to find the most searched sights and attractions in Las Vegas by internet users in the US. They compiled the data to find an average number of searches each month.
So let’s jump in and take a look at what they found.
Paris Las Vegas
Topping the list, by quite some way, is Paris Las Vegas. With 90,500 searches each month, the world famous casino hotel has more than double the number of searches than the next entrant.
Part of the Caesars Entertainment chain of casino hotels, Paris Las Vegas has over 1,700 slot machines and has appeared in a number of Hollywood movies. Themed around (you guessed it) Paris, the main draw of this Las Vegas icon is the half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower, at the top which is a fine dining restaurant with views that stretch across the city.
The Eiffel Tower viewing deck alone is also one of the top searched attractions in Las Vegas with 1900 searches each month.
Named after the big money players on the gambling scene, the High Roller Ferris wheel came second on the list with an average of 40,500 searches each month.
The high roller is 550 feet (167.6 metres) tall and is a relatively new feature on the Las Vegas strip, having only opened in 2014. One of the high points and highlights of the city, there are few other places that offer such stunning views of Vegas.
Fountains of Bellagio
Next up with 27,100 searches each month are the Fountains of Bellagio.
Lining the front of the Bellagio luxury hotel, the fountains are a public synchronised water show that moves to loud music and bright lights. Free for all to see, the fountain display starts at noon on weekends and 3 pm on weekdays and runs until midnight all week.
The Las Vegas Strip has 6600 searches each month.
The Strip does not refer to one location in particular. Rather, it is the name of the famous road that runs through the centre of some of the cities top attractions. You can spend days traversing the strip and still not have taken in all the attractions that line one of the most famous streets in the world.
Another hotel casino attraction, the Mirage Volcano gets an average of 5400 searches per month.
Set in front of the Polynesian themed hotel The Mirage, the volcano ‘erupts’ every night at 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm. Complete with volcano sound effects and a heavy rock music soundtrack, the Mirage Volcano is free for everyone and is a spectacle not to be missed.
The Strat Tower
The Strat Hotel, Casino, and SkyPod (formerly the Stratosphere) came in with an average of 2,400 searches each month.
The SkyPod refers to a skyscraping tower that stands at a stomach-churning 1,149 feet (350.2 metres), making it the tallest observation tower in the United States. The journey from the foot of the tower to the top is helped along by having some of the fastest rising elevators in the world that cover nearly 2,000 feet a minute.
The Vegas Vic is an iconic neon cowboy sign that stands outside the old Pioneer Club. Although the club closed down, the sign has remained and is one of the most recognisable characters in Las Vegas. This is reflected in the fact that it is searched an average of 1000 times every month. So if you are ever in Vegas, pop down to see Vegas Vic and get your photo taken with a legend of the neon world.
The Famous Las Vegas Sign
Along with the Hollywood Sign, the Las Vegas Sign is one of the most recognised landmarks in the world. Officially known as ‘The Welcome Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign, this marker sits at the southern tip of the strip since and has been a popular photography spot for tourists since its creation in 1959. With an average of 390 searches every month, it comes in ninth place in our list, drawing with two other landmarks.
Hoover Dam Bypass
The only landmark on our list that sits outside Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge links the states of Nevada and Arizona, and is about 30 miles outside the city. At 260 metres, it is one of the tallest bridges in the United States and it provides a crossing over the Colorado River. Easily crossable, though not for the faint-hearted, the bridge has long been popular with tourists and, like the Las Vegas sign, it attracts 390 searches on average each month.
Walk of Stars
The Las Vegas Walk of Stars started in 2004 to honour all the people who had helped to put Vegas on the map. Designed to resemble the Hollywood Walk of Stars, the Vegas Walk has a range of Vegas favourites from German magicians Siegfried and Roy to English musician Englebert Humperdink. The Walk of Stars also came in joint ninth place, with an average of 390 searches each month.
Las Vegas Mormon Fort
The Las Vegas Mormon Fort was the first structure built by people of European heritage before the area had become Las Vegas. First built in 1855 the Fort lies in the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park, a state park of Nevada. The Fort was originally used as a defence shelter to protect settler Mormons against the local indigenous populations. Now, the Fort is a protected heritage site that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The Las Vegas Mormon Fort gets an average of 320 searches per month.
Bliss Dance Statue
Last on our list is the Bliss Dance Statue; a 40-foot-tall sculpture of a dancing woman. Originally designed in 2010 by artist Marco Cochrane’s, it was inspired by his first experience at Burning Man, an annual arts and culture festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Since then, the statue has become an iconic fixture on the Vegas scene, though it is too new to be as well known as some of the other features. With an average of 70 searches a month, the Bliss Dance Statue is a breathtaking sight to behold, not to be missed to be any Vegas visitors.
Full list of top 1 most popular landmarks in Las Vegas
|Paris Las Vegas||90500|
|Fountains of Bellagio||27100|
|Eiffel tower viewing deck||1900|
|Famous Las Vegas sign||390|
|Hoover dam bypass||390|
|Walk of stars||390|
|Las Vegas Mormon Fort||320|