It’s fun to document your travel adventures, after all, what is traveling to fun and unique destinations if you can’t share it with the world? The fix: Instagram. This popular photo and video-sharing social networking and mobile app allows users to share images with their family, friends, and community. Over the years, Instagram has played a much larger role in helping users make travel decisions. In fact, according to a survey conducted by Instagram a few years ago, the platform is the go-to social network for 48% of people who need help choosing destinations to visit on their next getaway and 35% of them use Instagram to get inspired and discover new places.
So, to get you inspired, Hard Rock Las Vegas compiled five unique Las Vegas attractions that have serious Instagram appeal. We’re not talking about the usual suspects – the Las Vegas sign or the Fountains of Bellagio. No, we’re thinking outside-the-box and suggesting places for Vegas photos that are unique. Every destination has a distinct landscape and story to tell, below are the top Las Vegas photo shoot locations for swoon-worthy photos.
Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains
About 10 miles south of Las Vegas, along Interstate 15, you’ll spot seven sets of colorful, stacked boulders towering over 30 feet tall. This large-scale, public art installation was created by renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, and dubbed Seven Magic Mountains. This Las Vegas attraction features seven 30 to 35-foot tall brightly-painted, locally-sourced boulders. According to Rondinone, the location is physically and symbolically mid-way between the natural and the artificial. The natural environment is expressed by the mountain ranges, the desert, and the Jean Dry Lake backdrop. The artificial environment is expressed by the highway and the constant flow of traffic between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. With these two environments coming together, Seven Magic Mountains is one of the top things to see in Vegas.
Neon Boneyard at the Neon Museum
The Neon Museum is 2.6-acres of Las Vegas history through the city’s most iconic art form – the neon sign. The outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard houses historic neon signs from casinos and businesses of Las Vegas. Each neon sign holds a story about who created it and why it was important to the city. Pieces found at this Las Vegas attraction include signage from the Stardust, Riviera, Desert Inn, Caesars Palace and many more. If you want a photo that says Vegas, there’s nothing quite like taking it amidst the glitz and glamour of the neon lights of the past.
Red Rock Canyon
Known for its towering red sandstone peaks, Red Rock Canyon features a 13-mile scenic drive, 30 miles of hiking trails, and a number of unique desert plants and wildlife, making it an iconic Las Vegas photo shoot location. The canyon is located just 17 miles from the Las Vegas Strip and is well-worth the drive to the desert. You can fill your Instagram feed with the stunning Vegas photos of the red rocks and the natural beauty of the desert.
At 40-feet tall you can’t miss Bliss Dance, one of the city’s newer art sculptures offering visitors a unique Las Vegas attraction. Created by artist Marco Cochrane, the dancing woman celebrates the strength of a woman who is both safe and present. This art installation inhabits The Park, MGM International’s outdoor dining and entertainment district, providing the perfect location to take an iconic Vegas photo. The structure weighs more than 7,500 pounds, glimmers during the day, and is illuminated by 3,000 colored LED lights by night. Talk about an Instagram-worthy picture!
Mantis at Downtown Container Park
Greeting visitors at the entrance to Downtown Container Park, an open-air shopping and entertainment venue, is a giant, metallic, female, praying mantis. This Las Vegas attraction was created by aerospace engineer Kirk Jellum the 150:1 scale exact replica of a female praying mantis shoots 6-story high flames of liquid propane from its antennae. At 40-feet tall and 30-feet wide, The Mantis was actually a gift to Jellum’s wife on their first wedding anniversary. So if you’re planning an evening out on the Fremont Street Experience, make sure to stop by this Las Vegas photo shoot location for an iconic photo op.
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