It’s the only place in the world where you can you see a pyramid, medieval castle, erupting volcano, pirate ship, the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower in the same place. Stretching out over four miles, the Las Vegas Strip is a greatest hits album in the form of real estate. If there’s one thing that every visitor in Sin City needs to see, it’s the Strip at night. When the sun sets, the Strip comes alive with all of the lights and attractions that draw more than 37 million visitors each year. People everywhere recognize the legendary skyline, but seeing it for yourself is awe-inspiring. We’ve put together a list of the best places in Vegas to get a spectacular view of the most famous road in the world.
Bars, Nightclub and Lounges
Where: Mandalay Bay
Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay is located on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip and 43 stories up. The outside balcony offers unprecedented views of the city’s legendary skyline. From the balcony, the letters spelling out “Mandalay Bay” on the side of hotel are almost at eye level. The venue was once a members-only club, and while the restaurant still is for members-only, the club portion is open to the public willing to pay the cover charge. A combination of lounge and nightclub, the ambiance at the Foundation Room incorporates the best of both worlds. Here you can chill with a drink, admire the cool vibe inside and enjoy and amazing view from the balcony.
Where: THEhotel at Mandalay Bay
While you’re at Mandalay Bay, you can also check out the amazing view from Mix. The restaurant and lounge is located 64 stories up and features incredible views and two outdoor patios. Those aren’t the only place in this venue with a view. You can continue to marvel at the Strip and surrounding area even when you’re in the bathroom. From the outside the bathroom looks like a gold mirror, but from the other side (where the bathroom is) you can see a beautiful view of the Strip. Now that’s taking care of business.
Where: Mandarin Oriental
Most visitors don’t know about this bar, and that’s a good thing. Located on the hotel’s 23rd floor and featuring modern décor and floor-to-ceiling windows, Mandarin Bar offers plenty to admire both inside and out. No matter where you sit, the view is unparalleled. The up-scale lounge features live music from 7 – 11 p.m. on Wednesday -Thursday and 9:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. on Friday – Saturday. The drink menu features everything you’d expect and more like the Mandarin Martini and several other concoctions that focus on high-end spirits paired with fresh fruit or herbs.
Check out the view from up top at Ghostbar at the Palms. Located 55 stories up, this nightspot has staggering views of the Strip. What really sets this venue apart is its glass-panel-floor balcony. The glass panel lets you stare down at the Palms Pool and Bungalows on the ground below. When you’re done looking down, make sure to check out the surrounding scenery both in the club and in the distance. Ghostbar is more of a lounge than a club. There’s some dancing, but there isn’t a dance floor. What you will find is a hip atmosphere to throw back a few drinks and appreciate the view, whether you’re looking at the skyline or a fellow reveler.
If you’re at the Palms and the thought of a glass-floor balcony sounds too haunting, then reach for the Moon. Located in the Palms Fantasy Tower on top of the Playboy Club, Moon features two-levels of bacchanalia. The dance floor has interchanging flashing lights and various laser effects that light up the room. When things get really hot, the roof slides open filling the room with fresh air. In the warmer summer months the roof stays open for revelers to dance the night away under the stars. You can also cool off by heading to the balcony which offers breathtaking views of the valley.
Perched 51 stories up, VooDoo Lounge at Rio is a prime place to party with a view of the Strip. The venue features both a restaurant, VooDoo Steak, and a nightclub, VooDoo Lounge. The restaurant offers a Creole-inspired menu created by Chef Lam Vongsakoun. In the lounge guests can enjoy views from inside and the outdoor patio area. Each area has its own vibe and DJ. Aside from the scenic views, there’s plenty to look at inside when VooDoo’s flair bartenders go to work. The lounge offers more than 40 specialty drinks including their infamous concoction, the “Witch Doctor.”
Stratosphere Observation Deck
Things are looking up. Located on the north end of the Strip, the 1,149-foot-tall Stratosphere Tower features a view of the entire city. The observation deck is set at 869 feet high and offers a 360-degree view of the Vegas valley and both an indoor and outdoor viewing area. The outdoor observation deck is the tallest of its kind in the country. If you really want a unique view, try out one of the thrill rides located on top of the tower including, The Big Shot, SkyJump Las Vegas, Insanity the Ride and X Scream.
Where: Paris Las Vegas
Romance abounds at the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas. Located center-Strip, visitors can indulge in the tower’s charming ambience almost 50 stories above the ground. The observation deck stands at 460 feet offering visitors views of the entire Vegas valley. This replica is about half the size of the structure in France, but it’s symbol as an amorous destination hasn’t diminished. Of course, this is a fun destination for any traveler, but there’s no denying its appeal for couples. Like the real tower, this attraction also features a glass elevator where you can admire the view during your ascent to the top.
Where: The Cosmopolitan
Here you can dine al fresco with a picturesque backdrop. Located on the third floor of the Cosmopolitan, Comme Ça is a modern French Bistro created by Chef David Myers. The main dining room features floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a fantastic view of the Strip. Things get even better on the patio where you can enjoy your meal and a view of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas.
Mon Ami Gabi
Where: Paris Las Vegas
Speaking of the city of love, there’s more to relish at Mon Ami Gabi located in the front of Paris Las Vegas. The restaurant’s French steakhouse theme and outdoor patio overlooking the Strip make it feel like you’re dining in France. However, the scenery is different. Instead of Paris, you’re at the perfect vantage point to see the fountains in front of the Bellagio. Its awesome location makes Mon Ami Gabi one of the best spots on the Strip for open-air dining with a view.
You can also experience a great view of the Strip without ever having to leave your room. Many hotels offer rooms with a Strip view, but you have to pay a premium for this luxury. If you want to ensure a good view, make sure to select a room that says it offers a Strip view and is on a high level floor. Some of our suggestions are the Lakeview Resort Deluxe room at the Bellagio or one of the Premium View rooms at the Cosmopolitan. These rooms feature a balcony and a view, now that’s waking up on the right side of the bed.