It was 57 years ago to this day that Elvis Presley performed his first show in Las Vegas. Elvis was just 21 years old when he was booked in the Venus Room at the New Frontier hotel. But it wasn’t until The International hotel opened in 1969 (later the Hilton and now LVH), that Elvis truly became a Las Vegas legend.
Nowadays there’s no shortage of places to revisit the King’s legacy. For instance, you can interact with him in a building he will not be leaving — the Viva Vegas room at Madame Tussauds at the Venetian, where Elvis lives on as a wax figure, and even speaks a few phrases.
Elvis Presley Enterprises hosts the 4th annual Las Vegas Ultimate Tribute Artist Contest on the 1st Street Stage at Fremont Street Experience from 8 p.m. to midnight on May 10 and 11. Contestants will compete for a spot in the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis, and a $2,500 cash prize.
Here are some of the other places where you can see Elvis in Vegas:
- Gold Boutique Nightclub and Lounge: A 1950s-inspired lounge at Aria representing the style of performers like Elvis.
- LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino: A statue dedicated in his honor is on display in front of the hotel, which was once his Las Vegas headquarters. While you’re there, check out The King starring Trent Carlini in the Shimmer Cabaret.
- Legends in Concert: A long running tribute show that includes an Elvis impersonator.
- Elvis weddings: Get married in Vegas with an Elvis impersonator as your officiant.