Fabulous Las Vegas Sign | Welcoming Visitors Since 1959

by Denise Marie

The Fabulous Las Vegas Sign welcomes visitors into the Las Vegas Strip. This iconic neon sign is a popular stopping point for anyone who’d like to take some memorable photos in Sin City.

History, Fun Facts and Experience

Architect Betty Willis designed the Fabulous Las Vegas Sign in the late 1950’s. She was commissioned by businessman Ted Rogich to create a unique installation to welcome visitors to the rapidly growing city. Rogich was fascinated by the array of neon signs that were installed on the city’s signature casinos, nightclubs and other venues that thrived at night. The generous Willis donated the sign to the city, so she never filed for any copyright claims. Rogich paid Willis approximately $4,000 for the project that would eventually become a local landmark.

Today, the Young Electric Sign Company claims official ownership of this signature neon sign. However, Clark County leases the sign from the YESC. In 2008, local municipal leaders approved the opening of a parking lot near this attraction, which was fairly inaccessible off the busy Las Vegas Boulevard. Since then, the paved walkways and parking lot have allowed visitors to spend lots of time near the sign without significant queues or crowding.

The Fabulous Las Vegas Sign has a vertical height of approximately 25 feet, and it measures about 40 feet in width. Traditional incandescent light bulbs illuminate the edges of the sign at night. Facing southbound traffic, the back end of the sign reads “Drive Carefully Come Back Soon” in red and blue. Tall palm trees, resorts on The Strip and airplanes at McCarran International Airport create great backgrounds for photos that are taken near the sign.

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Location and How to Get There

The Fabulous Las Vegas Sign stands on a median that divides the northbound and southbound lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard South. This famous landmark unofficially marks the southern tip of the Strip. Connecting The Strip with the Downtown district, the SDX and DUECE bus routes stop near this signature sign. You may also take the 104 bus line to this iconic installation.

Notable resorts that are within walking distance from the sign include the Four Seasons and Mandalay Bay. If you’re driving by car, follow Interstate 15 to exit 36, which leads to Russell Road. The attraction is located near the corner of this road and South Las Vegas Boulevard South. Free parking is accessible from the southbound lanes of the busy boulevard.

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Ethel M Chocolate Factory | The Best Chocolate Experience in Las Vegas

by Denise Marie

Located just outside of Las Vegas, the Ethel M Chocolate Factory produces gourmet chocolate for the local marketplace. This facility offers self-guided tours for visitors who’d like to see how the candy is made. The Ethel M company manufactures a variety of dark and milk chocolates with premium fillings, such as peanut butter, pecan and lemon. An on-site botanical garden, cafe and gift shop are some other highlights of the chocolate factory.

Ethel M Chocolate Factory

The Ethel M Chocolate Factory tasting room

Factory Highlights

The Ethel M Chocolate Factory owns and manages the Cactus Garden, a 3-acre botanical oasis that’s one of the largest of its kind in the American Southwest region. Visitors can stroll meandering trails that are surrounded by more than 300 species of succulents and cacti. Most of the plants at this desert-type garden are native to Nevada and Arizona. Some of the species at the Cactus Garden are imported from Australia and South America.

After admiring the botanical attraction, you can enjoy light treats at the Cactus Garden Cafe. This modern eatery serves the pecan brittle Mojave milkshake, espressos and other refreshing beverages. You can also taste some of the cafe’s signature fresh-made bites, like the chocolate-covered oranges and strawberries. Handmade brownies and cupcakes with seasonal flavors are also sold at the signature cafe.

If you’re interested in exploring the behind-the-scenes action at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory, take the self-guided Viewing Aisle tour. As you navigate the facility, you’ll see experienced chocolatiers at work. You’ll also view the automated procedures that yield large batches of chocolate candies that eventually end up at regional stores. After the tour, you’ll probably develop some cravings for the company’s famous treats. Fortunately, the on-site Chocolate Shoppe is stocked with the latest selections of chocolate candies with delicious fillings, such as butter pecan and creme.

Do you want to learn more about the company? Take the Chocolate Tasting Class. Some of the sessions focus on the subtle details relating to the taste, texture and other characteristics of the candy. Wine tasting is also integrated into some of the classes at this chocolate factory.

Location and How To Get There

Situated in the northern end of Henderson, the Ethel M Chocolate Factory is just a short drive from the Las Vegas Strip. Free on-site parking is accessible just off Sunset Way. You can also take the Regional Transportation Commission 212 bus and get off on East Sunset Road. Interstate 515 links downtown Las Vegas with this commercialized area of Henderson.

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Las Vegas Monorail | Modern Transit with Convenient Locations

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Running for about 4 miles, the Las Vegas Monorail offers express transportation on the Las Vegas Strip. This modern transit service stops at seven stations that are conveniently located near major resorts, casinos and other venues. A ride on the elevated monorail tracks is also a cool sightseeing experience in the heart of Sin City.

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Brief Background and History

The Las Vegas Monorail originally opened in 1995 as part of major transportation expansions on the Strip. In its early years, this rail system ran between Bally’s and the MGM Grand. Bombardier Transportation has played a major role in developing the trains for this innovative transit system. Five years after opening, the monorail system was officially absorbed by a nonprofit entity that was carefully selected by the state legislature.

Stations, Service and Attractions

The MGM Grand Station is the southern terminal of the Las Vegas Monorail. Some of the Strip’s top shows and nightlife events are hosted by the MGM Grand. For example, the massive Hakkasan nightclub is within walking distance from the station. Cirque de Soleil is another major entertainment highlight at this iconic resort.

The monorail tracks also meander through other notable resorts on the Strip, such as Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas. A single station is also designated for the Flamingo and Caesar’s Palace. After stopping at Harrah’s and the LINQ, the Las Vegas Monorail takes a sharp turn heading northbound. One of the largest meeting venues in North America, the Las Vegas Convention Center has its own station along the monorail system. There’s also a station at the nearby Westgate Las Vegas, a well-established hotel that opened in the late 1960’s.

The Sahara Station is the northern terminal of the Monorail. In business since the 1950’s, the Sahara is one of the oldest hotels on the Strip. The northern end of the monorail system is also within walking distance of the iconic Stratosphere Tower that offers the best aerial views of the city. Click for a map of the Las Vegas Monorail system.

The Las Vegas Monorail trains typically arrive at each station every five to six minutes for most of the day. Automated ticket vending machines are installed at all stations, and mobile tickets may also be used to pay for the fare. Passengers can purchase tickets for a one-way ride or unlimited rides for multiple days. The service operates every day of the year, between 7am and 3am.

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