Las Vegas strip aerial view cityscape in Nevada USA. View from the south side of the Strip, showing the Bellagio Fountains in the foreground. Along with some other of the best landmarks in Nevada.

To see all the best landmarks in one state, you’d usually have to drive from one end of the state to the other. But that’s not the case in Nevada. According to tourists, the best landmarks that Nevada has to offer all lie within the bottom half of the state. And all within 50 miles of each other.

The Best Landmarks In Nevada Are All In Clark County

Architecture Lab is a group of people who are passionate about architecture, art and design. They recently conducted a study with data they pulled from TripAdvisor, using the site’s traveller rankings. The data measured what tourists thought were the top-rated landmark in each state.

Other states, according to this survey, have their top five landmarks spread out. California’s top sites stretch from the Santa Monica Pier, in Southern California, to the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island up north in San Francisco. Idaho’s top landmarks start in Coeur d’Alene in the upper north west and stretch down to the southeast in Idaho Falls.

Even Hawaii has its top landmarks more spread out than we do here in Nevada. Their top sites reach from the Vanillerie on the island of Hawai’i to the Lydgate Farms Kauaʻi Chocolate on the island Kauaʻi. The only other state in the survey that has the most popular landmarks as close to each other as Nevada does is Rhode Island. And, according to a-z-animals.com, that state is 91 times smaller than we are.

Where To Find The Best Landmarks In Nevada

Basically, if Nevada were a ship that was weighed down with the greatest landmarks, we’d flip over on the south side. Even though Tahoe and Reno are on our state map, they’re not doing us any favors when it comes to great landmarks. At least not according to this data. Which really goes to show that Clark County is kind of bringing it for the whole state. And by “it”, I mean the tourists with the bucket lists.

So where are the five best landmarks in the Nevada? According to this survey, they’re all within 50 miles of the Las Vegas Strip.

  • 5. Allegiant Stadium

    Exterior shot of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The northside shows signage of Super Bowl LVIII. The stadium is a shiny black. The I-15 freeway in Las Vegas is in the foreground.

    An exterior view of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas shows signage for Super Bowl LVIII. The stadium was completed in 2020 to be the home of the Las Vegas Raiders when they were acquired from Oakland.

    Compared to other sports arenas, Allegiant Stadium has some of its own unique features. Being one of the newest stadiums to have been built, it definitely has a more slick, modern look than its architectural predecessors. And since it’s next to the I-15 freeway in Las Vegas, away from the tall hotels nearby, it kind of looks like a huge spaceship that just landed in the middle of an open field.

    Allegiant also has a somewhat rare feature that many other stadiums don’t have. The field is actually on a huge moving tray that can come completely out from under the stadium so it can be worked on under the open air and sun. It’s like a gigantic version of that plastic tray that you can pull out from under the dog crate to change the paper. But much less smelly.

  • 4. The Strip

    A picture of the Las Vegas strip at night taken from a high vantage point. The view is north along the mid-strip area. The High Roller and Flamingo Hotel are among the buildings on the right. Caesars Palace and Treasure Island among the hotels on the left. The lighting makes most of the buildings look white and yellow. The High Roller is glowing blue.

    A picture of the Las Vegas strip at night taken from a high vantage point. The view is north along the mid-strip area. The High Roller and Flamingo Hotel are among the buildings on the right. Caesars Palace and Treasure Island among the hotels on the left.

    I don’t know, guys. This seems kind of like a throwaway vote, since there are so many individual architectural wonders on the Strip. The Eiffel Tower, the Luxor, the STRAT. All worthy of their own vote in this survey. Maybe the tourists that voted just couldn’t decide which is the coolest landmark on Las Vegas Blvd. So they just picked the Strip as a whole. Which means the two landmarks on this list that are on LV Blvd are even more amazing in their own right, right?

  • 3. High Roller

    An aerial view shows the High Roller at The Linq Promenade in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is daytime and the surrounding parking garages have white roofs. The High Roller is also white, and not illuminated during the day.

    An aerial view shows the High Roller at The Linq Promenade in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tourists from all over the world come to take a ride on the wheel, which provides unique sights overlooking the Las Vegas Strip.

    I’ve heard a lot of tourists refer to this as a ferris wheel. That will lead to some inevitable disappointment, as this landmark barely goes fast enough to see that it’s moving at all. The High Roller is actually an observation wheel. Appropriately named because it gives you the best views of the Las Vegas Strip from 550 feet off the ground.

    I’ve ridden this giant a few times. It’s huge. It’s actually the tallest observation wheel in the world. And each one of its 28 cabins can hold 40 people, so says visitlasvegas.com. And at a speed of one foot per minute, it takes about half an hour to get all the way around.

  • 2. Hoover Dam Bypass

    An aerial view shows the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge part of the Hoover Dam Bypass Project in front of the Hoover Dam in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. In the background is Lake Mead.

    An aerial view shows the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge part of the Hoover Dam Bypass Project in front of the Hoover Dam October 26, 2010 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. The structure sits 890 feet above the Colorado River, about a quarter of a mile downstream from the Hoover Dam. The USD 240 million four-lane bypass project to relieve vehicle traffic on the Hoover Dam began in 2003, and opened to traffic on October 19.

    Yes. All day long this one gets my vote. Look at this thing. It’s an architectural marvel. The 2,000 foot long bridge was finished in 2010, giving travelers another travel option to get from the Arizona side of the Colorado River to the Nevada side. Which was very needed at the time construction started. Travel was restricted crossing the dam at that time. So, many drivers chose the switchback roads in the area, which lead to a lot of congestion.

    I lived in Las Vegas when this thing was finished. It was the coolest thing to happen to the Hoover Dam since Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek had that baby on the state line.

  • 1. Fountains of Bellagio

    An aerial photo shows the Bellagio fountain show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The view is from the north, showing the Bellagio Hotel on the right, the fountain in the middle, and the Las Vegas Strip on the left. The fountains are spraying mid-show.

    An aerial photo shows the Bellagio fountain show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fountain show goes off every hour or half hour, depending on the day. Delighting passers by on the Las Vegas Strip.

    I’ve never noticed it before, but the aerial view of the Bellagio Fountains looks a lot like the fountains at Disneyland’s Pixar Pier. Both an impressive underwater series of tracks, this one designed to push water as high as 460 feet in the air, according to bellagio.com. Although the architecture is out of view at street level, it’s easy to see why this gets the number one landmark vote from tourists.

    The fountains go off every day and are set to different types of music and lights. It’s the perfect romantic spot to pop the question. And the best spot to watch any holiday-themed water show as well. Tourists often gather in front of the Bellagio fences to watch the action. But locals know you can get brunch with the same view if you get a table across the street at Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris Hotel & Casino.

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