A glass of champagne, sunset, and a view of the neon desert. The perfect evening in Las Vegas is elevated—literally—by the perfect view. Fortunately, there are plenty of picture-perfect perches to choose from when seeking out the best vantage point in the city. From the Strip to Downtown Las Vegas to the airspace above it all, these are eight of the best views in town.
If you prefer sleek lounges to thumping nightclubs, SkyBar at Waldorf Astoria is exactly where you want to be after dark. Take the elevator to the 23rd floor of the Waldorf Astoria (formerly the Mandarin Oriental) and see the lights of Las Vegas through floor-to-ceiling windows. The cocktail list here is just as impressive as the view. The thoughtfully illustrated menu serves as an homage to the history of the city, with cocktails inspired by the Old Spanish Trail, the Block 16 red-light district, the atomic age, and other Vegas eras.
For a view of Las Vegas from the south end of the Strip, head to the Delano and then up, up, up to the Skyfall Lounge, an indoor/outdoor venue that overlooks the Luxor and beyond. Stop by at sunset for classic cocktails, charcuterie, and chickpea fritters on the open-air patio, or swing by later in the evening for DJs and dancing.
Just next door to the Skyfall Lounge at Mandalay Bay, the Foundation Room is another elegant lounge that also features a sweeping balcony and an indoor space with the same sumptuous views of the city from the south Strip. Come at sunset for laid back (but decidedly upscale) vibes and then stick around after dark when the space transforms into an intimate yet wild party with dancing, DJs, and mischief.
Say oui to an evening in Paris without ever leaving Las Vegas at the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck. From the casino floor, an elevator takes you 46 floors up to a viewing deck inside the Eiffel Tower (a one-third size replica of the real thing). Feel like lingering in France? Book dinner reservations a few floors down at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, which features French cuisine and captivating views of the Fountains at Bellagio across the street.
Even Las Vegas locals who avoid the Strip can’t say no to happy hour at 107 SkyLounge. Located on the 107th floor of the Strat (hence the name), this lounge offers panoramic views of the Strip from the north and a fantastic happy hour from 4-7 p.m. that includes half-off cocktails. Take your drink to the observation deck for sunset views, or stay inside and watch bungee jumpers fly past the windows.
For a Las Vegas view, you’ll never forget, it’s hard to beat a helicopter tour of the Strip. Book your 12-15 flight through Maverick and glide over the city, getting a sky-high perspective of classic Las Vegas landmarks including Caesars Palace, the Bellagio, Eiffel Tower, The Strat, Wynn, Venetian, Allegiant Stadium, and T-Mobile Arena (home to the Las Vegas Raiders and the Vegas Golden Knights, respectively). Or opt for the Savory Bites and Neon Lights tour through Lip Smacking Foodie Tours which includes a tour of four of the best restaurants in Las Vegas, a helicopter tour of the Strip, and a limo ride back to your hotel.
When Circa Resort & Casino opened in 2020, Downtown Las Vegas got its first newly built hotel in 40 years—it also got a buzzy new rooftop cocktail lounge. Located on the 60th floor, Legacy Club dazzles with DTLV views. On cooler evenings, you can gather around a fire pit with a signature cocktail, including shareable options. Don’t miss the glass case of 500 gold bars (with a handy display indicating the value based on current gold prices) on your way in.
Las Vegas is home to many record-breaking things (the world’s largest video screen at the Fremont Street Experience, the world’s tallest chocolate fountain at the Bellagio…the list goes on). One such record-breaker is the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel at 550 feet—and one of the best views of Las Vegas. Climb inside an enclosed cabin for a 30-minute ride. This is Vegas, so you can bring your cocktail from the bar with you, or even opt for a Happy Half Hour with an open bar in the cabin.