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Top Spots In Las Vegas To Watch The Sunset

October 26, 2013 5:00 AM

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Las Vegas locals know that with the slightest cloud cover, this town has some of the most spectacular sunsets. There are numerous spots from which you have the best vantage point, but there are a few select areas that are almost guaranteed to have the best views of all. If you’re feeling romantic, want to dance the night away or if you simply want to enjoy the beauty of the sun going down while the city lights come up, check out one of the following spots for the best places in town to watch the sunset.

VooDoo Lounge at the Rio
3700 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 777-6875
www.riolasvegas.com

At a height of 50 stories, nestled on top of the Rio All-Star Hotel and Casino, the VooDoo Lounge provides one of the best late-night views of Las Vegas. Since it’s located on the west side of town, you can see the city laid out before you with the backdrop of the desert in the distance, providing the perfect spot for watching the sun descend behind the mountains as the lights of Las Vegas blink on to celebrate the evening. The lounge opens nightly at 9 p.m.

Red Rock Canyon
Scenic Loop Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89161
(702) 515-5367www.redrockcanyonlv.org

Red Rock Canyon features nature in all her splendor, with chiseled layers of rock that glow the most beautiful shades of red as the sun goes down. This is one of the most spectacular natural vistas in the Las Vegas area, close enough to town to be accessible, but far enough away to seem to be in a world of its own. According to some locals, when you drive past the main entrance, on the right side you’ll find a little place to pull off to take pictures. Make sure you stop there and rest for a bit as night falls. Have your camera ready, because this is touted as the best vantage point with the most stunning view of the sun going down behind the mountains. The scenic loop is open daily, with seasonal time changes.

Stratosphere Observation Deck
2000 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 380-7777
www.stratospherehotel.com

The observation deck on the freestanding tower of the Stratosphere is the highest observation deck in the United States. This is the best place to get beautiful photos of Las Vegas from every different angle. Its location on the north side of the Strip allows you to see the desert sunset from an amazing 360-degree vantage point. You can enjoy the spectacular sunset indoors, from the enclosed Observation Deck – featuring angled windows and air-conditioned comfort – or, if you are more daring, you can visit the Outdoor Observation Deck to experience a desert view from 1,000 feet above the ground. Whether you choose to enjoy a cocktail, a meal or an Outdoor Tower Ride is up to you. Those in the know agree that the view is to die for.

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Paris Observation Deck and Eiffel Tower Restaurant
Paris Las Vegas
3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 946-7000
www.parislasvegas.com

Reminiscent of its namesake, the Paris Hotel and Casino is one of the most enchanting hotspots in town. While the elevator rises to the observation deck situated 460 feet above the heart of the Strip, the panoramic view can be breathtaking, especially at dusk. The Eiffel Town Restaurant also provides one of Las Vegas’ most romantic dining experiences as you enjoy a delicious meal while watching the sun set and the city lights come on. This is a natural place for marriage proposals, for newlywed couples to celebrate their big day or for those couples who are enjoying an anniversary.

Bonnie Springs Ranch
16395 Bonnie Springs Road
Las Vegas, NV 89004
(702) 875-4191
www.bonniesprings.com

Locals agree that Bonnie Springs is one of the most unique places from which you can catch a spectacular (and rustic) view of the sunset. Head west on Charleston Boulevard towards the Red Rock Canyon Recreation area. When you reach Bonnie Springs Ranch, you will find a coffee shop/restaurant with a big open-pit fireplace. Ask for a cup of coffee and watch the sun set, just like the cowboys of bygone days. You may want to enjoy this after experiencing the ambiance of the Wild West town, just to set the stage. No ties allowed!

Related: Best Places For Rekindling Romance In Las Vegas

Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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