Seven Magic Mountains
The art installation of Seven Magic Mountains can be easily seen from I15 because of its high 35-foot towers with multi-colored boulders protruding from the desert east of I15 around 10 miles south of Vegas. This impressive public artwork is a creation of Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. These neon colored hoodoos resemble the natural rock formations in the Southwest except that heavy equipment put the locally-sourced boulders into place rather than being sculpted naturally by wind and rain. The art installation will be exhibited until the end of 2021 following the successful effort to prolong its stay. The art installation’s setting against the Jean Dry Lake background as well as the desert around it is worth capturing and exploring at all angles. Although Seven Magic Mountains is not the usual work of art, it is a one-of-a-kind creation with its engineering plus it is free to visit.
The Mirage Volcano comes to life as it spews flames and nicely impersonates a real volcano 3 times a day. Groups of visitors come early to get a view of the iconic attraction. It is Vegas’ first exterior entertainment of its kind when it first surfaced on the Strip. Whenever the volcano erupts, the whole lagoon area fronting the Mirage becomes alive. The lava can be mistaken for the real thing except that the special effects at the Mirage are not dangerous at all. Instead, the volcano is worthy of Hollywood fame and is so much fun to watch. The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and Indian musician Zakir Hussain created the eruption’s exclusive soundtrack.
Fountains of Bellagio
Another iconic attraction of Las Vegas is the Fountains of Bellagio’s dancing waters. Jets of water that shoot hundreds of feet into air dance gracefully and race about in patterns on Lake Bellagio’s surface. All the water movements are matched with popular tunes, some of which are Vegas-y( like the songs of Elvis and Sinatra) though there are also lots of classical, toe-tapping and romantic music. The elaborate show captivates visitors and the best part is it is free plus the attraction is for general patronage. Anyone who watches the show will want to see it again since it is enchanting, whether people watch it once or several times.
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
Visiting Las Vegas is never complete without going to this landmark. This famous neon sign, which Betty Willis designed in 1959, welcomes millions of people who visit Las Vegas every year. Since Willis did not copyright the design, the sign became identical with Las Vegas so it shows up on every kind of artwork and souvenir. It was on May 1, 2009 when the landmark sign became officially included in the National Register of Historic Places. For several years, the sign was seen on the town outskirts, standing in the median to welcome drivers but at present, it is in the midst of hotels and because of its popularity, a parking lot was built for it.