Las Vegas may be known as the perfect destination for spontaneous, fun-loving couples — who don’t mind losing money — but there’s something here for everyone, from party people to quiet nature lovers. If gambling, fancy meals, and nightlife aren’t your thing, Vegas offers the perfect jumping-off spot for some of the country’s most beautiful national parks, preserves and other outdoorsy locations including the Grand Canyon.
Tip 1: If you don’t like casinos, gambling or showy hotels, then head outdoors for Red Rock Canyon or the Grand Canyon.
Tip 2: Vegas has art these days so consider places like the Neon Museum or Mob Museum.
Since Sin City is located smack dab in the middle of the desert, the best times to visit are in the spring and fall, when the weather is sunny and warm but not too hot.
Getting there: It’s incredibly easy to get to Las Vegas from anywhere within the continental United States, with most major airlines offering discounted flights numerous times throughout the year. City authorities just mandated fixed taxi rates from McCarran International Airport to set zones on the Las Vegas Strip, so you no longer have to worry about price gouging between the airport and your hotel.
If you’re considering Las Vegas for a proposal, chances are high that you’re not shy. There are dozens of event companies in the city that are prepared to help you plan and pull off the perfect experience, like the flash mob you’ve always wanted. Regardless of the proposal location you choose, we suggest booking a photographer ahead of time to help you reminisce over your special moment. We recommend a service like Flytographer, which provides a database of local photographers along with their portfolios.
As always, a thoughtful fiancé is the best kind of fiancé: it never hurts to make sure your lady love has a chance to get a manicure before you put her hands, sporting your new ring, on full photo blast. The great thing about choosing Vegas as a proposal destination is that nail salons can be found anywhere, with unrivaled availability for the most part. And because the city has a reputation for glitz and glam, she’ll be less likely to suspect something is up when you hand her a crisp Benjamin and send her off to the spa for some pampering.
The 10 Best Places to Propose in Las Vegas
Most Iconic Las Vegas Proposal: The BellagioBellagio Hotel and Casino, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
If you’re an extrovert proposing to an extrovert in Las Vegas, the famous Strip with its 24/7 sparkling lights offers one of the most iconic backdrops possible. If you’re looking for a crowd to celebrate with, pick out a prime spot in front of the Bellagio fountains before the start of each show, which takes place once every half an hour between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., or every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight every day.
If it’s too hot to brave the sun for your special moment, head into the Chihuly Gardens within the Bellagio Hotel so you can pop the question amid stunning flora and fauna, both natural and of the glass-blown variety. Round out your evening of romance with a lakefront view of the fountains on the terrace of the hotel’s signature restaurant, Picasso, featuring some of the city’s finest cuisine.
If you want your photographer to get some of the fountain in the background or capture the Eiffel Tower in all its miniature glory, head up to the Bellagio walkways for your photos, preferably around sunset. From there, you’ll be able to get a bird’s-eye view of the waterworks, the Strip and of Paris Las Vegas across the street, all against a colorful backdrop of the majestic sunset sky. (Photo by @denniskwanphoto)
Most Romantic Proposal in Las Vegas: Gondola Ride at the Venetian Grand CanalVenetian Resort Hotel Casino, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Venice is one of the most romantic destinations in the world, and the gondolas at the namesake Venetian Hotel in Vegas offer a similar dreamy experience for lovers. Pricing for a private gondola ride for two begins at $116 ($156 during peak times). Don’t forget to arrange for your photographer to be on board the boat, if you so desire.
Not sure how to get a photographer and still keep the proposal a surprise? Tell bae that you’ve finally booked her the photoshoot she’s been begging for. She’ll be thrilled and dressed to the nines — and hopefully still in the dark about your ulterior plan.
If a romantic glide down the Grand Canal isn’t fancy enough, consider timing your ride to coincide with the twice-daily Gondolier March for a unique photo opportunity, when a team of gondoliers marches down the waterfront, singing in unison beginning at 9:50 a.m. and at 4:20 p.m. each day at the gondola turnaround in the Grand Canal Shoppes.
If your sweetheart loves a good romantic gesture, it isn’t a bad idea to plan your special weekend around a stay at The Venetian. Not only does this make it easy for you to position yourself for the perfect moment, it also gives you the opportunity to win her heart a second time around with a late-night snack at Noodle Asia, the scrumptious Chinese restaurant located on the casino floor in the hotel, which doesn’t close until 3 a.m. (Photo by @fwluxe)
Best Spontaneous Elopement in Las Vegas: The Elvis Wedding ChapelElvis Chapel Las Vegas, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
They say that when you know, you know. Eloping isn’t for everyone, but every now and then for the right couple, it’s the perfect move. If you’re spontaneous about your fun but certain about your future together, stop into the iconic Elvis Chapel just a couple of miles north of the Strip.
Budget-conscious newlyweds can start off their new union on the right financial foot, with traditional weddings beginning at just $60 for a licensed officiant’s signature, or Elvis packages beginning at $195, which include several perks including the King himself* performing two songs and walking the bride down the aisle, if so desired.
*We’re legally required to disclose that it won’t really be Elvis. (Photo by @elvis_chapel)
Artsiest Proposal in Las Vegas: The Neon MuseumThe Neon Museum, Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV, USA
If you’re looking for a truly quirky backdrop for your proposal, consider the Neon Museum. Just north of the Las Vegas Strip, this distinct, colorful spot is a perfect place if your fiancée-to-be loves history, color, and vintage paraphernalia. The Neon Boneyard Main Collection features more than 200 vintage neon signs, each of which has a unique backstory behind its creation and the role it played in Las Vegas history. Restored signs are illuminated at all times, while unrestored signs are unlit by day and lit up by ground lighting at night. The museum also features themed exhibits throughout the year — now through Feb. 15, 2020, tickets to the Tim Burton exhibit are $30 per person.
The Neon Museum is a good spot to enlist a photography loving friend to do the honors of documenting your special moment. If you’re hiring a photographer, note that the Museum has strict rules about the type of equipment that can be used on the premises, as well as an extensive list of restrictions regarding how the images can be used. Check out the full list of criteria and fees here, and be sure to apply for your photo permit at least two weeks before your special date as the Museum does not approve same-day or next-day requests.
Signing up for a photo walk is one way to work around the strict guidelines. The Neon Museum offers several opportunities each month for hobby photographers to bring in cameras, tripods, and other gear to capture pictures for personal use. (Photo by @theemerics)
Best Adventure Proposal in Las Vegas: By Helicopter Over the Grand CanyonGrand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
This is the proposal where you use Las Vegas as a destination decoy to throw your beloved off your romantic scent. Since the Grand Canyon is technically located in Arizona, most people who fly into the area fly into the Phoenix airport. However, most major helicopter tour companies offer round-trip transportation to their helipads from many of the big Las Vegas hotels.
You can expect a flyover of the Grand Canyon to take about three to four hours with transportation time factored in, and it will cost you around $270 per person before all fees and optional gratuity. If you’d like to land at the bottom of the Canyon, prices begin at about $350 per person and a four-to-five-hour commitment.
If she’s your whole world and you want to give her the same, select a full-day tour package of the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Lake Mead for around seven hours and $650 per person before taxes and tip. (Photo by @tusen.skoena)
Most Gangsta Proposal in Las Vegas: The Mob MuseumThe Mob Museum, Stewart Avenue, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Whether your lady love is a true-crime junkie, a fanatic of mysteries, or a history aficionado, The Mob Museum is sure to stand out as the perfect retro scene for your love story—you plus her, in the speakeasy, with the ring. This nonprofit near historic Fremont Street showcases the history of organized crime in America and its larger-than-life impact on society, cinema, and pop culture.
After roaming the museum’s multilevel exhibits, wander down to the basement speakeasy for cocktails authentic to the era of Prohibition before pulling a quick draw of the ring in your pocket. If you believe in planning ahead, you can even work with museum staff to coordinate a special message on the flip-dot wall, pictured above.
Tickets begin at $26.95 per person, while a premium pass will get you into all permanent exhibits as well as two of the special rotating exhibits for $44.95 per person. 1920s-era attire is not required but highly encouraged. (Photo courtesy of The Mob Museum)
Most Flashy Proposal in Las Vegas: Fremont StreetFremont Street, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Fremont Street is the original Las Vegas boulevard, also nicknamed the Glitter Gulch for the abundant twinkling lights from neon signs and flashing marquees everywhere. If your bride-to-be is playful and spontaneous or enjoys a little Wild West flair, this is the perfect place to catch her attention — forever. For a little excitement, start out by hopping on the SlotZilla zipline. Tickets are $29 per person. You can even plaster your custom message, photo or video on the world’s largest screen, the massive overhead Viva Vision. Prices begin at $500 for a text-based message, and requests must be submitted at least two weeks in advance. (Photo courtesy of The Fremont Street Experience)
Most Transcendent Proposal in Las Vegas: Hot Air BalloonVegas Hot Air Sin City Balloon Rides LLC, East Sunset Road, Las Vegas, NV, USA
What better way to commemorate the rest of your lives together than by getting up early and soaring into the sunrise in a colorful hot air balloon? You’ll be able to see for miles, whether you’re looking at the bustle of downtown Las Vegas or the stark beauty of the desert on the other side.
A number of companies offer full-service packages including hotel pickup and transport to the flight site, and can include additional services such as brunch, private tours, and even a photographer or wedding officiant. Prices begin at $149 per person for a shared balloon, or private packages from $675.
If you do decide to go this route, remember that mornings can be chilly in the desert, even at the height of summer. Do your beloved a favor and pack her a warm layer, even if you don’t think she’ll need it. You’ll earn bonus brownie points if you grab something that looks photogenic at 2,500 feet in the sky. Trust me on this one. She’ll appreciate the thoughtfulness. (Photo courtesy of Vegas Hot Air Sin City Balloon Rides)
Most Outdoorsy Proposal: Red Rock CanyonRed Rock Canyon, Nevada, USA
Adventure-loving couples will be enchanted by the stunning crags of eponymously named Red Rock Canyon. These natural rock formations are just 15 miles west of Las Vegas and many trails are relatively easy to summit. If you aren’t big on hiking, cruise through the 13-mile route on four wheels instead.
The Calico Tanks trail is one of the most popular hikes because it’s relatively short at just 2.2 miles yet offers a bit of a challenge in exchange for beautiful geology as well as great views of the city in the distance. You’ll find some of the most scenic sights at the summit, so save your breath and the ring for the stunning backdrop.
Take an Uber out to Red Rock Canyon or rent a car for the day. If you decide to hike, it’s a good idea to rent a car, even if just for a few hours: cellphone reception can be spotty away from the city and it can be difficult to accurately communicate your location for pick-up when you’re ready to leave the canyon. Entry fees are $15 per vehicle, or $5 per person if you’re entering on foot. (Photo by @save_red_rock)
Most Retro Proposal: The Ghost Town of Nelson, NevadaNelson Ghost Town, Nelson Cutoff Road, Searchlight, Nevada, USA
Nelson isn’t a particularly inspiring name for a destination with a storied past. But back in 1775, this now deserted former mine was called Eldorado — “the golden” in Spanish — by Spaniards who discovered gold in the area now called Eldorado Canyon. Over the next 150 years, the region became notorious both for its buried treasure in the form of precious metals and for the wanton murders that took place on a regular basis over wealth disputes.
About 25 miles southwest of Las Vegas off Highway 95, Nelson has become a ghost town that’s popular for visitors interested in exploring a unique side of Nevada’s history. These days, you’ll find a number of original buildings from the town’s former mining days, as well as vintage gas pumps, abandoned vehicles, and other memorabilia from days gone by, including a Texaco sign and the remains of an old plane left over from the film set of the 2001 movie “Three Thousand Miles to Graceland.”
Nelson is the perfect destination for couples who love history, unique experiences, and beautiful, stark scenery. You’ll have a plethora of local photographers to choose from, many of whom will be familiar with the best times and locations to shoot in this ghost town. Photographers will need to pay a $10 fee at the general store upon arrival, although there may be exceptions for when and where you are allowed to shoot. If you can, stick around for some night shots. (Photo courtesy of Ivan Diana Photography)
Best bird’s-eye proposal in Las Vegas: The StratosphereThe Stratosphere, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
If your girl appreciates a good view but prefers to stay on solid ground, compromise by showing her a whole new world without putting a flying carpet (or hot air balloon) below her feet. Both the Stratosphere and the LINQ hotels offer great, unique options for getting a stunning view of the sparkling city lights and the desert beyond without breaking the bank. For the pranksters, you can even book an “I was just kidding” fake wedding package at the Chapel in the Clouds, as the Stratosphere venue is called, for just $250.
In order of Zen to adrenaline, here are your options for a memorable Las Vegas proposal above it all.
If you’d just like to stick with the view, consider the SkyPods for your special moment — the observation decks on levels 108 and 109 of the 1,149-foot-tall Stratosphere tower. Tickets begin at $20 and can be purchased on the hotel’s website in advance. If you’d like to stay a while, stop in at the 107 SkyLounge to enjoy resident DJs five nights a week and signature cocktails — there’s no cover charge.
Foodies who appreciate a unique view should consider dining at the Top of the World more than 800 feet above the Strip. Not only is this rotating restaurant “tops” for its lofty location, it also tops the award charts as 2018’s Best of Las Vegas winner for Best Fine Dining Restaurant, Best Romantic Spot, and Best Restaurant with a View, while holding the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 22 straight years, from 1996 to the present day. You won’t have to move a step to see it all: The restaurant rotates a full 360 degrees every 80 minutes.
Daredevils will appreciate the three rides available at the Stratosphere, including the Big Shot, Insanity, and X-Scream. Ride tickets must be purchased several weeks in advance, so plan well ahead for the thrill of your life, to be followed by the thrill of your life.
The Big Shot catapults riders from the Tower’s peak height of 1,081 feet, shooting them down to ground level before you can catch your breath. Insanity spins riders over the edge of the SkyPod at a height of 866 feet, propelling them to a 70-degree angle until they tilt forward facing the ground, then spins them back into open air at up to three-g speeds. Finally, X-Scream propels thrill-seekers 27 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere over 866 feet up in the air, dangling them weightlessly over the Strip before they are hauled back and dangled back over the edge once more. Each ride comes with admission to the SkyPod, and tickets are $30 per person. If you think she’ll want more and more and more, purchase the unlimited ride pass from $39.95 per person.
The truly adventurous can celebrate their leap into commitment by bungee jumping off the edge of the building. The SkyJump ledge sits 855 feet above the ground, and you’ll hurtle down at speeds approaching 40 miles per hour as you break records. That’s right: The Las Vegas SkyJump boasts the Guinness World Record for the world’s highest controlled descent. Tickets begin at $129.99 per person, and you’ll definitely need to book ahead of time to ensure you reserve the perfect time and date.
Pro tip: We don’t suggest pulling out the ring until you’ve landed yourselves back on the ground — and you’ve established that your sweetheart is, in fact, thrilled and not upset with you. (Photo by @ramblinon)