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The Las Vegas Sphere: Your Guide to the Best Spots to See It | Frommer's Sphere Entertainment

The Las Vegas Sphere: Your Guide to the Best Spots to See It

Las Vegas' Bellagio fountains have company. There's a new public spectacular near the Strip: the Sphere. Here are places to get the best view.

The Sphere, a giant illuminated dome that was recently built next to The Venetian Resort, is the new shining star of Las Vegas, adding a brilliant orb of flashing lights to the colorful skyline of The Strip. 

The Sphere (255 Sands Ave.), simply called Sphere by the people who run it, opened in the summer of 2023 at a reported cost of $2.3 billion and became an instant landmark. Its exterior is covered with 1.2 million multi-color LED lights that are programmed to create ever-changing, awe-inspiring displays. Abstract art, trompe l’oeil, and occasional advertising campaigns swirl across the surface, with the brightest images lighting up around sunset and usually culminating in a recreation of the moon by late night. The effect is both exhilarating and hypnotic, like the world’s most intense screen saver, but one with a sense of humor. 

But the interior of Sphere is a tourist draw of its own: a massive event venue of up to 17,000 seats across nine levels for concerts and movies. It's being promoted as “the most technologically advanced performance space in the city” based on features including a wraparound LED screen at 16K, the highest resolution in the world at a scale like this, and mechanisms to create "4-D" immersive shows using enhanced sound, wind, and aromas. (Click here for our full review of that, including where to sit and how to prepare).

It certainly is an enormous space. At 366 feet (111 m) tall, the exterior shell of the Sphere is now the largest dome structure in the world, big enough to fit London's Big Ben, New York’s Statue of Liberty, and the U.S. Capitol dome inside with room to spare. 

Entering Sphere for an event costs money, but it's easy to indulge in its outdoor lighting displays in other ways. Some resorts are better situated for views than others, and several spots around town have become famous, or perhaps infamous, among locals for attracting Sphere-gazing crowds. 

The Hughes Center

This mixed-use tech business incubator (3800 Howard Hughes Pkwy.) has a parking garage along Paradise Road with unobstructed views. Visitors were paying $10 to park for the evening and hang out, but the crowds, and the trash they left behind, made the situation too much of a hassle, and management told Frommer’s that it has plans to close its garage at night.

However, there are several other great spots for Sphere-watching that don’t involve stopping traffic, clogging pedestrian bridges, or getting assaulted by street performers in threadbare Elmo costumes. Here are some of our recommendations for where to admire the Sphere.

Street parking along Westchester Drive and Manhattan Street

The northern border of the Sphere is on Sands Avenue, a very busy street, so seeing the Sphere up close there is a good way for you to cause a traffic jam. You will get honked at excessively by weary Uber drivers. Instead, drive along the eastern edge of it on Manhattan Street, or along its south on Westchester Drive, and join the other spectators who have parked along the roads to watch the light show. Parking here is free (for now).

McDonald’s on Paradise & Twain

Reminiscent of the famous Pizza Hut in Cairo that faces the Pyramids, this McDonald’s east of The Strip (3700 Paradise Rd.) serves great views of the Sphere. Both the parking lot and the interior of the restaurant are low-key places to relax and watch the lights, with some chicken nuggets and a Coke. Date night: planned.

Topgolf

Although it’s located several blocks away, the driving range chain Topgolf (4627 Koval Ln.) has a partial view of the Sphere (partly obstructed, ironically, by Topgolf’s own billboards). The bar on its top level is the best viewing area in the building for both the Sphere and the rest of The Strip. The effect of the entire panorama is pretty cool.

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas and The Palazzo at the Venetian Resort

Of course the Venetian (3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd.) and its sister hotel The Palazzo (3325 S Las Vegas Blvd.) have fantastic views of the Sphere—they’re part of the same property, so these two resorts are the top choices for Sphere views.

The east side of The Venetian is positioned directly opposite of the structure, giving hotel guests prime viewing opportunities. Sphere view rooms will cost extra at booking, or try a $20 tip to the front desk clerk at check-in for a prime room assignment.

(Photo credit: The Venetian Resort Las Vegas)

At the Palazzo, Sphere View rooms are sold a separate category and can cost $100 or so more than standard rooms. 
 
Here's Sphere as seen from a Sphere View room at The Palazzo instead:

 (Photo credit: Jason Cochran)

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Although The Wynn (3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.) is directly across Sands Avenue from the Sphere, the Wynn hotel tower faces mostly east and west, so most of its rooms don’t have good views. But Encore rooms, at the southeast corner, face the Sphere nicely. The best viewing spot at this property, however, is the top of the Wynn’s self-park garage, which is beside the Encore tower. Drive to the top level and you'll have the best view in the city. If you're not a guest of the hotel, you can park for four hours for free.

Holiday Inn Desert Club Resort

This Holiday Inn (3950 Koval Ln., Las Vegas) is directly south of the Sphere, so when you make your reservation to stay there, ask for a room in buildings 3, 11, or 15 that has Sphere views. Rooms can’t be guaranteed, but the front desk will log room requests before check-in if they are available.

Westgate Las Vegas

At Westgate (3000 Paradise Rd.), book a Premier Room in the East Tower. At check-in, ask for an even-numbered room with southern views. Not only will you get views of the Sphere from over the Wynn golf course, but much of The Strip will also be visible.

Treasure Island Las Vegas

The east-facing view at Treasure Island (3300 Las Vegas Blvd. S.) is mostly blocked by The Venetian, but corner rooms in its south tower have a direct sightline. Tip the front desk attendant for one of those. 

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