When many of us think of Elvis his Las Vegas persona with big, thick side burns and rhinestoned leather is what comes to mind. Just like Hawaii, Elvis spent quite a bit of time in Las Vegas. From his wedding to Priscilla to his concert residency, the King can be seen all over Vegas. Literally. If you’re in Vegas and looking to trace back the steps of one of the most iconic performers and artists in the world, look no further! Here are all the places you can spot Elvis in Las Vegas.
Viva las Vegas through Elvis’ eyes
Elvis first performed in Vegas at the New Frontier Hotel in 1956 and you could argue that the love affair between the King and Sin City started that very night.
Aladdin Hotel – Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
In 1967, Elvis and Priscilla married at the Aladdin Hotel (now the site of Planet Hollywood) as women around the world’s heart broke. Far from Graceland and in an intimate ceremony, the newly wed Presley’s married, held a press conference, and reception. The hotel itself is no longer standing but the site is home to the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood.
WESTGATE LAS VEGAS RESORT AND CASINO
Originally known as the International Hotel and later the Las Vegas Hilton, the Westgate Las Vegas is where Elvis performed for 58 consecutive sold out shows that broke all Las Vegas attendance records. When playing in Vegas, Elvis lived in the penthouse suite of the hotel on the 30th floor. Between 1969 and 1976, Elvis performed 837 sold out shows.
Golden Steer Steakhouse
As Vegas’ oldest steakhouse the restaurant has seen numerous big names dine at its tables. Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, and Elvis regularly ate at the iconic restaurant. Today, the Golden Steer allows guest to dine in the booths that stars from over the years frequented. It is lost in time with a nostalgic vintage feel that takes you back to Old Vegas.
Viva las Vegas Film Locations
Sahara Hotel – SLS Las Vegas
It is hard to imagine a set day in the middle of the Las Vegas sun, but Elvis and Ann-Margaret braved the 109 degree weather when they shot a scene in the Sahara Hotel’s parking lot.
Today, the Flamingo is the strip’s olden resort in operation. But when they were shooting “Viva Las Vegas” for that iconic pool scene, the resort was just starting is pop culture history. This is one of the more historic places you can find Elvis in Las Vegas.
LITTLE CHURCH OF THE WEST
As the oldest building on the Las Vegas strip, the Little Church of the West was the where Elvis and Ann-Margret recited their vows in the movie “Viva Las Vegas”
I can’t help but wonder what Elvis would think if he walked down the streets of Vegas today. He is without a doubt in every nook and cranny of the city. From gift shops featuring his likeness to wedding chapel wedding officiants who mimic his lip snare, the King never really left the building.
There are numerous statues and memorials of Elvis around town. His impact on the city is still seen today across the strip. The bronze statue in the lobby of the Las Vegas Hilton is a favorite among fans.
Hard Rock Hotel and Cafe
A number of items are on display in the hotel and the cafe including gold records, a telegram to the Beatles, belts, and a smashed guitar.
Years after his death, there are still tribute shows dedicated to the King. Those looking to experience the joy of seeing the King live can attend one of the many shows in town offering a great performance and show stopping personality that defined Elvis.