Readers Choice

10Best Readers' ChoiceChosen by readers of USA TODAY and 10Best

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    #10 - Volcano at the Mirage

    The original curb-side Vegas attraction, the Mirage’s Volcano still roars to life regularly each evening, thrilling crowds with fireballs, “lava,” and scented smoke. Stand close enough, and you feel the heat from the fireballs. 

    Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

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    #9 - Wynn's Lake of Dreams

    The classy Wynn Las Vegas might seem like it’s too refined for a free show, but there’s a fittingly upscale show at Wynn, Lake of Dreams. This short, surreal show (including singing frogs) isn’t visible from the street, making Lake of Dreams virtually crowd-free. 

    Photo courtesy of Barbara Kraft - Wynn Las Vegas

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    #8 - Stratosphere Tower

    The Stratosphere Tower is the tallest observation deck west of the Mississippi, but because the Strat is in Las Vegas, its record-breaking height isn’t enough. Thrill rides adorn the top of the building, giving adrenaline junkies everywhere the chance to be dangled and spun around while 1,000 feet above the ground.

    Photo courtesy of Stratosphere Hotel & Casino

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    #7 - Bellagio Conservatory

    The intricately designed floral displays at the Bellagio’s Conservatory fill the space all the way to the glass and metal roof, which looks like it belongs someplace with a much longer history than Vegas. It’s surprising to find this small horticultural oasis in a casino, but it’s a good surprise.

    Photo courtesy of MGM MIRAGE

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    #6 - Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

    Famous for decades, the 'Welcome to Las Vegas' sign at the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip attracts so many visitors that it now has its own parking lot. This iconic sign has come to represent Las Vegas in a way no other attraction can duplicate.

    Photo courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau

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    #5 - Palazzo Atrium Display

    Waterfalls and carefully cultivated greenery are often complemented with living statues at the Palazzo’s Atrium Display. The display changes with the seasons, and each new display presents a beautiful arrangement of flowers, greenery, and water features, creating a spot designed to bring out your inner photographer.

    Photo courtesy of The Palazzo Las Vegas

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    #4 - Fremont Street Experience & Viva Vision Light Show

    Neon never had it so good at the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas. Here Old Vegas has been given a facelift, and the gigantic overhead light show, Viva Vision, has a five-block long canopy to display its fancy graphics. The result: a flashy, non-stop block party, with a lot of Elvises. 

    Photo courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau

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    #3 - Canals and Gondolas at Venetian

    No reproduction of Venice would be complete without canals and gondolas, and the Venetian Las Vegas wouldn’t dream of depriving its guests of such vital details. Naturally, to go with the canals, there are also gondola rides, which come complete with singing gondoliers to serenade you as you float by St. Mark’s Square.

    Photo courtesy of InterContinental Hotels Group

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    #2 - Bellagio Fountains

    The Bellagio’s Fountains are one of Las Vegas’ most photogenic attractions, wowing crowds several times a day with a musically synchronized water dance. No matter how many times you’ve seen the fountains, those swaying, shooting waters are still mesmerizing.

    Photo courtesy of O Palsson

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    #1 - Gold and Silver Pawn Shop

    Not many pawn shops attract crowds of visitors, but the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, made famous via the reality TV show that shot the Harrison family to fame, is a notable exception. This downtown store often has a line to get inside and have a look at the store’s eclectic collection of things for sale.

    Photo courtesy of Nick Ares

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Pawn Stars' Gold and Silver Pawn Shop Lands #1

Beautiful, iconic Strip favorites complete top 10

Reality TV fans have voted Gold and Silver Pawn Shop to the top of the 10Best Readers' Choice contest for Best Las Vegas Sight.   The setting for The History Channel's 'Pawn Stars' show has so many fans, there's often a line to get in the door.  The program's stars - Richard “The Old Man” Harrison, Rick "The Spotter" Harrison, the newly trimmed-down Corey Harrison and Austin "Chum" Russell - obviously resonate with our readers.  

Meanwhile, nine of Las Vegas' iconic and dazzling sights - including a few landmarks - also made the winners' list and we congratulate them all!  

The 10 Winners in the 10Best Readers' Choice category for Best Las Vegas Sight are as follows:

  1. Gold and Silver Pawn Shop
  2. Bellagio Fountains
  3. Canals and Gondolas at Venetian
  4. Fremont Street Experience & Viva Vision Light Show
  5. Palazzo Atrium Display
  6. Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
  7. Bellagio Conservatory
  8. Stratosphere Tower
  9. Wynn’s Lake of Dreams
  10. Volcano at the Mirage

Thanks to our Experts for selecting the original 20 nominees, and with this latest reveal, we all have a must-see list for our next trip to Vegas, baby!

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Meet the Experts

Hilary Billings

Hilary Billings is a Las Vegas local, travel blogger, and the current Miss Nevada United States. She was recently named Las Vegas Weekly’s Best Blogger for 2013. For more on Hilary, visit her blog! TheNomadGrad.com

Terrisa Meeks

Las Vegas travel journalist Terrisa Meeks is a native born, life-long resident. She became a traveler long before she could walk.  She is a go-to authority on all things related to Las Vegas, from casinos to attractions to shows.   

Heather Turk

Las Vegas-based travel journalist Heather Turk writes for several national publications and websites.  When she's not at her computer crafting a story for one of the many outlets which depend on her (including Allegiant Air's in-flight magazine Sunseeker, where she's the features editor), she can often be found checking out the latest restaurant/show/spa/hotel opening on the Strip.