Sights to See In Las Vegas: The Little Church of the West

If you’re a person who likes to visit monuments and historical places, The Little Church of the West should make your list when it comes to Las Vegas. This tiny chapel, made entirely out of redwood, has survived on the Las Vegas Strip longer than any casino or hotel to date (the Flamingo is the only one to give it a run for its money, officially opening for business in 1946). The late Gothic Revival design of the building, including its stained-glass windows and converted gas lamp, make it a magical place for a Western-style wedding.

The Little Church of the West first opened its doors in 1942, originally constructed as part of the Last Frontier Resort. The church has moved around since then, but once it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992, has enjoyed its place on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Little Church of the West has hosted thousands of weddings over the years, including celebrities. Some of the famous couples that have said “I Do” at the Little Church include Betty Grable and Henry James, Judy Garland and Mark Herron, Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton, and Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford.

Ava and Mickey exchanged vows at the Little Church in 1942.

The Little Church of the West is located on Las Vegas Boulevard, across the street from Mandalay Bay and the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. There is parking available for the chapel, but if there is a wedding going on, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any in the lot. If you happen to score a parking spot near the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, you can easily cross the street. Since the church is still operational, there aren’t official tour options available, but you can take pictures of the exterior.

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