The Sphinx.

Luxor Pyramid and Sphinx

Field review by the editors.

Las Vegas, Nevada

The ominous black pyramid of the Luxor Casino-Hotel is the largest in America, at 36 stories tall. The only reason that the Luxor pyramid wasn't built taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza is that it stands opposite the Las Vegas International Airport. At night, a Xenon light shines straight into space from the pyramid's apex, reportedly visible from airplanes above Los Angeles 275 miles away.

The Sphinx is two stories taller than the original, and at one time reportedly projected the word "Luxor" onto the obelisk in front of it from light beams in its eyes -- although we've never actually seen that. The Strip monorail cuts in front of it, so the view is more obstructed, but probably fun for monorail riders.

Luxor IMAX Theatre.

Indoors, the motif continued, at least until a massive overhaul gutted a lot of the Egyptian elements. A museum in the basement contained a simulated King Tut's tomb and treasure until 2008, when it was donated to a museum. There were multimedia motion rides and other entertainments; but it's hard to keep up with changes as the Luxor shapeshifts to keep pace with visitor interests and gambler preferences. We liked the talking camels and River Nile that cut through the casino in the 1990s, but those are long gone....

Also see: Las Vegas - Mighty Mutant

Luxor Pyramid and Sphinx

Luxor Hotel-Casino

Address:
3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV
Directions:
Luxor Hotel-Casino. At the south end of The Strip (Las Vegas Blvd S.).
Phone:
888-777-0188
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

More Quirky Attractions in Nevada

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in Nevada.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

July 29, 2014

My Sights

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Nevada Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Mardi Gras World, New Orleans, Louisiana (Jul 28-Aug 3, 2014)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special online rates for hotels & motels.

Book Online Now