2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South
It’s the northern most casino of what is considered “the Strip” (though Las Vegas Blvd. continues north splitting off to 4th street and taking you to the Downtown area) it’s larger than the Space Needle in Seattle WA, can be seen from anywhere in the Vegas Valley and it has rides on top of it at 1,149 feet in the air. In fact these are the world’s highest thrill rides. They include the Big Shot, Insanity, X-Scream, and even a Bungee Jump. For more on the Bungee jump view the Bungee Jumps section:
Rides on the tower are open Sunday thru Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. and on Friday, Saturday and on certain Holidays from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. and this may change in high winds or other extreme weather.
Here’s the main thing you should know about the Big Shot, you will want to scream but you won’t be able to. This ride makes up the actual “needle” of the Stratosphere when viewed from a distance, it is actually a ride which blasts you up like a rocket ship and continues like so up and down for several rounds. You’ll get the feeling of weightlessness as if you were an astronaut while you free fall and view all of the Vegas Valley from the highest single point in town.
It’s aptly named. Granted a number of coasters could make the same claim, but this is the only one that hangs 68 feet out over the edge of a 1,149 foot high building as it spins insanely. If you can open your eyes you’ll have the most amazing views of everything going on down below. Warning: it’s not all about heights here. If you get queasy from a lot of spinning in circles it’s a long way down for vomit to fall.
This roller coaster literally goes off the edge of the building. It’s an open seat vehicle (with harnesses to hold you in of course) that works similar to a giant teeter totter working on a track. If you like the feeling of a free fall and an amazing view mixed with your death defying thrill seeking than X-Scream is your ride.