Stratosphere, Las Vegas

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2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South (800) 998-6937

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  • A great ride and a wonderful view

    by Looneydame Written Jul 8, 2006

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    You should go to the top of the Stratosphere and try the different amusement rides. Even if rollercoasters and freefalls aren't your kind of fun, it's worth going to the top just for the view. There were planes flying BENEATH the height of the needle, and you can get a great view of Vegas.

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    Stratosphere Tower

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Jun 8, 2006

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    Stratosphere Tower

    This is by far the tallest building in a City of immense structures. Wherever you go in Las Vegas, the Tower is visible like a long thin needle with a wide cap.

    I decided to combine my visit with a trip to the wonderful revolving restaurant at the top, but that's the subject of another tip. If you don't want to go to the expense of dining here, you can buy all sorts of day passes at very reasonable prices. From the top of the tower you can see all over the City, and this is especially spectacular at night. The place is crowded, though, and you will get a far more private view by going for dinner.

    It also houses the highest of the many Wedding Chapels in the City.

    There's an enormous, busy, and rather scruffy casino downstairs and I got the impression that perhaps it's not in the best area of the City, but it's a magnificent structure and a real "must do" on your Vegas trip.

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    Stratosphere

    by malianrob Updated May 30, 2006
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    The Stratosphere is great to do those daredevil rides all the way at the top. You can also get a great view of Vegas from the top. The Stratosphere thrill rides are the world’s four tallest: the Big Shot, High Roller coaster, X-Scream and the new Insanity.
    I have tried three of the four rides up here and they were definately exciting! I am not sure what i paid for them but it wasnt too bad and yes it was worth it.

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    Insanity the Ride

    by Casino_Chris Updated May 4, 2006

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    Insanity-The Ride consists of an arm that extends out 64 feet over the edge of the Tower and will spin passengers at up to three 'G's.' As the ride spins faster and faster, the riders are propelled up to an angle of 70 degrees. Riders will experience the thrill of being flung over the edge of the Tower and literally facing downward at the City of Las Vegas below. The ride is programmable with various ride options. An unobstructed view of historic downtown Las Vegas rewards those riders brave enough to experience three 'G's' at a height of more than 900 feet.

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    If You Dare......

    by RAINBOWWINGS Written Mar 29, 2006

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    I dare you.....
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    Are you mad? Then you must try this....a rollercoaster ride with a difference. The tower of the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino is the tallest freestanding tower in the US and apart from a revolving restaurant on top of its 1150ft tower there are also three maniac rides! Only one was operating when we went because of high winds but I was the one that was screaming and I was only watching!! After the double-decker lift ride at 1800ft per minute to the top of the Stratosphere the walk round the inside of the tower is enough to turn your stomach if you suffer from vertigo, but go outside onto the terrace and watch the lunatics putting on their best brave face and you really will feel like screaming! The ride consists of a rollercoaster car that seats 8 on a rail on an arm that swings out into oblivion high above the Strip. If that is not enough to blow your mind, the arm then dips and the car rolls forward stopping..obviously.. feet from the end of the rail. Then it dips again and rolls forward even further!! By this time Id almost died!!

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    BIG SHOT

    by JEKIE2 Written Feb 20, 2006

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    If you like being high and I mean this literally.. then Big Shot is for you! You begin your journey by going up 100 stories w/c if I'm not mistaken is about 1,081 feet above the ground. Then the ride takes you up another 160 feet but this time you're strapped on and it only takes 2 seconds at a force of 4gs. It may be a bit scary when you think about it but once you are up there you forget that because you would be so amazed at how the sights are from that height and not to mention you kind of feel weightless and a bit buzzed. Then you go down and up again sort of bobbing at a speed of 45mph.

    While you are there you might as well try the 2 other rides namely X-scream and Insanity

    Hours of Operation
    Sunday thru Thursday - 10:00 am to 1:00 am
    Friday, Saturday, Holidays - 10:00 am to 2:00 am

    Rates:
    Xtreme All-day Unlimited Package $29.95
    Tower Admission and 3 Rides $23.95
    Tower Admission and 2 Rides $19.95
    Tower Admission and 1 Ride $15.95
    Tower Admission and Audio Tour $13.95

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    Stratosphere Observation Deck

    by Martin_S. Written Feb 6, 2006

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    Las Vegas is set out on a fairly flat piece of land and the many hotels and casinos are built up along the "strip" where it is very difficult to get a view. The one outstanding exception to this is the Stratosphere Observation Deck where on one of the top floors they have situated a glass enclosed 360 degree observation deck which gives you the best view in Las Vegas.
    After you get yourself oriented by looking DOWN on all of Las Vegas, then take a break and have lunch in the revolving restaurant on the next floor, or take time to do some hair raising rides on the ROOF of the Stratosphere.

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    Top of the world - not quite

    by stiab3 Written Jan 13, 2006
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    The Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.
    From the top you can see the entire Las Vegas Strip. It's worth going up there just for the view alone.

    But if that's not enough, you can try the theme park rides at the top of the building.

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    Are you Brave Enough?

    by St_Vincent Written Dec 17, 2005

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    Wonderful nightime views

    A trip to the top of the 1,149ft Stratosphere Tower is a must do for the wonderful views. There are both inside and outside viewing galleries that go 360 degrees right around the tower so you can get views of the strip on one side and Downtown on the other. They also have the rotating Top of the World restaurant and lounge. Entrance tickets are about $10 (the rides are extra) and I think they last all day so if you go up during the day you can also go back in the evening when everything is lit up. A good time to go is during dusk when all the hotels start lighting up for the night. Be prepared for a long queue though, it can be very busy. If you are brave enough, try the roller coaster, if you are stupid enough try one of the other thrill rides.

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    View from above

    by carmenlilly Written Nov 10, 2005

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    Going up the Stratosphere Tower is a MUST!
    You won't get a more amazing view over LAs Vegas from any other building!!!
    At night you can see a million lights.
    If you're brave enough you can take scary thrill rides on the top of the tower !!!

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    Stratosphere

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 28, 2005
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    The Stratosphere has the tallest structure in Nevada. At over 1,000 feet, its tower has the best view of the city and its surrounding desert of anyplace. If you're afraid of heights, don't go up there. It even has rides on top that make it scary if you're not afraid of heights. You feel like you're suspended in mid-air above the city.

    This casino has an excellent seafood buffet.

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    Stratosphere

    by bugalugs Updated Aug 7, 2005

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    Stratosphere

    This huge tower dominates the Las Vegas skyline is Americas's tallest free standing building at 1,149 feet. Can you imagine here at the top of this tower is the High Roller the worlds largest roller coaster with speeds of 35mph. Then there is the Big Shot which shoots you up 160 feet in the air, and Project X Scream which should certainly make anyone scream as it actually hangs you 27 feet out over the edge of the tower with a 900 foot drop beneath you!

    Admission to the tower is $9
    Big Shot ride : $8
    Higher Roller ride: $4
    X Screm ride: $8

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  • Top of the Stratosphere

    by galge Written Jul 25, 2005

    We had to walk a good ways from the last Monorail stop to the Stratosphere. This would not have been a problem had it not been 117 degrees. The heat from the pavement is like an oven. We were there in the am and there were not a lot of other people. We had to wait for others to ride some of the rides. The equipment was so hot the employees were using gloves. The view from the tower is awesome, its like going to the empire state building. The Big Shot rides that shoots you up even farther in the air was a lot of fun, but the rollercoaster was lame, even though it hangs on the edge of the building. The most frightening ride is by far the Scream. This ride hangs you over the edge of the tower, more than 1,000 ft. in the air. Just when you think its over, the ride slips forward as if its going off the track. I was terrified watching my husband do this, and no one else in the tower was willing to ride it with him.

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    tallest tower in the U.S.

    by heitzenrater Written Jun 8, 2005

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    to the top

    At 1,149 feet, the Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

    From the observation decks, lounge, restaurant, meeting & banquet space and private dining rooms, guests enjoy panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding valley.

    Visitors to the Tower are whisked from ground level to the observation decks in less than 30 seconds in double decker elevators traveling at speeds of 1,800 feet per minute or three floors a second.

    Thrill seekers can enjoy excitement over 100 stories above the ground on the Big Shot and X Scream thrill rides and the High Roller roller coaster.

    The tower is equipped with a special lighting system designed to provide a spectacular dancing light show nightly, which is visible throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

    Let us entertain you with dazzling shows, ultimate thrill rides and unparallel views. Visit our ticketing box office for show tickets, tower & thrill ride admission. The Ticketing Box Office is conveniently located on the 2nd Floor Retail Level.

    TOWER ADMISSION PRICES
    SINGLE TICKETS
    Adult $9.95
    Locals, Seniors, Hotel Guests and Children 4-12 $6.00
    Children 3 years and under FREE

    Insanity $8.00
    Big Shot $8.00
    X-Scream $8.00
    High Roller $4.00
    Tower Audio Tour $4.00


    XTREME VALUE PACKAGES
    Xtreme All-day Unlimited Package $29.95
    X1 Tower Admission, Insanity, Big Shot & X Scream $24.95
    X2 Tower Admission and X Scream $15.95
    X3 Tower Admission and Big Shot $15.95
    X4 Tower Admission and High Roller $11.95
    X5 Tower Admission and Audio Tour $13.95
    X6 Tower Admission and Insanity $15.95

    Locals, Seniors, Hotel Guests and Children 4-12 $3 discount on Value Tickets

    Hours of Operation
    Sunday thru Thursday - 10:00 am to 1:00 am
    Friday, Saturday, Holidays - 10:00 am to 2:00 am

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    Stratosphere - 1

    by mightywease Written May 16, 2005

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    vView from the Stratosphere

    Now my husband is a bit of an adrenaline junkie so the thought of four rides in one place and 1,149 feet into the air was just too exciting to resist! Although not a confirmed thrill addict myself (motion sickness- the effects of being swung round, turned upside down, jolted to a stop etc.. would not be pleasant for all concerned!) I do enjoy a good view so was quite happy to accompany Steve up to the top of the Stratosphere Tower. While he hurled himself around its top my very tasty caramel frappuchino and I were happy to casually saunter round the indoor and outdoor observation decks.
    If you are not afraid of heights it is worth going to the tower for the view. You get a fantastic panorama of not only The Strip (where you can play spot your hotel) but also the surrounding neighbourhoods (count how many swimming pools you can see) and the mountains in the distance and, if the weather is good and it generally is, the wonderful blue of the sky. It really is quite breathtaking. The are two circular observation decks, inside and out. Inside gives, in some ways, the better – and slightly scarier – views. The glass windows are angled out so if you lean forward to look through them it almost feels like you might overbalance! It does give you the chance to look down and see exactly how high up you are. Inside also includes a gift shop, Starbucks Café and restrooms. You also have the advantage of being able to walk round the whole 360 degrees and thus see the views from all angles. Outside half of the observation platform is given over to two of the thrill rides. However if, like me, you enjoy the wind on your face and don’t think you’ve really experienced a view if you’ve only seen it through glass then make your way to the external observation deck and get your camera clicking!

    Entrance for just the Tower is 9.99 dollars. The lift whisk syou to the top so fast your ears will pop!

    To get an idea of the views go to the Stratosphere website and look at their Tower Webcams

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