Stratosphere, Las Vegas

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2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South (800) 998-6937

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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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    Above it All

    by soccergrrl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The View from the Stratosphere

    The Stratosphere, that can't-miss-it tower at the north end of the Strip, affords a great view over the sprawling light show that is Las Vegas. My husband and I headed up here, via a fast elevator, for a glass of champagne on our wedding anniversary (awwwww . . .). The view, while spectacular, can be tough to capture on film. ( Oh yeah, it's actually a hotel and casino too . . . )

    The tower itself is the highest free-standing observation deck in the US, and the tallest building west of the Mississippi.

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    Best place to view the sunset

    by raevnzno Updated May 24, 2003

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    Take the ride to the top of the Stratosphere Tower about 45 min prior to sunset. (any local can tell you what time the sun will be going down.)
    This is the best place in town to watch the sunset over the mountains, and see the lights come up on the strip. You'll also get a good idea of just how far those casinos are from each other. Distances can be a little decieving from ground level. The walk you're thinking of taking is usually farther than you estimate. Just remember our major cross streets - Sahara-Desert Inn-Flamingo-Tropicana - are 1 mile apart.

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    Stratosphere Tower

    by chelibeli Written May 15, 2004

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    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.

    Best time to see this is at night. It is a long elevator ride, and for those who are afraid of heights I warn you now, you wont like this. The tower moves 6" to each side and you CAN feel it. It took me awhile to walk away from the door. (Yes I am scared of heights). The views are breath taking. It also very peaceful up there. ($9.00. You can find a coupon for this)

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    stratosphere tower

    by doug48 Written Jan 27, 2008

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    located at the north end of the strip the stratosphere is much like the other casinos in that area. the casinos on the north end of the strip are not as upscale as the casinos in the central and south strip. here table limits will be lower. the main attraction of the stratosphere is its tower. for a fee you can go to the top of the tower for an impressive view of las vegas.

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  • Stratosphere View

    by RobDavis Updated Aug 26, 2003

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    View of the strip

    The Stratosphere Tower is a Must See in a Sea of Must Sees... In an area as flat as Vegas, a scenic lookout like the Stratosphere offers an uninterrupted view of Vegas and the surrounding areas in their entirety.
    Unlike some towers, there are a few fun things to do while you're at the top... you can ride a rollercoaster, get your character painted, read the maps that tell you what you're looking at, get a bite to eat, play some video games, and shop for some souvenirs.

    The rollercoaster looked a little too scary for my liking, but the free-fall ride looked even scarier. In a high-wind you can feel the tower sway a bit, so there was no way I was going to get on some thrill ride when I was already thrilled enough!

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    the Stratosphere Tower

    by excitableone Written Feb 25, 2003

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    view from below

    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 and private dining rooms, guests enjoy panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding valley.

    Visitors 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 thrill ride and the High Roller roller coaster. For the less daring, there is the Strat-O-Fair midway attraction. The Strat-O-Fair features a renovated Ferris Wheel circa 1958, and a child size Little Shot. The décor is a 1960s view of the future and is complete with 3-D Hyper Bowl, midway games and two food outlets.

    The Tower is open from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Saturday and holidays. 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.

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    The stratosphere tower

    by mafootje Written Feb 25, 2003

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    At 1,149 feet (350.44 meters), the Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. So you can have a good look around Las Vegas as you can see on this picture from the strip taken at the top of the tower.

    Visitors 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 (548.64 meters) per minute or three floors a second

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    Stratosphere

    by worldtrekker Written Feb 25, 2003

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    This is the highest building west of the Mississippi at 1149 feet. 75 second ascent to the top (109th floor). Highest roller coaster in the world spins around the top. It's quite slow and is closed on windy days. The Big Shot is a 4 person open air couch which takes you another 160 feet up and then drops you into a freefall. You get a fantastic 360 degree view of Vegas and the surrounding mountains/desert.

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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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    Webcams

    by imlikeabird Updated Aug 13, 2007

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    Adam and I on webcam!

    When you visit the tower at the top of the Stratosphere, there are webcams for the world to see. Call a friend, have them go to the website, and take a screen shot. Turned out a lot better than the pictures they take and try to sell to you. Plus it's free! You do have to pay admission to go up the tower, plus we paid to ride one of the rides.

    PLEASE NOTE: THE WEBCAMS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE!

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    Stratosphere

    by Andraf Updated Jan 12, 2008

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    Stratosphere Hotel/Casino, Las Vegas
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    Stratosphere is located at the northern end of the Strip, away from the main attractions, but a visit here is well worth it. The resort has one of the Las Vegas landmarks, the Stratosphere Tower which is 1149 ft (350 m) tall. From the top of the tower you get great views of the city. The views from Eiffel Tower offer more detail but here you can get a feeling of how big Las Vegas is; the mountains in the distance make for a great background. Also at the top two rides are offered, a roller coaster and a free-falling thingy called The Big Shot. I didn't try any of them but I can tell that they look scary.

    Apart from the tower you'll find everything of what is offered in a Strip resort: the casino which is located on the ground level; shops, restaurants and a 1500 rooms hotel. We stayed here once and we enjoyed the room and their all you can eat buffet.

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    Super Stratosphere

    by amandajayne81 Written Mar 23, 2008

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    One of my main reasons for going to Vegas was to do the rides at the top of the Stratosphere. I had seen them on Travel shows at home in Australia and have been keen for years.

    We finally got to the top of the tower on the morning we were leaving (I probably regret not doing it at night as well because both views would have been different and amazing.).

    My fiance does not do rides of any sort especially crazy ones on the top of towers so he just bought entry to the tower, I got a ticket for all three rides. The took photos before we went up and gave us some history and general knowledge on the way up.

    I was scared even stepping out to the closed in viewing area. It was an awesome view though. Then it was up to the open air and I did the Insanity ride first. I have never been so scared in my life. The adrenalin was amazing. I was too scared to even scream.

    I must admit I chickened out on the X Scream. Having my fiance there saying 'you would have to be crazy to go on any of these rides' didn't help but maybe next time.

    I loved the big shot and would recommend it to even people who get a bit scared on those rides. There was the great G force feeling going up and then the weightlessness coming down was beautiful. You couldn't see the tower or anything close you just felt like you were floating down. Amazing.

    Of course on the way back down we fell for the tourist trap of buying the photos superimposed on Vegas scenes that they took before we went up. Of course they are lying in a drawer now but what a day.

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    Stratosfear

    by CliffClaven Written Jun 17, 2008

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    The hotel is actually called Stratosphere. But up at the top of its needle-like tower there is a ride called Insanity. They strap you in, dangle you over the edge with a 300-metre drop below you and then subject you to a 3g force as the arm whirls round and round. They should have called it Stratosfear.

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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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