Thursday, 13 November 2008

Viva Las Vegas - Stratosphere

On the way to checking in at Stratosphere, good rates from Expedia and in Oz dollars too!

As the name implies, the main feature is the 350 meter (1,149 ft) Stratosphere Tower, and according to Wikipedia, "the tallest free-standing observation tower in the United States[1] and the second tallest in the Western Hemisphere, surpassed only by the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada. It is the tallest structure of any kind in Nevada, and it is the second-tallest free-standing structure west of the Mississippi River, after the Kennecott Smokestack in Magna, Utah." But the actual hotel is a separate building with approximately 20 stories, 2,444 rooms and an 7,000 m² (80,000 square foot) casino.

If you are a thrill seeker and not afraid of heights, the tower's Xtreme rides are for you. Yes, rides on top of the tower:

"Big Shot - Shoots passengers straight up 160 feet at 45 mph (over 4 Gs) until they are 1,081 feet above the Strip.

X-Scream - A giant teeter-totter that propels you 27 feet over the edge of the Tower, 866 feet above the ground.

Insanity, the Ride - A massive mechanical arm extends 64 feet over the edge of the Tower and spins you at a force of 3 Gs for a truly mind-bending experience."

For me, I am happy with my cocktails and casino chips at the tables.

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