Since its opening in 1996, the 1,149-foot-tall Stratosphere Tower has captured the attention of celebrities and tourists alike. Set at an astounding 869 feet high with a 360-view of the city, the Stratosphere's outdoor observation deck is the tallest of its kind in the country.
"It has such a rock star view," said Michael Gilmartin, vice president of public relations at the Stratosphere hotel and casino. "It's off the beaten path and well worth the experience."
The deck is so high up that you can see helicopters at eye level. But even riding in one of the helicopters can't compare to the thrill of the Stratosphere rides, which overlook the Strip from the top of the tower.
"These rides are probably the most intense in the world," Gilmartin said. "I guarantee if your shoes fell off, you're not going to find them!"
While Las Vegas is the ultimate party destination, there are quite a few people who visit exclusively for the thrill rides. The Stratosphere offers three out-of-this world rides sure to get you screaming.
These rides include the Big Shot, the world's highest thrill ride, at an astounding 112 stories high. Next is Insanity, which makes riders feel like they're floating 900 feet above the ground. And for those who loved riding on the teeter totters during recess, the X Scream definitely gives this popular playground favorite a kick.
"X Scream is basically a teeter totter over the edge," Gilmartin said. "There's no other ride like it in the world."
If these rides seem too intense, there's no need to miss out on all the fun. Visitors can still watch their adventurous friends on the rides from the 857-foot high indoor deck.
"It's a multi-faceted attraction," said Gilmartin. "The easiest way to sum it up is that there's something for all ages.
"I think there are a lot of things to compete with when you come here," Gilmartin continued. "Our challenge is getting people down here. But once they get down here, I think they're really impressed."
Gilmartin said the best time to come out to the deck is near sunset. Guests can admire the rainbow of colors in the sky followed by the lights illuminating the city just minutes after.
For a romantic evening with a view, guests can also wine and dine at the Top of the World restaurant. This restaurant features a moving floor which takes a complete hour to rotate a full 360 degrees. After dinner, guests can relax in the intimate setting of Romance Lounge.
-- Review by Jeannie Borbe