Rising 1,149 feet into the Las Vegas skyline, it’s the tallest observation tower in the United States, so go ahead and jump. The Stratosphere Tower boasts one of the biggest thrills in Las Vegas: The highest controlled free fall in the world. Brave souls willing to step off the edge of the SkyJump platform near the top of the tower are attached to a high speed “descender” – a zip line of sorts -- and plunge the equivalent of 108 floors straight down.
If you like excitement, but have no desire to jump off a building, you might consider one of the other thrill rides available at the top of The Stratosphere. Big Shot shoots passengers 160 feet straight up at 45 miles per hour, to a height of 1,081 feet above The Strip. X-Scream is a super-sized teeter totter that throws passengers 27 feet over the edge of the tower, 866 feet above ground. Insanity, the Ride, is a giant, mechanical arm that extends 64 feet over the edge of the tower and spins you at a force of 3 G’s. It goes without saying that experiencing any of these attractions after dark just adds to the excitement.
If you would like to enjoy the fantastic view from the top of the tower, but don’t want to go hurtling into space, there are other options. For a fee of $15.95 per adult, you can ride the elevator up to the observation deck to check out the view and thrill rides. The Top of the World is a gourmet restaurant that revolves 360 degrees, providing panoramic views of Las Vegas, and close-up views of the SkyJumpers. In fact, a sign painted on the wall in the restaurant warns diners that they may see jumpers, and to feel free to wave. If you don’t want to splurge on dinner but would like to enjoy the view and a beverage in one of the bars, you can choose the Level 107 Lounge or the Air Bar. You can then access the observation deck for free.
The Stratosphere is located on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. For a list of some RV parks near The Strip, read my previous article on the subject.