Unique Places And Rides of Terror-Do You Have The Guts?

shutterstock_142280017One spectacular experience when visiting Las Vegas is gawking at the wide variety of architecture. The four mile ride up or down the strip will amaze first time visitors. Where else can you see one of the largest pyramids in the world, a tower that is the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, and a Canal replicating those in Venice, Italy complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers? The answer is nowhere.

Here are some facts about four of the structures on the Strip. We will start on the south side with the Luxor.


The Luxor is a pyramid and is the third tallest in the world. It is the fourth largest hotel in Las Vegas and the eighth largest in the world. It opened in 1993 and was reconfigured in 1997. About 80% of the public areas were remodeled and much of the Egyptian theme was removed.

When Luxor first opened it offered a boat ride around the casino on a small version of the Nile. It was fairly boring, but the problem was it diverted people from gambling. That’s a mortal sin in Vegas.

Worth noting is the light beam on top of the Luxor. It is the most powerful beam in the world at 42.3 billion candlepower. It’s beam can be seen as far away as LA and from space, if you are ever up there.

Another interesting fact is that the Luxor does not have elevators. It has inclinators that move at a 39 degree angle.  The Luxor is indeed a unique structure and one of the first sights visitors see as they land at McCarran Airport.

Eiffel Tower


As we move northward up the Strip we see the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is part of the Paris Hotel and Casino. In case you are wondering, the Tower is not a full scale replica of the Paris original. It is, in fact, a 50% replica and is 50 stories tall. The Eiffel Tower Restaurant sits 11 stories high above the Strip within the structure of the Tower. In addition, there is a replica of Arc de Triomphe.

The Tower provides a great way to see the Strip from the observation deck, 460 feet above the Strip, as well as from various stopping points within the Tower.

The Canals at Venetian

As we continue northward we come upon the Venetian Hotel and Casino. The Venetian’s unique feature is its water canals that offer gondola rides along with a singing gondolier. These gondoliers can really sing too. Their voices echo throughout the canal area. The rides can go inside or out. The interior of the Venetian is striking and has a great shopping area.


Take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlNsC-TjBm4

Stratosphere Tower

Our final stop is the Stratosphere Tower located at the far north end of the Strip. It towers 1149 feet into the air and is the tallest free standing observation tower in the United States. It is almost twice as high as the Seattle Space Needle.

Near the top of the tower is an observation deck. From here you can get a bird’s eye view of the Strip and downtown. On the very top, roof area are some very scary rides. There is the Big Shot where you can shoot 160 feet into the air and experience some cool G forces.


The is also Insanity the Ride where you will be dangled off the side of the Tower at 900 feet above the Strip. An octopus like turning arm will let you spin 64 feet over the side of the Tower along with other terrified thrill riders.

How about the opportunity to jump out a window via a zip line ride called the Sky Jump? A 40 mile per hour control free fall. Nothing like it.

You can check out all these activities and more here: http://www.stratospherehotel.com/Activities


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