One of the greatest feelings in the world is standing on a sheer cliff on a single rock looking down to the ground around you and witnessing the beautiful world that lies there waiting for you. After clearing your mind and taking a deep, deep, deep breath the only thought that enters your consciousness is the only place I’d rather be is in Vegas! Well it’s not too late to make it happen and when it does, here’s a list, in no particular order, of the hottest spots in the best place on earth to feel like you’re on top of the world.
10. Flight Line Fremont Street
OK, so it’s not really standing at the top of the world, except for when standing at the top of the scaffold while they hook you up but it is a unique view of Fremont street that can’t be found anywhere else on Fremont Street. Zipping down Fremont street on a zip line is certainly a unique experience.
If you are looking for something a bit more substantial then Flightlines also operates some zip lines in Bootleg Canyon near Boulder City. They have four zip line runs there and each has four parallel lines so that you can enjoy the ride with three other friends.
9. Hot Air Balloon Rides
During the cooler parts of the year one of the best ways to see Las Vegas from the air is a hot air balloon. Balloon rides are typically in the early morning as the Sun is rising or in the evenings when the Sun is setting. This is mostly due to the calm weather conditions and visibility. There’s nothing like cruising over the Las Vegas valley looking down from a few thousand feet with nothing between your feet and the ground except a basket.
8. Mount Charleston
Mount Charleston is the highest mountain in the surrounding Las Vegas valley and is part of the Spring Mountain mountain range and tops out at 11,916 feet (3,632 m). During the summer it’s usually about 20 to 30 degrees cooler than in Las Vegas so for a retreat from the heat, it can’t be beat.
There are some incredible hikes such as the hike to Mary Jane falls, which is a fairly short hike but with some steep switchbacks, but it’s well worth the effort. In early spring you may even find snow and ice lingering around the falls.
During the winter months there is the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort. Yes, that’s right, skiing just an hour away from Las Vegas. It’s not a really big resort with just four lifts but it’s only an hour away from Las Vegas and there is plenty of fun for the novice and advanced skiier and boarder.
The Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas is part of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino complex and was built in 1999. It was first meant to be a full scale version of the original tower, however authorities soon requested its designers to go for a more modest version after it was found that the airport was too close and would thus endanger aircraft in the area. ride up the 50 story building in a special elevator to the observation deck. On the way up, the history of the original tower in Paris is recounted by the friendly and knowledgeable attendant, adding to the charm and infusing another dose of authenticity into the entire experience.
The observation deck–an impressive 460 feet from ground level–is one of the most fantastic spots to get a panoramic view of the city of Las Vegas. In whichever direction one turns, there is another beautiful city landmark just waiting to be discovered. Visitors can trace the whole of Las Vegas Boulevard as it winds its way through the city in the North, while in the east, they can see the gorgeous mountain range just outside Vegas.
There are openings and telescopes scattered all across the observation deck for visitors to take in unobstructed and breathtaking views of the city and photograph away to their hearts’ content. If you’re looking for a romantic dinner check out the famous 11th floor Eiffel Tower restaurant, although it is strongly recommended to book ahead.
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. And for the true thrill seekers – Sky Jump!
Stratosphere’s new SkyJump Las Vegas thrill ride will be the jump of your life — no matter what you might be yelling. For your inner adrenaline junkie wanting the ultimate Las Vegas free fall, sky dive or base jump, SkyJump is the attraction to choose. It provides the highest controlled free fall in the world, all from the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower.
Being in Moon Nightclub at the Palms Casino Rooftop is a one of a kind experience. With a beautiful patio view overlooking the city and the retractable roof over the dance floor, Moon leaves nothing between you and the stars while you party the night away. Click here for bottle service.
The Foundation Room inside Mandalay Bay looks like a classic lounge where you might see a group of wise old men smoking cigars and sipping on cognac. But the resonating sounds of electronic and hip-hop music, combined with the sight of sexy go-go dancers clearly take Foundation Room beyond your average speakeasy.
The view, though, is what sets Foundation Room apart from many other Las Vegas nightclubs. Because Mandalay Bay sits at the southern tip of the Las Vegas Strip, the outdoor patio provides unmatched views of one of the most famous skylines in the world. From here you can literally see from one end of the Strip to the next without much obstruction.
High above the Las Vegas Strip, the 8,000sq. foot Ghostbar is a sultry and sophisticated indoor-outdoor lounge and sky deck on the 55th floor of the Palms Casino Resort. The sky deck provides almost a 360-degree view of Vegas at its most glittering, with a glass inset in the floor offering a jaw-dropping view straight down. Click here for bottle service.
Dine, dance and drink 51 stories above the excitement of Sin City at the wildest nightspot in Las Vegas, Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub. You’ll see Vegas from point of view from our indoor/outdoor, double-decker nightclub, complete with a striking steel staircase that offers possibly the single best view in all of Vegas. Click here for bottle service.
High atop the Delano @ Mandalay Bay, this fashionable hotspot is one of the most stylishly hip lounges around. Step out on the 64th-floor balcony and enjoy breathtaking views of the famed Las Vegas Strip and enjoy the great DJ’s that can always be found spinning the top tracks of yesterday and today. Click here for bottle service.