Stratosphere Hotel and Casino
2000 Las Vegas Blvd., South
The argument made against skydiving is why anyone would want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. How to explain why anyone would want to be dangled over the edge of a building 1000 feet above the ground and spun around till they puked is a mystery. But thousands of people a year make it to the top of the Stratosphere Hotel to do just that. The longest-serving ride is the Big Shot, a four-person sled that shoots passengers straight up 160 feet at 45 mph (over 4 Gs) until they are 1,081 feet above the Strip. Want more? Try X-Scream, a giant teeter-totter that propels riders 27 feet over the edge of the Tower, and until they are hanging 866 feet above the ground. The newest ride is Insanity, a massive mechanical arm that extends 64 feet over the edge of the Tower and spins paying customers tilted toward the ground at a force of 3 Gs for a truly mind-bending experience. Stratosphere recently announced plans to add a fourth ride called SkyJump, a bungee experience that will drop lunatics 900 feet from the top of the tower in a 12-second controlled free fall. Price per person for the elevator ride up the tower ranges from $10-15.95. Price per ride per person is $12 or $13 based on the ride.