The Most Insane Thrill Rides

Insanity, the Ride

Atop Stratosphere Hotel

insanity-thrill-rideThe Stratosphere Tower is to thrill seekers what a bright light on a dark summer night is to a moth…irresistible.  More than 1,000 feet of straight up merely sets the mood for adrenaline junkies.  Once there, you have a choice of 3, count ’em, 3 stupidly insane thrill rides.  The newest is pure masochistic pleasure.  Insanity, the Ride is a massive mechanical arm that extends 64 feet over the edge of the Tower and spins you at a force of 3 Gs for a truly mind-bending experience.  Oh yeah, and the seats you’re strapped into are barely wider than your clenched buttocks.  And it doesn’t just spin…the mechanical arms spread out and up, changing you from a sitting position to hanging face down.  Enjoy panoramic views of the shimmering Vegas Strip and nearby valley 1,149 feet above the Vegas skyline. The Stratosphere Tower is the tallest observation tower in the U.S. and one of the most exciting attractions among Vegas Strip hotels.  And bring a change of underwear.  Just in case.


X Scream

Atop Stratosphere Hotel

rec_xscream_photoIt apparently wasn’t exciting enough for the Stratosphere folks to glue a roller coaster to the outside of this 1,000-foot tower, or top it with a free-fall ride that shoots you up in the air. Nooooo. They had to stick a big freakin’ teeter-totter 27 feet over the edge, 866 feet above the Strip, and shoot you to the end at 30 MPH without nothing but a small harness between you and a heart attack. The new X Scream ride is an eight-seater study in insanity that thrill-seekers can’t get enough of. It took a huge helicopter crane to haul the pieces up to the top, but you can ride in comfort in the Tower elevators. Once you’re strapped in, the floor around you drops away and the out-and-back, up-and-down gyrations are only matched by the amazing view of the Strip and surrounding Vegas Valley. The ride is open all year, but may be closed temporarily if the wind kicks up too much.

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