Las Vegas likes things big and bright. The buildings are big, the lights and even the people are bright. But the tallest thing on the strip by far is the Stratosphere. The Stratosphere looks a lot like the Space Needle and is at the end of the strip. The Stratosphere has much more then the Space Needle though being a tower, hotel, casino, and even having a few rides. So what exactly makes visitors come to the Stratosphere when there are so many other things to see in Las Vegas? You will need to keep reading to find out what the big deal is at the Stratosphere.
The Stratosphere is located at 2000 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas Nevada. The hotel is not actually located in the tower but in a large hotel below the tower. Though if they did have hotel rooms at the top it would be the best hotel room view on the strip and one of the best in the world. The hotel is nothing special though just a big Las Vegas hotel in fact it is pretty unexciting for a Las Vegas hotel though actually it is the only big Hotel in Las Vegas as the other major Hotels are technically not in Las Vegas. Even the gambling is nothing exciting. Everywhere in Las Vegas you can find gambling so it is hard to make the experience special or different even though the Stratosphere does try by having some unique versions of games but it does not do anything to original.
What the Stratosphere does have is the largest tower in the US. The big attraction and draw is the tower itself. The tower is not for those with Vertigo as the tower is over 1000 feet high. If heights do bother you but you want to give it a try there is an inside observation deck or you can go outside if you are brave. Of course everything you do costs. If you want to go to the top of the Stratosphere that will cost you, the rides will cost, the food will cast, etc. It can get very expensive.
There is one hotel in the tower with one of the most amazing views in the city allowing you to see all the way down the Strip. If you think the restaurant offers a great view the bar is the highest in the city and offers and even better view. But for the best views in the house you will have to venture outside.
The outside is small but it does have a few rides which offer the best views in town. You do not have to go on the rides to go outside though. The tallest ride in the world is the Big Shot which is one of those rides that shoots you up in the air real fast. Then of course the next tallest rides in the world are also located on the top of the Stratosphere. Insanity spins and dangles you over the edge, it seems they replaced the roller coaster for this ride and they should have kept the coaster instead. X-Scream just takes you to the edge and dangles you over the edge. X-Scream and Insanity are only exciting in that they take you to the edge but they could have used just one of them. Recently Sky Jump Las Vegas opened which is a bungee jump.
Overall what the Stratosphere offers is a great view. Not everyone will like the view but only because it scares them. The Stratosphere is also expensive with everything costing and they charge you a lot knowing they have something no one else has.