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Stratosphere Rides

Stratosphere Insanity ride Stratosphere Thrill Rides


The Stratosphere thrill rides are located a dizzying 100 stories above the Las Vegas Strip atop the Stratosphere Tower. They hold claim to having the world’s three highest ride attractions; the Big Shot, X Scream and Insanity the Ride.

Insanity the Ride holds riders sixty-four feet over the edge of the Stratosphere tower while spinning passengers at up to three G’s at a 70 degree angle. If the thought of experiencing the perfect views of Las Vegas at 900 feet while being violently flung through the air appeals to you then look no further.

The Big Shot ride shoots riders from the top of the tower, up it’s mast at a speed of 45 miles per hour. Riders experiencing 4 G’s on ascent and negative G’s on the way down. Watch out for this one, it’s scream inducing!

The X Scream is like a giant teeter totter in the sky. 866 feet up in the sky to be exact. Passengers are dangled 27 feet over the edge of the building before being pulled back and forth.

Even if you don’t care about thrill rides you should visit the Stratophere Tower for the view alone. It’s billed as the tallest free standing observation tower in the United states and get this it would have been even taller but the FAA decided against it. For a truly spectacular view of the entire Las Vegas area this ones a must see. You can also get a view without braving the lines for the tower by making reservations at the Top of the world restaurant.

Ticket prices for the observation tower are $9.95 for adults. Local, seniors and kids 4- 12 are $6.00

Ticket prices for Insanity ride, Big Shot ride and the X Scream ride are $8.00 for everyone. You can purchase an Xtreme All-day Unlimited Package for $29.95.

All rides are subject to closing due to high winds and bad weather. Minimum height for all rides is 48″. For more information call ( 702)380-7777 For more hotel information visit the Stratosphere Hotel page.

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Area 51 Nevada

Area 51, Nevada


Area 51 is regarded as ground zero for alien encounters. If what you seek is an out of the ordinary road trip from Vegas, head up the E.T highway to pay a visit to Area 51. It’s a long desolate drive through an bizarre desert landscape. At 150 miles each way its not a trip to be taken lightly. You’ll want to make sure your car is in good shape and keep in mind your heading out into the desert, so bring some water.

You can get there by following I-15 north, until U.S 93 then get off on the E.T highway Route 375. On Route 375 you have the choice to go directly to Area 51 via Mailbox Road or head on up to the town of Rachel where you can talk to locals and get an area map from the Area 51 Research Center. The Area 51 research center is a yellow trailer with a wide assortment of alien literature and was founded by Glenn Campbell you literally wrote the book on Area 51.

Another stop to make in the town of Rachel is the Little A’Le Inn diner and gift shop which is the hangout for die-hard alien aficionado and ufo watchers. You can find some pretty cool alien and ufo souvenirs from the gift shop and chat with the locals at the diner.


Bonnie Springs Nevada

Bonnie Springs, Nevada


Bonnie Springs is a 115 – acre ghost town attraction and replica of the old wild west. It’s located about 25 miles west of Las Vegas on Charleston Blvd. The drive takes approximately 30 minutes. You’ll know your getting close when you pass the entrance to the Red Rock Visitor Center. The entrance is about 6 miles further on the right look for the big wooden archway that says, “Old Nevada”.

Bonnie Springs Old Nevada is a great family destination with a good selection of kid friendly attractions. They have a petting zoo, horseback riding, miniature train ride and cowboys and cowgirls for entertainment. On the weekends they have an old west ‘Posse’ show where the kids can get involved and help track down the bad guy. You can find simulated gun battles and even a villain and a public hanging. There’s even a wax museum displaying characters from the frontier.

Bonnie Springs has an old fashioned chapel that is used for weddings, convention facilities and shopping.  They has a good selection of western souvenirs and silver and turquoise jewelery.

Best of all Bonnie Springs is open every single day of the year!

If you’d like to make wedding, convention or private party reservations or find out more information you can speak to the folks down at Bonnie Ranch at 1-702-875-4191 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm PST, seven days a week.


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