Ride the world’s highest observation wheel in Las Vegas

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The skyline of Las Vegas gained an interesting feature in 2014: the High Roller Observation Wheel. The 550-foot-tall wheel is technically a Ferris wheel, but its massive size goes far beyond anything seen at a county fair. Its cabins are designed to carry up to 40 people, and the views they offer are unparalleled, a true 360° view of the Strip and the Las Vegas Valley. The High Roller is the world’s highest observation wheel, and taking a ride on it is an experience you can only have in Las Vegas.

The High Roller is located at the Linq Promenade, which is roughly in between Venetian and Flamingo. It’s so large that it’s pretty much impossible to miss. Rides start at 11:30 a.m. and run until 2 a.m. For smaller crowds, the daytime rides are your best option. Once the sun is down and the neon is on, the High Roller gets busier.

When you reach the High Roller’s boarding platform, you might be surprised to see that the wheel does not stop. The movement is so slow that passengers can step inside the cabins as they rotate by, although it’s still a bit jarring when you first realize it doesn’t stop to allow boarding.

Once inside a pod, the gradual movement is largely imperceptible. The slow rise to the top gives you plenty of time to walk around the cabin to see the view from every perspective. The round pods, or cabins, are affixed to the structure of the High Roller, so there is no side-to-side movements. When you’re not gazing out at the view, you might take some time to check out the amazing structure of the High Roller. It’s an impressive bit of engineering.

After your pod clears the buildings surrounding the High Roller, you’ll see the entire Strip come into view. Past the Strip to the west, you can see all the way to the mountains. To the east, you’ll see planes landing and taking off at McCarran Airport just a few miles away. Sunset is a spectacular time to take a ride, just as the hotels are turning on their outside lights and Mother Nature is putting on her own show with sunset. Night rides offer a spectacular view of the Strip in all its nighttime glory, and if you’re lucky, you might get a birds-eye view of the dancing waters of the Bellagio Fountains.

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