High Roller Soars Over the Las Vegas Strip

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There’s a new high roller on the Vegas strip, and it will appeal to all ages. Opened in March 2014 and located at the Linq Hotel, the High Roller is the world’s tallest observation wheel, and at its apex, soars 550 feet over the Las Vegas desert, surpassing the London Eye by 50 feet.

Our family visited during the relative quiet of mid-November, and we strategized our half-hour ride to not only coincide with the magical twilight hour, but to also avoid the nighttime price increase. If you board the High Roller right around sunset, you’ll catch the fiery skies of day’s end the on the way up and the electricity of the strip against the night sky on the way down. Both views are well worth the $24.95 admission fee, which goes up to $34.95 after 7:00 p.m. (Best to check this on the web site, as I’m thinking this cut off might change depending on the time of year. When we went, the price increased at 6:00 p.m., but 7:00 p.m. is quoted on the web site.)

Great views of the Flamingo, Bellagio, and Caesar's Palace just after sunset.

Great views of the Flamingo, Bellagio, and Caesar’s Palace just after sunset.

 

The bright white strip in the middle of the picture is the Bellagio Fountain - perfect timing!

The bright white strip in the middle of the picture is the Bellagio Fountain – perfect timing!

In true Vegas fashion, you can bring a cocktail from the ride’s wheelhouse on board, or purchase a beer from the ground-level gift shop adjacent to the ticket office. (For the record, according to the website, you can only bring drinks purchased from the wheelhouse, but we were told we could bring a beer from the gift shop, which was much cheaper.) For events, you can rent out an entire pod, which holds about 40 people, complete with bar and bartender. Sounds like a great idea for a party!

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