High Roller Ferris Wheel
A few years ago if you heard the words Las Vegas and high roller in the same sentence, you would think of a gambler playing for high stakes. Not anymore. As of 31st March 2014 the High Roller Ferris Wheel is also the name of the latest landmark in Las Vegas and also the tallest Ferris wheel in the world.
At 550 feet high, the High Roller Ferris Wheel has overtaken the previous contender, the Singapore Flyer, by nine feet. Las Vegas is famous for a skyline that boasts Luxor’s black pyramid, an imitation Eiffel Tower and dazzling hotels. The High Roller will draw your eyes away from these as it stand tall and proud in the Nevada sun.
There are 28 cabins, each capable of holding 40 passengers. Safety glass completely surrounds each of the 225 square foot cabins, so you can be sure of stunning views across the amazing architecture of Sin City. Past the flamboyant buildings you might glimpse Mount Charleston, the highest peak in the Spring Mountains, some 35 miles in the distance. With clear skies the panorama might take in 25 miles of the desert surrounding the city.
Benches are provided in the cabins but with so much to see, most people stand to get the best angles for their photos and selfies. As you slowly ascend, a vibrant video about the history of the city keeps you amused until the sights distract you.
One rotation of the High Roller Ferris wheel lasts about 30 minutes, travelling at one foot per second. This speed is slow enough to give you ample time to look around and smooth enough that you won’t spill your drink. This is Las Vegas so you are welcome to take your own beverages, alcoholic or soft drinks, into the cabins. Alternatively, you could travel in one of the four ‘Happy Hour’ cabins, complete with bar and bartender. Once you have bought your ‘Happy Hour’ ticket and the doors have closed, the free drinks flow.
Choc-dipped strawberries at 550 feet
As with any major tourist attraction you should check all the offers and discounts on the Internet. There are special deals for families, residents of Nevada and different times of the day. Night-time journeys are popular due to the illuminated skyline but are more expensive.
One offer you may not expect to find is the wedding package. It comes complete with a wedding planner, a private cabin for up to 25 guests, chocolate-dipped strawberries and much more. The package is proving popular with engaged couples and those wanting to renew their vows.
Whether you decide to tie the knot 550 feet above the ground or simply want to see the sights in ways impossible without a helicopter, the High Roller Ferris wheel is worth a visit. If you are doing so because it is the tallest Ferris wheel in the world don’t leave it too long. Dubai is already planning a 689 foot giant observation wheel on an artificial island. If or when it opens, it may be taller but it will never equal the experience and views awaiting you on the High Roller in Las Vegas.