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Hey everyone,
Went for a surprise trip for my birthday to Las Vegas last weekend, and my best friend who organised the trip, had us stay at the Stratosphere as he knows I'm a skyscraper geek. Anywho, it's a good deal ($79US/night) and you get free admission to the observation deck if you stay. The tower actually has an Aussie connection to it, as the founder for the casino, Bob Stupak, lived in Australia for a number of years and was inspired by the Sydney Tower to build this one. But unlike Centrepoint, this one has crazy rides on the roof that are $8 each to ride. I was too scared to ride any of them, and watching it was enough to make my stomach-turn.

Sorry about the fuzzy quality on some of the pics, it's a mixture of the camera and the glass.







South on the "Strip". Lots of new construction






Southwest, and the Circus Circus Adventuredome (red glass building)


Golf course and eastern suburbs


The "Old Vegas"- Downtown and Fremont St.


That's a long way down!


Getting loaded onto "Insanity"- the ride




Moving out- This has to be terrifying!


Away they go, they are spinning about 40mph at a facing at a 70 degree angle downward






First siting of XScream the ride


Passengers ride in a single file car on a narrow track off the edge


The rail teeters a little.........


And then drops! Not for the faint of heart, ergh!
 

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Looks like baby Dubai, needs trees.
Night time looks ace though. Love the frivolity & waste of electricity. And awesome rides by the look of it.
 

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Vegas is a night city, that is when it comes to life.

It has a certain magic about it, even though it does like kinda drab in those pics for the most part. I loved that city and the heat.

If you want to see how scary those rides are, go to Youtube and type in Stratosphere tower and you will get some really freaky videos of exactly how scary they are!!
 

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Baby Dubai? I'm sure Vegas has more money floating arounds its streets that even Dubai has being invested at the moment.
i would second that,currently there is almost $500bil-$800bil being pumped in dubai,with a hell lot more comin in the next few years.remember only %10 of the vision has been announced so far.:cheers:
 

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What happened to the supertalls proposed for Vegas? These are sposed to be real commercial office/residential towers, not casinos, for a fully master planned CBD so to speak. As mentioned, part of that plan was for 1 or 2 300m+ towers, all glass, very cool.
 

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Big Shot is one of the best and most jawdroping rides I have been on. I did it at night and the views were amazing.

It might have been inspired by Sydney Tower but it's also taller! I wish Sydney Tower would inspire a replacement of itself.
 
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