Pick of the Week – May 4-10, 2015

So are you sick of hearing about Las Vegas yet?  I hope not because this I am continuing to give Picks of things to do in Las Vegas that don’t involve drinking or gambling.  And next week will be the last one before I return to picks from other areas of interest.

This week, though, I want to recommend one of the newest attractions on the Strip: the High Roller.  Completed in 2014, the High Roller is the largest Ferris wheel in the world, standing 550 feet tall.  It is located behind the The Linq hotel/casino (Formerly the Imperial Palace) and shopping district, which is right across the Strip from Caesar’s Palace.  The cars, which are really large enclosed spherical cabins, are capable of holding up to 40 people each, and one trip around the continually-moving wheel takes about 30 minutes.

Inside the car, there are benches as well as screens that show you your progress along the journey.  They also show facts and trivia questions presented by a relatively-non-annoying on-screen host.

Obviously the main attraction is the view.  During the day, as the High Roller nears the apex, you will be able to see not only up and down the Strip but for miles in every direction.  But at night, the lights of the Strip as seen from above are the main draw.  We don’t believe in stealing the pics of others here at VampireNomad, so I will instead offer the following visual evidence from the High Roller’s Wikipedia page: PICTURE LINK!

The High Roller’s website lists tickets as costing $26.95 during the day and $36.95 at night, but, as with most things in Vegas, there are discounts available if you look around.  On my most recent trip to Las Vegas, I got tickets for $10 each from the box office at one of the Strip hotels.  The Tix4tonight booths also have discounted tickets, and you may find coupons in one of the many guides you can find in cabs, at the monorail, or in your hotel room.

While I started these picks with the idea of listing non-drinking activities, I would be remiss if I didn’t note one other aspect of the High Roller.  If you are willing to pay a bit more money ($37 during the day and $52 at night), you can ride in the Happy Half Hour cabins, which have an open bar for you to enjoy as you make your 30 minute spin around the wheel.  

- Alan Decker

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