Thursday, October 1, 2015 – Oh my goodness – what an amazing place the Las Vegas Strip is! We did and saw soooooo much today! I know it’s known as Sin City but I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be if you choose to not do all that.
We went to the Bellagio, Mirage, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Ceasars Palace, Paris, Venetian and finished the day up by eating and watching a Circus Act at Circus Circus!! We started early and ended late and took our time so we could enjoy all we saw.
We easily walked 5 miles today since these casinos are huge and the space between is sometimes great. A couple of days ago we went to the MGM Grand and New York New York casinos so I think we’ve covered a lot of what Vegas has to offer. I am a happy girl!
The absolute highlight of our day was not one of the casinos or even the strip. It was a new attraction here called High Roller!
Here’s a bit about High Roller from the internet:
High Roller is a 550-foot tall, 520-foot diameter giant Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip. It takes 30 minutes to make one complete rotations. It opened to the public on March 31, 2014, and is the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. It is 9 ft taller than its predecessor, the 541-foot Singapore Flyer.
The passenger cabins (or capsules) are mounted on the wheel’s outboard rim and are individually rotated by electric motors to smoothly maintain a horizontal cabin floor throughout each full rotation. There are 28 passenger cabins, each with a 40 passenger capacity for a total capacity of 1,120 passengers. Each 225-square-foot cabin weighs 44,000 pounds, has a diameter of 22 feet, includes 300 square feet of glass, and is equipped with eight flat-screen televisions and an iPod dock. At night the wheel is illuminated by a 2,000-LED system which can display a single solid color, differently colored sections, multiple colors moving around the rim, and custom displays for special events and holidays.
Due to High Roller’s size you can see it from everywhere in Las Vegas, however from a distance it looks like it is standing still, no rotation seen. As we got closer to it throughout the day we realized it is moving just very very slowly. That caught our interest and Roy agreed to splurge a bit and ride it!!! I am normally uneasy with heights but this felt so stable and went so slow there was none of that!
Even though the cabin can hold 40 people there were only four in ours! Two really nice guys, dad and son, from Texas took the ride with us! They were so nice and took pictures of Roy and I for us!
As we went higher and higher the city below looked more and more different! This is so very worth doing if you’re in Las Vegas. Not really cheap, but worth doing! The pictures below are from various elevations throughout the thirty minute ride.
I always think videos show so much more than a photo could ever show so here’s 5 videos showing various aspects of the High Roller experience.
I’ll share about the casinos in the next few blogs. We took so many pictures (both of us) that sifting through them and uploading them will take a while!
Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!
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