If you’re coming to Las Vegas by choice, chances are you’re in search of a thrill. When the table games break your bank and your heart – or just get tiresome – fear not, Vegas has other ways of getting your heart-rate up. Sin City boasts dozens of roller coasters that will satisfy your need for an adrenaline spike.
Here are some of my favorites.
With a track that measures only 69 feet, X-Scream is part roller coaster, part adventure ride. What makes it unique is that Stratosphere has stapled the ride 900 feet up on the side of one of the tallest buildings in the world. Go to the observation deck and check out the immense drop. You think things are safe after barrelling over the edge, but breathe deep, my friend, another 30-foot drop awaits on this ride that’s guaranteed to get your heart-rate moving.
When Buffalo Bill’s Hotel and Casino opened this ride more than a decade ago, it was the tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster in the world, and it featured the biggest vertical drop. While those distinctions have been surpassed by other rides, it’s still worth the 20-minute trip from the strip to the city of Primm.
The coaster climbs above the roof of the casino, more than 20 stories high, and then performs every roller coaster maneuver known to man. As you drop, spin, and turn wildly, you may come to regret the time of that delicious steak you had for lunch. Desperado might just be the best coaster on the west coast outside of Los Angeles.
The (uncreatively named) Roller Coaster at New York-New York (pictured at top) isn’t the best option in the city, but it has amazing views, is centrally located, and will still get your juices flowing. It offers a 360-degree view of Vegas, a huge drop, and a well-thought out experience, overall. The attention to detail makes it feel like a ride at Disneyland.
Believed to be the only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew coaster in the world, this attraction at the Circus Circus goes over 50 miles per hour and includes a 90-foot rise. The ride is great with deception, slowing you down, only to hit a turn hard, or shoot you in an unexpected direction. It provides a punch of adrenaline that will reinvigorate any stagnating visitors.
(Featured photo credit: Stefan Scheer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. Photo has been cropped.)
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