I was provided with two tickets to ride the High Roller on a recent trip to Las Vegas. I found Vegas to be a convenient airport for ingress and egress to access national parks in Utah and Arizona, from Zion to the Grand Canyon. What’s more, there’s no better way to relax after a long weekend of hiking than with a cocktail and bird’s eye view of Las Vegas.
What is the High Roller?
Standing at 550 feet tall and offering unparalleled views of the strip, the High Roller is the largest observation wheel in the world. Many compare it to the London Eye. If you want to recreate your childhood ferry wheel days as an adult, this is the best way to do it!
The High Roller has 28 cabins with each cabin fitting up to 40 people. I went with a friend on a Tuesday afternoon and we were lucky enough to have a cabin all to ourselves thanks to low demand. There are two types of cabins–cabins with or without a bar. Alcohol and snacks are sold on your way up to the boarding area and are allowed on both cabins.
How long does it take to do one rotation?
The ride takes half and hour total to do one full rotation. During the day, you can see out the desert from the highest point. At night, you get iconic pictures of the Vegas lights. After your ride, you can stroll the LINQ promenade, located right downstairs and offering live music, street performers and endless bars and restaurants.
Is it worth it?
I have to admit, I had a little too much fun on this experience! After a weekend of being away from civilization, Vegas was an overload of sensory stimulation. Also, I may have had one (or four) margaritas. If you’re going to make questionable decisions to celebrate climbing mountains and achieving personal goals, however. there’s no place to do so than Las Vegas! After all, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Till next time, safe travels!
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*Disclosure: The High Roller provided complimentary tickets for myself and a friend but my experience and opinions are my own.