Las Vegas High Roller: the world’s largest observation wheel with 28 transparent pods holding 40 passengers each. ” So freaking cool!” This was definitely my first reaction when I read about it before heading to Las Vegas (I mean, who’s wouldn’t). I remember when some fellow travellers told us it was not going to be worth it since we can see an even better skyline from the Stratosphere Observation Deck, which was free to us as we stayed on the Stratosphere Hotel. But stubborn Karen refused to believe them. “We are already in Las Vegas”, “It’s going to be unique”, “It’s different, I have never been in a wheel before” all these thoughts kept bumping through my head. So we decided to pay the $45 (varies per season) dollars and hop on the wheel. It was fun at first, until you notice how freaking SLOW it really goes! You spend a lot of time viewing the same thing just in a further distance. You do get to see Las Vegas completely, but so can you on the Stratosphere Observation Deck.
I know a lot of people might argue that it’s different, but it’s just a different perspective. If you were travelling alone and if you are willing to pay for it, I suggest you try the High Roller and the Observation Deck to experience the difference but if you are a travelling as a family with kids, I think the Observation Deck is your way to go (do the math and notice how much you could really save). Plus, Las Vegas is not that big. You can see it all on almost any tall floor. The only difference is how centralized your view is. If you take the high roller, you are going to be seeing mostly the hotels around it (Venetian, Wynn, Trump, New York). I have to admit that the High Roller offers a pretty nice and Las Vegas-like view. Plus, it does confirms your Las Vegas stereotypes. Now on the Stratosphere Observation deck even though you will see these hotels in a farther distance, you surely will get an even more complete view of Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Hige Roller:
- Admission: I paid $40 on the 24th of December. Prices may vary per season. See more info here.
Stratosphere Observation Deck:
- Admission to the Tower Price: $20 for adults, $10 for children 4-12, free for hotel guests.
I gave you my point of view, now is your turn to choose. Happy travelling!
This is the view from the highest point of the High Roller.