Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to ride The High Roller, Las Vegas’s observational wheel attraction. Standing at 550 feet tall (167.6 meters), it’s no Stratosphere in terms of height, but it definitely gives the best view due to its central location near the Strip.
Currently, it stands as the tallest functional wheel in the world, beating out the London Eye and Singapore Flyer, but it will soon lose that title as the final touches are being put on the Dubai-based Ain Dubai/Dubai Eye which is set to launch later this year. Construction has also started on the New York Wheel, but cost constraints have significantly delayed its launch.
Depending on the time of year and the package you choose, ticket prices can range anywhere from $20 to $55. There are also group ticket options which can save you a few bucks if you’re going with a large group of friends. Tickets can be purchased online via various booking websites including TripAdvisor, Ticketmaster, and the Caesers website. There is also the option to purchase tickets at the venue. Like most other tickets, you can either print them or get a mobile code which can be scanned on the day.
Don’t forget to walk with a form of ID as they may ask to confirm your identity when you check in.
You can access The High Roller via the LINQ Promenade. If you’re taking the monorail to get there, you’ll have to take a short walk through the LINQ Hotel. There are signs that direct you where to go once you get in there.
The High Roller never stops revolving, so once you’re checked in, you just have to line up and wait for the next available cabin to become available. Once inside the cabin, the doors close, and your journey begins. The ride lasts about 30 minutes, allowing you more than enough time to get a bird’s eye view of the city.
To the immediate west, you can see the various hotels and casinos that line the strip, while the east offers a view of the airport, and the hill formations just outside the heart of the city.
If you happen to be in Vegas, this should definitely be on your list of things to do. I have only had the opportunity to take the ride during the day, but there are also night options. You can even pay extra to get access to booze and other alcoholic drinks, but I’d personally save the extra bucks to buy cheaper drinks elsewhere.