About the Stratosphere

Enjoy birds-eye views of Vegas at The Stratosphere Tower, the highest free standing observation tower in the United States. At 1,149 feet (350m), the Strat Tower offers panoramic 360-degree views across the shimmering Strip and Las Vegas valley. Discover the Strat Tower's Skypod, with indoor and outdoor observation decks, viewfinders, fine dining, selfie spots and even a wedding chapel. Or chase thrills on one (or all!) of the tower's three external rides, situated 800 to 1,000 feet above Las Vegas.

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About The Strat Tower

Standing at 1,149 feet (350m), the Strat Tower is the tallest free-standing observation tower in the United States, and the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River. Opening on April 30, 1996, it was part of a hotel and casino complex conceptualised by entrepreneur and poker champion Bob Stupak. Stupak, who wanted the tower to become a local landmark, said "What I'm trying to do for Las Vegas is what the Eiffel Tower did for Paris, what the Empire State Building did for New York, what the Seattle Space Needle did for Seattle."

The Skypod

Take a ride to the top of The Strat Tower for expansive views of the Las Vegas valley, dining and drinks, adventure and everlasting memories. The SkyPod features the internationally acclaimed Top of the World restaurant, famous for its award-winning cuisine and 360 degree revolving dining room; the stylish 107 SkyLounge; indoor and outdoor observation decks complete with viewfinders and selfie-spots; world-famous thrill rides and attractions; meeting rooms, and even a wedding chapel.

The Big Shot

In a matter of seconds, the Big Shot thrill ride catapults riders from the platform up the Towers mast at 1,081 feet and down again. Before you catch your breath, you’ll be shot back up again at forces unmatched. You must be at least 48” tall to ride the Big Shot. This is a high-speed ride experience with high vertical g-forces at an elevated height. This ride is not recommended for guests with physical, mental, and/or medical limitations.


Sitting 64 ft out over the edge of the Skypod at a height of over 866 ft, this Vegas ride will spin you in the open air at speeds of up to three Gs. You’ll be propelled up to an angle of 70 degrees, which will tilt your body until you have no choice but to stare straight down! You must be at least 52” tall to ride Insanity.


A giant teeter-totter sitting 866 ft above the ground, X-Scream will propel you headfirst, 27 feet over the edge of the tower. There, you'll dangle weightlessly above the Las Vegas Strip before being pulled back and propelled over again for more. You must be at least 52” tall to ride X-Scream.

Important Information

All tickets must be redeemed by a Big Bus Tours staff member before you visit The Strat Tower and rides. The Tower and Rides are subject to close due to weather restrictions. Stratosphere does not assume any liability for personal injury or loss or damage to property.

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