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Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Stratosphere Tower

Remember the Stratosphere Tower from my previous post? Well, I went up to the observation deck. The observation deck is at level 108 and is 854 feet up in the sky. The tower itself rises to 1,149 feet; it was voted the best Las Vegas Landmark, and is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States, and the tallest building west of the Mississippi. It is taller than the Seattle Space Needle, the Tokyo Tower and theEiffel Tower.


I took a few photos from the deck; the little blue square you see mostly in the shadow at the base of the high rise is the hotel swimming pool. Some photos I took with my telephoto lens, some without.

From the observation deck of the Stratosphere Tower, you are actually looking down at most of the so-called skyscrapers in Las Vegas.

The view is unbelievable, and of course the mountains in the distance add to the beauty of the scene.
The view spans 360 degrees, and I tried to take photos from every angle.
It was an amazing experience.

Aagain, the mountains on the horizon added visual interest to the view.


Above the observation deck are a couple of carnival type rides, and I was able to photograph the participants, as the ride dangled them over the edge of the rooftop.
Keep in mind, these people are being swung out into the air about 900 feet from the ground!

Heights don't bother me much. I loved the views from the Observation Deck. But I really feel I have acquired enough gray hair in my life without that added thrill! The reason the ride pictures are a little hazy is there is some type of protective screening on the glass that is directly under the rides...I supposed so that if someone falls out, they won't break the window glass.

Tne elevator that takes you up to the observation deck and the rides travels at a speed of 23 miles an hour--which doesn't sound like much, until you're standing in the elevator as it zooms upward! My ears popped due to the altitude! I decided to skip the rides.

Nowadays my "extreme thrills" consist of trying to negotiate my way down a flight of stairs without landing on my butt! Hubby declined to visit the tower at all...he is not fond of heights, you may recall.

The Red Sox are playing the Angels tonight; we have a 42 inch screen TV at home. Our hotel room has a 23 inch screen TV. So as I write this, Hubby is downstairs in the bar; there is a 42 inch screen TV there. He tells me that except for the thump, thump, thump of the bass in the rock music that's playing, the clouds of cigarette smoke, the uncomfortable chairs and the barmaids in the skimpy uniforms that expose their "tramp stamps" and barely cover their pubes and nipples, it's just like watching the game at home!

























18 comments:

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Sob. Jealous. I love the desert and I WOULD ride those damn Stratosphere rides. I mean I'd need a sedative but I'd totally do it. :)

lisleman said...

i've only been to las vegas once and didn't go up into the tower. We have a few skyscrapers to choose from here in Chicago.
What I didn't know and am surprised to learn is this ride ontop of the tower.
thanks for the pics.

Gloria said...

Hah! Great posting. Am loving travelling with you from the comfort of my home! The pictures are amazing. Trust me, I'm holding onto my chair whilst viewing they're that real.

The pics of the carnival ride . . I would know I shouldn't do it but would have to, just because it was there!

Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous Friday!!!

Housewife Savant said...

You're not fooling anyone. Retirement is all about The Wife prancing around in skimpy outfits that barely cover pubes and nipples.
And watching the game on Big TV.

Sassy said...

How fun!!!!!!!!! I am like you and my hubby is afraid of heights as well.....so funny...I jumped out of a plane and he was like "why would you jump out of a perfectly good plane" I have wanted to visit that place and ride that ride.....thank you for taking me on a tour.....also thank you for coming and visiting mine all the time...I have seriously been such a lousy blogger lately...barely keeping my head above water.....but I ♥ your visits...thank you....and have fun!!!!!!

Sam said...

You're a brave woman. I wouldn't get up there if life depended on it.
Thought I'd stop by and say hello again. Hope you're well. Come and follow me too at www.samwich365.com

thanks for sharing.

glenna said...

I would absolutely love to go up in that tower! Seriously would love it!

Thanks for stopping by my blog....this morning. :-)

jules said...

OMG. I would never get on those rides either!

The Retired One said...

I seriously got butterflies in the pit of my stomach looking at the folks on the rides outside the window. Yikes!! But I definitely would have gone inside the tower and up. It looks fantastic! Thanks for taking us along with you!

Meeko Fabulous said...

You are far braver than I am! :) I could use the excuse that I'm usually too wasted mid-afternoon to go anywhere . . . but I won't. I'm a big wuss. :) Glad you're having such a good time! :) And you're SO making me miss Vegas . . . November is coming . . .

Steam Me Up, Kid said...

I've stayed at the Stratosphere before, and I couldn't get up the courage to get myself to the observation deck, let alone the ride at the top. I was afraid the hotel would topple over like a palm tree at any moment. Although I'm surrounded by palm trees and I've yet to see one topple. Regardless, it could happen.

ethelmaepotter! said...

I am more impressed by the clarity of the pictures than by the skyscrapers and the carnival ride: I would have thought smog would have obscured the air. We have worse air in Tennessee!

Eliza said...

Oh my gosh, you would NOT catch me on that ride!!! Crazy!

Eliza

glnroz said...

sounds like a great time.. ye'uh, I cant believe the old man is down there with what all you described going on.. ye'uh right.. me pouting.

I Wonder Wye said...

Cool! LOVE heights. And people watching in Vegas? Cannot be beat.....

LisaLisa said...

Great post but I must say I might have peed my pants I'm so scared of heights....lol lol I'm now following you, I love your blog!

Wishing you a bless weekend! You're so brave :)

Cougar Tales said...

Oh the Stratosphere. Brings back my own Vegas memories. :-)
- Cougs

dogimo said...

It's hard to be objective about anything from that height. Very nice pics! The hotel in the second shot looks like a toy.

My favorite is the 7th one down. The receding perspective on the converging roads, and the way the man-made lines cut across each other is very forceful and dynamic. Then the purple mountains lumping the horizon in the distance, under a quiet blue sky dusted with confectioner's sugar. Perfect balance of forced and unforced harmony.