The Stratosphere Tower observation deck offers absolutely astonishing views of the Strip, downtown Las Vegas, and the surrounding mountains. There are also some absolutely great thrill rides atop the tower that are sure to take your breath away.
Here is a video of the view from atop the Stratosphere Tower on a typical sunny Las Vegas day, with all the city and the mountains in view. As you will see, the panorama alone is well worth the ride up.
You can get views of Vegas from a number of places, including the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, which is a thrilling and fun ride which I highly recommend for its unique vantage point and view of the Bellagio fountain show.
There are also some great restaurants and rooftop bars, including one at the Rio that offer spectacular views in their own right. (And the VooDoo Lounge atop the Rio is an absolutely stunning bar with a one of a kind view that is a must-see for adults.)
But you haven’t really seen Vegas until you have been atop the Stratosphere. The view is just that good. Now unlike the Eiffel Tower attraction at Paris, Las Vegas, you can’t generally reach the Stratosphere Tower on foot from the heart of the Strip.
This means you will have to hop in your car or take a bus top get there. But despite the added effort, I really do recommend that you make the trip, whether it is your first time in Vegas or you simply have never made it to the top of the tower.
The Stratosphere observation deck, at over 1000 feet, is twice as high as any other vantage point in Las Vegas, and the views are completely unobstructed in every direction.
Furthermore, unlike in the Eiffel Tower, where the viewing area is akin to a cage and rather small, maybe 10 yards (or meters) from side to side, the Stratosphere is large, with a broad viewing area that is ideal for taking pictures or just taking int the view.
And, of course, there are the thrill rides here, if you have the stomach to give them a try (and they are simply not for the faint of heart). So get to the Stratosphere Tower observation deck, for the rides, for the amazing view, and for what will no doubt be some of the best memories of your trip to Las Vegas.