The Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the USA. With a height of 1,149 ft, this tower is the most eye-catching feature of The Strat, a complex that includes a hotel and casino. Based in the central Gateway District, it's surrounded by amusement venues, restaurants, and gift shops.

At the top, you can overlook the entire city of Las Vegas, as well as mountain ranges that stretch far beyond its borders. The Stratosphere Tower hosts 4 thrilling rides and the revolving Top of the World restaurant. If you want to shop, the Stratosphere Tower Shops host a variety of brands across several lower floors.

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What are the highlights of the Stratosphere Tower?

With its status as the USA's highest observation tower in the USA, the Stratosphere Tower is an attraction fit for families and thrill-seekers. The 108th floor has an indoor lookout point, while the 109th level hosts an open-air deck providing undisturbed views of Las Vegas and the arid landscapes of Nevada in the distance.

If taking in the incredible vistas is not enough, the Stratosphere Tower has some hair-raising amusement rides. The X-Scream is a rollercoaster ride that simulates a drop-down from the building, as it makes sudden moves backwards and forwards. You can enjoy an acceleration ascend at the Big Shot, swing around at the Insanity high-speed carousel, or get ready for a controlled bungy-jump at the SkyJump Las Vegas.

What to do and what to shop in Stratosphere Tower?

After conquering your fears in one of the gravity-defying rides or overlooking the city at the overwhelming viewing deck, you can stroll around a shopping mall that's located within the same tower.

The Stratosphere Tower Shops consist of speciality shops, arcade halls, eateries, and a gift shop. Wander around the retail level to find clothes at Paradise Island Wear or ASHBA Clothing, enjoy 80 breathtaking rides at the X World 360 VR, or look for precious ornaments at one of the jewellery showrooms.

The Strat complex has a theatre and the LA Comedy Club, both offering quality shows throughout the year. Alternatively, visit the Las Vegas Magic Shop for a free magic demonstration or to buy your own tricks. 

Good to know about the Stratosphere Tower

While most people head for the Stratosphere Tower to see the 'Gambling Capital of the World' from above or to get an adrenaline rush from the rides, there is more to this observation tower.

Are you planning to get married and wish to plan the big moment in Las Vegas? On the 103rd floor, the Chapel in the Clouds wedding venue is a romantic spot to get united, while private dining rooms on level 104 are great for large banquets with family and friends.

On the ground floor, The Strat Hotel has a large entertainment venue, where the dangerous and exciting Celestia circus performances leave you in absolute awe.

The Stratosphere Tower has a bus stop at its doorstep and a highway exit nearby. Nearby points of interest you can combine on a day trip include the Adventuredome Indoor Theme Park and the Las Vegas Country Club.

Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas

Location: 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104, USA

Open: Monday–Thursday from noon to midnight, Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 2 am, Sunday from 10 am to 1 am

Phone: +1 800-998-6937

Huub Lakerveld | Contributing Writer