Gambling, neon, getting married, staying up till dawn, shopping, fine dining, not-so-fine dining, mammoth hotels - Las Vegas is known for many things and if you've visited once or twice, you've probably partaken in more than a few. In recent years, however, Vegas has also become known as an adrenalin-fuelled city, with urban adventure activities to match those of better-known thrill seeker hot-spots - so if you're a fan of head-spinning, stomach-churning, fear-inducing fun, here's our pick of sensational Sin City escapades...
Stratosphere Tower Thrill Rides
First up in our list of daredevil activities is the Skyjump, a heart-racing free fall from the 108th floor of the Stratosphere Casino and Hotel. Before you experience the world's highest controlled free fall, you'll be suited and strapped into the Stratosphere's special jumpsuits and given a safety course. You'll then take the short elevator ride to the top of the tower where you'll be securely connected up and led to the edge of the platform. All that remains is to... jump. The ultimate in urban exhilaration, according to those in the video below...
If you want a thrilling birds-eye view of the Strip but prefer to be strapped into something a bit more sturdy, take a ride on Insanity, an only slightly-less scary experience than the Skyjump. A mammoth mechanical 'arm' extends outwards 64 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower and then spins you and your fellow passengers in the open air at a height of more than 900 feet. You'll reach speeds of up to three 'G's' and be tilted to an angle of 70 degrees which will leave you looking straight down onto downtown Las Vegas below... up for it?
Stratosphere Casino and Hotel, 2000 Las Vegas Blvd Sth
SlotZilla Zip Line
At heights slightly closer to the ground, SlotZilla Zip Line offers the opportunity to zip along the entire length of the Fremont Street Experience's Viva Vision canopy from a height of 77 feet or 114 feet in the air.
The 12-storey, slot machine-inspired thrill offers a lower 'Zipline' and upper 'Zoomline' experience, the latter whisking zippers 1,750 feet down the Fremont Street experience to a landing platform at the famous Golden Gate casino, cheered from the ground by the crowds below. The attraction opens daily at 1pm, though we recommend doing it at night for the best neon-fuelled buzz.
Header shot: © Las Vegas News Bureau
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About the author: MaxineMaxine Sheppard
Maxine is the editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.