Las Vegas, a bright point on the horizon, is a haven of joy in a wide desert. These unforgettable photos of the city known just as Vegas include the flashing lights along the wonderful Las Vegas Boulevard, Sinatra hanging out with the Rat Pack, or even Robert De Niro nonchalantly smoking at the end of the bar. Tourists may be wondering what the best things are in Sin City. Every tourist will find an attraction to enjoy in Las Vegas. Red Rock Canyon has stunning natural scenery. Hoover Dam's engineering feats are monumental. Famous people play at Las Vegas shows every night. Not to forget the flash and glamour of the poshest casinos on earth. The STRAT Hotel, Casino, and SkyPod is one of the most recognized of all the unique structures that make up the skyline of the Las Vegas Strip. The tower is 1,149 feet (350.2 meters) tall, making it twice as tall as any other structure in the city, and the highest freestanding observation tower in the United States is its claim to fame in terms of architecture. Here is the best way to experience the SkyPod.


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Get To Know The History Of The Majestic SkyPod

An eccentric poker player and businessman named Bob Stupak established his second casino in the same location as The STRAT in 1979 after his previous one burnt down. He had a famous observation deck in mind that would be four times as tall as his hotel. Ned Baldwin, an architect, designed the Stratosphere Tower in 1991. In 1995, Vegas World was forced to close while the Stratosphere's new hotel was being built in the place of its hotel towers. After signing up with his buddy and poker player Lyle Berman's Grand Casinos as investors that year, Stupak's bad luck continued. He was hurt in a catastrophic motorbike accident. In 1996, the tower opened its doors again as the third-costliest casino development in history. Due to Stratosphere's financial struggles, Stupak personally lost $200 million, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1997, and Carl Icahn eventually acquired the company in 1998. Before being bought and rebranded by Golden Entertainment in 2017, it was sold twice more, underwent irregular renovations, and opened to considerable excitement in 2020.

What To Do At The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod

Spend A Night At The STRAT Hotel

The Stratosphere achieved profitability in the early 2000s, but until Golden Entertainment acquired the resort, it remained musty and out of date while other, more upscale hotels routinely updated their rooms. As part of its new "Elevate" room series, the hotel has renovated 574 of its rooms as of right now. Its modernized "Grand" suites and "Elite" room categories complete the 1,000-room restoration.

  • Cost: $112.19 per night for two adults in Elevate king room

Play At The Casino

The 80,000-square-foot (7432.2 square meters) casino at The STRAT was completely renovated as part of the reorganization since it had previously adhered to the claustrophobic architectural aesthetic. It is brought up to date with natural lighting as well as gold and light blue color scheme that was inspired by the sky, sun, stars, and moon. Its 44 tables, including a splendid new Baccarat pit, and 750 slot machines could even entice visitors to stay longer.

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Have A Look From The Observation Deck And Try Thrill Rides

The magnificent tower of The STRAT's observation deck offers breathtaking panoramas that should not be missed, but the thrill coasters are the main attraction. They either fire adventurers in a Big Shot straight up in the air or dangle them off the side of the tower when trying Insanity and X-Scream rides. They are reasonably priced and offer so much fun. Visitors may also ride the SkyJump powered by MTN DEW, which holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest commercial decelerator. It is a controlled fall that spins adventurers down the tower from 829 feet (252.6 meters) up at 40 mph (64.3 kmh). However, the current Groupon offer will allow visitors thrill rides, reduced entrance, and even a SkyJump package. Exhilarating and scary, but not very fast or physically taxing, are the rides that hang adventurers over the edge. They are perfect for all ages and create an amazing memory.

  • Cost: The SkyPod observation deck costs $20 to attend, and adding a ride is only a few dollars extra if purchased via STRAT. For unlimited rides, visitors will pay an extra $10 only.
  • Opening schedule: The observation deck opens daily from 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM. If weather permits, rides are open Monday through Thursday from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM and Friday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM, except for Big Shot which opens from 4:00 PM to midnight.

If all of this thrill is a bit much for visitors, they might prefer to observe other people do risky feats of bravery. In a 30,000-square-foot (2787 square meters) tent constructed directly on the Strip, "Celestia," a new show from The STRAT, comprises contortionists, performers, and acrobats, including Sergey and Sasha, the father-daughter hand-balancing act from "America's Got Talent." Visitors may watch additional entertainments like burlesque and comedy shows.

Enjoy Delicious Food And Sip A Drink

Visitors at Top of the World Steakhouse will be in awe of the panorama from 800 feet (243.8 meters) above the Las Vegas Strip on the ideal date night. Following the property's recent renovation and rebranding effort, the menu has also been updated. Diners will enjoy a wonderful supper and an amazing view.

  • Opening schedule: Top of the World opens daily from 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM
  • Cuisines: International, seafood, and steakhouse
  • Minimum charge: $55

After their meal, they may get drinks at Wet24 or cocktails and snacks at Elation Pool Café & Bar while in the pools. The REMIX Lounge, where live musicians perform on the weekends, is located on the main casino floor. When there are football games underway, the stage transforms into an HDTV projection screen.