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The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod is at 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. S. The STRAT Hotel literally towers over its neighbors, offering a spectacular panorama of the city from both indoor and outdoor observation decks. Visitors catch a ride in the elevator to the top of SkyPod, the 1,149-foot-tall tower, to an outdoor selfie spot on level 112, where adventurers can ride Big Shot, a free fall-type ride that shoots you up to the very tippy-top of the SkyPod mast at 45 mph. The tower is purportedly the largest freestanding observation tower in the country.

Head on down to level 109, home to Insanity, a mechanical clawlike contraption that swings out beyond the tower's edge and spins riders around in circles 900 feet above the Strip. Also here is X-Scream, a short-track, teeter-totter type roller coaster, taking riders 27 feet out from the edge of the SkyPod tower for yet another gut-clutching scare. The two-level indoor and outdoor deck, wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows, has comfy couches where you can kick back and take in the view. And what a view it is: The massive Strip resorts look positively Lilliputian from this elevated perspective, with distant Red Rock Canyon and the Spring Mountains visible to the west. SkyJump on level 108 lets daredevils experience a bungee-like plummet of 829 feet with speeds topping 40 mph from the SkyPod tower. A wedding chapel is for use on level 103.

Note: The ticket center is located on the casino level, across from Roxy's Diner. Visitors must pass through an airport-style security checkpoint before boarding the elevators for the ride up. Age and height restrictions apply to rides.

Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.

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