Thrill-Seeker's Guide to Las Vegas
If you need more than the roulette wheel to get your adrenaline pumping, Las Vegas has experiences that serve as solutions for all kinds of adventure-seekers. Here are our favorite ways to find thrills in Sin City, from the air to the racecourse.
Take an open-air leap from 108 stories above the Vegas Strip.
Head to Stratosphere Tower for a true adrenaline rush. Try SkyJump to leap from the tower and fall at up to 40 miles per hour down to a landing pad at street level, 854 feet below, or the Big Shot, a ride that zips you up to the top before you zoom down to the bottom at breakneck speeds. If you can keep your eyes open, you'll get stellar views of the Strip. Alternatively, take on X-Scream and Insanity, two rides that will have you dangling out above the city and snapped back to the tower's top edge. Those looking for a less intense trial run can try out Vegas' indoor skydiving.
Satisfy your need for speed with a driving experience.
Tours to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway or into the desert provide the opportunity to put your foot on the gas in an exotic car, whether it's a Lamborghini, a NASCAR-style racecar, a dragster, a classic muscle car, or an off-road dune buggy.
Take to the skies in a hot-air balloon.
When you need a break from the craziness of the Las Vegas Strip, a hot-air balloon ride provides both a respite and an exciting way to look down on the twinkling city and surrounding mountains. Sunrise and sunset departure times are offered, and some tours include a Champagne toast.
Find out what it feels like to fire a gun.
With a Las Vegas shooting experience, you can visit an indoor or outdoor range to learn how to aim and shoot handguns, shotguns, rifles, and other firearms.
Soar through the air on a zipline.
Fly between the two towers of the Rio Hotel and Casino on the VooDoo Zip Line, which stands more than 400 feet above the ground. You'll zoom above the Strip for just over a minute, covering a distance of 800 feet (244 meters). For a change in scenery, head to the zipline at Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City—you'll zoom over the desert landscape at up to 50 miles per hour.