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From casinos to desert canyons, you'll find the perfect thrill for your holiday.
Sky walking, racing and roller coasters, Las Vegas is perfect if you're an adrenaline junky. Book flights to Las Vegas and start planning your adventure.
The thrills in Vegas don't come solely from games of chance. While efforts to sustain full-blown amusement parks have failed, there are still plenty of rides. Many of the hotels, in an effort to lure business, have some kind of attraction designed to make some of us nauseous and others exhilarated.
Just about anything with wheels that goes really, really fast can be found here in one form or another. A $200-million state-of-the-art motor-sports entertainment complex, this 176,000-seat facility serves up drag racing and super-speed courses in the viewing department. If participation is more your thing, get your speed fix at the go-kart tracks or driving schools.
This good exercise in forensics will give your brain a workout-think mental thrill (uncommon in Vegas) more than a physical one. The 3-D whodunit (best for age 12 and up) puts you in the middle of a crime scene investigation studying DNA, fingerprints, and more as you make your way through an interactive lab and get to the bottom of one of three crimes.
This Coney Island-themed roller coaster (originally known as the Manhattan Express) goes right through the lobby and around the outside of the hotel. It's indisputable that the coaster (which pours on the adrenaline with a 144-ft./44m drop) does replicate a ride in the New York City cabs its cars resemble. There's also no better place in town for good ole American comfort food.
The Stratosphere tower is the tallest building west of the Mississippi. That's 1,149 feet (350m) up. The Big Shot takes you up the final 160 feet (49m) or so of the spire before letting you free-fall back down again. Once your heart is back where it belongs, you can then try the X-Scream, a giant teeter-totter that teeters and totters over the edge of the 100-story tower
The Ride/Las Vegas Cyber Speedway. Part one is a virtual reality-ride allowing you to take the wheel of a NASCAR race car and drive it around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, or through the streets of Vegas. Part two is a roller coaster that whips around the NASCAR Cafe and the Sahara Hotel, zooms straight up a 250-foot-tall (76m) tower, and then propels you through the whole thing again backwards.
A free live-action show on the Strip is pretty irresistible, and the production values on Treasure Island's racy night-time entry are high enough. Enjoy watching buccaneers battle lingerie-clad lovelies who are the "villains" of the show.
You must plan an extra day and arrange to fly over the Grand Canyon. It is one of the most beautiful sights you'll see in your life.