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Stratosphere Las Vegas

Everybody knows Las Vegas, situated in the middle of the desert in Nevada.

The Las Vegas View
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The city is internationally renowned for its casinos, shopping centers and extravagant hotels.

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The Venetian
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The biggest and most recent hotel casinos can be found on The Strip,  a 6.1 kilometer stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard, South of the city of Las Vegas.

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Among the hotel casinos, there is Stratosphere Las Vegas, with its big attraction: the 1,119 foot/ 350 meter Stratosphere Tower.

Las Vegas Merge
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At the top of the tower, on one of the observation decks, you have great views of the city:

Las Vegas Strip
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Drinking at the stratosphere
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Have a closer look at the top of the Stratosphere tower:

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At the top of the tower, you can find some rides (= manèges).

Big Shot at 1,081 feet/ 329 meters is the highest thrill ride in the world:

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This ride, called Insanity, dangles (= balancer, suspendre) people over the edge of the tower and then spins (=tournoyer) in a circular pattern. It is the second highest ride in the world.

Catch the Insanity!
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Stratosphere Las Vegas - Insanity
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The third ride is called X-scream. It sends you out  24 feet (more than 7 meters) over the edge of the observation platform then tilts (= incliner, pencher) you downwards to view the Strip hotels. The view must be unforgettable!

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Are there any thrill seekers (= amateurs de sensations fortes) who would like to try one of these rides?


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