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The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower has become a one-of-a-kind landmark in the Vegas skyline and, at 1,149 feet high, its tower is the spot for the ultimate view of Las Vegas. But offering a spectacular view, the highest thrill rides in the country, a bevy of dining options and a variety of accommodations, is just the beginning.

The Stratosphere’s casino is nearly as impressive an entity as the tower. It’s one of the larger gaming floors in town and is constantly updated with state-of-the-art slot machines and video technology. Plus, there’s an action-packed race and sports book and a 24-hour poker room with eight tables.

The Stratosphere also boasts a grand front entrance with valet service. There are 2,427 rooms, mostly in the Premier Tower. More than 900 rooms (called the Stratosphere Select) were recently remodeled and feature modern décor, flat-screen televisions, MP3 alarm clocks, 240-thread-count bedding, elegant furnishings and upgraded bathroom floors and vanities.

A variety of dining experiences awaits guests of the Stratosphere. Off the casino floor, you can enjoy a sock hop atmosphere at Roxy’s Diner or the charm and tastes of Old World Italy at Fellini’s Ristorante Italiano. McCall’s Heartland Grill offers steak and seafood with a Midwestern style. Try plate after plate of global cuisine at the Stratosphere’s sumptuous buffet. And at Top of the World, indulge in delicious eclectic cuisine while seeing the entire city of Las Vegas from your table. The restaurant’s floor rotates, giving guests an exceptional 360-degree view, featuring Mount Charleston, the Las Vegas Strip and beyond.

After dining at the Top of the World, head upstairs to the Level 107 Lounge. It features live music, great cocktails, appetizers and beautiful views. You can also grab a drink at AirBar on Level 108. You might see an occasional person fly by. Don’t worry, you haven’t had too much alcohol. SkyJump, a great attraction for thrill seekers who aren’t afraid of heights, is also located on Level 108. Adventurous visitors are strapped into a harness, attached to the “descender machine” and step off a narrow platform only to plunge 855 feet straight down.

In addition to SkyJump, the Stratosphere boasts a number of other hair-raising attractions including the Big Shot, a seated, shorter but equally thrilling ride, and X Scream, which extends you over the ledge of the Stratosphere Tower — and leaves you there. The stop is only for a few seconds, but it’s long enough to make you appreciate attractions on the first floor. A fourth ride is called Insanity-The Ride. Nothing more need be said!

After enjoying the day sampling the resort’s many attractions, spend your evening at a show like “MJ Live,” a Michael Jackson tribute.

Shop-aholics will find great deals in the Tower Shops, and those who enjoy being pampered can visit the Roni Josef Salon and Spa. Seasonally, there’s the lovely eighth-floor Level 8 Pool where you can catch some rays on an expansive deck, and the the 25th-floor Radiusº Rooftop Pool & Wet Lounge (closed for the season) where you can enjoy great views and the daily Sunset Happy Hour.

Whether it’s great heights, great attractions or a great show you’re looking for, the Stratosphere has an abundance of amenities to enjoy.

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