With a View: The Top 5 Views of Las Vegas

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When you want to see Las Vegas, it’s best to head to the rooftops. Fans of desert vistas at sunset and 15,000 miles of neon look up to the highest perches in the city for jaw-dropping, picture-perfect views. Want to head upward? Here’s a look at the top five views of Las Vegas. Some of them are not meant for those with a fear of heights.

Pictured above: The view from the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay gives you a look of the Strip to the north.

1 Stratosphere

Shoot up to the top of the Stratosphere for dinner at Top of the World, the restaurant that sits 844 feet in the air. The Strat is the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, so the views of the Strip, and the entire Las Vegas Valley, are unrivaled. This can be quite a romantic place as well with a wine list that gets the nod from Wine Spectator. You can even take a nosedive from the top at SkyJump. There you’ll free fall at 40 miles per hour in about eight seconds. If you have the courage to open your eyes on the way down, you’ll see some amazing views of Vegas.

Top of the World is located at the Stratosphere, 702.380.7711. SkyJump Las Vegas is located at the Stratosphere, 1.800.99TOWER.

2 Mix and the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay

It’s a world-class dining experience and a chic lounge all wrapped into two locales on the 64th floor of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. Your views at Mix looking north toward the Strip will give you a new perspective of the Las Vegas Strip. The restaurant, bathed in white and run by French chef Alain Ducasse, and the lounge, decked out in red, offer outdoor seating to get as close to the view as possible. We urge you to check out the bathrooms as well. Each features floor-to-ceiling windows in each of the stalls for a view while you relieve yourself.

Or try the Foundation Room on the top floor at Mandalay Bay. The 18,000-square foot “Members Only” Foundation Room overlooks the Strip as well. A portion of the membership fees to this exclusive, fine-dining area, which includes a lounge, a banquet room, a media center and several intimate dining spaces, supports the programs of The International House of Blues Foundation, the non-profit arm of HOB Entertainment Inc.

Mix is located at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, 702.632.9500. The Foundation Room is located at Mandalay Bay, 702.632.7614.

3 Eiffel Tower Experience

It may not be the real thing but it still has all the romance — and the views — of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas is half the scale of the original at 460 feet high. Take a ride to the top for 360-degree views of Las Vegas, including one of the most interesting ways to see the Fountains at the Bellagio from above. For something a little warmer in the cool months, stop by the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, located on the 11th floor, for Continental cuisine, an extensive wine list and another incredible view.

Tickets for the Eiffel Tower Experience are $10 for adults and $7 for children from 9:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. and $15 for adults from 7:30 p.m. to close. An express pass goes for $22.

Eiffel Tower Experience is located at Paris Las Vegas, 702.946.7000. Eiffel Tower Restaurant is located at Paris Las Vegas, 702.948.6937.

4 Top of the Palms

Whether you choose to hang out on the deck of ghostbar on the 55th floor of the Palms or at Moon Nightclub in the Fantasy Tower with its roof that opens to the stars, the views from the top of the Palms just west of the Strip give you a look at the action sprawling from north to south. The open-air deck of ghostbar gives you 180-degree views of the Strip. Even the Playboy Club, a floor below Moon (Hint: Hugh Hefner will be there tomorrow night) and Nove Italiano offer stunning views to go along with the scenery within.

Ghostbar, Moon Nightclub, the Playboy Club and Nove Italiano are all located at the Palms, 702.942.6832 or 702.942.6800 for Nove Italiano.

5 Fremont Street Experience Zipline

One of the newest attractions in Las Vegas takes you on a ride through the Fremont Street Experience from 60 feet up. The new Fremont Zipline, which opened last week, features four lines that move you 800 feet through the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. You reach speeds of 25 miles per hour while flying past the oldest casinos in the city. While you may be tempted to look up at the world’s largest LED screen above while videos play, we suggest looking down at the tourists below.

Fremont Zipline is located at Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard.

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