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Las Vegas The Roller Coaster City!

By Michael Crane

Roller coasters are amazing rides and yet can be terrifying for some people. You are likely either scared by the thought of being strapped into one, or you are the one who keeps getting back in line when given a chance to ride some of the most intense roller coasters in the world. Las Vegas is the place for you if speedy and steep roller coasters are your thing.

Rolling Through Vegas Hotels

Everybody knows Las Vegas is famous for its broad array of gambling alternatives, but it is also becoming well-known for hotels that feature roller coasters. On SPEED-The Ride at the Sahara Hotel the passengers are jolted to a speed of 45 miles per hour in two seconds and it only takes another two seconds to reach a blazing 70 miles per hour. The super high speeds you experience on this roller coaster that allow you to gain speed so quickly are made possible by one the 4 forces of nature, electromagnetism. Over the course of your 1,365 foot journey, you’ll be thrilled and exhilarated by amazingly high speeds and a 90-degree incline. You don’t get to experience this distance just once moving forward. When you get to the end of the track, you will go through the same thrills backwards through the Hotel Marquee and also and underground tunnel. Another unique aspect of this ride is that you actually experience 3.5 G’s of force during specific points in the ride, hence the name SPEED.

Las Vegas’s largest roller coaster is The Manhattan Express, a ride you’ll surely want to experience during your trip to Vegas. Top speed on this huge coaster is 67 miles per hour. You’ll get to experience loops, dives, dips, twists, turns and even a unique heartline “twist and dive” all while reaching heights of 203 feet. Take in the sights of New York New York while sitting in a train designed like a taxi-cab on this 4,777 foot track. There’s no question whether you should consider this on your list of “Must Ride” roller coasters, the only question is whether you can handle all amazing dips, twists, and insane loops.

Another great roller coaster that you must see and ride is the Canyon Blaster at Circus Circus. In fact this one is really unique because it has both a double-corkscrew and double loop making it the only roller coaster in the country that combines these 2 characteristics. The exhilarating twists and turns truly give this roller coaster some punch, and even though 55 miles per hour is not considered “super fast”, you’ll find the ride is still well-worth the price of the ticket. You’ll be able to see a clear view of the Adventuredome at Circus Circus while on this 2,000 foot ride.

Some say that the High Roller located at the top of the Stratosphere Tower is more of a kiddy coaster due to the fact that it only reaches speeds of 30 miles per hour and has a drop of 30 feet, but its location at 900 feet above the ground makes up for that. Whether or not you are afraid of heights, this can be a thrill you’ll remember for a long time. Although this may be considered kind of a sub-extreme coaster, the beautiful views that the top of the Stratosphere provides make it completely worth the trip.

If you live for that few minutes of intense out of control drops, twists and turns that come with riding roller coasters then these places are for you. Throughout your stay in Las Vegas, you’ll have more alternatives than you can conceivably imagine for lodging accommodations, including 1000s and thousands of hotels, luxurious resorts, and even Bluegreen resort vacation packages. So book your trip today and see how many roller coasters you and your family can discover in the wonderful world of Las Vegas.

Michael Crane is a travel and vacation journalist specializing in every Bluegreen vacation club at impressive places all over the planet. You can speak with Bluegreen online for information concerning the finest travel acommodations in the world at

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