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2011 Weekly Awards Readers' Choice

[READERS' CHOICE]

Best thrill ride: Big Shot at Stratosphere Tower

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The loss of the Sahara leaves the Stratosphere stranded.
Photo: Steve Marcus

Las Vegas offers plenty of thrills, but Big Shot stands literally and figuratively above the rest. It shoots riders up 160 feet at 45 mph. With the tower, that means you’re 1,081 feet above ground. You can’t beat the thrill … or the view. At Stratosphere. Sun.–Thurs., 10 a.m.-1 a.m.; Fri., Sat. and holidays, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Tower tickets $12-$16. Ride ticket $13. Packages begin at $22.

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