Biggest Ferris wheel in the world opens in Sin City

Las Vegas High Roller (PRNewsFoto/Caesars Entertainment, Denise Truscello)

Las Vegas High Roller (PRNewsFoto/Caesars Entertainment, Denise Truscello)


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The world's largest observation wheel has opened in Las Vegas, at 168 metres high.

The Las Vegas High Roller began boarding its first passengers this week for 30-minute spins that include a video and music presentation before fading out to let the sky-high views of the city speak for themselves.

The High Roller stands more than 30 metres taller than the London Eye and features 28 glass-enclosed cabins that can hold up to 40 people.

Despite boasting bragging rights to being the tallest Ferris wheel now, it may not be long before the High Roller has to cede the title to a host of ambitious upcoming projects.

For example, plans for the New York Wheel on Staten Island, scheduled to open in 2016, call for a 192-metre tall observation wheel equal to about 60 storeys, while the Dubai Eye is projected to stand 210 metres.

The Las Vegas High Roller is open 365 days a year and is the centerpiece of a new outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment district, The LINQ, on the Strip.

Tickets to the Las Vegas High Roller are priced at $25 USD.