The world’s tallest Ferris wheel, the appropriately named High Roller, welcomed its first passengers on Monday in Las Vegas.
The first tickets were sold for rides beginning at 1 p.m. The 550-foot-tall wheel is the anchor attraction of the Linq, the new entertainment and retail complex directly across Las Vegas Boulevard from Caesars Palace.
The 30-minute ride isn’t impressive at first because it’s alongside undeveloped land behind the Quad and Flamingo resorts. Once it rises above those hotels, Las Vegas in all its over-the-top glory comes into view.
The city's sights are best seen at night, when the dazzling signs light up the Strip and the wheel itself puts on a colorful LED light show. Admission, not surprisingly, is higher in the evening.