It’s spring, and if your thoughts turn to the reckless fun of careening along a wire way above ground, well, Las Vegas has some ziplines for you
As I hang in my harness looking down at the LINQ Promenade, I remember I’m scared of heights. I can faintly see Sprinkles Cupcakes, its large neon sign looking more like a dimly lit candle from this altitude. I try to focus on the view and not on the godawful wedgie this harness is giving me. Just as my heart rate flutters back toward normal, the instructor gives us the countdown.
Instantly I’m flying down the Promenade, all the lights and people blurring into one fluorescent lump. While I’m “supermanning” across the Promenade, more than a thousand feet in the air, I remember why ziplining is such a phenomenon, and why I agreed to do this again in the first place. The speed of the zipline, the rush of the wind, makes you feel unbelievably free, and your childhood dream of being able to fly finally comes true.
Ziplining gives riders an epic, adrenaline-filled rush that’ll make even the fiercest acrophobic want to ride again. This trend may have begun in the jungles of South America, but it’s made its way to the even more exotic landscape that is Las Vegas.
Fly LINQ Zipline
For the beginner
Looking down from the 12th story atop the LINQ’s Vortex, you see locals and tourists alike stumbling around with Fat Tuesdays, some waiting in line to see their favorite indie band play at Brooklyn Bowl. After strapping in, you’re shot 1,080 feet across the Promenade while steadily dropping 60 feet at 35 mph. Fly LINQ is the only zipline located on the Strip, but the intimacy of the Promenade gives it more of a “locals night out” vibe. 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S., $30-$45, caesars.com/linq/fly-linq
For the roller-coaster enthusiast
Taking off from the north end of the Voodoo Lounge & Steakhouse, located atop the Rio’s 50-story Masquerade Tower, Voodoo Zipline cascades riders across 800 feet at 33 mph to the 21-story Ipanema tower. It’s the only zipline in town that makes all riders sign a waiver, probably because of its intense 500-foot drop. Unlike other local ziplines, Voodoo straps riders into a tandem so you can force your boo to share this experience with you. Bonus: All riders over 21 get complimentary access to the Voodoo Nightclub and Lounge. 3700 W. Flamingo Road, $25, voodoozipline.com
For the intoxicated
The smell of Downtown fills the air as you fly 40 mph above Fremont Street. The drunk tourists below (many trying to throw beer at you) become a blur during your straight-shot, 1,750-foot journey. The wind in your face calms your stomach as you regret downing that last Captain and Coke. Get the real Vegas experience, complete with an 11-story slot machine (the largest in the world), 35-foot showgirls (named Jennifer and Porsha), and have we mentioned the drunk tourists? 425 Fremont St. #160, $25-$49, vegasexperience.com/slotzilla-zip-line
Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon Zipline
For the outdoor adventurer
You’re more likely to find a bighorn sheep than a drunk tourist at this Boulder City zipline. It’s spread across 1.4 miles and four ziplines; riders fly over Bootleg Canyon at speeds reaching 60 mph. Starting 3,800 feet above sea level, its 400-foot drops and 17 percent grades will be sure to impress even the most experienced thrillseekers. Pro tip: Take a sunset ride and see the vibrant desert landscape like you never have before. 1644 Boulder City Parkway, $99-$159, flightlinezbootleg.com