Everyone is crazy for Ferris wheels. Since the first one debuted at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the world has been in love these observation wheels that allow riders to soar above the ground and seemingly touch the sky. It seems more and more destinations are getting wheels of their own. Here are five that recently opened or plan on opening this year. If you’re planning a trip to check one or more of them out, skip the hassle of shipping luggage – use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and start your vacation the moment you land.
SkyView | Atlanta, Georgia
Opened in 2013, SkyView is located in Centennial Olympic Park, which welcomes millions of visitors a year because of its close proximity to the World of Coca-Cola museum, Georgia Aquarium, a children’s museum, and CNN’s world headquarters. The wheel is almost 20 stories high with 42 gondolas that hold up to six passengers. >> Go for a ride!
SkyWheel | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The SkyWheel stands out on Myrtle Beach, as it is taller than most of the buildings. It opened in 2011 and is located at the oceanfront boardwalk and promenade next to Jimmy Buffett’s LandShark Bar & Grill. The 187-foot-tall wheel has 42 gondolas, each of which hold six riders. >> Go for a ride!
Seattle Great Wheel | Seattle, Washington
The Seattle Great Wheel is the largest observation wheel on the west coast, standing 175 feet tall. Opened in 2012, the wheel has 42 fully-enclosed gondolas, each of which seats eight people. Riders will feel like they are soaring over Elliott Bay, and they are – the wheel extends nearly 40 feet beyond the end of Pier 57. >> Go for a ride!
High Roller | Las Vegas, Nevada
The Singapore Flyer has held the record for the world’s tallest operational Ferris wheel since opening in 2008. Soon, however, the record holder will become The High Roller, scheduled to open this month on the Vegas Strip. The 550-foot tall wheel will stand just nine feet higher than its Singapore counterpart and will reward riders with unparalleled views of the Vegas skyline. Located at The Linq, a dining and entertainment district across from Caesar’s Palace, the wheel will be illuminated nightly by 2000 LED lights. Large spherical (and transparent) cars will hold up to 40 passengers. Update on 3.31.14: The High Roller is now open! >> Go for a ride!
Orlando Eye | Orlando, Florida
Though still under construction, the 425-foot-tall observation wheel will be located at the former Mercado, which closed in 2007. Scheduled to open in time for New Year’s Eve festivities later this year, the Eye will be surrounded by shops and restaurants and will dominate views along International Drive. The above video shows from-the-air views of the site under construction.
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