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Las Vegas: New zip line takes flight at Rio just west of the Strip

Las Vegas: New zip line takes flight at Rio just west of the Strip
Seated two abreast, guests are strapped into upright seats for the zip line ride between two hotel towers at Rio. (Erik Kabik / Erik Kabik Photography)
A new zip line just west of the Las Vegas Strip offers what some guests may consider an added degree of comfort and safety while dangling from a cable nearly 500 feet in the air.

Riders on the VooDoo ZipLine at the Rio don’t get strapped into a harness. Instead, they’re belted in to two-abreast chairs to enjoy the ride sitting up.

The zip line, which opened Sunday afternoon, begins on the patio of the VooDoo Steakhouse on the 50th floor of Rio’s  Masquerade Tower. People are propelled at speeds of more than 30 mph to the top of the resort’s 20-story Ipanema Tower before returning to the starting point while traveling backward.

The journey, which offers views of various nearby resorts, covers about a third of a mile in a little over a minute.

Admission is $24.99 from noon to 5:30 p.m., after which the price increases to $37 until midnight.

Advance tickets can be purchased online or by calling (702) 388-0477.

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