The Ferris wheel was invented in the USA.
Designed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. A modern marvel, the original wheel stood at 80 meters tall with the ability to take more than 2,100 people for a ride.
The High Roller
Since then, nine big wheels have claimed the largest wheel in the world. Today, the world’s largest Ferris wheel, the High Roller in Las Vegas, Nevada, at 167.6 meters and offers sweeping views of the city as well as the Las Vegas Strip. The big wheel is located at The Linq resort and originally opened in 2014.
The High Roller in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Wheel at ICON Park
Don’t miss The Wheel at ICON Park, formerly the Orlando Eye, on your next trip to Orlando, Florida, which opened in 2015. High above, you’ll see stunning views of Central Florida, including the downtown skyline, theme parks, Florida’s unique lush landscape and even on a clear day, Cape Canaveral on the East Coast.
If you’re looking for more thrills in the U.S., be sure to check out the guide to experiencing three Florida theme parks in three days.
The Wheel at ICON Park in Orlando, Florida
The Texas Star
When attending the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, be sure to get your ticket for the Texas Star, which has been one of the most popular attractions at the fair since its opening in 1985. On a clear day, riders can see the downtown Fort Worth skyline, some 64 kilometers away.