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The Skyslide in L A is 1000 Feet High and Connected to a Skyscraper

The Skyslide in L A  is 1000 Feet High and Connected to a Skyscraper

Financial districts and business centers are not usually associated with leisure travel unless high priced theater tickets or gourmet restaurants are involved.

No one thinks of a banking and finance building as the prime destination for a breathless and senses-bracing thrill ride.

Well, your travel and recreation expectations seriously need a new place to go.

Because now if you want some real scream-your-head-off roller coaster thrills and shocks, then all you have to do is head for the 70th floor of a corporate skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles.

The U. S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles namely, which is the tallest building west of the Mississippi river in the United States.

In a push to promote tourism and to add a little something extra to do in L. A., the U. S. Bank Tower installed a 360-degree see-through glass Skyslide tube on the side of the building. It is over 1,000 feet off the ground, offers terrifyingly high views of the street below and city beyond and runs from the 70th floor down to the 69th floor observation deck.

Imagine a water slide or children’s park slide scaled up to adult size, constructed as a see-through shaped glass tube slide ride and riveted to the side of a skyscraper over 1,000 feet off the ground.

The glass-tube encompassing Skyslide is made of see-through glass that is only 1 and a fourth-of-an-inch thick. The Skyslide is almost nearly a straightaway 45-foot-long route from the 70th floor onto the slide, which is affixed to the side of the building, and out onto the 69th floor observation deck of the building.

There is a turn at the 70th floor that makes riders bump into the glass tube and instantly appreciate how far above the ground they actually are.

To reduce vertigo, anxiety and to prevent friction-skidding along the glass, Skyslide riders can sit on a sliding mat with foot holds as they enjoy the ride.

The Skyslide is the literal cherry on top of the $50 million renovation of the building and observation deck. The observation deck will also feature a bar.

The Skyslide was only just recently opened to the general public. It costs $25 to visit the observation deck on the 69th floor. The Skyslide ride itself, accessible from the 70th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower, costs $8 a ride.

Think about that. Now you can have thrills and theme park levels of excitement during a short visit to downtown L.A.

 

A. A. Francis

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