United States United States Guide Things To Do Essentials Where to Stay Itineraries Getaways All United States U.S. Cities With Ferris Wheel Attractions Written by Melanie Renzulli Instagram Facebook Pinterest Linkedin Melanie Renzulli is a travel writer who specializes in the United States and Italy, and who founded the USA Tourism Board. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Melanie Renzulli Updated 04/07/19 Share Pin Email joe daniel price / Getty Images On June 21, 1893, the world's first Ferris wheel, named after its designer George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., debuted at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The largest attraction at that year's World's Fair, the 264-foot tall observation wheel was Chicago's answer to the Paris Eiffel Tower, which had been the rage at the World's Fair four years earlier. Ferris' observation wheel operated in Chicago from 1895 to 1903. It was dismantled in 1904 and transported to St. Louis, where it spun from April to December of that year as part of that city's World's Fair. Although the original Ferris wheel was demolished in 1906, observation wheels have been a regular fairground attraction for the past century. In recent history, however, Ferris wheels have become common fixtures on city skylines. London started the trend with its Millennium Wheel, also known as the London Eye, which was (when it was erected in 1999) the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. Since then has come the High Roller observation wheel in Las Vegas and the current record holder. Are all these modern-day Ferris wheels nostalgia for a simpler time, or merely a desire to get high above the streets for a better view of the city? No matter the reason, here are five Ferris wheels that offer amazing city views -- or, at least, provide a few moments of calm above the hectic world below. 01 of 05 Chicago Flickr/mwichary View Map Address 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA Get directions Phone +1 312-595-7437 Spinning year-round (weather permitting) since 1995, the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel in Chicago is modeled after Ferris's original wheel. The 40-gondola wheel provides views of the iconic Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. 02 of 05 Las Vegas TripSavvy / Elliot Jonch Garcia View Map Address 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA Get directions Phone +1 702-322-0593 Web Visit website One of the newer and more exciting attractions on the Las Vegas Strip is the High Roller, erected in 2016. Currently, the world's tallest Ferris wheel, the High Roller has 28 glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled cabins, each of which can hold about 40 people. 03 of 05 Seattle Matteo Colombo / Getty Images View Map Wait for a clear day -- or night -- to ride the Seattle Great Wheel, which is open year-round. The largest Ferris wheel on the West Coast, the 175-foot-tall Great Wheel has views of downtown Seattle, the Space Needle, Mount Rainier, and (if you go at dusk when all the other tourists do) a killer western sunset. 04 of 05 Washington, DC The Capital Wheel View Map Address 141 American Way, National Harbor, MD 20745, USA Get directions Phone +1 301-842-8650 Web Visit website The Capital Wheel at National Harbor, a conference center-cum-entertainment complex on the Occoquan Waterfront a few minutes south of DC, has been described as underwhelming and overpriced. But the 180-foot-tall, 42-car wheel provides DC visitors a high perch from which to observe the Capital region, mostly suburban Maryland, Virginia, and glimmers of the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument. Continue to 5 of 5 below. 05 of 05 Orlando, FL ICON Orlando 360 View Map Address 8375 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA Get directions Phone +1 407-601-7907 Web Visit website The Orlando Eye promises to be tallest Ferris wheel in the World when it is completed. According to local Orlando news, the observation wheel will anchor a complex called the I-Drive 360 at the Orlando Eye and will offer views of the theme parks in the area, including Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Get High on the World's Tallest Observation Wheels Where to Find Coasters and Water Slides on the Las Vegas Strip Get a Wild Look at the Parks Aboard Orlando’s Icon Observation Wheel 21 Best Things To Do in Las Vegas Guide to All of Florida's Theme Parks All About Seattle's Great Wheel and Its Amazing Views Can You Name Florida's Tallest Rides? Betchya Can't The Best Things to Do at Legoland Florida Coney Island - the Original Amusement Park Still Thrills Coasters, Music, and More at Six Flags Fiesta Texas Your Guide to the Las Vegas Strip The 28 Best Day Trips From Seattle The 17 Best Free Things to Do in Las Vegas Top 10 Attractions in Las Vegas How to Visit Kings Dominion What Is the Texas Star?