Glass Slide to Be Open This Summer in Downtown L.A.

For tourists and thrill seekers in Los Angeles, mobile searches, 56% of which are used to seek local information like business hours or directions, will yield quite unexpected results.

And those looking for summertime activities will be in for quite the thrill this summer, when a clear glass slide will open between the 70th and 69th floor in the U.S. Bank Tower downtown.

Although the ride is a brief 45 feet in length, only 1-1/4 inches of glass will separate the slider from the open air, 1,000 feet above ground.

The “Skyslide” will offer panoramic views, extending 22 miles off the Pacific Coast, and over the Santa Monica Mountains into the San Fernando Valley. It’s part of a $50 million renovation which will also place an observation deck and bar on the tower’s top floors.

Lucy Rumantir, the head of U.S. operations for the building owner, OUE Limited of Singapore, said “When you do something new in L.A., you’ve got to be creative.”

The last few years has seen an explosion of downtown nightlife, with new, upscale hotels, The Broad museum, the L.A. Live entertainment district and a plethora of trendy bars and restaurants, the crowds attracted by which Skyslide hopes to appeal to.

The glass tube is just the latest in the growing popularity of glass attractions designed to provide the thrill of experiencing new heights in complete safety.

The Grand Canyon Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped bridge that opened nine years ago, allows guests to experience the depths of the canyon by strolling right off of its north rim.

The Las Vegas Strip features the X-Scream roller-coaster, which sens rides down the top of the 1,100-foot Stratosphere Hotel and Casino.

Chicago’s Willis Tower (once the Sears Tower) renovated its 103rd floor observation deck in 2009 to add all-glass balconies.