Open-air vehicles allow for a degree of freedom that stuffy buses, overcrowded clown cars, and human-size hamster balls never could. Feel the wind whip through your hair with today's Groupon: for $125, you and a co-pilot get a two-person scooter-car tour of Red Rock Canyon with Scoot City Tours (a $250 value). Tours run daily at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. through October, and once daily at 1 p.m. in November.
The tour guides at Scoot City usher intrepid duos through the wilds of Red Rock Canyon atop brightly colored three-wheeled scooters. These gasoline-powered steeds drive like jet skis with clutches or gears—just twist a throttle and go. Without windows or doors, each scooter offers 360-degree views of stunning canyon panoramas and hopelessly lost UFOs.
Each 35-mile tour cruises through the exclusive neighborhood of Summerlin before entering the Mojave Desert, where Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area awaits. Inside the park, couples make several stops, many of which are prized by professional rock climbers and old-timey prospectors, where they may take pictures, hike, climb, and converse with local wild burros. At almost 5,000 feet, adventurers experience High Point Overlook, which grants sumptuous views of the southern Las Vegas Valley. With shuttles available from most major hotels, tours take up to five hours, including pickup and drop-off time. In addition to earthy wisdom, tour guides give adventurers free bottled water during the excursion.
Scoot City Tours
Johnny Yeager originally ran a Las Vegas advertising and rental business. That changed after he saw the way people gawked at one of his company's bright red, three-wheeled scooters as it cruised through Red Rock Canyon. Beginning in 2008, Johnny experimented with using the little two-seater vehicles to ferry clients through tours of the Las Vegas landscape. Slowly, the visibility of the scooters along the Strip and at local attractions created a buzz among tourists. It wasn’t long before Johnny's advertising business had become a booming scooter tour service thanks to social media and a charismatic troupe of guides, all well-versed in the local hotspots and best ways of sneaking scooters into buffet lines. The little red scooters go on daily tours of the Strip and have also been joined by guided car- and van-borne excursions to Sedona and Red Rock Canyon.