Through the panoramic windows of Silver State Trailways' European motorcoaches, passengers watch the highway roll by as veteran drivers chauffeur them between California and Las Vegas. The luxury fleet has made the interstate journey since 1986, along with special trips to Arizona and such California tourist destinations as national parks, Disneyland, and the store where Arnold Schwarzenegger buys his spinach. Seating 31–61 passengers, the air-conditioned buses ease the passing hours with features such as onboard restrooms, reclining seats, and overhead monitors for entertainment. Committed to customer safety, Silver State Trailways keeps in constant touch with its drivers through a state-of-the-art communications system that pinpoints coaches’ whereabouts without having to hire a film-noir P.I. to tail them on horseback.
Lux Bus America’s sturdy, deluxe street schooners scoot passengers to and fro Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and Las Vegas in short order and in style. On the trip from Anaheim to Sin City, passengers sink into comfy leather chairs for 4.5 of hours of mobile luxury. If watching opposite-lane clown-car traffic turns stale, feel free to take in silver-screen stars on one of many LCD monitors or occupy idle ears with free Sirius satellite radio. Meanwhile, a fountain of wireless Internet flows freely throughout the whole trip, allowing passengers to electronically parse through their destination city's great buffets, loose slots, and lovably corrupt croupiers. Or, feel free to kick back with pillow and blanket as you comfortably nosh complimentary snacks and beverages. After a few days of sights, lights, and Wayne Newton fights, Lux Bus America returns weary winners to Anaheim while safely securing baggage or newfound spouses.
From its beach-adjacent headquarters at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, OC Helicopters whisks clients away on aerial tours that deliver a rare vantage point for familiar southern California places and Orange County beaches. The owner and head pilot mans air-conditioned and reliable Robinson R44 helicopters and other aircraft that can comfortably seat three or four passengers in chairs that provide a 180-degree view. Customers choose from a number of aerial tour routes, veering south over Laguna Beach's luxury golf courses and sprawling houses or hovering near Crystal Cove and Newport Beach. Helicopters can also head northwest and take the Surf City Tour, which traces the shoreline while supplying an aviator's eyeful of Dana Point's population of surfers as they come ashore to lay their bronze eggs. OC Helicopters also offers custom tours.
As an FAA-approved Flight School, Orange County Flight Center prepares aspiring pilots to handle aircraft of all sizes, from private Cessnas to commercial jets. They employ a mix of classroom time, actual flight hours, and simulator training to increase their students' aerial aptitude, following the Skyroamers syllabi to the letter. Each new certification builds on the one before it, allowing private pilots to earn commercial licenses, multi-engine ratings, or even become instructors themselves.
Once licensed, students get to opportunity to return to their alma mater to rent aircraft for private excursions. Available vehicles include a selection of Cessnas, a pair of Pipers, and a twin-engined 1976 Beechcraft Duchess.
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
Founded in the mid-1980s, The California Women's Conference boasts a long and proud tradition of lectures and discussion panels aimed especially at women in business. Some highlights from past years include a panel and sack race featuring Michelle Obama, Ann Romney, Cindy McCain, and Elizabeth Edwards in 2007 and a historic address from the Dalai Lama and Maria Shriver in 2006. Beyond annual conventions, The California Women’s Conference offers news and resources with a lively online community.