Capital City Trolleys charters a fleet of vintage-style vehicles and trolleys, ushering up to 20 passengers through New Orleans's historical and picturesque streets. Certified drivers cart revelers to their desired destinations during chartered rentals, cultivating a memorable corporate outing or ride to the airport. For weddings, Capital can transport brides, grooms, and ring-bearing bulldogs around town in a classic 1952 Bentley Mark VI luxury car.
A five-minute drive from downtown, Uptown’s public spaces entice visitors with bike paths, sculpture gardens, and locals blasting impressions of Björk's pet swan over a megaphone. Nearby, rented canoes crisscross Lake Calhoun’s calm waters, and restaurants serve eclectic cuisines from fresh seafood to Japanese cuisine on outdoor patios. Visitors to Uptown can feast on American fare at restaurants such as Primebar, which serves up sandwiches, steak, and seafood with largely local brews; The Herkimer Pub & Brewery in Lyn-Lake, known for its small batches of craft beer; and the Uptown Cafeteria, offering trendy contemporary meals. Evenings out at Bar Louie tempt guests with martinis, margaritas, and other cocktails accompanied by pub food, and Chino Latino delights palettes with dishes small and large, spicy and explosive. Wayward mermaids dining at Stella's Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar can enjoy a feast fit for the sea with raw, grilled, and baked items, or step on shore and visit moto-i in Lyn-Lake to sample the food you’d find on Japanese streets.
The chauffeurs at Vayder Transportation rescue passengers from the monotony of commuting by whisking them away on limousine- and helicopter-fueled adventures. Enjoy a ride around town inside a stretch limo ($80/hour), which comes equipped with a professional motorist tucked behind the wheel to ensure guests arrive at their destination in style. Whether you’re planning a date or organizing a pharmacy crawl with seven buddies, Vayder’s comfy eight-passenger limos are a fashionable way to get around without the hassle of having to read road signs. Customers with more grandiose goals can upgrade to packages including a limo and lodge option ($620) or—if riding in a long car isn’t enough luxury by itself—a helicopter journey ($410), which gives up to three wingless humans a 30-minute sky trip in addition to their land-based transportation.
Drink and Drive Intelligently assembles a team of professional designated drivers who keep more than 250 intoxicated drivers off the streets each week. Registered customers can call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and a duo of well-mannered chauffeurs will arrive within 30 minutes to ferry both customer and car home. While one driver commandeers the customer's vehicle and follows GPS-aided directions, the other follows closely. Once the customer's car is parked, locked, and read a bedtime story from the Kelley Blue Book, the keys are returned to their owner before the drivers head back to base.
With a passion for boating the waters of Lake Minnetoka to take in views of the region's natural beauty and lush green landscapes, Wayzata Bay Charters' owners charter their 60-foot lake cruiser to make the experience accessible to all. The owners decked out their two-level cruiser—which can host up to 60 people—with a full bar, two satellite TVs, satellite radio, a 2,000-watt sound system, and enough helium balloons to keep both the boat and the party afloat. Believing a jaunt on the lake makes for an ideal event whatever the occasion, they've designed packages specifically for weddings and bachelorette parties, and they still offer public cruises to assure everyone has a chance to take to the water.
Recipient of the American Public Transit Association's Gold Award for Safety in 2011, SouthWest Transit whisks passengers to their destinations Monday–Friday. Aboard one of the fleet's 60 black and copper buses, riders can relax peacefully while cutting down on greenhouse-gas emissions and loud honks at rude construction cones. Three Park and Ride lots—including lots in Chaska, Chanhassen, and Eden Prairie—allow commuters to drop cars off securely and ride the rest of the way. A handy online Trip Planner helps with finding the ideal itinerary for traveling to work, school, or the library's hidden underground movie theater, though all available routes can be found on SouthWest Transit's schedule.