Taking in the Grand Canyon’s depths, jetting down the Las Vegas Strip in a limousine, and visiting a tiny town in search of its resident poltergeist—guests of Bindlestiff Tours can have these experiences and more. The company’s expert guides create the wide array of southwestern tours themselves, tailoring the itineraries to their personal expertise and their insider knowledge of camera-shy cacti. Their carefully curated trips can last from a single day to three weeks, with longer trips stopping at far-flung landmarks such as Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon in a single week. Bindlestiff Tours also aims to protect the natural wonders it celebrates, encouraging tour groups to minimize their environmental impact as they travel by keeping to trails and recycling.
Performers feed off the energy of their audience, and when there is no audience, there is no energy. To stop this problem before it starts, venues turn to FillASeat, a business that supplies its members with tickets to events that still have seats to fill. Members enjoy a year of entry to popular shows, sporting events, and concerts, bulking up the audience more suitably than a litter of chihuahuas dressed in tuxedoes. Upon joining FillASeat, members receive access to a list of upcoming events, which range from concerts, comedy, sports, and dance to theatre, symphonic and classical music, expos, and miscellaneous events.
Battlefield Vegas is as much a living history museum as it is an interactive shooting range and training complex. At a 5-acre military-style compound just off the strip and at a more than 200-acre offsite desert training facility, instructors guide guests in operating handguns, rifles and shotguns, and automatic weapons that range from Prohibition-era weapons to current arms carried by NATO forces. Alongside this impressive weapon collection lies a fleet of vehicles that contains specimens such as Willys MB Jeeps driven in World War II and a UH-1C "Huey" helicopter flown in Vietnam.
In addition to managing the collection, Battlefield's staff also lets guests feel what it's like to handle the weaponry through 15 scenario experiences. In these supervised programs, instructors supply era-appropriate arms and guide guests through scenarios that re-create historic battles and common military campaigns. In Defending Stalingrad, for example, role-playing soldiers take aim with Tokarev pistols, Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles, and PPsh-41 submachine guns. Beyond overseeing these scenario experiences and the training facilities, Battlefield's leadership plans to build a 32,000-square-foot outdoor airsoft field, as well as a military museum.
Occupying 13,000 square feet, Desert Gymcats is just plain gigantic. The high-end gymnastics and dance training facility for children under 18 years old offers a full-size, in-ground trampoline, Olympic specification gymnastics equipment, such as the vault, uneven bars, and balance beams, and an in-ground landing pit filled with cotton candy. Additionally, a spacious onsite dance studio offers a mirror-lined space where students can take tap, jazz, and ballet to improve their coordination and posture. This massive amount of resources makes Desert Gymcats an ideal place for kids to train, work out, and build strength as they also gain flexibility and increase their confidence.
Led by Stacy Carrero, who has a masters in education and has owned Gymcats since 1976, the staff are all safety-certified USA gymnastics instructors, and teach everything from preschool-age tumbling classes to advanced cheer sessions.. And in addition to recreational classes, Desert Gymcats offers competitive team training as well to help students take their gymnastics skills to the next level.
Paradise Sportse offers a wide selection of college-brand merchandise and sports supplies. Fans of athletic competition among holders of high-school diplomas can sport a variety of Nike shorts and jerseys from colleges such as Duke, Kentucky, and Villanova ($32), and fashion-conscious baseball fans can attract JumboTron lenses with Dodgers or Red Sox T-shirts ($20) or MLB team jerseys ($55). Evade vicious sunbeams with Titleist bucket hats ($24), or swat away golf balls, errant geese, and sentient sand traps with clubs from Titleist, TaylorMade, Cleveland, and more ($149+).