Exploring wine country, touring the San Luis Obispo region, or getting everyone to the wedding on time. Bus of Fun's shuttle and limo rentals make these trips considerably more convenient. For added ease, rentals are available by the day and don't include a driver, making renters their own chauffeurs. While anyone 25 and older with a class-C license can get behind the wheel, Bus of Fun also provides a list of professional drivers for those who prefer to leave the navigating to someone else. Limos and buses accommodate 9 and 15 passengers, respectively, making them the ideal transport for such mobile gatherings as bachelorette parties and road trips to Denny's.
At Wheel Fun Rentals, visitors can traverse surrounding areas in fun pedal-propelled vessels while soaking in oft-overlooked scenery, which would not be possible while buckled to a car seat or an Acme rocket. Established in 1999, Wheel Fun Rentals provides locals and tourists with an engaging way to sightsee while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Customers can rent a wide range of vehicles, such as a surrey ($25–$35 per hour), cruiser bike ($8–$9 per hour), or mountain bike ($9 per hour).
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., 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.
The knowledgeable tour guides at Santa Barbara Trolley spout entertaining and historical anecdotes during narrated tours of the seaside city. Open-air trolleys stop at 14 area attractions, including the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the historic Old Mission, and the Santa Barbara Courthouse, where a vacationing John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence. While zooming in and out of shopping, dining, and historical districts, guides discuss Santa Barbara’s rich history and explain its evolution from a small farm town to the Christmas capital of the world. Guests are encouraged to tote cameras for snapping shots at each iconic, carefully chosen locale. Trolley passes are valid the entire day of redemption, and free re-boarding enables patrons to hop on and hop off as many times as they please.
A and J Limousine chauffeurs intrepid travelers, tours, partiers, and wedding groups through the Santa Barbara area in the spacious, entertainment-enhanced environs of its large limousine fleet, with packages ranging in price from $100 to around $800. Birthday celebrations and bachelor partiers slugging Kool-Aid can usher in the event in the cavernous Super Stretch limo, an elegant, elongated vessel that comfortably entertains 10–14 passengers. Large groups and small countries can opt for the 14- to 16-capacity Lincoln Navigator limo, an enormous entertainment center on wheels that raises a full-chrome mirrored ceiling above passengers and lays a lighted dance floor below them, accompanying the heart-thumping music blossoming from 20 sub-woofed speakers. Airport-bound ascenders stretch their legs in the corporate sedan, a Town Car driven by a professional, fully uniformed driver who is prompt, punctual, and wearing a second, smaller hat underneath his visible one.