For any one who has ever stared nervously from the back seat of a cab as a meter on the dashboard racked up dollars like a pool shark, a limousine ride can be a welcoming experience. For over a decade, G & A Limousine Service’s 24-hour service has been transporting guests in meter-free elegance aboard standard Lincoln Town Cars and eight-person stretch limousines. Whether heading to a wedding, night on the town, or the airport, guests sink into plush leather seating while surreptitiously checking for signs of UFOs through the moonroof. LED strip lighting illuminates evenings in style as on-board decanters pour libations into supplied glasses and stemware. Every trip is furnished with soft drinks and snacks, and guests are invited to explore the web using free WiFi.
Mobility Works maintains a fleet of wheelchair- and scooter-accessible vans to pair families with vehicles that fit their needs. The inventory includes side- and rear-entry models from Toyota, Dodge, Chrysler, Honda, and other manufacturers as well as wheelchair and scooter lifts that can be installed in existing vehicles. Mobility Works' staff of mechanics can also service vehicles to fine-tune a malfunctioning lift or stop radios from playing "Something to Talk About" on repeat.
Adventure Helicopter Tours parades sightseers about the skies above Los Angeles for aerial appreciation of the city's many landmarks. The outfit hosts 12 separate tours around southern California, including those that fly over the homes of celebrities, providing ample opportunities to pass judgment on their backyard barbecuing skills. Other options include a romantic sunset excursion, and a route that flies past the Hollywood sign. Every passenger on an Adventure Helicopter Tours excursion enjoys window seating and a two-way MP3 stereo headset for easy communication with fellow sightseers.
ALG Aviation sends its patrons soaring into the airspace above Los Angeles for reasons that range from the beauteous views only available on high to the in-flight instruction necessary to teach the next generation of pilots. A fixed-wing single-engine airplane becomes the gravity-scoffing vantage point from which passengers take in the panoramic views during any of the eight different scenic flights. Depending on the route chosen, passengers can point out Santa Monica Pier, marvel at Downtown LA’s twinkling skyline, and pose like Orion for stargazers at Griffith Observatory. The squadron's Discovery Flights hand control of the steering column over to the passengers, allowing them to enjoy the freedom of flight while an experienced pilot oversees their safety.
For more than two decades, the FAA-certified flight instructors at Orbic Air have maintained an impeccable safety record while escorting sightseers and pilots in training through the sky aboard a reliable fleet of Robinson helicopters. With Van Nuys Airport as a home nest, casual travelers can charter a scenic ride to Los Angeles, Big Bear, or Las Vegas in order to make a flashy entrance or rescue a kitten stuck on top of the Luxor pyramid. The Orbic Air flight school sees enrollees from first flights all the way to commercial-pilot certificates with guidance from expert instructors.
Signature service: The Fun Way to Vegas
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Brands Used: Coke products
Pro Tip: Please give seven days of advance notice to book reservations.
"We like to think of our services like [an airline] on the ground," says Anthony, manager at Las Vegas Express. He oversees coaches and shuttles that make speedy trips from LA and Ontario to Las Vegas and back, with a quick layover in Ontario, where passengers can shop. While in LA, passengers can experience Los Angeles with activities such as shopping on Rodeo Drive or visiting Disneyland. Just like—or even better than—many airlines, the vehicles offer a few extra amenities, such as snacks, free drinks, and free Internet access. The staff also shows blockbuster movies during the road trip, possible thanks to ceiling-embedded TVs placed throughout the coaches' interiors and the staff's certified ability to operate a DVD player. They also have other important talents, which include CPR.