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.
A nationally touring comedian and the author of the award-winning young-adult self-help novel Don't Feed the Bully, Brad Tassell brings his signature brand of inspirational comedy to each "Comic Therapy Group Session." Both a spoof of and tribute to the traditional group therapy session, Tassell's one-hour act summons up laughs from deep within bellies while also striving to improve attendees’ self-worth with lessons on empathy awareness and ego control. Shows start with each audience member decorating their own "thera-cookie” with a frosting design that uniquely represents them. After comic nuggets from Brad and a session of music therapy, the afternoon culminates with guests interpreting each others' cookies, learning about friends and strangers alike before chowing down on a psychological portrait more delectable than a Rorschach blot drawn in caviar.
A 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization, Designated Drivers makes it its mission to eliminate drinking-and-driving. The outfit gives clients a safer alternative to driving under the influence by providing rides from sober drivers. Any time, any day, drivers arrive at the agreed-upon location to escort clients home in the client's own car. Besides its driving services, Designated Driver seeks to educate the public about the perils of driving while intoxicated, in the hopes of one day ending preventable tragedies.
Chefs at Hi Bombay have honed recipes for curry, vindaloo, and spicy masala over the course of 23 years, yielding a carefully spiced menu of Northern Indian classics and regional seafood specialties. Fresh-baked naan bread and whole-wheat roti sop up sauce from lamb and chicken dishes cooked in a clay-oven tandoor, and fish labadar from the Bay of Bengal simmers in a creamy tomato sauce. Hi Bombay also rents a 75-person banquet room for catered gatherings, and welcomes diners on major holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the anniversary of Caddyshack II's DVD release.
The World Series of Comedy brings together a horde of more than 100 humorists from all over the country to compete for laughs and a grand prize of 37 weeks of work at comedy clubs across the nation. The competition gives audience members the pleasure of acting as judge and jury without the moral and legal gray areas of serving as executioner, allowing fans a say in which comics move on to the final showcase (panels composed of comedy bookers have the most influence in the judging process). Pick from 13 shows—three wild-card shows, eight preliminary shows, and two final rounds—each sporting a lineup of eight, 15, or, in the final showdown, three comics toiling for your approval. Call to reserve your tickets.
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.