Before they ever plotted the initial steps of their first food tour, The Walking Gourmet’s owners undertook a personal sojourn, sampling hundreds of restaurants in preparation for their unique explorations of Las Vegas’s culinary life. Not just any eatery made the cut; as a result, tours now consist of award-winning restaurants and sought-after dining experiences that pepper the Strip and surrounding valley area. Led by a knowledgeable guide full to bursting with historical Las Vegas tales, their Culinary Mystery Tour strolls through a secret itinerary of restaurants that may include visits with celebrity chefs and Sam Spade–impersonation contests at noted bistros. Other tours include Dine and Shop ’Til You Drop, which combines upscale eating with fashion perusal at stores such as Armani Exchange and Juicy Couture.
You can travel almost anywhere in a helicopter, soaring over the glittering excess of the Las Vegas Strip, the breathtaking desert landscape of Red Rock Canyon, or the mesmerizing carousels of baggage claim. Skyline Helicopter Tours can take you on tours of those locales, and do a lot more besides. Their aerial services can be commissioned for photo shoots and wildlife spotting, or hired as a literal jumping-off point for wing suit launching. However you want to see Nevada, Skyline Helicopter Tours can make it happen—as long as it's from above.
Based in Las Vegas, Comedy on Deck Tours began escorting sightseers on tours of nearby natural wonders in 2003. The company stands out among other tour companies by employing big personalities as tour guides. Comedy on Deck's tours are led by standup comedians, who are trained to keep things family friendly and interact with everyone onboard. After catching their breath, chuckled-out tour takers have complimented the guides for seamless weaving of history, geography, and family-friendly punch lines.
Story Airways helps define Las Vegas vacations, creating memories up to 6,000 feet off the ground. High up in the air, passengers kick back in private airplane cabins for 30-minute flights. During trips they can drink in views of the Strip, Red Rock Canyon, and desert vistas, or challenge geese to drag races while staying abreast of cockpit happenings via a headset connected to the pilot and nearby communications towers. Though flights are generally shared, for an added fee patrons can claim the entire cabin for themselves and even tie the knot on board.
The FAA-certified commercial pilots at West Air Aviation guide fledgling aviators through pilot classes and take tourists on airborne odysseys over downtown Las Vegas. Through expert one-on-one lessons, students flyers can earn their pilots license, as the team says, "almost as easily as their driver's license." Meanwhile, guests embarking on site-seeing tours enjoy breathtaking vistas of downtown Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam, and Nevada's expansive natural landmarks from enclosed cockpits. The team's fleet of propeller-powered biplanes and single-wing planes nest at North Las Vegas Airport, taking to the skies on days, nights, and weekends.
Shawn Mullin, iflyElite.com’s chief pilot and cofounder, has logged more than 5,500 hours of flight time. He now heads a team of skilled pilots who lead thrilling tours over the luminescent Las Vegas Strip, train fledgling aircraft operators, and manage private craft. Elite’s current fleet of advanced aircraft is used for tours, rental, and training flights, with classes available for both airplanes and helicopters. iflyElite.com and its pilots also boast the stamp of FAA approval for tour operations, guiding groups of up to three over the Las Vegas Strip, where passengers can take in aerial views of the Bellagio fountains and the crowning beret of Paris’s Eiffel Tower.