The experienced air chauffeurs of Heli USA Airways—an FAA-certified air carrier—chaperone adventurers into the sky aboard luxurious Agusta 119 jet helicopters. Daily departures from the Las Vegas Atlantic Air terminal put each pilot's 10,000 hours of flight experience to use with tours of the Grand Canyon and the Las Vegas strip, during which the captain’s narration illuminates famous landmarks, such as stunning ancient rock formations and the elegant Trump Hotel’s crowning toupee. Overnight and weekend getaway packages grant guests unobstructed views of Vegas’s sprawling luminescence as choppers hover toward the historic Grand Canyon Ranch Resort, a 165-square-mile ranch outfitted with custom-built log cabins, dining facilities, and old-fashioned western entertainments, such as lassoing televisions. Tours are available in several languages, including English, French, Japanese, and Spanish.
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.
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.
One of the world’s largest motorcycle-rental outfitters, EagleRider gives chrome jockeys access to its formidable fleet of BMWs, Harleys, Hondas, and Triumphs, as well as the gear necessary for day-long odysseys on the open road. Customers first select their two-wheeled steed of choice, from the touring Twin Cam Harley-Davidson Road King to the easy-riding Harley Dyna Wide Glide. They then undergo orientation, brushing up on all aspects of safety and bandana tying. Once revved up, Fonda channelers slap on leather jackets, secure helmets, and mount the concrete with the faithful assistance and droll commentary of a GPS navigation system. Though basic liability insurance is provided with each rental, clients will have to gas up tanks and leave a major credit card for a security deposit before departing on low-riding jaunts.
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.
The Grand Canyon. The Hoover Dam. Death Valley. The American Southwest is filled with marvels both natural and man-made, and the professional tour guides at Sweetours know all of their secrets. Whether they're venturing onto the Skywalk on the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, exploring the art of hydroelectric power at the Hoover Dam, or gazing at the series of colorful Navajo-sandstone cliffs that make up Zion National Park’s Grand Staircase, tour groups shuttle between their hotels and their eventual destinations via comfortable coaches. At the helm of each trip is a knowledgeable guide capable of answering questions and deflecting circling vultures with a single withering glance.