Fabric backdrops. Studio lighting. Posed photographs. That's not good enough for the pros at Epic Adventures Photography. Their photo backdrop of choice lies roughly 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, where breathtaking landscapes abound at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Here, photographers double as guides and take their subjects on hiking and kayaking adventures along the Colorado River, near the cliffs of the Mojave Desert, and in the waters of hot pools and waterfalls. Along the way, the guides document your journey with adventure portraits that would be right at home in an adventure magazine or might even be confused with stills from Lawrence of Arabia. And these shots are viewable back on the strip or at a location of your choice within Monstro: a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter turned into a mobile studio with editing bays, client lounge, refrigerator and 46" HD display.
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.
Fear is the secret to happy marriages, lasting friendships, and the final ingredient in numerous madman-created serums. Lead your scared sweetie and ghoulish gang through one of the three distinct scare lairs at the Freakling Brothers Trilogy of Terror. Dark rooms and mysterious corridors wind throughout Castle Vampyre, where a force of unadulterated evil always lurks a few steps behind in an interactive and startling experience that stokes primal fears, such as that of missing a student loan payment. Alternately, a terrifying troupe of circus freaks and clown college dropouts prowl the Circus of Horrors campus quad, featuring a labyrinthine den of monstrous inflatable balls and dead ends. Macabre screams of anguish ring through the air at the third house of horror, the Mortuary, which is in its final year at the Trilogy before its proper burial.
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.
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.
Once the plane's a mile high, Love Cloud Vegas's pilot makes the most important announcement of the evening: you may now unfasten your seat-belts. Then, he slips on noise-canceling headphones, makes sure his door is securely locked, and leaves his passengers (a lone couple) to an intimate, romantic flight 5,280 ft. over the bright lights and stray magicians of the Vegas Strip.
The twin engine plane's custom interior is ready made for romance?with plush pillows, a foam mattress, and a wireless sound system that plays the couple's own playlist or a provided selection of tunes. Daytime flights also up the romance ante by passing over sights of the Red Rock Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Lake Meade.