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.
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.
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.
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.