For more than 50 years, Edison ParkFast has sheltered drivers from the cutthroat world of street parking while striving to supply hassle-free parking spots and plentiful amenities. A month of parking in one of its three garages allows quick access to the Inner Harbor, whether drivers need a cushy launch pad for the workday or a convenient spot for a night on the town. Customers who call or text ahead will find staff glad to prepare vehicles for departure, an indispensable service for beating rush-hour traffic or making quick getaways after jewel heists. Edison ParkFast's cozy facilities also house bikes, scooters, and motorcycles, and its on-site charging stations restock electric cars and robot backseat drivers with power.
The roots of Hunt Valley Motor Coach's family tree spring from two buses. In 1985, Edward Royston only had a pair of vehicles to his name, and a mission to make the traveling process a highlight of his clients' vacations. His fleet soon grew to 11 buses, and more still when the company joined with Gunther Charters, a business known for its memorable package tours. Today, Edward's emphasis on personality prevails at every step of the booking process, from online or phone conversations with the small sales team—where Gunther Charters founders Marty and Laurie Gunther still field calls—to greetings from each jovial driver.
From its Baltimore base, the company plans convenient round trips and tours to a variety of locales. Its daylong jaunts to Atlantic City deposit riders at the casinos and boardwalk, and excursions to New York launch days full of seasonal shopping and sightseeing. Thanks to locked and guarded storage, passengers are even encouraged to leave their laptops and other bulky possessions on the bus during their daylong excursions.
Themed tours ferry passengers to states such as Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Tennessee for overnight stays and guided explorations of local sites. The New Orleans tour, for example, leads groups through historic cemeteries and the botanical garden, and a holiday tour of Newport mansions showcases the intricate decorations and reindeer butlers of three resplendent homes.
Heritage Honda revamps cruisers with comprehensive auto services performed by vehicular specialists. Under the oil-coated stethoscopes of Honda-certified technicians, horseless carriages are carefully inspected to make sure fluids are high, parts aren't worn out, and engine cylinders haven’t morphed into cubes. An oil-and-filter change pairs well with a front-end alignment ($100) or a tire rotation and new cabin air filter ($100). Replace batteries ($100) or front brake pads worn down from too many trips around Dead Man’s Curves, the draining men-only fitness club ($100). A convenient online scheduling form affords appointments for speedy express service or more intensive maintenance work.
With 15 locations and an inventory of more than 3,000 cars, NextCar gets its customers back on the road with speed and ease. They carry cars, trucks, and SUVs from brands such as Acura, Range Rover, and Chevrolet, with models that range from compacts and two-doors to SUVs, luxury vehicles, and hybrids.
Drenched 5K events soak participants in the name of good health, good fun, and raising money for local charities. Runners of all makes and models can skip monthly jogs through the neighborhood car wash to converge on 5-kilometer courses, which start out dry, but quickly become lively fetes fueled by H2O. Along the routes misters, sprinklers, and fire hoses activate as groups pass by. Spectators also do their worst, launching water balloons and spraying water weapons at runners from the sidelines. A final 75-foot water slide sends runners gliding across the finish line, where a festival stocked with refreshments, live entertainment, and other water-related activities greets them.
A Chevy Suburban. A Cadillac Escalade. A 14-passenger stretch Expedition SUV. While these could be group of friends dressed as a presidential motorcade on Halloween, they're actually a sampling of the luxury vehicles in DC Private Car's sizeable fleet. Their roster extends from a three-passenger sedan car equipped with reading lamps, 9" LCD screen, and DVD player all the way up to a 32-passenger executive bus. Chauffeurs save clients from the hassle of driving as they motor around the metro area for any sort of occasion, from airport or convention transportation to wedding receptions and personalized sightseeing tours.