The Hollywood sign looks a lot cooler when you’re parallel with it. Hollywood Air Tours provides aerial views of this and other famous LA landmarks that range from the Staples Center and Pacific Palisades to Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, and Will Rogers State Historic Park. The expert pilots, who double as tour guides, provide a variety of tours that include flights over Malibu Beach and celebrity homes, as well as the mega tour, which covers almost every conceivable landmark, from UCLA and the Sunset Strip to Dodger Stadium, city hall, and the Playboy Mansion.
While many citywide scavenger hunts require registering in advance, showing up to a set location, and finishing on time, Urban Adventure Quests requires only a smartphone and a thirst for the unknown. Following routes provided on a online whenever the mood strikes, participants in the scavenger-hunt-style challenge can explore New York’s Central Park, iconic Hollywood Boulevard, or the historic Las Vegas casinos where the world's first roulette wheel fell off a passing circus car. Along the way, they absorb tidbits of local history and see iconic landmarks while decoding clues and completing exciting challenges.
With a list of vendors representing celebrated local wineries, restaurants, jewelers, beauty shops, and more, the Food & Wine Lovers' Festival is a catered carnival of Dionysian deliciousness. Vino-sippers can sample fermented grape nectars from dozens of wine and spirit makers, while sweet teeth can get their fix from fine confectioneries. Accessory shops share space with craft designers and cigar slingers, giving smoke blowers an array of stylish vessels to store their stogies in until man lands on the moon for real. Additionally, a portion of the event's proceeds will go to the Ventura County Food Share, a local organization that distributes food to the hungry throughout Ventura County.
Custom Scuba’s two boats aren’t typical leisure vessels—they’re inflatable boats, originally designed for Navy SEALS. And like Navy SEALS, the company’s captains use the boats to reach hidden channels and hard-to-access waterways. However, unlike Navy SEALS, their top priority is fun. With more than 10 years of experience each, the two captains helm snorkeling adventures, fishing trips, and sunset cruises that showcase the area’s natural beauty at sites often not visited by other companies. True to its company name, the team also offers scuba classes, teaching basic underwater skills and doling out dive certifications with a teaching motto of never rushing a student and always putting safety first and cannonball competitions last.
Surrounded by craggy peaks, three men in bright-red helmets stand in the midst of wilderness, surveying the mountains around them as their group of hikers break for a snack on the rocky ground. This interface with the majesty of nature is all in a day's work for this trio of adventurers—Paul Mangasarian and Jakob and Daniel Laggner. Still, their passion for open-air exploration grows with each expedition they lead. Paul, Jakob, and Daniel cofounded Treks and Tracks with the dream of orchestrating excursions into nature that combine ancient means of travel—such as sailing, horseback riding, and hitchhiking on a centaur—with modern sports ranging from surfing to rock climbing. Though they focus on introducing novice outdoorsfolk to unspoiled wilderness around the world, Treks and Tracks' cofounders also strive to leave the awe-inspiring surroundings they visit as pristine as they found them by rigorously upholding practices of environmental stewardship on each expedition.