It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty—ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont, favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the United States and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers—homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz. Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben & Jerry's has also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. The company practices sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry’s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from its plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.
The skilled pilots and instructors at Las Vegas Glider Rides have accompanied more than 6,000 passengers on flights over Nevada’s scenic desert landscapes. After they’re towed aloft behind planes via 200-foot cables, glider passengers cut loose and set sail for a leisure trip, flying lesson, or acrobatic thrill ride with a seasoned glider pilot. Flyers can also memorialize their trips with an edited 7.5-minute video featuring preshot wing and tail angles and in-cockpit footage of impromptu aerial drag races with passing pterodactyls.
High above the rink at Roller Kingdom sits a DJ booth where record spinners select new hits and 80s-night tracks to send through the thunderous sound system. The melodies fill the rink and sync up with lighting effects that glisten on the sleek surface of the skating floor. During roller-derby bouts, the announcer's voice booms through the speakers to call out point tallies or impressive hits. Roller Kingdom keeps its vinyl rotating and music libraries whirring throughout the week, with special events such as haunted attractions during Halloween and extra-spooky Armistice Days.
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.
Las Vegas Teaser Tours’ namesake excursions set groups loose on the streets of Sin City to explore its iconic sites through a unique lens of interactive tours and scavenger hunts. Each challenge lets participants choose their own adventure as they swing past the Strip's hotels and casinos or more teen-appropriate venues such as shopping malls and arcades, all the while solving puzzles and trivia questions or searching for hidden clues. For groups looking for new ways to party in Vegas beyond playing Scrabble with the hotel valet, Teaser Tours has also designed such jaunts as the Bamboozler tour, a mix between a scavenger hunt and a pub crawl covering Vegas bars that range from newer hot spots to renowned haunts.
Happy Hoofers Service trundles history buffs and nostalgia lovers through Virginia City on a half-hour horse-drawn carriage tour of the famed silver and gold mining town. Cart along your three roommates or the rest of your barbershop quartet as you clip-clop through the Victorian-era burg renowned for its mansions, opera house, and red-light district identifiable by the crimson-hued sun perched directly in the middle of the street.