Scavenger Hunt USA’s activities span the country, but they all share a similar bent—blending group bonding with city exploration. Scavenger Hunt USA teams up with iAdventure.com to produce scavenger hunts that reflect a unique experience that stands out from the hunts offered by other scavenger hunt companies, and utilize their local contacts to enhance outings with perks and prizes. The events range from themed scavenger hunts, complete with a clue-unveiling smartphone app, to pub crawls with drink specials guaranteed to be better than a free eyedropper of beer.
The folks behind NYC Motorcycle Tours saw a curious gap in New York's tourism industry. Of all the ways to see the city?double decker bus, boat, a screening of West Side Story?none gave visitors the exhilarating, open-air experience of riding a motorcycle. So, they set out to fix that, first by hiring a team of experienced motorcycle drivers and then by investing in GoPro cameras for helmets.
During the excursions, tourists take in a distinct view of the city from the back of the cycle while their helmet films it all for future viewing. Excursions include a downtown tour that passes the Statue of Liberty and Wall Street, The Uptown Tour with views of Yankee Stadium, and the Bridge and Tunnel Tour that brings Brooklyn in on the fun.
Checking the Statue of Liberty for bald spots sounds like an activity from a barber’s dream, but passengers in NYC Air Service’s planes do it regularly on sightseeing flights over New York City. The private flights soar over Ellis Island, the Hudson River, and Manhattan’s financial district, where mutual funds can be seen out for their daily strolls. The company's FAA-certified pilots don't just showcase Big Apple landmarks, they also teach aspiring pilots the ropes with hands-on instruction, preparing them to earn their certifications as private or commercial pilots.
The New Hope & Ivyland Railroad winds through the rolling hills and valleys of historic Bucks County, much the same as it has since the first tracks were laid more than 100 years ago. Not much has changed in the decades since?except for the fact that today, its passengers likely carry smartphones to commemorate their trips instead of hiring an oil painter to join them on the journey. The railroad has pushed into the modern era with a mission to preserve the "Golden Era of Steam Railroading"?a mission it furthers with public rides on its antique passenger train.
An authentic steam or diesel locomotive pulls a train of restored 1920s passenger coaches and an antique bar car out of the station for a 9-mile history tour. As the train chugs through the countryside, narration unveils some of the history of the railroad and surrounding county. The railroad also offers special themed holiday train rides, dinner trains, and a Grapevine Express train where riders enjoy a variety of wine and cheese in a relaxed atmosphere. The Trains depart from the original New Hope Station, which has been in operation since 1891.
The staff of Pocono Segway Tours leads groups of up to 5 sightseers on segway-propelled escapades through the scenic Split Rock Resort in the Pocono Mountains. A battery-powered personal transporter, the segway allows recreationalists of all shapes and sizes to navigate the gyroscopic machine along wooded paths and roadways while taking in the area's picturesque vistas during guided, multimile excursions.
Though Washington DC has taken Philadelphia's place as the capitol of the United States, it remains a bustling metropolis rich with American history. Independence Walking Tours' guides––all of whom have at least a bachelors degree in history––dredge up past centuries' landmark events and scandals during their 75-minute walking tours. Their narration blends historical facts and local insight, with stops at Betsy Ross House, Walnut Street Prison, and Independence Hall, where teens often go to escape their uncool parents.