The experienced air chauffeurs of Heli USA Airways—an FAA-certified air carrier—chaperone adventurers into the sky aboard luxurious Agusta 119 jet helicopters. Daily departures from the Las Vegas Atlantic Air terminal put each pilot's 10,000 hours of flight experience to use with tours of the Grand Canyon and the Las Vegas strip, during which the captain’s narration illuminates famous landmarks, such as stunning ancient rock formations and the elegant Trump Hotel’s crowning toupee. Overnight and weekend getaway packages grant guests unobstructed views of Vegas’s sprawling luminescence as choppers hover toward the historic Grand Canyon Ranch Resort, a 165-square-mile ranch outfitted with custom-built log cabins, dining facilities, and old-fashioned western entertainments, such as lassoing televisions. Tours are available in several languages, including English, French, Japanese, and Spanish.
UltraStar Cinemas cossets moviegoers in cushy seating as they enjoy Hollywood hits alongside buttery servings of popcorn. Film buffs can peruse the current showtimes to handpick an action-packed flick, romantic comedy, or chilling thriller featuring inexplicably aggressive hamsters. The concession stand outfits moviegoers with snacks, drinks, and buckets filled with warm kernels, keeping stomach grumblings to a minimum during showings and providing crunchy projectiles in case of sudden younger-sibling attacks.
Wakeboard, surfboard, kite surfboard, and jet ski. These are the mechanisms that inventor Franky Zapata turned to for inspiration when he set out to create the flyboard. A few prototypes later, he had it: a machine that propels riders out of the water, essentially giving them wings. At AZ Flyboard, riders strap in and soar up to 6 meters into the air, propelled by jets of water. They can also take the flyboard underwater, though, when powered-down, the machine remains buoyant. The honed user-friendliness of the flyboard means that even first-timers can usually get out on the water after about five minutes of training.
The crisscrossed emerald landscape south of Cleveland slips silently beneath up to eight passengers in a balloon’s large basket. A skilled pilot adds or releases pressure to the vessel, punctuating the otherwise still air over the stunning panoramas and placid scenes of sprawling greenery. Guests can also opt to charter private flights, allowing them to experience romantic moments or ask embarrassing questions about where clouds come from. All of HiLife Ballooning’s flights take off in the early morning or evening when winds are at their gentlest, allowing the captain to set the balloons down gently.
Flyboard riders fly yards above the waves, held aloft by the downward-facing, more-than 200-horsepower jets of water issuing from their boards' bases. It sounds like a complicated process, but really, flyboarding and walking take roughly the same amount of coordination—newbies typically learn the basics in 5 minutes and more complex tricks in 15. The learning process is especially user-friendly at Aquaflyboarding USA, where a team of certified flyboard instructors start each flight with a safety overview. Then, they coach flights in real-time.
Vegas Off Road Experience's wilderness-worthy Roughrider trucks harness the rage of a six-cylinder Ford engine and encase drivers and passengers in stable cockpit conditions cradled by 24-inch tuned suspension. On-staff instructors provide handling instruction and a warning against feeding the engine Mountain Dew after dinner, so that participants can harness the vehicle's maximum potential during short-track and desert-challenge excursions. Visitors maneuver the resilient metal monsters across natural desert jumps and mountain passes, or take to the professional-grade closed course to launch off of 40-foot tabletop jumps and around sharp turns. The on-staff instructors have competed in the Mint 400 race and pass on their speedy prowess through a racing-training program. Whether exploring their truck's off-road capabilities or hunting down tumbleweeds that cut them off during a desert romp, drivers are always equipped with safety gear, GPS, and radio communication.