Through the panoramic windows of Silver State Trailways' European motorcoaches, passengers watch the highway roll by as veteran drivers chauffeur them between California and Las Vegas. The luxury fleet has made the interstate journey since 1986, along with special trips to Arizona and such California tourist destinations as national parks, Disneyland, and the store where Arnold Schwarzenegger buys his spinach. Seating 31–61 passengers, the air-conditioned buses ease the passing hours with features such as onboard restrooms, reclining seats, and overhead monitors for entertainment. Committed to customer safety, Silver State Trailways keeps in constant touch with its drivers through a state-of-the-art communications system that pinpoints coaches’ whereabouts without having to hire a film-noir P.I. to tail them on horseback.
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.
Since hatching their first helicopter in 1985, National Helicopters Inc. has become one of Canada's biggest chopper flight and maintenance organizations. Boasting more than 45,000 hours of incident-free flying, National Helicopters' pilots ensure safe passage to wherever passengers desire, and their photo and aerial tours and helicopter golf trips go off without a hitch due to the pilots' countless hours of practice. For those interested in taking the handles, the company teaches commercial pilot instruction, along with survival training and ground school.
One of the world’s largest motorcycle-rental outfitters, EagleRider gives chrome jockeys access to its formidable fleet of BMWs, Harleys, Hondas, and Triumphs, as well as the gear necessary for day-long odysseys on the open road. Customers first select their two-wheeled steed of choice, from the touring Twin Cam Harley-Davidson Road King to the easy-riding Harley Dyna Wide Glide. They then undergo orientation, brushing up on all aspects of safety and bandana tying. Once revved up, Fonda channelers slap on leather jackets, secure helmets, and mount the concrete with the faithful assistance and droll commentary of a GPS navigation system. Though basic liability insurance is provided with each rental, clients will have to gas up tanks and leave a major credit card for a security deposit before departing on low-riding jaunts.
Sun Buggy Fun Rentals’ dune buggies shred the sand all around the Las Vegas area. Designed and built in-house, these buggies are ideal for exploring off-road locales—including Vegas’s dunes and Valley of Fire State Park—without getting stuck in the sand or pulled over by the sand police. Customers can choose whether they want to ride with a guide, or maneuver a dune buggy themselves. Sun Buggy also organizes signature chases, during which visitors pursue one of Sun Buggy’s expert “dunies” through more than 15,000 acres of dunes, gravel, hills, valleys, and trails. Other rentals include ATVs and exotic cars, ranging from Mini Coopers to Ferraris.
Beverly Hills Rent-A-Car places clients in the driver seats of dream rides and luxury chariots. A 24-hour excursion includes 50 miles of traversing, reversing, and literary free-versing in one of three motorcars. The Lamborghini Gallardo seats two as it jets along the speedway behind the awesome might of a V10 engine. Since joining the Lamborghini lineup in 2004, the Gallardo has surpassed all other models in sales, including the legendary Diablo. Luxury enthusiasts may also opt for one of two Mercedes mobiles: the S550 is the flagship of the Mercedes lineup in both style and technical innovation, and the E350 convertible churns up a healthy head breeze with a V6 engine and a V8 juice dispenser.