Taking in the Grand Canyon’s depths, jetting down the Las Vegas Strip in a limousine, and visiting a tiny town in search of its resident poltergeist—guests of Bindlestiff Tours can have these experiences and more. The company’s expert guides create the wide array of southwestern tours themselves, tailoring the itineraries to their personal expertise and their insider knowledge of camera-shy cacti. Their carefully curated trips can last from a single day to three weeks, with longer trips stopping at far-flung landmarks such as Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon in a single week. Bindlestiff Tours also aims to protect the natural wonders it celebrates, encouraging tour groups to minimize their environmental impact as they travel by keeping to trails and recycling.
It's exhilarating—the rush of adrenaline as you jump from 13,000 feet, free fall, and then glide beneath a parachute back to Earth. Less than a half-hour drive from the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip, Sin City Skydiving creates this experience daily. With more than 12,000 skydives each, the company's FAA and US Parachute Association-certified instructors are the perfect team to plunge newcomers into the sport. They strap themselves to novices during tandem flights and dive out of Cessna aircrafts, controlling every second of the jump while simultaneously setting the record for world's longest hug. For committed students, they lead a combination of ground-based and in-air training that teaches divers to jump on their own.
Located inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, the spirit of friendly competition hangs in the air at db's Pong & Pool Hall, which is home to 20,000 square feet of beer-pong tables, foosball machines, and dartboards. The hall welcomes eagle-eyed beer-pong players to compete in cash tournaments and pool players to sink the 8 ball into the corner pocket or a beer glass turned on its side. If their draft beers haven't been spilled on the felt, patrons can sip them while huddling around high-definition TVs to cheer on their teams or sauntering over to the pub's stage to catch a live performance.
Instead of fighting with siblings on the Strip, visitors can follow the footsteps of professional pugilists during the Vegas Fight Tour. Groups pile into air-conditioned vehicles augmented with live commentary from the tour guide. From there, they head to four legendary gyms where MMA stars get their starts. At Xtreme Couture, they learn about the gym built by Hall of Famer, UFC Heavyweight Champion, and star of The Expendables Randy Couture. Later, they wander through Wanderlei Silva's Wand Fight Team Gym, which Fighters Only magazine named "Best MMA Gym in the World." At Floyd "Money" Mayweather's Mayweather Boxing Club, tourgoers see the boxing facilities featured on HBO's 24/7 and Showtime's All-Access, and at Johnny Tocco's, they learn historical facts about the famed gym, such as its construction in 1953. Tour goers will have the opportunity to take photos, purchase merchandise, and perhaps meet some of their favorite fighters at each stop.
Generally, adulthood forces people to give up childish pleasures, robbing them of the joy associated with playing in puddles, unearthing hidden treasure, and being silly in public. Sierra Adventure Sports wants grownups to regress, if only for a day. In service of that goal, the company organizes a variety of novel races that range from city scavenger hunts for the casual adventurer to creative triathlon courses for the ambitious athlete.
The Mad Mud Run, for instance, challenges participants to sprint and frolic through a dirty and deliciously fun outdoor obstacle course littered with manmade obstructions such as cargo nets, hills of hay bales, monkey bars, and slimy mud pits. Extreme Heat Adventure Races combine equal parts triathlon and scavenger hunt to create a 10?12K journey filled with running, river rafting, and mystery challenges that could pit teams against anything from blindfolded puzzles to wall climbs. Most Sierra Adventure Sports events encourage racers to compete in costumes of all types save for gremlins, which multiply in water and unfairly dominate the timed results.
The race begins at 6:30 p.m., and most of the proceeds go toward the Arizona Humane Society. The extravaganza incorporates challenges that are mental, such as solving puzzles or unscrambling words, and physical, such as building a tower with blocks or jumping rope. There will be destinations that must be found using sophisticated strategy, and at some you must take a photo to prove you've made it. Adding to the fun is the option to don a costume during the race. Each costumed or street-clothed team must have a cell phone, digital camera, flashlight, whistle, cash, and IDs (see FAQ's for more information). Challenge your physical limits with today’s side deal and enjoy a workout that’s good for you and even better for your furry friends.