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.
A 490-horsepower V8 engine purrs beneath the trunk of the Ferrari F430, waiting to propel its driver from zero to 60 miles per hour in four seconds flat. For most people, sitting behind the wheel of a Ferrari is a pipe dream. However, LasVegasExoticCars.com puts the roadster’s horsepower in the hands of the public with its fleet of rentable Ferraris. Before each adventure, a tutorial orients drivers to their new F1-inspired chariot. Whether its the unbridled power, supreme precision stitching, or speedometer shaped like Jay Leno’s face, a ride in one of LasVegasExoticCars.com’s Ferraris offers pavement-based thrills fit for any occasion.
Chefs at Hi Bombay have honed recipes for curry, vindaloo, and spicy masala over the course of 23 years, yielding a carefully spiced menu of Northern Indian classics and regional seafood specialties. Fresh-baked naan bread and whole-wheat roti sop up sauce from lamb and chicken dishes cooked in a clay-oven tandoor, and fish labadar from the Bay of Bengal simmers in a creamy tomato sauce. Hi Bombay also rents a 75-person banquet room for catered gatherings, and welcomes diners on major holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the anniversary of Caddyshack II's DVD release.
The Grand Canyon. The Hoover Dam. Death Valley. The American Southwest is filled with marvels both natural and man-made, and the professional tour guides at Sweetours know all of their secrets. Whether they're venturing onto the Skywalk on the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, exploring the art of hydroelectric power at the Hoover Dam, or gazing at the series of colorful Navajo-sandstone cliffs that make up Zion National Park’s Grand Staircase, tour groups shuttle between their hotels and their eventual destinations via comfortable coaches. At the helm of each trip is a knowledgeable guide capable of answering questions and deflecting circling vultures with a single withering glance.
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.