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.
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.
Experienced chauffeurs transport adventurers in a van 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.
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.
Travelers have but few options when trekking from Phoenix to Las Vegas. There's the legroom-less route of airlines, where travel time gets trumped up by the hassles of outstretched security lines and labyrinthine terminals. Then there's the awkwardness of strapping roadrunners to your feet. Offering a better alternative in terms of comfort, convenience, timing, and luxury, the Blue Dot Xpress eases traveling woes by bridging the cities with regularly-scheduled round-trip service. Vacationers and commuters trade in cramped coach sections for the spacious interiors of a sleek Mercedes Benz shuttle with plenty of luggage room. All the while, seasoned chauffeurs escort them safely from handy locations such as Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to the Bellagio or Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, all in roughly 4.5 hours. The only carrier of its kind to be granted interstate commerce operating authority by the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the privately owned Blue Dot Xpress is like a first class flight without the turbulence, the measly soda portions, or that guy trying to stuff his bagged walrus into the overhead bin.
Signature service: The Fun Way to Vegas
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Brands Used: Coke products
Pro Tip: Please give seven days of advance notice to book reservations.
"We like to think of our services like [an airline] on the ground," says Anthony, manager at Las Vegas Express. He oversees coaches and shuttles that make speedy trips from LA and Ontario to Las Vegas and back, with a quick layover in Ontario, where passengers can shop. While in LA, passengers can experience Los Angeles with activities such as shopping on Rodeo Drive or visiting Disneyland. Just like?or even better than?many airlines, the vehicles offer a few extra amenities, such as snacks, free drinks, and free Internet access. The staff also shows blockbuster movies during the road trip, possible thanks to ceiling-embedded TVs placed throughout the coaches' interiors and the staff's certified ability to operate a DVD player. They also have other important talents, which include CPR.