The Sequoia Shuttle whisks its passengers from Visalia to Sequoia National Park, a 400,000-acre nature preserve that houses General Sherman, the largest tree in the world. During rides, an informational video prepares riders for the natural wonders ahead, ensuring that the trees’ height doesn’t intimidate insecure basketball stars. Once in the park, visitors choose from three free in-park routes, which provide easy access to campgrounds, parking lots, and landmarks such as the Crescent Meadow and the Giant Forest Museum. The Sequoia Shuttle cuts down on the exhaust fumes and noise pollution that private vehicles inject into the park atmosphere, preserving a peaceful environment where critters can roam and trees can nurse their woodpecker-induced concussions.
The knowledgeable tour guides at Santa Barbara Trolley spout entertaining and historical anecdotes during narrated tours of the seaside city. Open-air trolleys stop at 14 area attractions, including the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the historic Old Mission, and the Santa Barbara Courthouse, where a vacationing John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence. While zooming in and out of shopping, dining, and historical districts, guides discuss Santa Barbara’s rich history and explain its evolution from a small farm town to the Christmas capital of the world. Guests are encouraged to tote cameras for snapping shots at each iconic, carefully chosen locale. Trolley passes are valid the entire day of redemption, and free re-boarding enables patrons to hop on and hop off as many times as they please.
A and J Limousine chauffeurs intrepid travelers, tours, partiers, and wedding groups through the Santa Barbara area in the spacious, entertainment-enhanced environs of its large limousine fleet, with packages ranging in price from $100 to around $800. Birthday celebrations and bachelor partiers slugging Kool-Aid can usher in the event in the cavernous Super Stretch limo, an elegant, elongated vessel that comfortably entertains 10–14 passengers. Large groups and small countries can opt for the 14- to 16-capacity Lincoln Navigator limo, an enormous entertainment center on wheels that raises a full-chrome mirrored ceiling above passengers and lays a lighted dance floor below them, accompanying the heart-thumping music blossoming from 20 sub-woofed speakers. Airport-bound ascenders stretch their legs in the corporate sedan, a Town Car driven by a professional, fully uniformed driver who is prompt, punctual, and wearing a second, smaller hat underneath his visible one.
At Wheel Fun Rentals, visitors can traverse surrounding areas in fun pedal-propelled vessels while soaking in oft-overlooked scenery, which would not be possible while buckled to a car seat or an Acme rocket. Established in 1999, Wheel Fun Rentals provides locals and tourists with an engaging way to sightsee while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Customers can rent a wide range of vehicles, such as a surrey ($25–$35 per hour), cruiser bike ($8–$9 per hour), or mountain bike ($9 per hour).