Nearly as old as the automobile itself, Diamond Airport Parking shelters cars 24/7 in Spokane, Anchorage, and Salt Lake City. Baggage assistance and a shuttle to the airport ease travelers' burdens and eliminate the need to hire a convoy of camels. Vehicle pilots can enjoy free amenities—from bottled water to the day's newspaper—and treat their conveyances to a complimentary car wash. Certain locations offer charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as additional services such as oil changes, windshield-wiper replacement, and paintless dent repair.
Bella Vie's photographers combine backgrounds in photography, graphic design, and interior design to deftly freeze time around stunning stances with their moment-capturing cameras. The migrating shutterbugs travel to clients' homes or locations of their choosing to create custom shoots unique to their personality. Each shoot can capture up to 10 subjects, perfect for individual profiles or complete family portraits. After their smile-snaring session, subjects peruse proofs uploaded to a password-protected gallery and a rights-released CD of up to 25 digitally enhanced images, a positive application of the technology used to plant soda ads in the background of Charlie Chaplin films. The best still will then be preserved in a more tangible medium in one 8"x10" or five 5"x7" prints. Combine a pair of Groupons for a two-hour session that also includes twice as many pictures. Shoots at locations outside of Salt Lake City, such as Utah and Davis counties, are subject to additional fees for mileage.
Mountain Ridge Helicopters is located 4,500 feet above sea level—and that's just its hangar. The FAA-approved school is nestled in the Rocky Mountains in a 10,000-square-foot hangar, where experienced pilots impart the essentials of helicopter flight to students. The scenic environs are beautiful from the ground but majestic from a helicopter. With the help of US Department of Veterans Affairs–approved flight instructors and simulators, students can experience the sweeping views from above while learning to pilot helicopters and earning their licenses.
As if it were the turn of the 20th century, when short-line railroads chugged their way through rural America, the Heber Valley Railroad whisks passengers through scenic landscapes in vintage and restored coaches. The routes trace the original Denver & Rio Grande Western railroad, trundling across the floor of the eponymous valley. Their scenic tours unveil breathtaking views of Deer Creek Reservoir, Provo Canyon, and Provo River, crossing the same scenery that travelers would have spotted a century ago. With heated coaches in the winter, guests enjoy an old-timey experience without sacrificing modern comfort.
Whirlybird Helicopters’ FAA-certified pilots take to the sky for an array of services—from crop dusting to cattle herding to aerial photography. During flight training classes, they provide one-on-one instruction while introducing students to real-life situations aboard a Cessna 172 airplane or Enstrom or Robinson helicopters. Pilots also jettison guests high above the city for 10- to 60-minute helicopter tours, which take in sprawling views of the Ogden Canyon, Wasatch Mountains, and more.
Marine Products is a purveyor of wakeboards, water skis, boating equipment, and all the apparel and accessories required for stylish water sporting. Board shorts from brands including Billabong and O'Neill ($41.99–$62.00) look best balancing atop a wakeboard ($240–$1,000) or dearly holding onto a Hornet Tube ($75). To ensure safety, supply life vests for valuable family members ($25–$135), priceless family pets ($29.99), and laminated issues of Tiger Beat. Brands including Liquid Force, Ronix, Byerly, and Oakley make puppy eyes at patrons, while an experienced and knowledgeable staff of wake lovers and water otters stands at the ready to provide individual assistance.