Exploring national parks and urban fields on foot is spectacular, but to explore these sites from a helicopter is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Helicopter tours feature bird’s eye view of iconic sites and landmarks, not otherwise seen from your commercial flight. Get your camera ready as the chopper swoops, soars and hovers around some of the best spots in the US.
Grand Canyon National Park
Catch a glimpse of the canyon walls and Colorado River with one of many helicopter tour operators. Each operator contains a different itinerary but most fly over either the north or south rim. The dragon corridor is a “must catch” view, which includes the widest and deepest aspect of the canyon.
Las Vegas Strip
Another southwest favorite, Sin City is just as shiny and crazy from the air as it on land. A quick seven-minute journey night flight is ideal for those who want to capture the essence just in enough time to swig down their complimentary glass of champagne. Soar over bright lights, major resorts and the Fremont District while everyone else waits in long lines trying to get into the club. Daytime tours are available, which are 90-minutes in length and includes the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam.
New York City
For those who get lost in the art of the NYC skyline, hearts will forever be strung to the skyline in a helicopter tour. Rides showcase the best of New York City including the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park and the Hudson River. Tours range from 12 to 30 minutes, and include the quirky flights such as getting hitched in a helicopter wedding.
Niagara Falls, New York / Canada
This US and Canadian natural wonder sets the stage to view this powerhouse and border from high in the sky. Take a 20-minute ride to view panoramic views and the horseshoe-shaped falls blast water to the river below. Take the eye as far as it can see to wine country and beyond.
San Francisco City Tour, California
San Francisco is that amazing, yet whacky, city, which provides sky-high views of city streets and nature’s best mountain and ocean views. Visitors view the popular Alcatraz Island and even whisk above and below the Golden Gate Bridge. Look for the 30-minute San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour to view the most popular landmarks in San Francisco.
Tour operators are in full operation to take advantage of Seattle and its surrounding landscape. Visitors can take the city tour to view the skyline, space needle, Puget Sound and the near-distant Mount Rainer on a sunny day. Other tours include heading out of the city to whiz past Bellevue to gain views of Mount Si and the nearby Snoqualmie Falls and mountain range.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.