6 Top US Locations for Scenic Helicopter Tours

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6 Top US Locations for Scenic Helicopter Tours

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There’s nothing like a view from above. It gives you a totally different experience that you can’t get when walking. The bird’s eye view gives you a greater understanding of the sheer scope of a city or other location you are in. Take New York City. Walking around the city, you know it’s big, but you can only take it in one block at a time. With a helicopter view, you’ll be able to see for miles, and the overall size is impressive.

There are helicopter tours available throughout the country. Just about every major city has helicopter tours. But which tours are the best? It’s a matter of opinion, but when it comes to scenic helicopter tours, there are some of our absolute favorites.

Best US Locations for Scenic Helicopter Tours

Grand Canyon

It is merely impossible to understand the scope and magnitude of the Grand Canyon fully. If you’ve ever visited, you know standing there, looking out on the canyon is enough to take your breath away. However, you probably didn’t have enough time built into your trip to take in a large amount of the canyon. It’s merely that massive. Plus, it’s hard to comprehend the depth and width of it entirely. To do that, you’ll entire need to climb down the canyon or see it from above. While hiking the canyon can give you access to some of the most critical sites in the country (the Havasu Falls are breathtaking, although you’ll need to reserve your time there ahead of time), it’s also a problematic hike at times. It’s also time-consuming. Instead, a helicopter tour of the Grand Cvanyon will not only give you the most fantastic view of the canyon, but you can fly over other nearby sites.

Las Vegas

Have you ever seen a movie that takes place in Las Vegas without at least one helicopter shot included? The correct answer is no. You haven’t. That’s because the skyline in Las Vegas is truly unique. Where else can you see the Statue of Liberty, the Greater Pyramids of Gaza, and the Eiffel Tower, all in the same location? Las Vegas is one of those destinations we recommend for taking scenic helicopter tours. During the day, it is easier to see everything, but at night is when Vegas truly comes alive, and seeing the lights from above is incredible.

Niagra Falls

Niagra Falls is similar to the Grand Canyon in that it is difficult to take in the full scope of it. As one of the largest waterfalls in the world, Niagra Falls is spectacular. It is also a location you’ll want to take your passport for as the Canadian side and the American side are different experiences.

Of course, when you visit, you’ll be able to take in some great views of the falls, but you won’t be able to experience the sheer magnitude of the falls. It is also difficult to see the water approaching the falls. With the helicopter tour, you’ll experience an amazing visual as you fly over the falls. This truly transforms your viewing experience into something three-dimensional.

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Here in Charlotte, there are several hot spots we love to give scenic helicopter tours. However, one of our favorites is the Charlotte Motor Speedway on race day. Taking in a race from the grandstands is something you need to do, but outside of seeing the slice of track in front of you, it can be a challenge to take everything in. With a helicopter tour, you’ll have a perfect overhead view of the track and the race going on. You’ll be able to see how packed the infield is and every single race car making laps. Even if you are not a race fan, you need to take this kind of tour because it is a fantastic experience to take in.

Los Angeles

The city of angels has so many memorable landmarks and other highlights it’s easy to forget all of the movie moments that take place here. From checking out the Hollywood sign, which at the time was nothing more than a publicity stunt created by a realtor, to flying along the coast and checking out the Santa Monica Pier, there’s just so much to love and experience when in Los Angeles. And if you want a good laugh, why not fly over the highways during rush hour. It’s enough to give you anxiety and to remind you that while there is much to love about LA, the traffic is not one of those things. The next time you’re in LA, make sure to book a helicopter tour.


Hawaii is made for helicopter tours. It doesn’t matter if you’re taking a tour of the main island or of another location, there are so many tours available in Hawaii, and each of these tours provides something different. You should consider a helicopter tour of Waimea Canyon. This is sometimes referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, as it is just that massive. It also is entirely different from the Grand Canyon in that there is plenty of lush greenery, not to mention waterfalls, tucked throughout the canyon.

Book Your Charlotte Helicopter Tours Today

The next time you visit one of those great destinations, make sure to book yourself a helicopter tour. However, you also have access to a helicopter tour of your backyard. It doesn’t matter if you have called greater Charlotte home your entire life or you just moved here; a helicopter tour will give you some of the best views of the city, the speedway, sporting arenas, and state parks. The scenic helicopter tours can even be tailored to your specific needs. So if you’re ready to see greater Charlotte in a brand-new way, now is the time to set up your very own helicopter tour with Heliventures. All you need to do is give us a call or email us, and we’ll help organize that tour today.

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