Top 5 Sights to See on a Helicopter Tour in North Carolina

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Top 5 Sights to See on a Helicopter Tour in North Carolina

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There are no experiences on Earth quite like helicopter tours. It lets you take the most beautiful places to see in your city and experience them like never before.

The only real question: just where should you go on a helicopter tour? Don’t worry: we’ve compiled a list of the five best places in North Carolina to check out by helicopter!

Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of the most exciting places to visit in Charlotte. Fans from all over the country come to get an up close and personal view of drivers racing each other at speeds we once thought were impossible.

There is something viscerally exciting about watching all of the action up close. In fact, some super fans swear that things like televised races just don’t do the live-action spectacle justice. As it turns out, though, there’s an even better view: the sky!

You don’t have to even be a racing fan to enjoy the beauty of the Charlotte Motor Speedway from a helicopter. The entire speedway is a whopping 2,000 square feet, so the air is basically the only way to take the entire sight in at once.

From your vantage point in the sky, you’ll be able to see the ZMAX Dragway as well as the iconic main track that has captivated fans for nearly six decades. Just a word of warning, though, we’re not responsible if this turns you into a racing fan!

Lake Norman

It’s tough to even talk about Charlotte without talking about Lake Norman. This is partially because the lake is both a sight of natural beauty and a site of natural power for many people throughout the Charlotte region.

The actual lake is breathtakingly huge. In fact, it’s over thirty-three feet long and it’s nine miles wide. This is why even for residents who have visited the lake on many occasions, it’s tough to get an idea of just how massive Lake Norman really is.

Lake Norman isn’t just a source of beauty, though. It provides hydroelectric power to the nearby Cowans Ford Dam. This is one of the reasons we recommend viewing Lake Norman by helicopter: it lets you take everything in at a single glimpse.

And by “everything,” we do mean everything. Any given day, Lake Norman is host to an assortment of airplanes as well as colorful air balloons. And who knows? From the vantage point of the sky, you may even be able to catch a glimpse of “Normie,” the lake monster of local legend.

Downtown Charlotte

If you could only visit one place in Charlotte, then “downtown” is probably it. Or, as some of the locals like to call it, “uptown.”

What initially draws most people to the area is the great food and drink. Whether you’re looking for the latest in cutting-edge cuisine or a gastropub to kick back and relax in, then Charlotte has you covered.

Of course, food and drinks are nice, but they’re not everything. What really keeps people coming back to downtown Charlotte is the beauty. At pretty much any time of day or night, this area of the city will provide the kinds of sights that you cannot find anywhere else!

That’s why helicopter tours are a must for this area. Coming in over the Central Avenue bridge gives you a perfect view of the skyscrapers that help shape the lovely skyline of the city.

You’ll get close views of some of these iconic buildings, including the Bank of America Corporate Center. Or you can peer down at the EpiCentre and enjoy seeing the beating heart of the city.

Finally, while you’re in the downtown area, you’ll be able to get a good look at one of our favorite areas: the ballparks!

The Ballparks

Sure, it’s true that these ballparks are already part of downtown Charlotte. However, we think these particular landmarks are worth paying special attention to, whether you’re a huge sports fan or not!

The downtown area is actually home to three different sports arenas. First, there’s the Bank of America Stadium, which is home to our beloved Carolina Panthers football team. Then, there’s the Spectrum Center, which is the home of the Charlotte Hornets basketball team. Finally, there’s the BB&T Ballpark, which is home to the Charlotte Knights, our local minor league baseball team.

If you’re into just about any sport, then getting a look at these stadiums from a helicopter is really special. However, even if you don’t care for sports, we like to think these places are worth seeing simply for all their architectural creativity and beauty.

Moreover, these teams have all helped define who Charlotte is as a city. By getting a better look at where they play, you’ll do more than enjoy the view: you’ll become closer to the city of Charlotte than ever before!


There are a lot of reasons to visit areas by helicopter. Some people like the rush, and some people like the speed. Most people though, like to see the sights!

On the most basic level, that means finding things that are cool to look at. And more than that, finding things that are relatively unique to the Charlotte area. If we’re being honest, it doesn’t get much more unique than METALmorphosis!

If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing it, METALMorphosis is a giant metal head that has been created by David Cerny. In short, it’s everything that art should be: beautiful and provocative, all rolled into one.

In our opinion, this giant metal head is worth seeing from any angle. But with a helicopter tour, you’ll have a view that very few people have ever had. And who knows? Maybe that’ll be a good way to get inside a different head altogether…the head of the artist!

Final Thoughts

Want to experience these amazing locations and landmarks by air?

Don’t worry. To become your own “eyes in the sky,” all you have to do is contact Heliventures and schedule a helicopter tour today!

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