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Five of the Coolest Places to Take a Helicopter Tour

Just make sure you add helicopter tours to your list of fun ways to explore the world!

There are a lot of ways to take in the sights and sounds when you’re on vacation. Walking is a quick and easy way to soak in everything around you, but boats, snorkeling, and even hot air balloons can be great ways to experience natural and man-made structures in a stunning way. Just make sure you add helicopter tours to your list of fun ways to explore the world!


One of the best places in the world, not just the United States, for taking a helicopter tour is Hawaii. The entire island chain was created by active volcanoes that are still active today. The best way to see those volcanoes is with Hawaii volcano helicopter tours.

Depending on which tour you choose, you could get close to the Kilauea volcano that has been erupting for decades, unique rainforests, black sand beaches, and more.

For a truly special experience, consider a private charter instead. These charters take off and land on any of Hawaii’s major islands, providing you with the ability to create a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, propose to your special someone, or make a grand entrance at a big event.

Private tours are also offered, if you want to learn a little more about the landscape and diversity of this great state.

The Grand Canyon

There is no place in the world like the Grand Canyon. The beauty of the landscape can be experienced on foot, but it truly comes alive when you’re in the seat of a helicopter.

The vastness of this place becomes apparent from the air when you take in the sights and sounds from the seat of a helicopter. Statistics that will come alive during your tour include:

  • Located in Arizona, the Grand Canyon spans 1,218,375 acres.
  • It averages 4,000 feet deep.
  • It runs 277 miles long.
  • The deepest point of the canyon is 6,000 feet.
  • The widest point of the canyon is 18 miles.
  • It contains five of the seven life zones, and three of the four desert types in North America.

With so much ground to cover, you can really only do it from up in the air. A helicopter ride can give you a true sense of the immensity of the Grand Canyon when walking and riding in a vehicle cannot.

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia

When you think of exploring the Great Barrier Reef, you probably think of snorkeling or scuba diving. There are many great ways to experience the Great Barrier Reef, but surprisingly, one of the best is to fly above it in a helicopter.

Although the reef is located underwater, it’s so pronounced and the water is so clear that you can actually see it as far away as space! Flying above the blue water in a helicopter, you will be able to see the ecosystem of coral beds, little cays, and tropical islands as a whole. The true immensity of this 1,400 mile-long reef can only be appreciated from the window of a helicopter.

Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe

There are a lot of waterfalls in the world, but few are as stunning as Victoria Falls. It forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and is so massive that water mist and rainbows can be seen over 12 miles away. Seeing it up-close in a helicopter is the best way to appreciate the falls in their massive glory.

If you take a tour, you can see even more amazing sights in the surrounding area. Just a quick flight a few minutes away will take you to the Batoka Gorges and Zambezi National Park where you can see elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and giraffes go about their daily business from high up above.


Dubai popped out of the desert to become one of the most stunning cities in the world. If you like the idea of flying through skyscrapers and marveling at man-made wonders, a helicopter tour in this city is for you.

What makes the tours in this city so unique when compared to other large cities, like New York City or Paris, is the fact that it is located on the Persian Gulf and surrounded by dessert. Not only will you see some of the world’s largest skyscrapers, you’ll see man-made islands and rolling desert dunes on your tour.

Get a little creative the next time you want to take a tour on vacation. Hop in a helicopter and you’ll be able to see the world like you have never seen it before!

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