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San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour (15-20 minute tour)

1. San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour (15-20 minute tour)

Take in an aerial view of San Francisco and the Bay Area with the Bell Jet helicopter. Choose between 3 departure times and pickups at Union Square, Nob Hill, or Fisherman’s Wharf. Relax on the ride to the launch pad. After a safety briefing, climb aboard and see a vista of the world-famous city.   Admire the city's landscape and see landmarks like Alcatraz Island, the Transamerica Pyramid, the Ferry Building, Ghirardelli Square, Coit Tower, and AT&T Park. View both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge; if you're lucky, fly over and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Throughout the 15 to 20-minute flight, enjoy inspiring background music and live narration from your pilot. After touching down back at the launch pad, you will be transported back to your original departure point.

San Francisco: Airplane Sunset Flight Tour

2. San Francisco: Airplane Sunset Flight Tour

Take a 35-45 minute flight that starts off with a fly-over downtown Oakland, along the Bay Bridge, and over the Embarcadero, into San Francisco. From there your pilot navigates all the landmarks San Francisco has to offer including Coit Tower, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. This flight takes place as the sun sets and the skies highlight the Bay in beautiful orange and red hues. Witness nightlife waking up as the city lights light up all the main roads and buildings, and the first stars of the night greet you from above.

Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

3. Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

Enjoy an exciting tour in a private helicopter over Beverly Hills and Hollywood. On this tour, you'll get an intimate look into the lives of celebrities, while listening to true stories from your friendly pilot. Begin your tour at the world-class Burbank Airport, a stone's throw from Universal and Warner Bros Studios. All guests are asked to arrive at least thirty minutes before the start of their tour in order to check-in with the flight team and get situated for their exclusive sightseeing experience. Lift off from the ground and soar through the air as you climb over the Hollywood Hills and across the LA basin. As you pass over Universal Studios, you might just make out the small crowds lined up for butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or see the gentle smoke rising from the stunt shows and animal experiences. Your tour will pass right by the iconic Hollywood Sign, offering you an opportunity to snap a photo (or a selfie if you're quick) from a vantage point view that few others get to see. From there, it's over Mulholland Drive and around Laurel Canyon, an exclusive, historical enclave once home to some of the greatest names in the music industry. Pass over Beverly Hills and the ultra-wealthy Bel-Air, and see the $90-million dollar mansion purchased by Jay-Z and Beyonce in 2017. Every seat is the best seat on a tour that includes noise-canceling headphones that allow you to listen along to your pilot's running commentary as you whirl through the air on this exclusive celebrity helicopter adventure. For an additional fee, you can book out the tour as private or include the sunset option to add a world-class sunset to the already incredible experience.

San Francisco: Sightseeing Airplane Flight Over San Fran

4. San Francisco: Sightseeing Airplane Flight Over San Fran

You haven't discovered San Francisco until you've seen it from the air! On this 1-hour scenic flight over the city and bay, you will get amazing views from a truly unique perspective. Your journey begins at Hayward Airport as you climb aboard a small Cessna 172 Skyhawk, with seats for 3 passengers in addition to the pilot. Fly directly out to the Pacific coast, and soar over the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue your flight over Downtown San Francisco and along the waterfront. Look down at Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39, and continue over Alcatraz. Fly around Angel Island, and along the coast, admiring the towns of Tiburon and Sausalito as you tour. Experienced pilots will make the flight truly unforgettable, giving you plenty of opportunities to take stunning aerial pictures of the sights of the beautiful bay city as you fly over them.

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Seaplane Tour

5. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Seaplane Tour

San Francisco is a city of excitement, and what better way to experience it than from the air on a traditional seaplane. The San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour is a very popular flight, and you'll soon discover why. You can choose to meet your tour at the Seaplane Base in Mill Valley, or book a roundtrip shuttle service from Fisherman's Wharf. Either way, you'll take off from the waters of the San Francisco Bay. You'll soon be high above this gorgeous city of tall buildings, steep hills and trolly cars. Cruise around and directly over the Golden Gate Bridge, making sure you can snap some stunning pictures to amaze your friends. During the flight, you will also fly over Fisherman's Wharf, where you can look down on the chic and cool restaurants and shops below. You'll also fly over Angel Island and Alcatraz, before heading over the picturesque towns of Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito. Finally, land back on the water and taxi up to the dock in Sausalito.

San Francisco: Scenic Helicopter Flight

6. San Francisco: Scenic Helicopter Flight

Get bird’s-eye views of San Francisco and the Bay Area on a popular helicopter flight above the city. Choose from 3 different departure times and enjoy a free shuttle transfer to the heliport from Union Square, Nob Hill or Fisherman’s Wharf. Listen to a safety briefing at the launch pad, and then climb aboard and glide up into the air for unforgettable views of the city and California coast. Hover over landmarks such as Alcatraz Island and the iconic Transamerica Pyramid building. Continue over Ghirardelli Square and see the Coit Tower and AT&T Park from above. Benefit from an informative narration from your pilot along the way. Hear about the Bay Bridge and other attractions. Sit back and listen to inspiring background music as you fly over Sausalito and Tiburon in Marin County. Get the ultimate adrenalin rush and fly over and under the Golden Gate Bridge, weather permitting.  

Las Vegas: West Grand Canyon Bus Tour with Helicopter Ride

7. Las Vegas: West Grand Canyon Bus Tour with Helicopter Ride

See the Grand Canyon from top to bottom on a helicopter ride and on a pontoon boat trip on the mighty Colorado River. Have lunch and visit a Native American village to learn about the Hualapai peoples. Begin your tour once you climb aboard a luxury bus equipped with a restroom and entertainment for your convenience. Set off into the Mojave Desert en route to the West Rim. On the way, eat a delicious breakfast snack to enjoy on the way. Once you reach the West Rim, embark on a thrilling and breathtaking helicopter ride that will provide a whole new perspective above the 6,000-foot-deep canyon. Also, glide across the Colorado River on a pontoon boat and take in the multicolored rock layers that make the Grand Canyon so majestic.  Next, ride the shuttle to Eagle Point which features spectacular views and a Native American Village, home to the Hualapai peoples. Then, head over to Guano Point and the Welcome Center. Once your tour concludes, ride back to Las Vegas on the luxury bus.

Los Angeles at Night 30-Minute Helicopter Flight

8. Los Angeles at Night 30-Minute Helicopter Flight

Climb aboard a helicopter for a panoramic 30-minute flight over the city center of Los Angeles. Departing from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank just north of the Santa Monica mountains, set off for breathtaking views of the Downtown skyline. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Staples Center, LA’s multi-purpose sports center. Swoop over Hollywood, with panoramic views of the Kodak Theatre and Hollywood Sign on the Hollywood Hills. Enjoy views of Dodger Stadium, Universal Studios, and many more of Southern California's notable landmarks. It’s truly amazing to see the shimmering lights of the city at dusk, and the tour is perfect for couples, families, or friends. Even if you are a native of Los Angeles you will see city sights you have never seen before.

Antelope & Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce & Monument Valley

9. Antelope & Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce & Monument Valley

Immerse yourself in the wilds of Monument Valley, Bryce, Zion, Lake Powell, and The Grand Canyon South Rim on a 3-day adventure that brings you deep into the heart of this magical land. From Navajo-guided jeep tours to a bird's eye view over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter, it's a non-stop adventure! This tour has guaranteed departures. During your stay, you'll visit Zion and Bryce National Parks and enjoy the photographic wonders of this white, pink and red sandstone park. Here you'll also be able to enjoy a fun BBQ with friends around the campfire, while your guide tells interesting stories of the history and legends of this sacred Navajo land. Along the way, you'll also make stops at Monument Valley for a 4x4 Jeep journey and fly high over the Grand Canyon for some truly breathtaking images of the natural beauty in this land. Day 1: Zion and Bryce National Park (Meals: Lunch) Depart from Las Vegas and travel by mini-bus to Zion and Bryce. Cut by the Virgin River, Zion Canyon is an impressive mix of white, pink, and red Navajo sandstone cliffs. Ancient petrified sand dunes towering over 2000 feet above the canyon floor make for an impressive landscape and a photographer’s paradise. Zion National Park offers enchanting walks and hikes for every fitness level. Stroll around the Emerald Pools trail, enjoy the Temple of Sinawava, the Great White Throne, Weeping Rock and visit the interpretive Human History museum where you can enjoy an entertaining rangers talk on the patio. After a full afternoon in Zion we head to Bryce Canyon, a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos. These red, orange, and white spires provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce Canyon is considered by many to be the most scenically diverse place in the world! Enjoy a BBQ and a fun evening around the campfire with your new friends. Camping is in a full service campground with hot showers, swimming pool, hot tub and wi-fi. The lodging option is in Bryce Valley Inn or similar accommodation. Day 2 Monument Valley (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch) Wake up early and head past Lake Powell with an optional tour of Antelope Canyon. Later, you can head to Monument Valley for a 4x4 Jeep journey deep into the Navajo lands. here you can snap some photos of the most iconic Western landscapes. Tonight, you camp along the rim of Monument Valley casting your gaze up at the stars in the sky. Camping is in a full service campground with hot showers and wi-fi. Lodging option is in the world famous Historic Gouldings Lodge. Day 3 The Grand Canyon (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch) After a short visit to a traditional Navajo Trading Post, you will hop into a helicopter (optional) for a bird's eye view of the Grand Canyon! If you opt out of this, you can still stroll along the rim or take a hike into the magnificent canyon. Your guide will share interesting details of this Natural Wonder of the World before giving you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beauty. Tonight you drive back to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Additional add-ons for this tour: Death Valley Day Tour (Friday and Sunday) Tour the heart of Death Valley National Park from Las Vegas, and visit the hottest, driest and lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy an array of colors at an extreme desert environment. Wild West Ghost Town Explorer (Saturday) Spend a day in the Wild West exploring old ghost towns and ancient legends. Keep your eyes peeled for the poltergeist who still roams the streets, and soak up the atmosphere of a true western saloon before returning to Las Vegas.

Santa Rosa: Hot Air Balloon Flight Above Sonoma County

10. Santa Rosa: Hot Air Balloon Flight Above Sonoma County

Enjoy spectacular views and a unique and memorable experience with this hot air balloon ride. Feel the adrenaline of floating high in the air as you admire serene California countryside. Enjoy incredible views and landscapes in a mild climate ideal for ballooning. Gaze down on the region's many wineries and vineyards. Marvel at beautiful sights and the gently winding Russian River. On particularly spectacular days, you may even see the Pacific Ocean, the Napa Valley from afar, and San Francisco 60 miles away. Take part in a memorable experience where every flight is totally unique and no two flights are the same.

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What people are saying about California

Pick up was timely and expedite. Bus Driver and pilot were very professional. Despite the foggy weather, the views of San Francisco and the bay were breathtaking. I was by myself and appreciated very much being seated in front next to the pilot.

My fear of flying is gone we had the best pilot Tom made us feel so comfortable and answered all our questions in a professional manner very knowledgeable all around great first time experience.

Great tour !!!! Our guide was great and funny, the content is interesting and informative. To sum up a great experience highly recommended (gia your a great guide. Thank you)

It was just fabulous! The pilot was so professional and great, thanks to him we had a full picture of LA, really unique experience I’ve recommend for everyone!!

Everyone who we interacted with was so friendly and helpful. Great experience overall!