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Our most recommended California Air & Helicopter Tours
1. Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour
Your 20-minute celebrity helicopter tour starts from the world-class Burbank Airport, a stone's throw from the world-famous 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. As your tour begins, you will 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 ge...
The pilot was super friendly and informative. We departed on time. Great business and very professional.
2. 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 Bride, 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 Sausal...
Pilot was fabulous, and a great narrator. I’ve lived in the Bay Area for 28 years but never experienced it like this. This is a fun and exciting way to spend a birthday. Kate
3. San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour (15-20 minute tour)
Take in an amazing bird’s-eye view of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area with a popular helicopter flight. Choose from three different departure times and pick-ups at either Union Square, Nob Hill, or Fisherman’s Wharf, and relax on the ride to the launch pad. After a safety briefing, climb aboard the Bell Jet helicopter and launch into the air for an unforgettable vista of the world-famous city. Admire the unique landscape of the city, which spans the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. Hover over landmarks like Alcatraz Island, the Transamerica pyramid, the Ferry Building, Ghirardelli Square, Coit Tower, and AT&T Park. With informative narration from your expert pilot, view both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge. For the ultimate thrill, and when weather conditions permit, fly over and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Throughout the 15 to 20...
First helicopter ride and was one I will repeat! It was very enjoyable and and pilot was remarkable!!
4. 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.
very nice...Mike the pilot was wonderful a little expensive, but a worthwhile experience
5. 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 privileged 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.
The staff was really friendly and helped us to select the best flight. We were lucky enough to catch a sunset and the city lights during our tour time. The pilot was very friendly and down to earth. We had a blast. Booking was very easy, check-in was super simple, and the flight was very smooth.
6. California Coastline Helicopter Tour
Glide through the melting sunset over the California Coastline, sweep over the Santa Monica Mountains, or get great views over the exclusive homes of the Pacific Palisades. This is a unique and thrilling 30-minute helicopter tour exploring the Los Angeles Coast. The California Coastline tour is available at any time during the day and is a must for anyone who loves the ocean. Take off from the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, heading south to fly over the Santa Monica Mountains and drop down into the spectacular coastal homes of Pacific Palisades. Fly low-level along the world famous beaches of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier, and Venice. On your way back to the Airport, you'll fly over the new Getty Center, with its grand architecture appearing ever more dramatic from the sky.
It was a beautiful tour over Hollywood/Beverly hills area towards the coastline. The team and the pilot were very professional too. I felt safe flying with him.
7. Los Angeles Romantic Helicopter Tour with Mountain Landing
From beautiful sunny Los Angeles, this private, 45-minute helicopter tour provides the perfect romantic getaway for two. The journey begins from the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, and once you’re in the air, heads east over many of the iconic landmarks of Los Angeles, including Universal Studios, the famous Hollywood Sign, and some celebrity homes of Beverly Hills and Bel Air. You'll then head west to see the world-famous beaches of Santa Monica, and the Pacific Palisades, which offer breathtaking views of the stunning California Coastline. Continue up the coast and land at your own private and secluded plateau overlooking the magnificent shores of Malibu beach. At this point, you and your guest will have 30 minutes of time on the peak for a complimentary toast, a delicious dessert, and a rose to celebrate your special occasion.
Such an amazing experience. From booking, to confirmation, the whole process was very professional, courteous and enjoyable. The staff even texted with me prior to our arrival as we were running late. Erick, the pilot was so knowledgeable, professional and down to earth. Made the whole trip so much fun for us. He gave us privacy when we landed on the mountain. I can’t say enough how much he made the trip for us! Answered all of our questions too. If you’re thinking of doing the romantic sunset tour, do it. Money well spent. Go ahead, you deserve it.
8. San Francisco 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.
Amazing flight over San Francisco!!! Most do !!! If you are lucky to get a seat tanner the pilot was amazing
9. 10-Minute Hollywood Sign Helicopter Tour
Built in 1923 to showcase the new real estate crawling up the hillsides just north of Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign towers above the sprawling city and suburbs of America's second largest city. While millions of travelers visit the sign every year, few have the opportunity offered in this once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour of the sign and surrounding hillsides. After checking in at Burbank airport and coordinating with your hospitable flight team, your 15-minute tour will take off and cross the hills, heading towards the sign. Enjoy unique views of the surrounding celebrity-filled neighborhoods dotting Mulholland Drive, Laurel Canyon, and downtown Los Angeles. Keep your camera ready as you snap photos and listen to the commentary provided by your helpful pilot. As you pass the sign, your pilot will go out of their way to provide you the best angle and view to take incredible photos....
May be pricey but totally worth it! Great experience and the people at Orbic air are very welcoming and nice especially blonde lady at front desk!!
10. 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.
Collection from just across from our hotel was convenient. The transportation took under 30 minutes and was very relaxed. We had to wait for the first group to return in the hospitality lounge, both drinks and snacks were complimentary, and gratefully received. The helicopter flight was our first, and wow, what a way to start! The pilot made us feel at ease and gave excellent commentary throughout. We had a thrill (fright for my wife) with a military plane taking a scenic tour of the bridge and Bay Area, which certainly caught our pilot out! Flew over and under the Golden Gate Bridge, over Alcatraz and hovered approximately over the Bay Bridge to give us a 360° view which was utterly incredible. We returned over the financial district and Oracle Park to the airport for a truly exhilarating flight conclusion. Amazing value!
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Took the 2 hour tour that we were looking too take after our last visit. It was just way at we expected and more! The narrator was so full of information that we had to ask him how he did it. He said a lot of experience and we agreed that must have been the answer. He was really impressive. Don’t miss it.
It was great. I was provided with the proper information I needed. I will surely use this again when I return.
Our guide was great! We got to see Muir Woods without having to worry about driving or making reservations.
All the staff was so friendly and professional. The guides were very knowledgeable. We had a great time.
it was awesome - the gps takes you everywhere - and driving the car is too cool