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California, United States Air & helicopter tours

Our most recommended California, United States Air & helicopter tours

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Seaplane Tour

1. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Seaplane Tour

Take off from the waters of the San Francisco Bay and fly high above this gorgeous city of tall buildings, steep hills and trolly cars. Choose to meet your tour at the Seaplane base in Mill Valley or book a roundtrip shuttle from Fisherman's Wharf. Cruise around and over the Golden Gate Bridge and make sure you snap some stunning pictures to amaze your friends. Fly over Fisherman's Wharf and look down on the chic restaurants and shops below. 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.

Santa Rosa: Hot Air Balloon Flight Above Sonoma County

2. 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.

San Francisco: Golden Gate Helicopter Adventure

3. San Francisco: Golden Gate Helicopter Adventure

Soar over San Francisco in a helicopter and take in the breathtaking views. Admire the Golden Gate Bridge and the Golden Gate National Reserve with tour narration from your pilot; there is no better way to enjoy the dramatic and ever-evolving San Francisco skyline. Meet your pilot at the heliport in the lovely bayside village of Sausalito. Before you step foot on a helicopter, your pilot will share a short introduction to helicopter flying and basic safety instructions. Jump in the helicopter, fasten your seatbelt, and enjoy the head rush as the aircraft takes off. Fly along the coast over the Golden Gate National Reserve past Baker Beach and the Pt. Bonita Lighthouse, over to Ocean Beach and Golden Gate Park, then right over the legendary Golden Gate Bridge. Make sure to spot the Crissy Field, Downtown San Francisco, Oracle Park, and the infamous Alcatraz Island prison. Come face-to-face with the historic Angel Island – the Immigrant Gateway to the West before you take a smooth landing at the heliport next to Sausalito’s Richardson Bay. Leave the heliport feeling on top of the world and full of endorphins. Seeing everything in a 360-view and feeling weightlessness in the sky will leave long-lasting memories, guaranteeing you will want another ride.

San Francisco: Aerial City Tour in an Airplane

4. San Francisco: Aerial City Tour in an Airplane

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.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter West Rim Flight & Options

5. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter West Rim Flight & Options

Discover the beautiful views of the Grand Canyon on a scenic helicopter flight. Soar up to 4000 feet in the air and admire the views of the canyon below, and complement your experience with an optional horseback ride or ATV ride after your flight. Upon pickup from your Las Vegas Strip hotel, travel by luxury van towards the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge for a quick photo opportunity. Then head towards the Grand Canyon as you travel through the beautiful ancient trees of the Joshua Tree Forest. Board the helicopter and fly over the West Rim of the Grand Canyon looking 4000 feet down at the beautiful Colorado River. Descend 2500 feet below the rim to see the beautiful walls of the Grand Canyon. After your 20-minute flight, you will arrive back at the ranch for a tasty lunch. You can also then take part in a relaxing 1-hour horseback or ATV ride to complete your experience. Afterward, relax on the journey back to your Las Vegas hotel.

From Sausalito: San Francisco and Alcatraz Helicopter Tour

6. From Sausalito: San Francisco and Alcatraz Helicopter Tour

See the California coast along San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge on a helicopter tour with a live guide and pilot. Take off and land in Sausalito to see famous landmarks from another angle, including the Alcatraz prison. Enjoy a 20-minute flight over the splendor of the land and waters along the North Pacific. Take off from the bayside village of Sausalito, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Next, fly along the shoreline of the quaint bayside village of Sausalito, then right over the legendary Golden Gate Bridge. Continue to soar over Crissy Field, downtown San Francisco, and Oracle Park – home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. Fly over the infamous island prison of Alcatraz. Finally, your flight will be completed with a pass by the historic Angel Island, and back for a smooth landing at the heliport next to Sausalito’s Richardson Bay.

Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

7. 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.

Temecula: Private Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise

8. Temecula: Private Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise

Get a bird's-eye view of Temecula on a sunrise hot air balloon flight. Float amongst the clouds as you take in vistas of the surrounding mountains and cities. Take part in a tradition that dates back to the 1780s, when hot air balloons first took flight. Spend approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour in the air and wrap up the tour with a breakfast pastry and a glass of champaign. The crew will take pictures of your experience from the ground, which are free to download post-flight. Private hot balloon rides are ideal for special occasions, proposals, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. Choose a complementary basket banner to commemorate the occasion: Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, or Congratulations.

San Francisco: Airplane Sunset Flight Tour

9. 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.

Los Angeles at Night 30-Minute Helicopter Flight

10. 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. Take advantage of the Valentine's Day package option to take in the sights alongside deserts, champagne, rosé, and chocolates. Departing from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank just north of the Santa Monica mountains, set off for breathtaking views of the Downtown skyline. Start off with 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. See 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.

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Awesome from pick up to drop off. The young lady that picked us up was great. Now on to the flight. This is a must do on anyone's bucket list. I flew my family from Alabama for this adventure so my daughters 13th B'day, she want to see the Golden Gate Bridge. The flight was smooth and informative from start to finish. Daniel was our guide and pilot. This man is an incredible pilot and great guide. He is full of information or BS but you would never know difference. I have flown a lot and he smooth. Thank you to everyone for making this a great experience. Daniel we are not from the UK straight out of South Alabama.

We loved our experience flying with Carson City Hot Air Balloons. The entire ride was very smooth and enjoyable. The pilot was excellent and kept us entertained. I will fly with this business again if I get the opportunity. I highly recommend it!

Our pilot was very kind and explained a lot about the area and felt very safe.

FANTASTIC, SPLENDID WEATHER, SUPER NICE PILOT EVERYTHING WAS GREAT

I love it! Good professionals and service. Thank you!