Best Helicopter Tour (2020)


Whether it’s the magisterial rock formations of the Grand Canyon, flashing neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip, churning waters of Niagara Falls or stern rock faces of Mt. Rushmore, North America’s top destinations often look even better from the air. 

  • Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

    Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

    Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters has been flying visitors to the Grand Canyon since 1965. The fleet includes oversized windows for better views, and the company enjoys access to three exclusive landing sites on the canyon floor.
    Photo courtesy of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

  • Maverick Helicopters

    Maverick Helicopters

    Maverick Helicopters operates in Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Hawaii, offering a wide range of experiences. See the sparkling lights of the Strip or Mother Nature’s masterpiece at the Grand Canyon, or hover above the Hana Rainforest of Maui or the lush cliffs of Kauai’s Na Pali Coast.
    Photo courtesy of Maverick Helicopters

  • Guidance Air

    Guidance Air

    Among the most popular outdoor activities in Sedona is a helicopter flight above the magnificent red rock formations. Guidance Air offers scenic flights to natural landmarks like Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte, as well as special tours to the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.
    Photo courtesy of Guidance Air

  • Blackcomb Helicopters

    Blackcomb Helicopters

    Blackcomb Helicopters’ fleet of choppers unlocks numerous adventures in the Pacific Northwest, including heli sightseeing, glacier landings, fly-in picnics and heli-hiking in the mountains of British Columbia.
    Photo courtesy of Randy Lincks / Blackcomb Helicopters

  • Paradise Helicopters

    Paradise Helicopters

    Paradise Helicopters, a locally owned and operated tour company in Hawaii, offers flightseeing tours to several areas of the archipelago, including doors-off views of Honolulu, Oahu’s North Shore, Waimea and the volcanoes of the Big Island.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Hotaik Sung

  • Black Hills Helicopters

    Black Hills Helicopters

    Passengers aboard a Black Hills Helicopters flight get to see two of the world’s largest sculptures – Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse – from a new perspective. These flights also show off the unique geology of South Dakota’s Black Hills.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / photosbyjim

  • Alaska Ultimate Safaris

    Alaska Ultimate Safaris

    Alaska Ultimate Safaris unlocks the natural beauty of the Kenai Peninsula, with helicopter tours to active volcanoes, bear viewing areas and the spectacular glaciers of Alaska’s Harding Ice Field.
    Photo courtesy of Sharon McGraw / Alaska Ultimate Safaris

  • Serenity Helicopters

    Serenity Helicopters

    Serenity Helicopters takes visitors on daily flights to the Grand Canyon. Take a romantic sunset flight over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam in route to the main attraction, before landing some 4,000 feet below the canyon’s rim at a private landing site for a champagne picnic.
    Photo courtesy of Serenity Helicopters

  • Mauna Loa Helicopter Tours

    Mauna Loa Helicopter Tours

    Mauna Loa Helicopter Tours shows off the Hawaiian Islands with scenic flights from Kauai (Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast), Oahu (Waikiki and the famous North Shore) or the Big Island (active volcanoes and cascading waterfalls).
    Photo courtesy of Mauna Loa Helicopter Tours

  • Alpine Air Alaska

    Alpine Air Alaska

    Alpine Air Alaska offers a range of “heli-adventures” – everything from heli-hiking, ice climbing and glacier camping to more novel activities like glacier golfing. Helicopter flightseeing tours from Girdwood and Seward show off Alaska’s majesty.
    Photo courtesy of Pilot Taylor Hutchins / Alpine Air Alaska


The top 10 winners in the category Best Helicopter Tour are as follows:

  1. Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
  2. Maverick Helicopters
  3. Guidance Air
  4. Blackcomb Helicopters
  5. Paradise Helicopters
  6. Black Hills Helicopters
  7. Alaska Ultimate Safaris
  8. Serenity Helicopters
  9. Mauna Loa Helicopter Tours
  10. Alpine Air Alaska

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning helicopter tour companies!

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