Best Helicopter Tour (2022)


Whether it’s the majestic layers of the Grand Canyon, flashing neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip, or the beautiful rainforests and beaches of Hawaii, North America’s top destinations often look even better from the air.

  • Maverick Helicopters

    Maverick Helicopters
    Multiple Locations

    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

  • Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

    Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
    Boulder City, Nevada

    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

  • Guidance Air

    Guidance Air
    Sedona, Arizona

    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

  • Alaska Ultimate Safaris

    Alaska Ultimate Safaris
    Homer, Alaska

    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

  • Paradise Helicopters

    Paradise Helicopters
    Kailua Kona, Hawaii

    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 Paradise Helicopters

  • Niagara Helicopters

    Niagara Helicopters
    Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

    From the sensation of lift-off, to the excitement of soaring above the turbulent rapids and cascading waterfalls, your Niagara Helicopters ride is a unique and spectacular experience. Your all-scenic flight gives you a thrilling view of Niagara’s natural and man-made wonders. Fly with Niagara Helicopters for the ride of a lifetime.
    Photo courtesy of Niagara Helicopters

  • Black Hills Helicopters

    Black Hills Helicopters
    Keystone South Dakota

    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

  • Fly-KeyWest Helicopter Tours

    Fly-KeyWest Helicopter Tours
    Key West, Florida

    With numerous flights ranging from ten to sixty minutes, Fly-KeyWest Helicopter Tours offers guests the most exciting way to experience this famous Florida city and its environs. View the city’s most well-known and historical landmarks and get a bird’s eye view of sea life and sunken boats. Or take a relaxing flight over backcountry lands and see dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and stingrays in their natural habitat. For a romantic experience for two, book the scenic sunset flight, complete with complimentary champagne. Expert Chez Chesak remarks, “Professional, accessible and some truly stunning views over the Keys and islands beyond.”
    Photo courtesy of NAPA74 // Getty Images

  • High Tide Aviation

    High Tide Aviation
    Southport, North Carolina

    High Tide Aviation offers helicopter flights, air tours, and opportunities for aerial videography and aerial photography over the Cape Fear region of North Carolina. Passengers can view lighthouses, islands, Civil War points of interest, and over fifty miles of North Carolina beaches. High Tide Aviation also provides first-class, one-way and round-trip charter flights to destinations in the eastern United States and the Caribbean.
    Photo courtesy of chapin31 // Getty Images

  • Alpine Air Alaska

    Alpine Air Alaska
    Girdwood 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

  1. Maverick Helicopters - Multiple Locations
  2. Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters - Boulder City, Nevada
  3. Guidance Air - Sedona, Arizona
  4. Alaska Ultimate Safaris - Homer, Alaska
  5. Paradise Helicopters - Kailua Kona, Hawaii
  6. Niagara Helicopters - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
  7. Black Hills Helicopters - Keystone South Dakota
  8. Fly-KeyWest Helicopter Tours - Key West, Florida
  9. High Tide Aviation - Southport, North Carolina
  10. Alpine Air Alaska - Girdwood Alaska

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

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Kyle McCarthy

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Lauren Gay

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