Top Most Luxurious Helicopter Rides in the World

Flying a helicopter is one of the most life-changing experiences one could have, as any helicopter enthusiast is ready to acknowledge. Helicopters have captivated the human imagination ever since Leonardo da Vinci first drew his air screw in 1493 – the first known design of a machine able to gain mechanical vertical lift.

The first mass produced version of the helicopter dates back to 1946, but for the many people out there that are still unfamiliar with the idea of flying a helicopter themselves, taking a helicopter tour is a smooth introduction to the art of aviation. And when combined with sightseeing in one of these majestic places, it serves as one of the most memorable experiences ever!

1. Denali National Park, Alaska

What's better that using a helicopter to reach one of the fiercest places on Earth that you could not so easily access by foot? The Denali National Park and Reserve boasts of six million acres of wilderness and is home to an impressive variety of animals as well as North America’s tallest mountain peak, Denali at 20,310 ft (in the local Athabaskan language, the name literally translates to "the high one"). Designated a national park in 1917, Denali is situated in the heart of Alaska and there is only one road that leads into the park – which is why flying there is more convenient.

According to Viator Tours, there are many options when it comes to small aviation vehicles and helicopters taking you on a tour around Denali. Our tip? Across the gorgeous tundra landscape where moose and grizzly bears roam free, the most spectacular sight is the glacier – so choose a helicopter ride that will actually take you around the glacial roads and, if possible, even land on the glacier, for the most unforgettable ride.

2. Monte Carlo, Monaco

If something slightly warmer is more your style, why not head over to Europe and explore the chance of seeing a luxury tourist destination on a helicopter ride? Monte Carlo in Monaco provides the best opportunity to explore the glamour of the French Riviera and finish off your day on the beach. Situated on the Mediterranean Sea and surrounded by France, Monaco is one of the smallest countries in the world – and one of the most popular holiday destinations.

Besides the turquoise beaches and the picturesque architecture, Monte Carlo in particular has a little bit of everything for everyone: it is home to the world famous Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, for culture enthusiasts, but it is more well- known for its association with the lustre and glitz of the casino world – as Betway Casino explains, Monte Carlo is closely linked to the game of roulette and contributed to the game’s popularity in Europe as one of the first places where it was introduced, after Paris. For sports fans, there is always the chance to catch the Grand Prix Formula 1 race that has been held in the city annually since 1950. Choose a helicopter ride towards the sunset, so that you can experience the sensational image of seeing the seaside city light up to welcome the night.

3. New York City, USA

If Monte Carlo seems too small and you need the hustle and bustle of a larger city, go big – it does not get bigger than the Big Apple. New York is home to some of the world’s most iconic monuments, but its vast size is often a problem when trying to navigate the city as a tourist and see as much as you can in a limited time – the frequent traffic jams and legendary unreliability of the public transport system do not help, either. How to solve that problem? Take a helicopter ride across the city that never sleeps and experience NYC from a different perspective. You can easily see the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building and the 9/11 memorial in one 30-minute ride, while also taking the time to explore the Manhattan skyline. The Yankee Stadium seen from air is also a must that is often not appreciated enough.

Whatever you choose. though, make sure that you get a helicopter company that will fly you above the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. There is really no more iconic way to see Lady Liberty than flying around the giant statue – an experience that you can get no other way. Our tip? Search for a helicopter ride that also offers a guided tour of the city. It may cost a little extra, but you it really enhances the whole experience and you get to learn a lot of interesting trivia and really appreciate the city more. And do not forget to bring your camera to get the amazing photos and prove that a helicopter ride is the definitive way to see New York!

If you are already a helicopter aficionado, suggesting a helicopter ride when visiting a great location with friends and family is the best way to not only experience the landscape, but also get them to share in your favorite hobby – and hopefully convert them, too!

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