Helicopter tours give people a chance to interact one-on-one with whirlybirds, a rare avian species led to the brink of extinction by Hollywood action sequences. Take a tour in a majestic metal bird with today's Groupon: for $99, you get an "Extreme Vegas Strip" tour from Adventure Helicopter Tours (up to a $190 value). An adult must accompany any passenger younger than age 18. At least two passengers must be present for each tour; individual riders can be paired up with advance notice.
Adventure Helicopter ferries passengers into the cloudscape to take in aerial views of the iconic Las Vegas Strip. Before the rotors of the MD 520N Helicopter whip away from the company's private heliplex, staff members remove the whirlybird's doors to initiate increased thrill. Doors can be reattached to the helicopter to quell anxiety and allow passengers to safely transport their loose-feather collections. During 13–16 minutes of stratosphere skimming, choppers reach speeds of more than 140 mph, ensuring ample time to experience abundant views of landmarks such as the Stratosphere Tower, Caesar's Palace, and the Bellagio. Throughout the trip, each passenger receives pilot narration of the sites through a two-way radio.
After returning to Earth, celebrate victory over gravity's pull by sipping champagne in Adventure Helicopter's new 15,000-square-foot heliplex, the only off-airport heliplex in Las Vegas.
Adventure Helicopter Tours
Adventure Helicopter Tours parades sightseers about the skies above Los Angeles for aerial appreciation of the city's many landmarks. The outfit hosts 12 separate tours around southern California, including those that fly over the homes of celebrities, providing ample opportunities to pass judgment on their backyard barbecuing skills. Other options include a romantic sunset excursion, and a route that flies past the Hollywood sign. Every passenger on an Adventure Helicopter Tours excursion enjoys window seating and a two-way MP3 stereo headset for easy communication with fellow sightseers.