A fleet of powerful Honda 250 ATVs growl in the Nevada sunlight, waiting to tear over the hills and skid through the ravines of the Valley of Fire State Park. For three hours, guests careen around 28 miles of scenery, kicking up dust and out pacing jackrabbits on their mini ATVs, before breaking for a provided picnic lunch. Professional guides ensure the safety of helmet-clad guests and sandstone cliffs ensure conversation-starting photographs long after the excursion's end.
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.
Flying high above the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip, 702 Helicopters’ Robinson R44s offer passengers breathtaking, panoramic views of the glittering cityscape. On daytime or nighttime tours, the ‘copters whirl directly toward downtown, setting up perfect photo opportunities of such landmarks as Fremont Street, the Bellagio, and the Eiffel Tower replica at Paris Las Vegas. Longer tours venture out into the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, revealing a sweeping view of the gnarled, crimson formations that give the area its name—as well as the deep holes where all the other colored rocks were tossed after the name became official.
Shawn Mullin, iflyElite.com’s chief pilot and cofounder, has logged more than 5,500 hours of flight time. He now heads a team of skilled pilots who lead thrilling tours over the luminescent Las Vegas Strip, train fledgling aircraft operators, and manage private craft. Elite’s current fleet of advanced aircraft is used for tours, rental, and training flights, with classes available for both airplanes and helicopters. iflyElite.com and its pilots also boast the stamp of FAA approval for tour operations, guiding groups of up to three over the Las Vegas Strip, where passengers can take in aerial views of the Bellagio fountains and the crowning beret of Paris’s Eiffel Tower.
You can travel almost anywhere in a helicopter, soaring over the glittering excess of the Las Vegas Strip, the breathtaking desert landscape of Red Rock Canyon, or the mesmerizing carousels of baggage claim. Skyline Helicopter Tours can take you on tours of those locales, and do a lot more besides. Their aerial services can be commissioned for photo shoots and wildlife spotting, or hired as a literal jumping-off point for wing suit launching. However you want to see Nevada, Skyline Helicopter Tours can make it happen—as long as it's from above.
Story Airways helps define Las Vegas vacations, creating memories up to 6,000 feet off the ground. High up in the air, passengers kick back in private airplane cabins for 30-minute flights. During trips they can drink in views of the Strip, Red Rock Canyon, and desert vistas, or challenge geese to drag races while staying abreast of cockpit happenings via a headset connected to the pilot and nearby communications towers. Though flights are generally shared, for an added fee patrons can claim the entire cabin for themselves and even tie the knot on board.