Leonardo da Vinci's "airscrew" never took off, but you can in a fully functional vertical flight machine with today's Groupon. Helicopter rides aren't just for the Grand Canyon; it's just as thrilling to experience a city by chopper. Adventure Helicopter Tours's 15-minute Hollywood Tour gives you stunning views of Burbank, Universal Studios, the Hollywood sign, and the entire LA basin while your expert pilot-guides personally narrate your experience, offering interesting historical tidbits about the sites and possibly even tantalizing tales of Hollywood history. As Adventure Helicopter Tours will tell you, "It's not just a tour, it's a learning adventure." This Groupon includes all the taxes and fees (the price on its site is $89, tax is $8.50, and the fuel surcharge is $37.50 for a $135 total value).
Fifteen minutes feels like forever when you're getting a bird's eye view of the entertainment capital of the world. You fly over Burbank, to Universal Studios, and then over the Hollywood Lake and sign. From there you see the entire LA Basin. Hovering over a city means every sidewalk, winding road, back-alley building, and chess match played on a Monopoly board is revealed in a breathtaking panorama.
The R44 Helicopter Adventure Tours uses can reach 130 mph. That's much faster—and safer—than rigging a car with paper-mâché wings and driving it off the side of a cliff or tall parking structure. People who are scared of heights expect to be terrified darting like a dragonfly above the ground, but many of them are surprised to find they're totally comfortable since the experience of being in a helicopter is nothing like hanging on a tall building or dangling your feet off the edge of an abyss. Plus, Adventure Helicopter's experienced and personable pilots put people at ease.
Tours take off from Whiteman Airport seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Call a week in advance to schedule your tour.) If you end up with a sky-craving worse than da Vinci's, you can upgrade your tour to make it longer or change locales. Since this Groupon is unlimited, get as many as you want and go on multiple tours. Plus, there's no age restriction, and three people fit on a helicopter; buy a few Groupons and take kids, friends, a friend's kids, a friend's family, a friend's family's kids, or a family of friendly kids on an unforgettable ride in the sky.
Check out Adventure Helicopter Tours's website to see some customer testimonials. Here are a few:
- I’m afraid of heights but I enjoyed myself and I’d do it again. It was a safe trip, great helicopters and awesome views. – Robert Powers, St. Paul MN
- Wow, What an adventure. The guys here at Adventure Helicopter Tours are great. The facility, crew and helicopters are amazing. I will fly again ASAP, oh and the views were breathtaking. – JT, Miami, FL
- Excellent experience. Covering great distances, beautiful views good commentary and top class pilots.– W Heindl, Hong Kong
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.