There are few freedoms as liberating as being able to fly, which is why humans spent millennia inventing the helicopter and why penguins are so very, very bitter. Exceed evolutionary shortcomings with today’s Groupon: for $170, you get a 30-minute helicopter tour for two of Hollywood landmarks and celebrity homes from Adventure Helicopter Tours, based in Pacoima (a $480 value). The value of this Groupon includes a $50 fuel surcharge and a $45 airport fee.
Adventure Helicopter Tours provides a bird's-eye view of famous and historic landmarks around Los Angeles and Hollywood with fascinating tours that take off from Whiteman Airport. During the 30-minute extended Hollywood Sign Tour, a gassed-up chopper greets flying pairs on the ground, then shuttles them straight to the sign, providing unparalleled views of the natural typographic phenomenon. While in the air, passengers can also catch glimpses of Burbank, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Bowl, Griffith Park, the San Fernando Valley, and other well-known locations.
To make the experience more engaging, the helicopter is equipped with two-way MP3 stereo headsets, allowing passengers to hear each other's comments, questions, and impromptu haikus. All guests are encouraged to bring a camera to document the experience.
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.