The human obsession with flight stems from a refusal to accept limitations and an intense desire to find out which of your neighbors secretly have pools. Put your eyes in the skies with this Groupon.
$149 for a Scenic Flight for Two with Champagne and Strawberries ($400.90 Value)
Passengers choose between the Mount Lee and Santa Monica Pier scenic flights, each of which showcases the grandeur of Los Angeles from a fixed-wing single-engine airplane. Both trips take off from Van Nuys airport, but their paths diverge greatly after takeoff: the Santa Monica Pier flight heads southbound over locales including Marina del Rey, LAX, the Getty Center, and Stone Canyon Reservoir, whereas the Mount Lee flight veers eastbound toward San Fernando Valley, Universal Studios, and Dodgers Stadium, with an opportunity to snap close-up shots of the Hollywood sign. Though the actual flights lasts about 35 minutes, the 90-minute experience includes a preflight safety briefing and route orientation, as well as time to get to know the crew and enjoy champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries.
Air Tours LA
Air Tours LA sends its patrons soaring into the airspace above Los Angeles for reasons that range from the beauteous views only available on high to the in-flight instruction necessary to teach the next generation of pilots. A fixed-wing single-engine airplane becomes the gravity-scoffing vantage point from which passengers take in the panoramic views during any of the eight different scenic flights. Depending on the route chosen, passengers can point out Santa Monica Pier, marvel at Downtown LA’s twinkling skyline, and pose like Orion for stargazers at Griffith Observatory. The squadron's Discovery Flights hand control of the steering column over to the passengers, allowing them to enjoy the freedom of flight while an experienced pilot oversees their safety.