Active duty is only the beginning of a helicopter's career, with many putting their blades to continued use as touring vehicles, stunt choppers, or sushi chefs. Cut through the scenery with today's Groupon: for $180, you get an ancient-ruins helicopter tour for two from Arizona Helicopter Adventures in Sedona (a $302.84 value).
Military- and law-enforcement-trained pilots lift spirits with racing vistas of the towering red-rock formations and Sinagua Indian ruins that surround Sedona. Propellers thump through the air, echoing like a giant heartbeat between Secret Canyon's 2,000-foot red-rock walls, to which vines and Top Gun posters firmly cling. Copter captains crest Secret Mountain and ride along the Mogollon Rim, where height flattens desert panoramas into arid quilts. The final stretch of the 25-minute tour runs through Boynton Canyon, where improbable rock arches rise to obscure the horizon once again. The Sinagua's brick ruins trace recognizable patterns across the canyon floor, revealing age-old domiciles and retired helicopter landing pads.
Arizona Helicopter Adventures
—One of Arizona Helicopter Adventures' copters as it soars high above Sedona's red rock formations.
Arizona Helicopter Adventures tours Sedona and Scottsdale. Here are just a few things you can expect to see while looking out the helicopter's windows:
* Paradise Valley’s mansions
* Camelback Mountain & Old Town Scottsdale
* Several World Class Golf Courses
In addition to their standard helicopter tours, Arizona Helicopter Adventures offers packages that include other activities: dinner theater, a zip line course, or even an African wildlife park. In each case, the pilot lands right at the site of the attraction.
- FAA-Certified Air Carrier
- Perfect safety record since 1985
- Eurosafety-trained pilots
- Pilots narrate tours through noise-canceling headphones
- Arizona Helicopter Adventures shot their own movie called Aerial Sedona: A Breathtaking Journey, which is available in the gift shop
235 Air Terminal Dr.
Sedona, Arizona 86336