Early man made many attempts at flying, such as sewing feathers onto his arms and scaling mountain peaks in order to cling to the underbellies of passing comets. Take to the sky the new-fashioned way with today's Groupon: for $149, you get a 20-minute helicopter tour for two of the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park from Charleston Helicopters, which takes off from the Landmark terminal at Charleston International Airport in North Charleston (a $298 value).
With more than 20 years of chopper-steering experience, the aviators at Charleston Helicopters expertly escort pairs on scenic and romantic tours over Charleston's glimmering holiday lights. More than two million lights twinkle at pairs of skyward sightseers as they hover above the 3-mile stretch of James Island County Park's annual Holiday Festival of Lights, soaking in the sights of holiday revelers, the surrounding city's illuminated historic homes, and the park's festive carousel as it gently centrifuges away curmudgeonly thoughts. Airborne guests can peer down at more than 600 luminescent displays of yuletide exaltation and track the Festival Express as it chugs through the shimmering Enchanted Forest, in which patrons might spot an altruistic Sasquatch changing dead bulbs. For an additional $59, pairs can include a third passenger on the tour.
With their fleet of Robinson R22 utility helicopters, the aviators at Charleston Helicopters take joy in breaking the laws of gravity. They whisk passengers high above Charleston for flight lessons and photo tours, and while passing over the harbor, guests can snap shots of the Battery, Shem Creek, and various forts. Viewers may also zoom over the Charleston skyline to admire buildings soaked in red-and-orange sunsets and the flickering lights of surrounding towns. Many of Charleston Helicopters's tours invite guests to toast airborne triumphs upon landing with champagne, instilling an extra sense of victory without having to drag race passing geese.