If clouds were eggs, then helicopters would be humanity's whisks, whipping up huge fluffy omelettes that would make the sky smell funny after prolonged sun exposure. Today's Groupon puts helicopters to a much more pleasant use: for $135, you and one or two guests get to take off from Boeing's Airport into the airy blue on a Seattle HeliTour, a $273 value. Flyers can choose between a two-person, 30-minute trip above the city or a three-person, 20-minute flight to behold majestic views from the perspective of a gold-plated condor.
Seattle HeliTours place ground-dwelling human beings inside the ascending body of an enormous whirlybird. The beautiful sights of the city unfold as if part of a tiny model world where mechanized waterfalls spout their liquid bounty over rock ledges, miniature boats dock at the Elliot Bay Marina, and a still-enormous Space Needle pokes through the clouds like Jack's futuristic beanstalk. The three-person, 20-minute ride follows Route A, which hovers past Seattle's downtown stadiums, the Needle, Lake Union, Lake Washington, UW, Fisherman's Terminal, and more. On the other hand, the two-person, 30-minute ride follows Route B, which is ideal for romantic whirlybirders seeking a full half hour in the sky and includes everything on Route A plus passes over downtown Bellevue, Green Lake, Golden Gardens, and more. Watch an overview of the view from above in this preview video.
Helicopters afford truly spectacular views for human eyes longing for their former life inside a seagull. Passengers receive a swift tour of their entire sizeable surroundings, an experience akin to a visual picnic of municipal amuse bouches. Tours are also available in Japanese and Spanish, and you must call ahead to schedule an appointment at least 48 hours in advance.
Combined weight of all passengers must not exceed 675 lbs.
Seattle HeliTours earned a rave review from Airline Reporter.
- This flight is great for visitors from out of town, but also really amazing for those of you who live in the Seattle area. Seeing the area from a helicopter is much different than in an airliner flying over or even a small plane. I think it is very much worth the money to take a unique airborne tour of your own city. – David Parker Brown
SeattleHeliTours.com by Classic Helicopter Corp
High above Seattle, one of SeattleHeliTours.com Classic Helicopter Corp's Bell 206B-3 JetRanger turbine choppers hovers in midair. Maneuvering like a hummingbird, it whisks passengers toward the famous Space Needle that was used to crochet the entire Seattle skyline. The helicopter then flies over the downtown waterfront and heads to Snoqualmie Falls, where it pauses at the edge of the churning water. During tours like these, Classic Helicopter Corp's pilots share facts in English, Japanese, and Spanish. The experts can point out such sights as Bill Gates' house and sports stadiums.
Those who wish to maneuver their own space birds can sign up for flight school and obtain such certifications as a private rotocraft pilot or an astro instrument trainer. Charter services facilitate romantic and exciting excursions to such locales as the San Juan Islands or Semiahmoo.
8535 Perimeter Rd. S
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