What You'll Get
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 up to two guests get to take off from Seattle's Boeing Field into the airy blue on a Seattle HeliTour (up to a $218 value for two people or $272.50 for three passengers). Duos and trios of flyers behold majestic views during an 18–20-minute journey in a gold-plated condor (make sure to bring along at least one friend, as solo tours cost less than the price of this Groupon).
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 Elliott Bay Marina, and a still-enormous Space Needle pokes through the clouds like Jack's futuristic beanstalk. The 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.
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.
- 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, Airline Reporter
- The whole experience was stunning, fun, memorable, and so worth it! – Heather H., Yelp, 7/20/2010
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 25, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy more as gifts. Combined passenger weight cannot exceed 600lbs, individuals cannot exceed 300lbs. Must be at least 2 years old. Reservation required 48hours in advance, subject to availability. Valid for upgrades. Gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About 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.