Before helicopters, the only way to catch a lofty glimpse of town was via catapult, which often left people stranded atop leafy redwoods and surly giraffes. Ensure yourself an aerial exit strategy with today’s Groupon: for $149, you get a 25-mile helicopter tour for up to three people, from Timberview Helicopters (a $299 value). Flights take off from Destin Airport and from Ferguson Airport in Pensacola. Airport location is subject to availability, so call ahead.
Embarking from two helipads about 2.5 hours from downtown Mobile, Timberview Helicopters sends passengers hovering high above scenic cityscapes, woodlands, and shorelines. Choose two friends or two former gym teachers to join a 20-minute private, chartered cruise along 25 miles of cloudscape. Accompanied by the gentle whirring of the rotor and the safe, expert guidance of the pilot, aerial explorers will have the chance to admire the lush landscape of Destin, the beauty of Fort Walton Beach, and the grace of high-perching ostriches desperately mining for sky gold.
The professional pilots at Timberview Helicopters ferry passengers high into the clouds aboard a sky-scraping whirlybird during flight tours through Destin and Kansas City. Having chartered flights for National Geographic and the Travel Channel, these pilots expertly navigate planes toward sweeping, picturesque views, allowing sightseers to steal glances of Fort Walton Beach, downtown Kansas City, and Key West's ocean views from a perspective normally reserved for birds and astronauts with binoculars. Additionally, their high-definition videos grant guests a lasting commemoration of their in-flight experience. When they're not chartering tours, they teach budding pilots the gravity-defying tricks of their trade through pilot training and lug precious shipments from port to port with their cargo-lifting services