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Santa Rosa: Hot Air Balloon Flight Above Sonoma County

1. Santa Rosa: Hot Air Balloon Flight Above Sonoma County

Enjoy spectacular views and a unique and memorable experience with this hot air balloon ride. Feel the adrenaline of floating high in the air as you admire serene California countryside. Enjoy incredible views and landscapes in a mild climate ideal for ballooning. Gaze down on the region's many wineries and vineyards. Marvel at beautiful sights and the gently winding Russian River. On particularly spectacular days, you may even see the Pacific Ocean, the Napa Valley from afar, and San Francisco 60 miles away. Take part in a memorable experience where every flight is totally unique and no two flights are the same.

San Francisco: Scenic Helicopter Flight

2. San Francisco: Scenic Helicopter Flight

Get bird’s-eye views of San Francisco and the Bay Area on a popular helicopter flight above the city. Choose from 3 different departure times and enjoy a free shuttle transfer to the heliport from Union Square, Nob Hill or Fisherman’s Wharf. Listen to a safety briefing at the launch pad, and then climb aboard and glide up into the air for unforgettable views of the city and California coast. Hover over landmarks such as Alcatraz Island and the iconic Transamerica Pyramid building. Continue over Ghirardelli Square and see the Coit Tower and AT&T Park from above. Benefit from an informative narration from your pilot along the way. Hear about the Bay Bridge and other attractions. Sit back and listen to inspiring background music as you fly over Sausalito and Tiburon in Marin County. Get the ultimate adrenalin rush and fly over and under the Golden Gate Bridge, weather permitting.  

San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour (15-20 minute tour)

3. San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour (15-20 minute tour)

Take in an aerial view of San Francisco and the Bay Area with the Bell Jet helicopter. Choose between 3 departure times and pickups at Union Square, Nob Hill, or Fisherman’s Wharf. Relax on the ride to the launch pad. After a safety briefing, climb aboard and see a vista of the world-famous city.   Admire the city's landscape and see landmarks like Alcatraz Island, the Transamerica Pyramid, the Ferry Building, Ghirardelli Square, Coit Tower, and AT&T Park. View both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge; if you're lucky, fly over and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Throughout the 15 to 20-minute flight, enjoy inspiring background music and live narration from your pilot. After touching down back at the launch pad, you will be transported back to your original departure point.

San Francisco: Airplane Sunset Flight Tour

4. San Francisco: Airplane Sunset Flight Tour

Take a 35-45 minute flight that starts off with a fly-over downtown Oakland, along the Bay Bridge, and over the Embarcadero, into San Francisco. From there your pilot navigates all the landmarks San Francisco has to offer including Coit Tower, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. This flight takes place as the sun sets and the skies highlight the Bay in beautiful orange and red hues. Witness nightlife waking up as the city lights light up all the main roads and buildings, and the first stars of the night greet you from above.

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Seaplane Tour

5. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Seaplane Tour

Take off from the waters of the San Francisco Bay and fly high above this gorgeous city of tall buildings, steep hills and trolly cars. Choose to meet your tour at the Seaplane base in Mill Valley or book a roundtrip shuttle from Fisherman's Wharf. Cruise around and over the Golden Gate Bridge and make sure you snap some stunning pictures to amaze your friends. Fly over Fisherman's Wharf and look down on the chic restaurants and shops below. Fly over Angel Island and Alcatraz before heading over the picturesque towns of Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito. Finally, land back on the water and taxi up to the dock in Sausalito.

Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

6. Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

Enjoy an exciting tour in a private helicopter over Beverly Hills and Hollywood. On this tour, you'll get an intimate look into the lives of celebrities, while listening to true stories from your friendly pilot. Begin your tour at the world-class Burbank Airport, a stone's throw from Universal and Warner Bros Studios. All guests are asked to arrive at least thirty minutes before the start of their tour in order to check-in with the flight team and get situated for their exclusive sightseeing experience. Lift off from the ground and soar through the air as you climb over the Hollywood Hills and across the LA basin. As you pass over Universal Studios, you might just make out the small crowds lined up for butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or see the gentle smoke rising from the stunt shows and animal experiences. Your tour will pass right by the iconic Hollywood Sign, offering you an opportunity to snap a photo (or a selfie if you're quick) from a vantage point view that few others get to see. From there, it's over Mulholland Drive and around Laurel Canyon, an exclusive, historical enclave once home to some of the greatest names in the music industry. Pass over Beverly Hills and the ultra-wealthy Bel-Air, and see the $90-million dollar mansion purchased by Jay-Z and Beyonce in 2017. Every seat is the best seat on a tour that includes noise-canceling headphones that allow you to listen along to your pilot's running commentary as you whirl through the air on this exclusive celebrity helicopter adventure. For an additional fee, you can book out the tour as private or include the sunset option to add a world-class sunset to the already incredible experience.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion, & Monument Valley 3-Day Trip

7. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion, & Monument Valley 3-Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the wilds of Monument Valley, Bryce, Zion, Lake Powell, and The Grand Canyon South Rim on a 3-day adventure that brings you deep into the heart of this magical land. From Navajo-guided jeep tours to a bird's eye view over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter, it's a non-stop adventure! This tour has guaranteed departures. During your stay, visit Zion and Bryce National Parks and enjoy the photographic wonders of this white, pink, and red sandstone park. Here, enjoy a fun BBQ with friends around the campfire while your guide tells you stories of the history and legends of this sacred Navajo land. Along the way, stop at Monument Valley for a 4x4 Jeep journey and fly high over the Grand Canyon for some truly breathtaking images of the natural beauty of this land. Day 1: Zion and Bryce National Park(Meals: Lunch) Depart from Las Vegas and travel by mini-bus to Zion and Bryce. Cut by the Virgin River, Zion Canyon is an impressive mix of white, pink, and red Navajo sandstone cliffs. Ancient petrified sand dunes towering over 2,000 feet above the canyon floor make for an impressive landscape and a photographer’s paradise. Stroll around Zion National Park's enchanting walks and hikes—suitable for every fitness level. Walk around the Emerald Pools trail, enjoy the Temple of Sinawava, the Great White Throne, Weeping Rock, and visit the interpretive Human History museum where you can listen an entertaining rangers talk on the patio. After a full afternoon in Zion, head to Bryce Canyon, a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion, along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos. These red, orange, and white spires provide spectacular views. The canyon is considered by many to be the most scenically diverse place in the world! Tuck into a BBQ and a fun evening around the campfire with your new friends. Then set up camp in a full-service campground with hot showers, a swimming pool, hot tub, and Wi-Fi. The lodging option is in Bryce Valley Inn or similar accommodation. Day 2 Monument Valley(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch) Wake up early and head past Lake Powell with an optional tour of Antelope Canyon. Later, head to Monument Valley for a 4x4 Jeep journey deep into the Navajo lands. Here, snap some photos of the most iconic Western landscapes. Then, camp along the rim of Monument Valley in another full-service campground with hot showers and Wi-Fi, casting your gaze up at the stars in the sky. Your lodging option is in the world-famous Historic Gouldings Lodge. Day 3 The Grand Canyon(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch) After a short visit to a traditional Navajo Trading Post, opt for an optional helicopter ride for a bird's eye view of the Grand Canyon. If this isn't for you, stroll along the rim or take a hike into the magnificent canyon. Listen to your guide's interesting details of this Natural Wonder of the World before enjoying plenty of time to relax and enjoy its beauty. Then, drive back to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Additional add-ons for this tour: Death Valley Day Tour (Friday and Sunday) Tour the heart of Death Valley National Park from Las Vegas, and visit the hottest, driest and lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy an array of colors in an extreme desert environment. Wild West Ghost Town Explorer (Saturday)Spend a day in the Wild West exploring old ghost towns and ancient legends. Keep your eyes peeled for the poltergeist who still roams the streets, and soak up the atmosphere of a true western saloon before returning to Las Vegas.

California Coastline Helicopter Tour

8. California Coastline Helicopter Tour

Glide through the melting sunset over the California Coastline, sweep over the Santa Monica Mountains, or get great views over the exclusive homes of the Pacific Palisades. This is a unique and thrilling 30-minute helicopter tour exploring the Los Angeles Coast. The California Coastline tour is available at any time during the day and is a must for anyone who loves the ocean. Take off from the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, heading south to fly over the Santa Monica Mountains and drop down into the spectacular coastal homes of Pacific Palisades. Fly low-level along the world famous beaches of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier, and Venice. On your way back to the Airport, you'll fly over the new Getty Center, with its grand architecture appearing ever more dramatic from the sky.

San Francisco: Sightseeing Airplane Flight Over San Fran

9. San Francisco: Sightseeing Airplane Flight Over San Fran

You haven't discovered San Francisco until you've seen it from the air! On this 1-hour scenic flight over the city and bay, you will get amazing views from a truly unique perspective. Your journey begins at Hayward Airport as you climb aboard a small Cessna 172 Skyhawk, with seats for 3 passengers in addition to the pilot. Fly directly out to the Pacific coast, and soar over the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue your flight over Downtown San Francisco and along the waterfront. Look down at Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39, and continue over Alcatraz. Fly around Angel Island, and along the coast, admiring the towns of Tiburon and Sausalito as you tour. Experienced pilots will make the flight truly unforgettable, giving you plenty of opportunities to take stunning aerial pictures of the sights of the beautiful bay city as you fly over them.

Napa Valley: Airplane Sightseeing Tour

10. Napa Valley: Airplane Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a safe and breathtaking 1.5-hour aerial tour over the Napa Valley in a modern high wing Cessna or a low wing Piper, both of which are known to optimize viewing and comfort. Fly in the company of an experienced FAA certified Pilot and guide who will help you discover the region and ensure an amazing experience. Fly from Hayward, over downtown Oakland, El Cerrito, and San Pablo Bay. See the beauty of each area on the way towards the Napa Valley, thirty miles long and five miles wide. Discover more than 500 wineries throughout a collection of six quaint towns. View Napa, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena, and Calistoga from the sky. Each has its own personality and places to discover. From Napa’s urban wine trail to Yountville’s renowned fine dining, to Calistoga’s detoxifying hot springs, there’s something for every kind of traveler, whether you’re an oenophile, foodie, adventurist, or self-care aficionado.

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What people are saying about California

Great trip for solo travellers or families. Travel time is broken up really well. Guides are so knowledgeable and take you to all the key spots. More time in Zion would be better as the hikes are amazing so if you can do the 7 day tour then I would encourage that one, alternatively book a separate 2-3 nights there.

Was our First time and everyone at office and pilot were so nice and professional, that make you feel so happy in this amazing experience!

Pilot was very informative and friendly, it was truly amazing to see the coast and surroundings! Would do it again in a heartbeat.

It was amazing! Everyone was so nice and the sites were beautiful!

Amazing. Everything was safe and fun. Highly recommended