10 most breathtaking helicopter rides on the planet

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There are some things on this planet of ours that are so big, their magnificence simply can’t be appreciated from the ground. Here’s our rundown of the top 10 helicopter ride destinations in the world.

There are some things on this planet of ours that are so big, their magnificence simply can’t be appreciated from the ground. One of those things is Kauai’s Napali Coast pictured in our featured image by paul bica.

Enter the helicopter. Able to fly low, hover above and maneuver around spectacular points of interest, helicopters are the ultimate in reaching exclusive sightseeing vantage points.

Best seen through a chopper’s windows, here’s our rundown of the top 10 helicopter ride destinations in the world.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong (Image: Trodel)
Hong Kong (Image: Trodel)

Columbia Mountains, Canada

Columbia Mountains, Canada (Image: Sam Beebe, Ecotrust)
Columbia Mountains, Canada (Image: Sam Beebe, Ecotrust)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Image: PedroKirilos)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Image: PedroKirilos)

Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe (Image: jurvetson)
Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe (Image: jurvetson)

Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska (Image: ecastro)
Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska (Image: ecastro)

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef, Australia (Image: Sarah Ackerman)
Great Barrier Reef, Australia (Image: Sarah Ackerman)

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa (Image: mwiththeat)
Cape Town, South Africa (Image: mwiththeat)

Big Island, Hawaii

Big Island, Hawaii (Image: geofiz)
Big Island, Hawaii (Image: geofiz)

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan (Image: Ari Helminen)
Tokyo, Japan (Image: Ari Helminen)

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona (Image: Modern Relics)
Grand Canyon, Arizona (Image: Modern Relics)

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10 most breathtaking helicopter rides on the planet was last modified: March 29th, 2013 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (1167 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.