It’s magical. And it’s very loud.
That moment when a helicopter lifts off is a sweet sensory overload, with turbine engines screaming and the main rotor beating the air into submission just a few feet above your head.
But coddled in a good set of noise-canceling headphones or cocooned in a super-soundproofed cabin, you can experience the wonder of rotary-winged flight while marveling at the spectacular views unique to heli-sightseeing.
Here’s four of our favorite North American heli-tours.
Québec City, Québec
GoHelico is based at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), and provides tours over the 400-year-old UNESCO World Heritage city and region.
“The most popular tour is ‘Québec, its river, its landscapes,’ which is a 25-minute flight,” says Stéphanie Huot, general manager, GoHelico.