The Top 5 Helicopter Tours – See The City By The Bay From Above

Get above the city streets, above the bay, and above the ocean to take in the best views of San Francisco. You see so much on a short helicopter ride and you come to truly appreciate the varied mosaic that is this part of northern California.

We recommend that you sign up for a helicopter jaunt over the city after you've already seen at least some of the sights on the ground. It's fun to be able to recognize and point out the places you've been — and, of course, to see other sights that are really only available from the air, like the vast Pacific Ocean or the underside of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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City Vista Helicopter Tour

City Vista Helicopter Tour

The sky's the limit! This 37-mile flight in a Bell Jet helicopter takes you above all the best-loved landmarks of the city — the Ferry Building, the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, and hey, is that Alcatraz?

You really haven't lived — or seen San Francisco — until you've zig-zagged right over the Golden Gate Bridge. Your tour begins with a shuttle pickup at either Union Square or Fisherman's Wharf.

The Best of San Francisco Helicopter Tour + Alcatraz

Helicopter Tour and Alcatraz Tour

See the best of San Francisco by combining a Bell Jet helicopter flight with a tour of Alcatraz. You soar over the city and bay, admiring the Embarcadero, Angel Island, the Transamerica Pyramid, the Golden Gate Bridge, even Sausalito.

Back on land, hop on the ferry to Alcatraz and explore the prison with an award-winning audio tour. This combined activity can be completed over two days if you prefer. Choose from three different flight times with pickup from two locations — Union Square or Fishermans Wharf.

San Francisco Helicopter Tour + Sunset Dinner Cruise

Helicopter Tour and Sunset Dinner Cruise

Views from the air, views from the water — this exciting tour combines a helicopter ride with a dinner cruise on a yacht. Yes, we did say "yacht".

First, you are delivered to the heliport for an exhilarating helicopter ride over the city and the bay. Back on ground, a shuttle takes you to the yacht where an elegant 4-course dinner awaits you. On the menu is fresh California ingredients — arugula salad with roasted red beets, Humboldt Fog goat cheese, herb-toasted crostini and Meyer lemon vinaigrette; braised beef short ribs, rustic flat breads and decadent chocolate & vanilla pot de creme. Wine, dine, and take in the glittering city skyline.

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Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

Take to the air in a truly grand way on this 56-mile flight. Your pilot takes you over the Golden Gate Bridge, taking his time to show you it from several angles. You fly north towards Marin and then back again over Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf and other dazzling San Francisco landmarks. All the while your pilot tells you about the history of San Francisco and the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge while you take in the sights.

Helicopter Tour with Lunch in Sausalito

Helicopter Tour with Lunch in Sausalito

Admire the breathtaking aerial views of San Francisco and soak up the beauty and colors of the landscape on your helicopter tour across the bay.

When you land, your driver will shuttle you to the impossibly cute town of Sausalito. There, relax with a multi-course lunch (with wine) at a top Italian restaurant — risotto with black trumpet mushrooms, pappardelle with spring lamb ragu with peas, mint and pecorino. After lunch explore the shops and art galleries the town is famous for. End the day with a scenic ferry ride back to the city.

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