Best Helicopter Tours In Washington DC

September 21, 2013 8:00 AM

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Whether you’re looking to take stunning pictures or just want an adventure, helicopter tours can be an exhilarating ride through the air giving you the bird’s eye view of Washington, DC and the surrounding areas.

Baltimore Helicopter Services
2775 Lighthouse Point E
Baltimore, MD 21224
(800) 609-8159

For the ultimate luxury helicopter experience, check out the Baltimore Helicopter Service. Its luxury aircrafts feature comfy leather chairs and a decked-out cabin. Departing from the Pier 7 helipad near Inner Harbor in Baltimore, BHS can create a customized tour for however long or wherever you’d like to go. You can even be picked up closer to where you live.

Hampton Roads Helicopters
5196 W. Military Highway
Chesapeake, VA 23321
(757) 488-9044

Located in the mouth of the expansive Chesapeake Bay, Hampton Roads Helicopters provides both tours and chartered rides of southern Virginia. Its standard tours focus on the cities of the Chesapeake Bay delta. There’s the popular Virginia Beach Tour that offers a bird’s eye view of the beach and boardwalk, as well as the Norfolk area, historical ships and the bay’s bridges and tunnels. The Hampton Tour focuses more on the Newport News and Hampton area, which offers views of the military areas. For the nature lover, check out the Dismal Swamp and Norfolk Tour that flies over the Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge and natural areas in Norfolk. Those looking for a little more of a thrill can ask for the doors off during the warmer months. All tours last about an hour and are $500 for up to three people.

1 Richard E. Byrd Terminal Drive
Richmond, VA 23250
(804) 226-3000

HeloAir offers tours and charters in the Richmond, Virginia area. The flights are a fun way to see the gorgeous countryside of Virginia. Whether you want to see the fall foliage or the vibrant trees in the summer, the ride can be a feast for the eyes. Many Washingtonians use HeloAir for scouting out that perfect country home they’ve been looking to relax in and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. The company’s wide range of helicopters offer the highest level of comfort with choppers that carry up to six passengers.

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Monumental Helicopters
7505 General Aviation Drive
Fort Meade, MD 20755
(202) 570-4354

Monumental Helicopters offers package tours and custom tours that depart from Maryland. Its pricing is per helicopter for up to three people. Tours include the Baltimore and Annapolis area where the chopper can fly low, giving you a chance to take pictures or check out the view from above. Monumental Helicopters offers value tours that are about 30 minutes for $300, or extended tours at $450 for about 45 minutes. Annapolis and Baltimore can be combined into an extended 60-minute tour for $600. If you love the water, the Bridges, Boats and The Bay tour is a 60-minute exploration of the natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay. Sailors will especially enjoy the Wednesday Night Boat Races tour. This 45-minute tour gives you a bird’s eye view of the boat races from the Annapolis Yacht Club. The tour departs from the Bay Bridge and is $750.

Rally Helicopters
12724 Airport Road
Berlin, MD 21811
(443) 359-2706

Get a seagull’s view of the Maryland beaches with Rally Helicopters that leaves from Ocean City, MD. Offering short tours that fly up and down the coast, it’s only $99 for two riders and then goes up to a more extensive trip from there. Watch people sunning themselves on the beach or partying it up at Secrets from the air. With the nearby Assateague and Chincoteague Islands, you can catch a glimpse of the wild ponies that roam the beaches from the air.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at

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