Taking on the Big Apple from above

22 Jan 2015

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New York's iconic skyline is seemingly endless and trying to take in the enormous scale of it all can seem daunting when left to scurry at ground level through the maze of busy city streets. Even observation decks of such iconic landmarks as 30 Rock or the Empire State Building will afford but a stationary glimpse of a city with a million different vistas.

New York is a city that thrives on the pageantry of its dazzling lights and snazzy landmarks, and witnessing this great urban stage in its totality is like watching a perfectly choreographed performance. Each element of this gigantic city seems to come to together with miraculous ease when viewed from the air, and hovering over this great landscape on a helicopter tour, brings the vibrant city and its many parts into clear focus.

If you're planning a trip back, or looking to make your first time in the Big Apple extra special, get up close and personal with the city on a Manhattan helicopter tour. From Lady Liberty, Wall Street and the iconic skyscrapers of mid-town, to Central Park and the broad avenues of uptown - nothing is as spectacular as seeing the urban landscape in its entirety.

Operating seven days a week, the Big Apple  Helicopter Tour offers a fascinating fifteen minute tour flight with departures every hour from 9 to 4pm in every season. Weekend schedules are extended to 5pm. The state-of-the-art helicopters are climate controlled and carry 6 to 7 passengers with forward facing seats for the best views. Tour flights leave from the downtown Manhattan Heliport.

Passengers will need a valid photo ID for the flight and carry-on items are not permitted.  Once onboard, simply buckle in and prepare for the spectacular Big Apple sights. Be sure to have your camera at the ready, because you're about to enjoy one of best shows around - and all from the best seat in town.

Todd Sturm

I currently live in Brisbane, Australia. No matter where my travels take me, I enjoy experiencing each destination from the perspective of the locals. Some of my favourite attractions include historic sites, national parks and architectural landmarks.