Aug 09, 2022

Top 5 Atlanta Area Destinations to Sightsee From a Helicopter

Top 5 Atlanta Area Destinations to Sightsee From a Helicopter

Georgia is one of the most beautiful states in the country. With natural wonders like ​​Providence Canyon, Radium Springs, Okefenokee Swamp and more, Georgia and its natural beauty offer some of the best sightseeing in the south. The Atlanta area is no exception, with breathtaking wonders like Amicalola Falls, Tallulah Gorge and Stone Mountain nearby.

Among the best ways to experience many of Atlanta’s natural wonders and city attractions is by air, able to take a bird’s eye view of the city and its surroundings. Helicopters are fast, agile and adaptable, making them the perfect aircraft to explore the skies.

Here 5 of the top destinations in the Atlanta area to experience by helicopter.

Downtown Atlanta

The downtown Atlanta skyline is instantly recognizable with Centennial Olympic Park at its heart. While walking through downtown offers tons of restaurants and sightseeing, there’s no better way to see Atlanta than by air. From the sky, visitors can catch a glimpse of the Georgia Dome, Turner Field, Olympic Park, Piedmont Park lakes, and Georgia Aquarium in a matter of minutes.

downtown atlanta skyline

Nearby downtown Atlanta is the affluent neighborhood of Buckhead, home to the most remarkable architecture and landscape in the South. While visitors can tour the many luxury stores and restaurants streetside, only by air can Atlanta tourists take a private tour of the area’s mansions and historic architecture.

From the sky, Helicopter Express’s privately chartered helicopter service can take you through Buckhead and over the Governor's mansion, surrounded by the most beautiful homes in the city. Heading to Midtown, visitors can see Atlantic Station, Georgia Tech and the Georgia Aquarium before passing over Centennial Olympic Park, CNN and Mercedes Benz Stadium. From there, fly over Turner Field and the State Capital building. By sky, you can cruise amidst the tallest buildings in the southeast while catching views of Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Peachtree Street, and the Entertainment District.

Georgia Mountains

The Georgia Mountains’ stunning scenery and gentle peaks makes this region a natural paradise for visitors and residents. While anyone can hike the mountains’ many trails and paths, a privately chartered helicopter will render the mountains in all of their stunning beauty.

north georgia mountains seen by air

From the sky, visitors can catch a bird’s eye view of the area's breathtaking mountain lakes. The region is home to two of the state's most popular lakes, Lake Lanier and Lake Hartwell. Lake Nottely is nearby, while mountain lakes Chatuge, Rabun, and Burton offer pictures of serene mountain beauty.

From above, sightseeing in the Georgia Mountains will also reveal the area’s breathtaking natural waterfalls, including Toccoa Falls, Tallulah Falls, and Amicalola Falls—the highest waterfall in the Southeast.

Chattahoochee River

The Chattahoochee River forms the southern half of the Alabama and Georgia border, as well as a portion of the Florida-Georgia border. A historic river, the Chattahoochee River has played a pivotal role in the history of the American south. Known for its numerous parks and preserves, Chattahoochee provides endless recreation and beauty to Atlanta’s residents.

Built on a high ridge along the river, the City of Atlanta has preserved much of the Chattahoochee River and its natural scenic beauty, even in the city’s metropolitan downtown areas. North of the city, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area protects the riverbank and continually restores the river’s natural beauty.

a view down the chattachoochee river

Visitors to Atlanta can follow the river from Atlanta to its many natural preserves in a private chartered helicopter, perfect to appreciate the city’s unique balance of urban architecture and natural landscapes.

Stone Mountain

stone mountain seen from the air

Stone Mountain Park is Georgia's most visited attraction. Home to the world’s largest portion of exposed granite, Stone Mountain’s stunning face is probably best viewed from the air, where visitors can catch a bird’s eye view of this natural wonder. Located just 6 miles (26 km) east of Atlanta, a private chartered helicopter can arrive at Stone Mountain in a matter of minutes.

In addition to a variety of attractions and family activities, Stone Mountain is also home to the longest running laser show in the United States, called Mountainvision. A not-to-be-missed Atlanta tradition, Mountainvision features digital graphics and effects projected on the side of Stone Mountain. With lights, music, lasers, fireworks, and fire effects, Stone Mountain’s laser show is an unforgettable sight if experienced by air, perfect for a private charter experience, proposal, or memorable sightseeing adventure.

Lake Lanier

lake lanier seen from the air

Nestled into the Georgia Mountains, Lake Lanier, a man-made reservoir which provides water and flood protection to Atlanta and much of the southeast, is among Georgia’s most popular tourist destinations. Encompassing 38,000 acres (or 60 square miles) of water and 692 miles of shoreline, Lake Lanier could never be experienced in a day. By private helicopter, the lake and its natural landscapes can be seen in all its beauty, offering a sightseeing option most of the lake’s 10 million yearly visitors are unable to see.

From the air, visitors can view Lake Lanier’s over 90 state, county and city parks. While all of the parks are accessible by land and some by water, aerial sightseeing provides the best way to catch Lake Lanier’s stunning landscapes all at once.

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Private helicopter charters offer convenience, speed, and luxury to travelers, not to mention the grandeur and breathtaking views of sightseeing.

Helicopter Express’ experienced pilots and best-in-class fleet will take you across Atlanta and Georgia’s many breathtaking landscapes, making for the perfect day-trip, excursion, or special moment with your loved one.

Helicopter Express is based in Atlanta, but we regularly charter from locations in Georgia, Wyoming, Texas, Florida, and New York. Reach out today to learn more about our helicopter charters and discover how we can cater to your specific need

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