If you’re an adventure junkie, going on a flying experience across some of the world’s most beautiful landscape will be something you won’t forget in a hurry. Here is our pick of the best flights you can choose from if you’re looking to see the world from a different angle.
Helicopter ride over NYC
New York City has so much to offer tourists in terms of things to see, with visitors being able to walk through Central Park’s serene greenery, get lost in the crowds in Times Square and sit among the skyscrapers from the top of the Empire State Building. However, if you want to see all of NYC’s amazing sights in one go, there’s only one way to do it – by helicopter.
There are many opportunities to get an aerial view of the Big Apple, and it is definitely worth doing so if you want to take in the sight of all the attractions sitting next to each other – without having to walk for miles on end. Among the attractions you can see are the Empire State Building, Chrysler, George Washing Bridge, Central Park, Ellis Island, Yankee Stadium and the Woolworth building.
It will certainly be an amazing experience to spot all the famous sights together, giving you unparalleled views of New York’s impressive skyline.
Hot air balloon ride over the Maasai Mara
If you’ve always wanted to go on a safari, Kenya’s Maasai Mara offers some of the best wildlife-spotting opportunities in the world. Home to the Big Five, you’ve got a good chance of being able to see lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinos. There’s nothing quite like coming face-to-face with these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, but the landscape in which they live is just as breathtaking and it is well worth seeing Kenya’s savannah in its full glory by taking a hot air balloon ride over the desert plains.
When you hop in a hot air balloon, you will soar above the tawny, sandy land at dawn, taking in the mesmerising views as the sun floods the plains in gold and the animals come out of hiding. With such a huge perspective of the savannah, you’ve got an excellent chance of seeing more creatures than you would if trying to spot them on land, and cheetahs, hippos, hyenas, giraffes and crocodiles are among common sightings from the sky, as well as the Big Five.
Many hot air balloon rides finish with a Champagne breakfast in the national park, which is the perfect way to end such a magnificent trip.
Flying through the skyscrapers of Dubai
For city-slickers who find nothing more fascinating than a concrete jungle, Dubai is the place to go, home to a huge number of skyscrapers and magnificent pieces of architecture. To really appreciate the United Arab Emirate city’s modern skyline, you need to see it from above, with small flights over the metropolis offering the best opportunities to do this.
You will be able to fly past Burj Al Khalifa – the world’s tallest building at 828 m – as well as Dubai’s other famous buildings, including the Dubai Mall, Dubai Sports City, Burj Al-Arab and the magnificent man-made Palm Islands. All of these are typically on holidaymakers’ hit list of things to see, but this experience will be made even better if you can take a look at these famous sights from above the ground.
See the Grand Canyon from above
Another great trip that you won’t want to miss out on is taking a ride over the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The magnificent caldera stretches 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep, and is perhaps the most famous canyon in the world.
While most people take a look at the gorge from its cliff edge, not many get to see the sandy-coloured canyon in its full glory. By flying above, you will see the changing landscape of the canyon as you follow the Colorado River through the rocky valley.
Natasha Al-Atassi is a travel reporter, writing articles about different holiday experiences around the world. As part of her portfolio, she writes for Select Residential Property.