Seattle is a town that embraces its aerospace history. The Emerald city sits on the shores of Elliott Bay with breathtaking views of Mount Rainier to the south, the Cascade Mountains to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the west. There are several excellent companies that offer helicopter tours of Seattle and the Puget Sound area. These tours offer a different perspective of the city, landmarks, sports stadiums and surrounding areas.

(photo credit: Karen Ulvestad)

Helicopters Northwest
8500 Perimeter Road S.
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 767-0508

Helicopters Northwest is a high-quality helicopter tours company located in Seattle. It offers three different tours starting at $90 for 20 minutes per person and limits passengers to three per flight. This company’s helicopters fly through the city at 500 to 1,000 feet above the ground, providing its clients with spectacular views of Puget Sound, the Space Needle, Lake Washington and the city. The pilots are well trained and knowledgeable about the sites.

Snoqualmie Falls (photo credit: Karen Ulvestad)

Seattle Heli Tours
8535 Perimeter Road
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 767-0515

Seattle Heli Tours offers flights for up to four people in its new helicopters. It offers three different lengths of tours, 20, 30 or 40 minutes each. These tours cover the greater Seattle area, including the stadiums, Elliott Bay Marina, Ship Canal, Green Lake and Golden Gardens. The 40-minute tours offer opportunities to view Snoqualmie Falls from above, Mount Si and downtown Bellevue. The staff has exceptional customer service and is extremely friendly.

Classic Helicopter Corp.
8535 Perimeter Road
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 767-0515

Classic Helicopter Corp. offers standard tours of the greater Seattle area and charter services. It can create custom tours extending throughout western Washington and the rest of the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho). Popular destinations include the San Juan Islands and Semiahmoo. Custom tour destinations include the Cascade Mountains, the greater Puget Sound regions, fishing destinations and other places throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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WorldWind Helicopters Inc.
800 W. Perimeter Road, Suite A
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 271-8441

WorldWind Helicopters Inc. specializes in charters and tours and aerial photography and filming. All of its tours are customized to the clients’ needs, and include the entire Pacific Northwest region. WorldWind is approved by the FAA as a Part 135 air carrier. It specializes in aerial photography and filming, with many credits to its name. The company’s pilots have the skills to offer a stable platform for photography/filming.

Museum of Flight
9404 E. Marginal Way S.
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 764-5720

The Museum of Flight houses both historic airplanes and helicopters, and is located by Boeing Field. This down-to-earth tour shares the aerospace history of the greater Seattle area. The museum collection includes a Bell “Huey” UH-1H Iroquois helicopter that saw combat in the Vietnam War, and a HH-52 Seaguard: The Flying Life Boat which was used by the US Coast Guard. This rescue helicopter is used to save lives on open water, and this one is credited with saving over 15,000 lives. Other exhibits of interest include Flight Simulators, the Flight Tower and the Concorde.

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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at