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Best Helicopter Tours In Charlotte

September 21, 2013 8:00 AM

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(Photo by Eric Kayne/Getty Images)

(Photo by Eric Kayne/Getty Images)

The city of Charlotte has a beautiful skyline with an extensive array of gorgeous, multi-storied buildings. As people scurry around, however, it’s easy to miss the sights. The best way to see the view is with an aerial perspective. Here are a few of the best companies to offer helicopter tours, either over Charlotte or in nearby gorgeous areas.
Charlotte Helicopters, Inc.
1110 Baron Road
Waxhaw, NC 28173
(704) 839-8499

Charlotte Helicopters offers comfortable and beautiful flights in the Charlotte area. The Uptown flight begins in Monroe, N.C. and laps around Charlotte’s Uptown and then over the beautiful countryside of south Charlotte. The flight includes three passengers in an air-conditioned ride, complete with XM satellite radio. The company encourages you to bring your cameras to make it a truly memorable ride.

Other tours offered by Charlotte Helicopters include the Scenic Speedway Tour, which crosses southeast Charlotte to view the Lowe’s Motor Speedway Complex, and the Lake Wylie Tour, where passengers can view the picturesque Lake Wylie, along with Carowinds and the Ballantyne area.

Shadowhawk Aviation
101 Tower Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 613-0000

Shadowhawk Aviation operates out of Greenville, S.C., but has flights that encompass the Southeast. According to the site, this company believes in “providing services that represent our dedication to safety, convenience and even comfort, as our aircrafts are air conditioned, allowing for an enjoyable flight experience.”

Some of the pre-created tours that Shadowhawk Aviation offers include the Biltmore House/Downtown Asheville/Hendersonville tour, which takes passengers over the North Carolina mountains, over the Biltmore House property and around downtown Asheville; The Table Rock Tour, which highlights Table Rock and the Table Rock Water Shed; and the Lake Lure/Chimney Rock Tour, which zooms into the filming location of the film “Dirty Dancing,” as well as to Chimney Rock, where “The Last of the Mohicans” was filmed.

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Queen City Helicopter Corp.
125 Fraley Road
Gastonia, NC 28052
(704) 629-4677

Queen City Helicopter Corp. is located just 15 minutes away from Charlotte Douglas Airport. It offers a variety of tours, like the Queen City Tour, which flies around Uptown Charlotte and presents aerial views of Panther Stadium, the U.S. Whitewater Center, the Time Warner Cable Arena, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and more.

Other tours include the Baker Buffalo Vineyard Tour, which explores the Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard & Winery, located in Fallston, N.C., and even includes a complimentary bottle of Baker Buffalo wine. Explore both Lake Norman and Lake Wylie with the lake tours, or get a bird’s eye view during the Crowder’s Mountain Tour while flying almost 2,000 feet in the air directly over mountain peaks.

Copperline Tours
1042 Churchill Downs Court
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 430-8726

A fully licensed, custom tour company located right in Charlotte, Copperline Tours offers a variety of scenic tours for everyone. Why the name Copperline? It comes from copper piping, a vital component to the whiskey still used that made moonshine during the prohibition years, an important aspect of Wilkes County history as it played an important role in the development of NASCAR.

Copperline offers three helicopter tours: the Skyline Tour, which covers Charlotte from the air (see the Charlotte Douglas Airport, the Bank of America Tower, the Bank of America Stadium and more); the Crowder’s Mountain Tour, a short flight that covers both Crowder’s Mountain and King’s Mountain; and the Discover Flight, where adventurous passengers can actually spend time at the controls.

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Gerianne Bartlett is a high school teacher who graduated from Wake Forest University with degrees in English and Music. She is knowledgeable on all things Charlotte. You can find her work on, where she writes on cooking, books, and movies. Check out her work here.

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