7 wonders you need to see from above

Plenty of majestic destinations should be seen up close and personal. But if you’re looking for the most Instagram-worthy angle for your photos, become your own drone and see these hot spots from up above. Find out which modes of flight will give you the best view.

Grand Canyon

No list of grandeur is complete without the American West’s grandest canyon. Sure, there are plenty of ways to experience this magnificent site—from whitewater rafting to hiking—but try a helicopter tour for the most Instagram-worthy photos. But if you absolutely must get a closer look, helicopter tours include a few landing spots. It’s the only way to get the best of both worlds. 

Niagara Falls

To appreciate the wonder of this romantic spot, we recommend you see the falls from both the American and the Canadian sides. Hop on board a helicopter and in just a few minutes you can whiz around for the full effect. Not to mention, this ride will give you the chance to hover over the falls and bask in its beauty.

Machu Picchu

This ancient Inca city is located in a dramatic and well-hidden spot, nestled in the mountains of Peru. It wasn’t discovered until 1911, and there’s still no answer as to what the site was. The site is protected, so your options to stay nearby are limited. Getting there is quite the hassle with multiple modes of transport involved. No worries—stay in Cusco and book a flight tour, which can also include flyovers of other archaeological sites.

Great Wall of China

The Great Wall actually isn’t viewable from space. (That claim has been debunked.) But the best view of this winding ancient wonder—stretching more than 13,000 miles over mountains, deserts, and forests—is by helicopter. Not only will you avoid the crowds and save yourself from challenging hikes, you’ll have the opportunity to view some of the lesser preserved sections of the wall.

Taj Mahal

India’s most famous building is a mausoleum for Mumtaz Mahal, an empress of the Mughal Empire. Aside from the mausoleum, the site includes a fort, gardens, and temples. Avoid the crowds and see it all with your own personal helicopter tour. You’ll be treated like royalty with a chauffeured ride to the airport, a traditional Indian welcome with garlands, and in-flight refreshments.

Great Barrier Reef

This coral formation is home to some amazing marine life, tempting you to scuba dive for a personal audience with colorful fish. While Wonder Woman can defend herself from danger, your best bet at avoiding deadly hazards like jellyfish and sharks is to see the reef from the sky. Luckily, you have plenty of options like helicopters, hot air balloons, and seaplanes. Try the seaplane for an adventurous take off and landing directly on the water.


Visiting this region of Turkey is like setting foot onto the set of a sci-fi movie. You’ll find underground cities, cave houses, and strange natural rock formations. One of the biggest attractions is getting an aerial view of the surreal landscape from a hot air balloon. Floating above this otherworldly landscape is the only way to get a truly surreal experience.


The Sossusvlei region of Namibia features vividly colorful sand dunes. Many of these dunes rise up over 650 feet, but you can soar above them when you take a scenic flight over the desert in a small jet or hot air balloon. For a gentle and relaxing ride, choose the hot air balloon. If you’re more concerned with covering a lot of ground, you’ll see far more of the desert in the jet. 

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