One of the most unique ways to truly appreciate both the grand old city of New Orleans and the natural beauty of the Mississippi River Delta as it fans out into the Gulf of Mexico is from the air. That is because the expanse of wetlands and the urban sprawl, while comely in their own rights, take on an entirely new aspect when seen in their entirety.
There are a select number of good sightseeing tours from the air. Both plane and helicopter tours are available and the prices are actually surprisingly reasonable. Some even throw in a few extra surprises to make your trip even more memorable. Here are the best three.
FROM: $130/per person
When a majestic aerial view of the world is not romantic enough, the inclusion of either wine and cheese, or champagne and chocolates on this tour should knock things up a notch. The 45 minute tour passes over the meandering bayous, the iconic French Quarter and the exalted Mercedes Benz Super Dome. Another great aspect of this tour is that it is customised to suit your preferences, that way if you’d prefer more time over the bayous, it can be arranged and delivered as you sip on your champagne.
From $175/ per person
The Super Dome has its very own helipad. This is a great option for those without a car as it’s easily accessible from the French Quarter. Clamber aboard the chopper and lift off, over the football field, then follow the meandering Mississippi River. See how the city is moulded around the river, lending it the iconic Crescent City nickname, before the urban area is superseded by wetlands. Flights take place during the morning and afternoon.
From $115/ per person
This sightseeing flight poses excellent value. Flights last between 30 minutes and an hour, depending on your preference, although most previous customers recommend at least a 45 minute experience. Commentary is provided as you sail over the major sights of the city, before leaving it behind for the majestic bayous of the Mississippi River Delta. The guides are informative and help to enhance the view with relevant information before returning you back to your starting point.