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See Lake Tahoe’s most beautiful spot from above on a 10-minute Emerald Bay helicopter flight. Short but sweet, this aerial tour takes off from South Lake Tahoe and flies you over Emerald Bay, known for its lakeside Vikingsholm Castle and the small island that sits in the center of the bay. Every passenger has a window seat so you can enjoy the best possible views and photo ops.


  • 10-minute Lake Tahoe helicopter tour
  • Fly from South Lake Tahoe to Emerald Bay
  • Look down on Lake Tahoe's most popular natural attraction
  • See Vikingsholm Castle and Fallen Leaf Lake
  • All passengers get window seats

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What You Can Expect

Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour

Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour

Your helicopter tour starts at the airport in South Lake Tahoe, where you’ll board your Bell 206 LongRanger or Robinson R44 Raven II chopper. The maximum number of passengers per helicopter is three to five, depending on the model, plus your pilot. As you get comfortable in your leather seat, put on your provided noise-reducing headset and prepare to take off.

Peer out the window to gawk at Lake Tahoe’s alpine landscape as you fly over to Emerald Bay, one of the most photographed sights in North America. Look down on the small island that dots the bay, and catch a glimpse of Vikingsholm Castle that sits on the shore. You’ll also see Fallen Leaf Lake before returning to the airport where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

Carrie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Highly recommended!! Wonderful welcoming people and great tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our helicopter flight around Emerald Bay was amazing. The views were spectacular. It was a wonderful and hassle free experience. Our pilot, Clint, was friendly, personable and very knowledgeable. I've been recommending this flight to friends, and plan on going back to do it again at least once a year. I would rate it a 5 out of 5 stars.

Lu B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour and Clint, the pilot was amazing. Definitely thing you should do.

john d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

fantastic, wanted to ride a helicopter for years and this was the ideal tour

Linsey L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very exciting. Pilot Clint was great, informative, casual and fun. Views were breathtaking. Remember to charge your camera battery.

Kacy I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was so beautiful. Will do again. Thank You too our pilot he was amazing.

Tammy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was amazing and Clint not only funny but charming and made us feel at ease. Very professional .

Hilarion E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Me and my daughter had a great time. Very nice and friendly pilot.

Patricia V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Had a wonderful time. Everyone was great!!

Alyssa P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing! Clint was a fantastic pilot and put us at ease when the air choppy. The views were spectacular and my boyfriend proposed during our tour. I could not ask for a better tour. Absolutely perfect!

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