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Juneau, Alaska, helicopter tours offer views of Mendenhall Glacier.
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Sometimes to experience all a city has to offer, you have to soar above it — in a helicopter. Besides New York, Chicago and myriad other thriving metropolises, here are a handful of other cities best viewed from above.

Juneau, Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier — home to ice spires, melt?water pools and deep-blue crevasses — is stunning from a bird’s-eye vantage point.
From $269 per person
(877) 789-9501
www.temscoair.com
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Arizona’s Grand Canyon
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Grand Canyon, Ariz.
Whichever tour you take, you’ll discover history and scenery that are accessible only by air. Majestic — in every sense.
From $150 per person
(888) 635-7272
www.papillon.com

Rio de Janeiro
A 360-degree aerial view of the Christ the Redeemer statue will take your breath away, as will the views of Ipanema, the Copacabana and Sugarloaf Mountain.
$135 per person
011-55-21-2511-2141
www.helisight.com.br

Monaco, France
You’ll see the famous cliff-perched villages, seaside chateaus and gardens, and the mountains. “Dreamy and cinematic” would be an understatement.
$295 per person
011-377-92-05-0050
www.heliairmonaco.com 

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The coastline of Monaco
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Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Only from the air can you see the palette of blues in the water, the reefs and sea life below — and the secluded coral cays. Also included is a journey into the lush rain forest.
From $150 per person
011-61-7-4081-8888,
www.gbrhelicopters.com.au