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California Coastline Helicopter Tour

1. California Coastline Helicopter Tour

Glide through the melting sunset over the California Coastline, sweep over the Santa Monica Mountains, or get great views over the exclusive homes of the Pacific Palisades. This is a unique and thrilling 30-minute helicopter tour exploring the Los Angeles Coast. The California Coastline tour is available at any time during the day and is a must for anyone who loves the ocean. Take off from the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, heading south to fly over the Santa Monica Mountains and drop down into the spectacular coastal homes of Pacific Palisades. Fly low-level along the world famous beaches of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier, and Venice. On your way back to the Airport, you'll fly over the new Getty Center, with its grand architecture appearing ever more dramatic from the sky.

Malibu: Vintage VW Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

2. Malibu: Vintage VW Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

Join a private sightseeing tour of Malibu with a wine tasting bonus and discover it all in a 1972 vintage VW van with hippie vibes both inside and out. Visit Point Dume and other photo-worthy spots along the way. Start your trip by meeting with your tour guide at the Santa Monica Pier, where you'll be able to take cool photos with the van, jump in, and head towards Malibu. Drive along the picturesque coastline towards the north end of the town where the celebrity homes and secluded beaches are located. Stop at a few viewpoints where everyone will be able to take pictures with the van and Malibu landscapes. On the way, visit Point Dume with its breathtaking views of the cliffs and the ocean. After spending some time there, stop at the famous Malibu Pier to take a walk and capture these moments with your phone or camera. From here, take advantage of uninterrupted views of the Santa Monica Mountains. It is always fun to watch the many surfers riding the breaks of Surfrider Beach. The tour ends at the Rosenthal wine tasting room where you will be offered a flight of four different local wines, along with a cheese, salami, and cracker plate.

Los Angeles: Private 1-Hour Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

3. Los Angeles: Private 1-Hour Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

Your flight departs from Van Nuys Airpor and heads off along the golden coastline towards Calabasas. Next, fly south over Malibu Canyon and then along the stunning Santa Monica Mountains.  From here, admire breathtaking views across the Pacific, as well as Malibu Pier, Surfrider Beach, and Pepperdine University. Continue the flight over some of Los Angeles’ most iconic sights, including Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Downtown LA, and the Dodger Stadium. Swoop over the city and see the impressive skyline gleaming in the Californian sunshine, before finally passing by the iconic Hollywood Sign. This is LA's only 65-minute helicopter tour.

Malibu Wineries Private Group Tour

4. Malibu Wineries Private Group Tour

Take a day trip to Malibu and discover some of the great wineries that the West Coast has to offer. After meeting your expert culinary and wine guide at your hotel or location of choice, get comfortable while your private group travels in a luxury vehicle through one of the most beautiful places in the world. Start out on the Pacific Coast Highway at the award-winning Rosenthal Tasting Room. Known for their Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosenthal was one of the first producers in the area. Ignite your palate by sampling a flight of wine here before continuing north up the coastline and into the hills.  Wind through some of the most scenic and iconic canyon roads in LA County and arrive at Cielo, a private estate and vineyard perched high atop the Santa Monica Mountains and surrounded by 18 acres of grapes. Take a guided walk to a scenic overlook of the property followed by a private tasting of the estate wines, paired with a superb selection of meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables, handmade crostini, and fresh bread. Your final stop, just 15 minutes farther into the mountains, is the Cornell Tasting Room. Situated next door to the historic Old Place restaurant, Cornell offers wines from all of the local vineyards in addition to some relatively unknown Central Coast varietals. After this tasting, you will start making your return trip via one of the most beautiful sections of Mulholland Highway.

Malibu: Electric-Assisted Mountain Bike Tour

5. Malibu: Electric-Assisted Mountain Bike Tour

Meet your guide for a unique tour through the Santa Monica Mountains. Benefit from bike rental, safety gear, and a tour adjusted according to the riders' ability levels. Set out on a giant full-suspension electric assisted mountain bike and get ready to explore the Santa Monica Mountains. Enjoy the personal touch as your guide adjusts the bike to fit you perfectly, and kits you out in all the safety and riding gear you need. Head out into the trails and get ready to see some breathtaking scenery. There will be plenty of breaks and stops to take photos, including ocean views of Malibu beaches. Make use of an experience by bike which gives you the freedom to ride the trails the way you want to. Choose full power to ease your pedaling effort, or tune it less aggressively to get more of a workout.

Pacific Coast Hwy (LA <> Santa Maria): Smartphone Audio Tour

6. Pacific Coast Hwy (LA <> Santa Maria): Smartphone Audio Tour

Explore the stretch of Pacific Coast Highway between L.A. and Santa Maria on a self-guided driving tour. Start anywhere along the route and enjoy a scenic drive along the California coast. Let your audio guide transform your scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure. Pass through and learn about some of the cities and small towns nestled along the coast. See the famous Marina Del Rey, catch glimpse of the Channel Islands, and pass by the Vandenberg Space Force Base. Find out about parks, historical sites, tourist attractions, recreation areas, and more from your audioguide. Explore Tuna Canyon and Topanga State Park, Nicholas Canyon Beach, and the Chumash village of Wishtoyo. Admire Boney Peak at the Point Mugu State Park and look for the endangered California Condors in Ventura County. Check out other sights along the way, including the Getty Villa Museum, Port Hueneme, Santa Ynez Mountains and Painted Caves Historical Park, Goleta, and Nojoqui Falls.

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What people are saying about Thousand Oaks, California

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 45 reviews

From the reservation to our reception, including the flight, we cannot fail to give the highest marks The courtesy and professionalism of the pilot leave us very impressed The helicopter was perfect, very well taken care of including the air conditioning which made the flight an exceptional experience I leave a note for assistance in receiving the aerodrome.

My fear of flying is gone we had the best pilot Tom made us feel so comfortable and answered all our questions in a professional manner very knowledgeable all around great first time experience.

It was just fabulous! The pilot was so professional and great, thanks to him we had a full picture of LA, really unique experience I’ve recommend for everyone!!

Pilot was very informative and friendly, it was truly amazing to see the coast and surroundings! Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Lovely experience, friendly reception, and great informative polite pilot, I highly recommend these guys for everyone