Skyline of Santa Barbara from Top of the County Courthouse

When it comes to touring Santa Barbara, nothing beats the extreme and awe-inspiring beauty of a helicopter view, complete with wine or champagne! Whether you are looking for a quick and memorable experience or a leisurely ride in the sky, the top companies in SB have something for you. Here is our guide for the best options:

Santa Barbara City Tour

This 15-minute city tour will give you a quick overlook of all of Santa Barbara’s best attractions, including the the Mission, the Harbor, Hope Ranch and the Wharf. Although brief, this option is great for those who have never ridden in a helicopter and want to be briefly blown away. At just $90 per person, the gorgeous views and incredible photos will be well worth the cost.

Nanco Helicopters. 805 705 4429. 1601 Cook Place.

Santa Barbara Coastal Tour

The 30-minute Santa Barbara Coastal Tour offers incredible views of Goleta and Santa Barbara beaches, plus the opportunity to do some aerial dolphin and whale-watching during the flight. While the focus will be on the coastline, your pilot will also take you towards the mountains for a full panoramic view of the city. Additionally, you can request special sights once onboard.

Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours. 805 845 4500. 515 Marxmiller Place.

Channel Islands Tour  

For ocean-lovers, the 45-minute Channel Island tour is a must-do while in Santa Barbara. Not only will you be able to see all kinds of marine life from the sky, you will have the opportunity to view the stunning Santa Cruz island, Painted Cave, and Prisoners Harbor. While this is one of the more expensive tours, the views will not disappoint.

Nanco Helicopters. 805 705 4429. 1601 Cook Place.

Neverland Ranch Tour

What could be better than in-flight wine over the famous Santa Ynez wine country and Michael Jackson’s former estate, Neverland Ranch? On this all-inclusive tour, guests will get a quick ride over Downtown SB before heading to the valley. The ride is 45 minutes and guests are welcome to bring your own bottle of wine aboard!

Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours. 805 845 4500. 515 Marxmiller Place.

Winery Landing and Tasting  

For an entire hour, ride one of the Nanco Helicopter wine tours and experience a tasting like never before. After a tour of Campus Point and Goleta’s rugged coastline, you will head to Gainey winery in Santa Ynez for a special landing to try some of California’s best wine. After, guests will fly over Lake Cachuma before heading back to Downtown SB.

Nanco Helicopters. 805 705 4429. 1601 Cook Place.