Savannah Map
Site Index
Contact
Random
Our Travel Books
Advertising / Press

Savannah from the Air with Old City Helicopters

Add to Flipboard Magazine.

With its squares, mansions, oak trees and Spanish Moss, Savannah is a gorgeous city when you’re standing on the ground. But how does it look from the air? To find out, we got in touch with Old City Helicopters, who invited us out on a sunset tour. Soon enough, we were zooming along the Savannah River, looking down upon the city from above.

Helicopter Tour Savannah

It was a late afternoon when we showed up at the airfield, adjacent to the Savannah-Hilton Head Airport, and the sun was just beginning its slow descent. Our pilot, Matt, described the tour we’d be taking: over Forsyth Park, around River Street and City Market, and then out toward Tybee Island. We’d return west toward the airfield just as dusk was settling in.

The company’s bright yellow helicopter is a frequent sight in the skies above Savannah, zipping over the city like a giant, benevolent mecha-bee. It’s a Robinson R44 copter, which seats four people and can travel at speeds of 150 miles per hour, although Matt assured us that we’d be going a lot slower than that. After all, the point was to see the sights, and not to zip across the city as fast as possible.

Helicopter Tour Savannah

Savannah’s logical layout is really apparent from the air, where you can see all the squares and better appreciate the city center’s grid-like pattern. There aren’t many tall buildings in downtown Savannah; the Hilton and the Cathedral of St. John are probably the most prominent. From above, Savannah looks quaint and peaceful; and more like an overgrown village than a real city… which is also how it feels from the ground, I suppose.

Soaring over the city was fun, but we enjoyed the remainder of the trip even more, when we got away from the downtown and into less populated land. The coastal waterways of Savannah look entirely different from the air. When you’re in a car, it’s impossible to see the twisting paths which snake through the marshland or appreciate the ecosystem’s true complexity.

We flew past the Tybee Island Lighthouse and Fort Pulaski, and then made our way back to the home base. Along the way, we flew over the port, which is much bigger than I had realized, and saw the International Paper Factory. This is the source of the infamous “Savannah Stink,” but with its lights on at dusk, the factory itself is quite pretty.

Old City Helicopters are a relatively new outfit in Savannah, but have quickly become popular. They offer a number of packages, from the Sunset Tour we did, to one which reaches all the way to Hilton Head. If you’re insecure about flying, you can try out their quick Discovery Tour, which provides views of the western end of Savannah for just $39. Matt was an excellent guide, friendly and knowledgeable, and we had a blast flying with him in the speedy yellow bee.

Location on our Map
Old City Helicopters – Website

List of Savannah Hotels

Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
Helicopter Tour Savannah
, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
March 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm Comment (1)

Savannah Countdown

Add to Flipboard Magazine.
Special Sunset Savannah

With three weeks left in Savannah, we already had our flights to Buenos Aires booked and were starting to look forward to our next adventure. But there was still a lot left to do and see, here in Georgia, including going through the thousands of pictures we had taken over the past couple months. Here are some of the better shots, from the city and Tybee Island.

Framed Savannah Photos

Puddle Fun Time
Savannah Fitness
Birds on a String
Cat Beast
Shiny Tybee
Evil Santa
Tybee Storm
Tybee Souvenirs
Tybee Boats
Tybee Chinese
Savannah Internet
Savannah Insparation
Savannah Smiley Face
On the Phone Savannah
Savannah Pooch
Pink Truck
Lucas Theater Savannah
SCAD Neaons
SCAD on Ice
Savannah Snow
Savannah Sun Set Bridge
Big Boat Savannah
Haunted Houses Savannah
Savannah Art House
Chimney Sun Set
Spanish MOss Sunset
, , , , , , , , , , , , ,
January 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm Comments (4)
Savannah from the Air with Old City Helicopters With its squares, mansions, oak trees and Spanish Moss, Savannah is a gorgeous city when you're standing on the ground. But how does it look from the air? To find out, we got in touch with Old City Helicopters, who invited us out on a sunset tour. Soon enough, we were zooming along the Savannah River, looking down upon the city from above.
For 91 Days