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Twin Cities (Portland & Vancouver) Helicopter Tour


Oregon Helicopters Twin Cities (Portland & Vancouver) helicopter tour is shows you what Portland and the NW do best – rivers, wildlife, vibrant city centers, mountain ranges, and even an international airport thrown in for good measure. Take off from a rooftop in the heart of downtown Portland and see the skyscrapers eye to eye. Fly up the Willamette River to Sauvie Island with its rich farmland and large natural preserve and wetlands. Cross the Columbia River, the region’s mightiest waterway and glide over historic downtown Vancouver, Washington. Fly over PDX, Portland International Airport on a loop southward back to Portland. A little bit of everything and a lot of big memories is what is in store for you on this unique aerial tour.

Twin Cities (Portland & Vancouver) Helicopter Tour
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Take in two downtown centers, Portland and Vancouver, as well as rivers, wetlands, and islands with the best seat in the house on this 35 mile round trip helicopter tour.

Depart Portland’s downtown helipad and fly up and over Portland’s famed bridges. Head north along the Willamette River towards its confluence with the Columbia River. You’ll know you’re at the confluence when you see Sauvie’s Island ahead. This island is famed in the region for its large natural wildlife preserve where thousands of migratory birds pause on their journey.

Turn east now and cruise over the Columbia River where you might see a large cargo ship heading towards Portland. On the other side of the Columbia is Washington state. Fly over the wetlands along the river and across Lake Vancouver. Just east of Lake Vancouver you’ll see downtown Vancouver. Cruise over Vancouver and look below for Fort Vancouver (the historic base of the Hudson Bay Company in the Pacific Northwest). On clear days you will have views of up to 6 volcanic peaks of the Cascade Mountains.

Continue eastward up the Columbia River to Government Island. There you will turn south back and just as you cross the Columbia again you’ll be right over the top of Portland International Airport. Watch the jets taxi for departure and maybe even land as you sail towards Portland. Traverse Portland’s east side and come back into the Willamette River basin. Sweep around Downtown Portland for a final shot of the skyscrapers and city scene before landing back on the rooftop heliport. On completion of your journey you will have a wonderful appreciation of the topography and beauty of two of the Northwest’s most famous rivers and most famous cities. 

Additional information

Tour duration

This 35 mile tour last approximately 30 minutes

Hours of tour operation

Available 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset.


Click the "Book Now" button on this page to reserve a tour date and time via our online booking system or call 503.987.0060 to book by phone.

Start/End point

Tour begins and ends in downtown Portland at the heliport. Address is 33 NW Davis St. Portland OR 97209