Your bucket list just got a little bigger. Seeing the California Coast from hundreds of feet above land in a helicopter is an insane adrenaline rush of raw emotions and pure poetry that you just have to do before you literally kick the bucket.

Specialized Helicopters is a boutique aviation agency in Santa Cruz/Monterey that specializes in adventure flights and helicopter tours around the California coastline. Climb into an egg sized chopper (well, it feels that small) and feel the world at your fingertips. You’ve never seen Highway 1 quite like this. Wild. Free. Wide open spaces and untamed beauty. It’s intoxicating, adrenaline pumping, and only slightly terrifying. Buzz a mountaintop, flirt with the ocean’s edge and see the world from a bird’s eye view. Spend an afternoon with breathtaking views and heart wrenching scenery.

Specialized is based out of the small Watsonville California airport where they offer scenic tours, aerobatic airplane rides, beach tours or custom private tours anywhere from Monterey to Big Sur. A comfortable helicopter begins to feel like your own sofa after a few minutes, and your own version of the Discovery Channel appears before your eyes.

Have you ever been south of Monterey
Barrancas carve the coast line and the chaparral flows to the sea
‘Neath waves of golden sunshine
Have you ever been north of Morro Bay
The south coast plows the sea

A tremor at the height of the helicopter and quiver of excitement runs through your veins and the entire experience begins to feel surreal. Exceptional customer service and a charmingly confident pilot (we snagged Ryan for our ride around Carmel Valley and Big Sur) ease any of your fear and the entire ride feels like a Cadillac cruise from mid-air.

Grab a friend, surprise your fiancée, impress a big client, or just take a journey for one to get closer to nature. See the splendor of the California coast without the traffic, without the crowd, and without any of the hassle. It’s a hell of a ride.