Fiveholer From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1013 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2166 times:
The closest is the Westin. There are several along Bayshore. The Hyatt has nice views from the upper floors but not for spotting. I wouldn't say anyone of them are good for spotting, too far away and too much heat haze. Here was the view from our room on the 8th floor I think, I don't remember. Looking towards the San Meteo Bridge and Coyote Point.
Halcyon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2127 times:
For a cheap, if strange, hotel for spotting, you could go to the Clarion, and ask for the room 2145 (I think). It has some OK views, nothing too good, but it's cheap, not too bad, the beds are comfy, and you're close to the threshold!
Here's a zoomed out view of the sights. It's OK. (I know these pics are crap, I was just taking "snaps.")
My gf and I went there in May and it was nice. The place was quiet, if designed like the Pentagon, has a nice little outdoor area, and we got the pools all to ourselves for 2 hours past the "pool closing time." (That's important if you're on a romantic trip! All alone in hot tubs and whatnot. It was the primary reason we chose it over other, better hotels.)
Parking is $10, but you can get a room for $89. Rooms are comfy, the beds were the best I'd ever slept on in a hotel (much better than the Hilton in Sac.!), and it's a great place to be alone. The hotel was the most surreal experience I ever had, and I'd never trade my time there for any other.
On the downside, T1 is an extra $10. We got distracted and forgot about the lappy anyway.
Last note-food spots are right down the little road, and range from Sizzler to more expensive food, including a nice little bayside shop. (Forget the name.) There is "The Market," with wine over the bridge, and it has an N in Out buger by it.
Hope this helps! (Also, walk all along Bayside park for some good spotting, bring a big lens, and talk to the people. I've met the nicest DL pilots there. (Every time I've gone!)
CaptainStorck From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2091 times:
Thank you both very much, I had an excellent time out on the bay watching planes come in, including a China Airlines B744 which I was tracking from BNA of all places (anyone know why that may have been?)
Paulinbna From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1114 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2054 times:
Quoting CaptainStorck (Reply 4): Thank you both very much, I had an excellent time out on the bay watching planes come in, including a China Airlines B744 which I was tracking from BNA of all places (anyone know why that may have been?)
This a daily occurrence here (except Tuesday) has been for about 4 or 5 years. It comes in full every time.
Canon 50D user; 100-400 MM L IS 10-22 MM, 60MM Macro
DB777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 885 posts, RR: 42
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2047 times:
Rumor has it that chewing tobacco from China is a lot cheaper and in such demand in Nashville that they fill 747 freighters with it almost daily. We know that there are no shoes on the shipments because half the guys in Nashville don't wear any.
Just kidding, of course. Most people know that the flights exist to keep Dell's assembly plant at BNA supplied with "just in time" shipments of computer parts and accessories.
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