kl692 From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 676 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 7374 times:
Hello, I was wondering which US city that is close to Toronto (CYYZ) that I can visit for spotting. I wanna spot somewhere that is not too far as I will be driving there, I don't think I can go and come back the same day so I am willing to spend a day or two there. I am planing this for my birthday which is next month. I would like to go to airport that sees a lots of heavies.
PHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7752 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7339 times:
Toronto's in a very strange position when it comes to access to the Americas. First closest city which comes to my mind is Detroit but that's a ways away, or Buffalo, NY, but they don't have much in the way of variety.
YYZ-DTW by car is about 4 hours.
YYZ- Buffalo airport is about 2hrs15min. (both according to Mapquest)
Last time I was spotting at DTW (about 5 years ago), I was told by a police officer to bugger off and find something else to do. I guess he didn't like the idea of a guy standing alone, parked on the road beside the airport taking pictures. I explained to him, it's my hobby, but he said he doesn't want me there....
... so I just left. Well, just be careful. DTW is an interesting place to spot. I certainly like it, though you don't get the variety you get in YYZ. I would say fly to New York City. You have JFK and EWR.
ORD is also an awesome place to spot... a short flight away from YYZ
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KL692 From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 676 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7147 times:
Quoting vio (Reply 5): I would say fly to New York City. You have JFK and EWR.
I am thinking about killing 3 birds with one stone here.
JFK, EWR and LGA, all within driving distance of each other. as it stands right now. Flight and hotel will cost me $450 but it will be in October as that is when I can take my vacation. Flying in and out the next day. Is there best days to be there. cause I was thinking about spending a weekend there.
planespot From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7018 times:
Just a warning - EWR is NOT spotter friendly. It's not impossible, but if you're out in plain view, don't count on lasting very long. The last time I was booted, an Elizabeth PD officer said "you're not taking pictures of airplanes in my town" and immediately yelled at me to leave before I had the chance to say anything. This was from a public area, which was somewhat out of sight.