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User currently offlineRsrik From India, joined Oct 2008, 173 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4689 times:

I used to fly SEA - SJC a lot, and I simply loved the route. I used to get a window seat all the time, and upon taking off from SEA, there would be one attraction or the other every little while. If I sat on the left side, I would see Mt. Rainier, followed by Mt. St. Helens, Shasta, Crater lake... then all the pretty mountains & lakes north of San Francisco... followed by the direct flight path over SFO, with many planes flying all around in various altitudes... the glittering bay area in view while flying on top of the Steven's Creek mountains.... All within 1.40+ minutes of flying. There used to be genuine excitement in flying this route.
What other routes in the world have so many attractions to offer? I would imagine at least a few great rides.
Please share!
Sri

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User currently offlineHOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4674 times:

Honestly, I love CMH to ORD, because flying into Chicago is awesome. You come in over Lake Michigan and fly past the Hancock, Sears Tower and the Navy Pier. It is just the most amazing thing to see that huge city below you from such a low altitude. I have many great pics of the river and skyscrapers. And to explore the city on foot is a joy as well.


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15812 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4610 times:



Quoting Rsrik (Thread starter):
I used to fly SEA - SJC a lot, and I simply loved the route. I used to get a window seat all the time, and upon taking off from SEA, there would be one attraction or the other every little while. If I sat on the left side, I would see Mt. Rainier, followed by Mt. St. Helens, Shasta, Crater lake... then all the pretty mountains & lakes north of San Francisco... followed by the direct flight path over SFO,

Last summer I flew SLC-SEA-SFO-LAX. We flew north over the Great Salt Lake and all of those mountains. The best part of that was landing on the 16s and seeing BFI and the museum of flight from the air. Flying down the Pacific coast is always nice, especially if it ends with a parallel approach into SFO (my flight didn't, I'll have to go back) The approach to LA is nice to, coming in over Malibu and downtown. Leaving LA it's nice to go out over the Pacific and turn around so you can see almost the entire city.



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User currently offlineEgmcman From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 898 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4607 times:

I fly STN - AGP to see my parents four times a year. I like looking out of the window at the views of the Channel Islands snow caped mountains and the sea. The approach over the sea into AGP is quiet interesting the A319 turns several times and the views of coast change in day light.

User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1085 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4598 times:



Quoting Rsrik (Thread starter):
I used to fly SEA - SJC a lot, and I simply loved the route. I used to get a window seat all the time, and upon taking off from SEA, there would be one attraction or the other every little while. If I sat on the left side, I would see Mt. Rainier, followed by Mt. St. Helens, Shasta, Crater lake... then all the pretty mountains & lakes north of San Francisco... followed by the direct flight path over SFO, with many planes flying all around in various altitudes... the glittering bay area in view while flying on top of the Steven's Creek mountains.... All within 1.40+ minutes of flying. There used to be genuine excitement in flying this route.

I flew SMF - SEA a few times last year, so I got pretty much the same scenery in reverse. I never get tired of seeing Crater Lake and Mt. St. Helens! Then depending on which runway you're landing on you might fly past the Space Needle and downtown Seattle before making a 180 degree turn back towards the airport.

Maybe it was just a coincidence with the crews I had, but it seemed to me like AS crews like pointing out the sights along the way. Of course it could just be the fact that there's so much to point out, but I got the feeling the they're proud to be based in a part of the country with so much natural beauty.


User currently offlineRsrik From India, joined Oct 2008, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4598 times:



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 2):
and seeing BFI and the museum of flight from the air.

Oh, that's right. I forgot about that.
Another 'attraction' I forgot is the flight path over Portland with a nice view of the city.
Wow. what a treat that route that is!


User currently offlineAirCatalonia From Spain, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 568 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4585 times:

GRO-BGY is a pretty cool route in clear weather. These are some pics I took on my flight to Milan:

Cannes:
http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/3273/cannes.jpg

Guess:
http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/2882/guess.jpg

Monaco:
http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/4125/monacok.jpg

Maritime Alps:


Descending towards Italy:
http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/2951/italy.jpg

The final approach to BGY is also quite scenic. All in all a nice route to fly.

[Edited 2009-02-26 13:49:50]

User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4533 times:

Denver or any eastern rockies route to the west coast is quite nice, especially during sunset. Though, it can be a little bumpy!

One of the most stunning routes i've ever flown was ZRH-FCO, the Alps, I think maybe because they are older than the rockies, have a much more rugged route.

UAL


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25871 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4530 times:

GVA-ZRH, although only 40 minutes, is also very scenic on a clear day, with the Alps a few miles to the south, and flights rarely get much higher than 15,000 ft.

As someone else mentioned, any of the many routes that cross the Alps are also very impressive when skies are clear.

Crossing the Rockies in Canada or the U.S., or any other mountainous regions of the world, are similar. Another scenic route when the weather cooperates is between SEA or YVR and Alaska, with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Coast Range mountains of British Columbia and Alaska on the other side. Flying across the Andes in South America, which are generally quite a bit higher than the Rockies, is another scenic route.

Transatlantic flights that cross Greenland (mainly nonstops to/from the west coast where you are usually further north) are also impressive when the weather is clear, especially in the summer when you can see many icebergs along the Greenland coast.


User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23224 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4524 times:



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 8):
Flying across the Andes in South America, which are generally quite a bit higher than the Rockies, is another scenic route.

Flying along the Andes (pretty much any Chilean domestic flight) is pretty cool, too.



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User currently offlineCitation501SP From United States of America, joined May 2000, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4520 times:

For Human made scenery I enjoy going flying in and about NYC The highways, Bridges, Airports, Buildings. I've never had a flight in or out of New York where passengers haven't been pointing out the Empire State Building, Statue Of Liberty, Or in so cases their neighborhood.

Natural Scenery, the Western US. generally from the Rockies to the Pacific Ocean. Loaded with interesting landscapes, and reference points.

Quoting Yflyer (Reply 4):
Maybe it was just a coincidence with the crews I had, but it seemed to me like AS crews like pointing out the sights along the way.

That has been my experience with AS crews especially north and south along the West coast of North America. The only times I recall not getting the guided tours were the night flights.


501sp



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User currently offlineLDIkaros From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4516 times:

EZE to SCL on a clear day! I flew that route on LAN Equador and the plane flew quite low. I saw individual structures and roads on the mountain tops. Unbelievable scenery!

Flying into HNL, coming in from the West, also offers great views. On one of my SFO-HNL flights we crossed the mountains between Kailua and HNL - beautiful clouds - and then passed Diamond Head and Waikiki. Very nice indeed.

Other scenic routes can be found in the US Southwest, with its canyons and deserts. I always love flying into LAS Big grin


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4419 times:



Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 9):
Flying along the Andes (pretty much any Chilean domestic flight) is pretty cool, too.

Flew MIA-SCL back in 2002 and the sunrise behind the Andes was fantastic!

UAL


User currently offlineRsrik From India, joined Oct 2008, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4413 times:



Quoting LDIkaros (Reply 11):
Flying into HNL, coming in from the West, also offers great views. On one of my SFO-HNL flights we crossed the mountains between Kailua and HNL - beautiful clouds - and then passed Diamond Head and Waikiki. Very nice indeed

I've been to HNL half a dozen times, and almost always, the landing pattern was exactly as you described above. On one occasion, we came around from the other side of the island. I found it quite interesting and took a video. Here it is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVXECXq0Xk4

Thanks


User currently offlineJetterrosie From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2008, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 9 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4357 times:

Oh I have so many!...

LAX/El Paso (sorry forgot the IATA for El Paso). Check out the Arizona desert for a large part of the flight including an amazing meteor crater and just when you are descending into El Paso you can see White Sands, NM in all her glory. I have some awewome photos from there.

Also for not scenary but the most chilled out and most likely to sleep flight every...AKL/SCL - so quiet, so calm, very few bumps. Had the best nights sleep ever on that flight.

Back to scenary - NSN/CHC - love the end of the Southern Alps - native forest punctuated with white mountain caps. So beautiful.

Then, believe it or not, LHR/LAX - if you wake up every couple of hours and take a peak you get to see Greenland and hopefully several icebergs (take binocs or a camera with a zoom), then you will see the Rockies and Nevada - any time of year they look great.

And, another wierd one, but I love flyiing from Europe back to the UK over the Channel - on a clear day the boats in the Channel look like aircraft with jetstreams. If you are careful and if there is enough air traffic, you can take amazing pics where the boats and planes look interchangable.

Most amazing - JNB/LHR overnight. I woke up due to turbulence and ended up looking down through the door window by the galley. All I could see were fires in the desert lit by whoever was living there. Amazing.

Finally...ANY night flight where there is little light polution. Man the stars look bright!

Thats what I love about this post - so many people fly along and don't properly look out the window!


User currently offlineAcabgd From Serbia, joined Jul 2005, 666 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4346 times:

The best scenic flight I had was the early bird back in the old days with TEA on the ZRH-JMK-JTR route.

We landed at Mykonos at around 9am and then flew the short hop to Santorini at a low altitude, passing over what seemed like a thousand Greek islands. It was really wonderful.

Another one that was really nice was a sports charter BEG-ZAD, also in the early morning. We flew from BEG to SPU, then started descending up the Dalmatian coast, with fantastic views of this stunning scenery, especially flying over the Kornati islands.

Some above mentioned NYC - I must say when I first flew to JFK I was completely stunned as well.



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