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Which Side To Sit On When Landing At LAS?  
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17064 posts, RR: 10
Posted (3 years 3 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6111 times:

Which side should I sit on to get a good view of The Strip when landing at LAS coming from LAX in July?


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User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2821 posts, RR: 45
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6094 times:

What runways will LAS be using when you arrive?

My point is that it's like shooting craps. You just don't know in advance.

Don't lose all your money, and good luck.


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6085 times:

With prevailing winds from the west, runway 25L likley is used for arrivals for flights arriving from southern origins. If this is the case, it hardly matter where you sit: LV Blvd will be too far away to enjoy in detail. If you want to take in LV's scenery in general, get a window seat on starboard side.

Best views usually canbe get if arricing to LV from places northwest like the Bay Area or RNO.
Form starboard side you will see The Stratesophere (Tower).
-HT



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User currently offlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 934 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6006 times:

I'll bet you land on 25L . (Get used to the idea of betting.) If approaching from the north or west you will get a nice view of the strip from the left side while on the downwind leg. From the east or south the left side will have no view of the strip but you may have a nice view of Hoover Dam.

For any flight, the right side usually has a fairly good view of the strip skyline, but you will not see down the street. For the best view of all go up to the top of the Stratosphere tower. It's worth the money. Then try the Big Shot ride at the top. This is as high as you will get in Las Vegas without wings, and higher than short final. Try to open your eyes at the top.


User currently offlinegoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5999 times:

I saw the grand canyon via the air and bus in '06. I'd recommend doing that if you want just good aerial views of the area. However, the strip is actually pretty good if you're landing from the north. That's what happened to me. if things don't go the way you plan you can always buy a picture of the strip at any local gift shop there. A picture is worth a thousand words.


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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17064 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5958 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 2):
With prevailing winds from the west, runway 25L likley is used for arrivals for flights arriving from southern orig
Quoting aklrno (Reply 3):
I'll bet you land on 25L



Thanks guys!

Quoting goblin211 (Reply 5):



Thank you for the ideas guys. I am really looking forward to Las Vegas  

[Edited 2011-05-28 11:12:53 by srbmod]


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User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2821 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5920 times:

Like I said before, you never know. Last three times I have been there it's been 19R and the two times before that it was 1L, all within the last month or so. Pick your poison.

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17064 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days ago) and read 5891 times:

Quoting PGNCS (Reply 6):
Like I said before, you never know. Last three times I have been there it's been 19R and the two times before that it was 1L, all within the last month or so. Pick your poison.

I know that it can be any of the runways. The other guys gave me at least a general idea.



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User currently offlinevegasplanes From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 778 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5786 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 7):
I know that it can be any of the runways. The other guys gave me at least a general idea.

I'd recommend sitting on the Starboard side (right facing forward) as you will see the Strip on approach to 25L from a distance, or, if lucky enough to land on the 19's you'll be eye-level with the buildings on the Strip the last ~ 3 miles until landing. Kind of like landing in San Diego on 27.

If landing the 1's, really nothing you can do as the only good view of the Strip will be from the cockpit. Taking off on the 1's with a west-bound departure is fun, sit on the Port side for a great circular view of the Strip from take-off. Landing on the 7's, usually during monsoon season in the summer, sit on the Port side as the Strip will be directly out your window prior to landing.


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