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Best Scenery In The USA From The Air...  
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19198 posts, RR: 52
Posted (9 years 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4939 times:

Which parts of the USA are best, scenery-wise, from the air? This applies specifically to winter. I hope that you won't merely reply with something like 'It'll be snow, so you won't see much.'  Silly


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User currently offlineHNL From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 333 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4928 times:

The northwest United States on a clear day (A RARE event in the winter though).

A flight on Pacific Wings from HNL to OGG. They fly props low and hug the coast lines. Awesome flying.



HNL - There's no place like it!
User currently offlineSevenHeavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1156 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4883 times:

Hi,

IMHO the best areas are in the western USA. I have flown over most of the USA and much of the midwest and east is pretty mundane. The west however has such fantastic contrasts it would be difficult to pick out just one. The obvious choice is the grand canyon which I found to be more awe-inspiring from the air than it was on the ground. The southern Sierra Nevads's (Mammoth, kings canyon) are stunning in any season, The rockies, Bryce canyon in Utah, and the vast desert areas of southern California are all stunning to view from the air. For me its the sheer diversity that makes the west so appealing.

I would also agree wholeheartedly with HNL's earlier post - anywhere over Hawaii is generally superb.

Regards,

SevenHeavy



So long 701, it was nice knowing you.
User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4879 times:

Seconding what HNL said - SEA to PDX on QX (on either a -200 or -400), left hand side. If it's clear you'll get an awesome view of Ranier as you climb out, then St. Helens then Hood.

Anything that takes you over the Grand Canyon, Lake Mead & Lake Powell or Southern Utah. The Rockies are awesome as well, but you won't see as much detail in the winter, for obvious reasons.

The Pacific coast is always great.

And of course Hawaii, but I'd take a helicopter tour vs. a commercial flight.

Duane



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User currently offlineBSU747 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4868 times:

I love flying over the Blue Ridge mountains when flying in/out IAD flying to/from the west, beautiful shaped ridges.
BSU747



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User currently offlineJetter2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4865 times:

The Grand Canyon is AMAZING. I remember flying over it back when I rode the -10 from DFW-HNL nonstop. Man that is neat looking scenery.

User currently offlineJuventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4838 times:

That is an easy question. San Francisco.....

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19198 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4831 times:

Thanks.  Smile

So, of WN's routes, which do you think would offer the best opportunities?



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User currently offlineSevenHeavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1156 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4829 times:

A few that spring to mind:

OAK-LAS(Sierra Nevada's)
LAS-LAX (high desert, red rock canyon)
LAX-PHX (Low desert, palm springs area, soetimes big bear and joshua tree natl park)
PHX-SLC(Lake mead, sedona)
LAS-SLC(bryce, zion natl parks)
RNO-LAX(Sierra Nevada's)

Obviously this will be dependant on the actual route flown on a given day, but it is a good guide

Regards,

SevenHeavy



So long 701, it was nice knowing you.
User currently offlineJeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 963 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4821 times:

Coming into SDF on a WN 737 from BWI at night. Sitting in seat 17 on the right side of the plane as we begin our approach to Runway 17L. We hung a left over the Ohio river, and when we leveled out I got an absolutely breathtaking view of downtown Louisville. Very beautifully lit approach at night.You see all of the bridges, The "Belle of Louisville" steamboat, the riverfront, both Cardinal Stadium and Papa John Stadium, historic Old Louisville, Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, and at the last moment, a very low pass over I-264 before crossing the threshold.


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User currently offlineCitation501SP From United States of America, joined May 2000, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4809 times:

I agree on the Northwest. If the weather is right. there is nothing like it in the US. Flying into SEA from the east sometimes you can see all the way down to Mt. Shasta. Passing over the Rockies and the Cascades, helps you keep track of where you are.

I will say around the northeast gets interesting in the Winter. Snow can come and go around the Great lakes almost in an instant. Having lived and flown around Ny and New England most of my life the hills and forests of the northeast offer some great views from an airplane year round.


501sp



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4802 times:

Flying over Mt. McKinley . . .

Flying over the Grand Canyon . . .

Flying over the Rocky Mountains . . .

Flying over Volcano National Park on Hawaii . . .


User currently offlineDsa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4783 times:

Grand Canyon is a definite must, all the orange and orange and rocks and rocks it is really cool!!!

User currently offlineAirbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (9 years 20 hours ago) and read 4758 times:

The Rockies on a clear winter day are spectacular! Also, in Arizona, the Grand Canyon and Sedona are beautiful to fly over. I think the most boring place to fly are the plains.

User currently offlineSkywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (9 years 17 hours ago) and read 4748 times:

I was riding DL on a 737-800 last night. I noticed that the Georgian countryside is GORGEOUS! WOW! Green fields, pines, and ponds everywhere. I am positive it is far from the best in-fight scenery, but it was really pretty. It was a great flight, and I will be posting a trip report sometime soon!(I got to have my picture taken in the captain's chair of an MD-88!)

---Skywatch



------Forever Watchin' The Sky------
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13040 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (9 years 16 hours ago) and read 4743 times:

The view on a flight from the east and approaching SEA from the north, with the great mountains of the Cascades to the south.
Near sunset or just after sunset on a clear night on the DCA-LGA shuttle on the 'river route' approach and the views of NYC skyline just to the right of you, the lights of Yankee Stadium on for a night game.
Taking off from DCA at night and the view of lit up buildings of DC.


User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (9 years 15 hours ago) and read 4737 times:

LHR-LAX/SFO can be great over the snowy north Canadian provinces, also Montana (Rockies) etc as long as it's clear! (that would fit in with your 744 desire!)

We had a fantastic view of the Hoover Dam, flying from LAS to IAH. Considering we spent 3 hours the previous night visiting it and not seeing a great deal, flying over it the next day showed just how impressive it was! We then flew over that huge crack in the ground they call the Grand Canyon but it was cloudy by then.

Geoff M.


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