SevenHeavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1184 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6103 times:
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.
Jeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 968 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6041 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.
Citation501SP From United States of America, joined May 2000, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6029 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.
Skywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5968 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!)
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13765 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5963 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.
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5957 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.