Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 7891 posts, RR: 27 Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1840 times:
Spotting at SFO is difficult, but not impossible.
By far the best landside location is Millbrae's Shoreline Park, off Millbrae Ave and the Old Bayshore Highway. You have a full view of arrivals on runways 28 L/R and departures on 1 L/R, 28 L/R. Domestic flights typically depart runways 1 L/R under good weather conditions, with heavies to Hawaii and international destinations off runways 28. You can also take the North Access Rd for alternate views (though there's no place to walk around like the above mentioned park) as it winds around the cargo ramp and United maintenance center on the north side of the field - it's accessible via a dedicated exit on the 101 freeway.
Airside, as is typical of most US airports, there aren't really any good spotting locations. Some decent views of the action are possible from the BART station and AirTrain system as it winds around the airport - you just aren't able to stay in one place, obviously. Good views of the west side of the A concourse at the International Terminal are available from parking garage A's upper levels. It's $1.00 for each 12 minutes.
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Planesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4106 posts, RR: 12 Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1814 times:
When i flew out to SFO this summer i stayed in the Westin hotel, and generally around that area is great during the day when the use 1R/L you can be quite close to the action. In fact i remember being on the airport bus when we went to get our car that there was a gate and there was the runway. However i'm not a great know-it-all over SFO - hey i've only been there for 3 days