ILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1260 times:
SJC-RNO: The approach into RNO is quite nice as you get to see a nice bit of the Sierras. The flight over the central valley is pretty bland though.
RNO-BOI is incredibly bland over the salt flats/deserts of northeastern nevada, although you may see some mountains if you are on the left side.
BOI-GEG won't be anything spectacular either. Eastern Washington and Oregon are pretty much semi-high plains.
N200WN From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 784 posts, RR: 7 Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1206 times:
The three most scenic routes that I've taken are the following: All offer awesome views.
Bay Area (SFO/OAK/SJC) to LAS - you'll cross over the bay and coastal hills, the Central Valley, then the high Sierra's and the highest point in the lower 48, Mt Whitney, then a quick drop off to the lowest point in the US as you pass over Death Valley and some beautiful desert country. The alluvial fans on the desert floor are something to see. Then a great view of the city and the airport as you approach LAS. The best views are on the left side of the A/C. For me this has consistantly been my number one scenic route.
Bay Area to PDX/SEA - Sit on the right side heading north for great views of the volcanic Cascade Range.
SAN to the Bay Area - Sit on the right side heading north for a beautiful tour of the California Coast.
Silver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4655 posts, RR: 27 Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1184 times:
Quoting N200WN (Reply 4): Then a great view of the city and the airport as you approach LAS. The best views are on the left side of the A/C. For me this has consistantly been my number one scenic route.
The gambling in Las Vegas always starts, for me, with the plane ride (WN) as I have to bet on which approach we will be doing when deciding which side of the aircraft to sit. I have done many different approaches, the most spectacular being the visual for 19L/R. Based on my experience, Bay Area flights tend not to do the dominant 25L approach. If you sit on the right side for a 19L/R approach, you will have a nice view of the strip as you basically turn and pivot around the Stratosphere at an altitude just higher than the stratosphere itself. But, if you sit on the right and they decide to do the 25L approach, you will not see much of anything at all. Like I said, it's a gamble.
Personally, my favorite scenic flights are SJC-SAN (I'm sure OAK as well). Sit on the left side and you can see LA and surrounding areas from 3x,000 feet. They usually start the descent around the LAX region. As you continue to descend, all of Southern California is visible to the left. After you turn final for SAN, you can see downtown, the Coronado bridge, and the harbor.
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.