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SEA-PDX: Which Side For Best Views?  
User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3113 times:

Will be flying a couple of segments from SEA-PDX in the coming months and was wondering which side of the aircraft gives the best views of the wonderful scenery in this part of the world?

Many thanks  Smile


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User currently offlineCOERJ145 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3107 times:

I think the captains side(A/B side), would give you views of Mt. Rainer/Cascades. The right side(C/D) would give you views of the coast.

User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6347 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

Left, assuming it's not solid IFR  Wink . You should get nice views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Hood!


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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6347 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 1):
I think the captains side(A/B side), would give you views of Mt. Rainer/Cascades. The right side(C/D) would give you views of the coast.

You'd have to be pretty high and have good visibility to see the coast (other than the Puget Sound)  Wink



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User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3062 times:

I was thinking more mountains than coast so left is the best then. Thanks.

Whilst I'm at it how about the best side for LAS-SEA for a mountain view?



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User currently offlineBeech19 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 936 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days ago) and read 2946 times:

Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 1):
The right side(C/D) would give you views of the coast.

If you are traveling from PDX to SEA you want to be on the right side to see the mountains. If you are traveling from SEA to PDX then the left side.

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 4):
Whilst I'm at it how about the best side for LAS-SEA for a mountain view?

It really depends on which direction you take off from. Departing south you will come down the western side of the mountains(sit on the left). Departing north, sometimes they cross over the Cascades first and head down with the mountains to the west(sit on the right). I've had this happen both ways on AS flights from SEA to LAS.

Good luck!



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User currently offlineHighFlyer1986 From Canada, joined Jun 2006, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days ago) and read 2934 times:

I would definally pick the Left window if you are flying daylight... but if you are flying night time.. you won't be able to see the mountains.. so if you are flying at night.. i would suggest to pick the right side to see the tall buildings and lights and not seeing black .... correct me if i am wrong .. is there no light on the mountains?

User currently offlineUAL757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 806 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days ago) and read 2931 times:

Just wondering...What airline are you taking? Horizon or UA Express?

User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9511 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2866 times:

As others have said, the left side is the best side for views. I've flown between Seattle and Portland on both commercial flights (SEA-PDX) and piloted a Cessna 172 (BFI-HIO) and the left side is much better since you will get to see Mt. Rainier very closely at about the altitude of the peak when you pass it and you will also get a good view of Mt. St. Helens. Regardless you will at least see the top of Mt. Rainier unless there are bad storms. But don't expect to see all the forests unless it is the summer since that part of the country is usually covered in cloud cover.


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User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3502 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2831 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 3):
You'd have to be pretty high and have good visibility to see the coast (other than the Puget Sound)

Probably not on the SEA-PDX leg, but the PDX-SEA leg follows the OLM5 arrival into SEA, from which the Pacific should be easily from the left side of the plane prior to making the turn over OLM.



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User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2735 times:

Quoting UAL757 (Reply 7):
Just wondering...What airline are you taking? Horizon or UA Express?

Horizon



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User currently offlineAirlineBrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

Definitely the left side. You will fly pretty close to Rainier then follow the Cascades and volcano's down to PDX. I have circled Mt St Hellens a couple of times while flying QX. That depends on the pilot and traffic arriving into PDX. On the right side you will see the southern Puget Sound, the I-5 corridor including Olympia, Centralia, Kelso-Longview and the Columbia River as you near PDX. Views around PDX depend on which direction you land (winds). If you come in from the east, you should be able to see Mt Hood although you get a better view of Mt Hood when you are flying in from east of the Cascades. As you cross the Columbia River, you will to turn towards the west around Gresham then follow I-84 into PDX. I usually try to look for McMenamin's Edgefield while on final. From the west, you will parallel the Columbia River while on final approach. You may see some spotters along the fence depending on which runway you land on.

I will be flying QX tomorrow. I fly ACV-RDD-PDX then PDX-SEA on a separate flight. Both flights are on Q400's. Wonder what the microbrew of the month is, this month? Can't wait to have a sample......



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