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Spotting At Anchorage USA

Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:57 pm

Hi all,iv just booked my air travel and hotels for my trip in june 2011 i leave London to Los angeles and intend to spot there for five days (with a visit out to victorville)then i travel up to anchorage for five days before returning to the uk via chicago.I am ok spotting in LA as iv done it before,but i could do with some help and imformation about spotting in anchorage,i have five days of pure number crunching as this is a trip iv had in my head for years and now its booked, any help and info would be very much appricated on the spotting in anc.many thanks

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RE: Spotting At Anchorage USA

Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:37 pm

There are definitely some ANC locals on this board that could provide more information, but I can help out a little. For traffic to/from the west, Kincaid Park (located at the far western end of Raspberry Road to the south of ANC) provides some clear views. This location is nice for photographing arrivals on 7R as they approach over Knik Arm and naturally tends to be better in early light. Close up shots of aircraft will likely require a decent camera/lens combo, but is doable.

There are also several parks along Northern Lights Blvd. on the north side of ANC that provide good views of aircraft to/from the north, particularly arrivals on 14. I believe there is a small parking area named "Airport Park" near the end of Northern Lights Blvd. that similarly allows shots of planes approaching 14 over Knik Arm, but also has a great view of downtown Anchorage and its mountainous backdrop across the Arm to the east.

There are also walking/biking trails along the coast connecting the two areas I mention above - I've never wandered the full path between them, but I imagine some good views could be afforded along the trail as well. If you decide to look for additional locations, the worst case scenario is really that you get the "regular" view in Alaska of amazing mountains and waterways without airplanes.

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