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Need Help Spotting In ATL

Sun Apr 23, 2006 3:50 am

Hello fellow A.Netters. I need some assistance in finding good places to spot in ATL. When I lived in Cleveland I used to do a lot of spotting from the Bomber group, I could have a beer, a steak and do some spotting. Anyone know of good restaurants/bars in ATL that I could do some quality spotting at?

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RE: Need Help Spotting In ATL

Sun Apr 23, 2006 12:23 pm

No restaurants/bars around ATL have any good vantage points to spot/photograph from. Eat before you head out!

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RE: Need Help Spotting In ATL

Sun Apr 23, 2006 12:26 pm

No good restaurants besides maybe in the hotel. Raddison? Mariott? Whatever the big one by the cargo ramps is. Otherwise the parking garage is the only other reasonable place to watch from.
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RE: Need Help Spotting In ATL

Sun Apr 23, 2006 1:33 pm

AdamWright knows a lot about spotting at ATL. He'd be a good one to ask.

Quoting N766UA (Reply 2):
Whatever the big one by the cargo ramps is.

The Renaissance is the one I think you're talking about.

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RE: Need Help Spotting In ATL

Sun Apr 23, 2006 2:14 pm

The parking garages are great on most days, just be friendly to the occasional cop  Smile

I've never had a chance to do a lot of external spotting, but if you're gonna get inside the terminals, head for the international terminal. There are windows at each end of the horizontal section of the upside-down T design, as well as at the tip of the upside-down T.

Hope all goes well, have fun at my favorite airport  Smile

And - you mean the Reinassance (spelled wrong, I know) hotel. It's literally right there, there are tons of great shots from that place. Just ask for a room facing the airport.
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RE: Need Help Spotting In ATL

Fri Apr 28, 2006 8:51 pm

I strongly suggest that if you want to watch airplanes, invest $100 in a room at the Renaissance Concourse hotel. The so-called terrorism nonsense and Homeland Security paranoa has taken the fun out of airplane watching. Do you want to get hassled by the police? Well, go to the parking decks and/or park along Loop Road and you'll get your wish.Mark HolmesMarion, IL
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RE: Need Help Spotting In ATL

Sat Apr 29, 2006 6:08 pm

After spending a fairly substantial amount of time in Atlanta three years ago, I absolutely refuse to believe that there isn't a Waffle House that doesn't offer some quality spotting.  wink 
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RE: Need Help Spotting In ATL

Thu May 11, 2006 10:20 am

Quoting Mark (Reply 5):
I strongly suggest that if you want to watch airplanes, invest $100 in a room at the Renaissance Concourse hotel.


I go there twice a year, and was just there last Thursday and Friday. From the 10th floor you have a birds eye view of the 26's and most of the ramps. For my experience, the heavies land on 26R - right in front of you. It's an amazing view. Unfortunately they like to go out on 27 because it's a bit longer, but you still get to see some great traffic.

As for spoting AROUND the airport - that can be tricky - because of the fuzz.

If you don't want to rent a room you can still go into the lobby and over to the restaurant / bar area. There is a nice seating area that offers pretty much the same view as the rooms. Order a Coke and sit there all day if you like!

The Renaissance Hotel used to offer "Spotters Rates" on weekends, I'm not sure if they still do or not. I was able to get a room for $117 per night. It's not too bad!

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