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I was just wondering if there are any airports out there that still either have observation decks on site or have spotting areas that are within walking distance?
I assume your question is limited to the United States? If you're travelling abroad: ZRH
, etc, etc. Especially in Germany, but elsewhere throughout Europe and Asia there are lots of airports which provide dedicated spotting or observation decks in or near to the terminal.
In the US:
- Gravelly Point is hard to beat. Go in the afternoon. There's a Metro station attached to the airport, so you can see the city too.
- Lots of good places on the parking garages. Go in the winter unless you enjoy hanging out in an oven.
- Not much spotting within walking distance, but the bus to the Udvar-Hazy museum is 25 Cents each way. The museum is great, and you can watch arrivals at IAD
from the parking lot.
- Terminal B Parking garage requires prior permission, but you can also take the T (fare is something like $1.75 these days) up to Orient Heights and walk over to Constitution Beach where you can view traffic landing and departing on the 22's.
- The terminal top (Hibiscus) garage is an accepted spotting location. Like PHX
, winter is probably best.
- Plane View Park is within walking distance (or a quick bus ride) from the terminal.
- Parking garages work pretty well.
- Again, parking garages offer decent views.
I would caution against ATL
, the airport's policy on spotting from the parking decks seems to change with each day of the week. If you'd like some better spotting in the Atlanta area, take MARTA up to the Chamblee station and walk (or bus) about a mile to PDK
's spotting area at the base of the control tower (assuming you like GA
If you can swing a cheap rental car, I would strongly suggest MIA
(and maybe add in a trip to OPF
's two spotting areas are hard to get to via public transit, but they're some of the best in the US overall.
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