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View Poll Results: Which City/Metro looks most impressive from an airplane?
New York 50 30.67%
Los Angeles 31 19.02%
Chicago 17 10.43%
San Francisco Bay Area 13 7.98%
Seattle 11 6.75%
San Diego 4 2.45%
Denver 0 0%
Phoenix 2 1.23%
Houston 2 1.23%
Dallas 14 8.59%
Philadelphia 0 0%
DC 1 0.61%
Boston 2 1.23%
Miami 7 4.29%
Atlanta 6 3.68%
Other (Please name) 3 1.84%
Voters: 163. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-15-2014, 05:44 PM
 
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I never see any of the good parts of the Bay Area or much of anything when I'm flying in and out either.
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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La
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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First time I flew in to LA, I looked out the window when we were still 30 minutes from landing, and saw a grid of lights below me. Being 30 minutes away, I figured "maybe that's Vegas." The grid just kept going, all the way to LAX 30 minutes later. That was my "holy crap...LA is big" moment.
I find LA impressive, but not like NYC or Chicago. I actually think Honolulu is more impressive than LA, landing.

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Old 04-15-2014, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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NYC. Especially at night when you can see most of Long Island lit up from Queens to Montauk
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Never been there but I need to go.
Probably my favorite city in the world or #2 - amazing and just massive. 16-20 million people massive
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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LA at night, flying low over the city towards the airport. From the window, you see a grid of lights stretching endlessly into the horizon. You realize the folks on the other side of the plane are seeing the same thing, stretching out forever in the opposite direction. It's impressive.
That's at night.

During the day landing at LAX is ho hum. The downtown skyline is disappointing for a city that size. All you see surrounding downtown is endless sprawl, mountains at a distance, the flat LA Basin below, & smog.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:39 PM
 
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First time I flew in to LA, I looked out the window when we were still 30 minutes from landing, and saw a grid of lights below me. Being 30 minutes away, I figured "maybe that's Vegas." The grid just kept going, all the way to LAX 30 minutes later. That was my "holy crap...LA is big" moment.
Exactly you'll never get that impression flying in to Chicago, LA is by all means twice the size of Chicago.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:41 PM
 
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That's at night.

During the day landing at LAX is ho hum. The downtown skyline is disappointing for a city that size. All you see surrounding downtown is endless sprawl, mountains at a distance, the flat LA Basin below, & smog.
Houston is neither impressive, from the air, day, night, street, freeways, postcards, space, Google streetview etc.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:43 PM
 
Location: 98004 / 30327
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That's at night.

During the day landing at LAX is ho hum. The downtown skyline is disappointing for a city that size. All you see surrounding downtown is endless sprawl, mountains at a distance, the flat LA Basin below, & pollution.
Agreed. I feel the same can be said about LA at street level. It's really only pretty at night when you don't see the smog, all those soot-covered stucco bldgs, and the dead palm fronds littering the sidewalks.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:49 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Los Angeles, on approach (landing) from the east, over land. Endless lights and skyline for miles. Tells you how big LA is.

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