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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 04-16-2014, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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That's on you then, considering DTLA is many times larger than downtown Las Vegas + the Strip combined. Not to mention there are half a dozen other skylines visible throughout descent, completely unlike Las Vegas.

Honestly I have a hard time believing you have ever even been to Los Angeles, much less flown into LAX (in fact I have a hard time believing you've ever left Texas).
LA is brown just like Vegas & even Phoenix that's what I was getting at. Its dry. Its desert. Nothing about LA's skylines from the air impressed me at all. I had to ask an LA native sitting in the seat next to me where downtown was when I was looking right at it that's how tiny it looked from the air, lost in an endless sea of brown colored suburban sprawl.

That said, I'm sure landing at LAX at night is a completely different experience & one I will enjoy next time.
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:22 PM
 
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LA & Chicago at night! The grids are crazy. I like NY & DC for the landmarks. Coming into Reagan from the north is impressive from the left side of the plane.
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:39 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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LA is brown just like Vegas & even Phoenix that's what I was getting at. Its dry. Its desert. Nothing about LA's skylines from the air impressed me at all. I had to ask an LA native sitting in the seat next to me where downtown was when I was looking right at it that's how tiny it looked from the air, lost in an endless sea of brown colored suburban sprawl.

That said, I'm sure landing at LAX at night is a completely different experience & one I will enjoy next time.
Except unlike Vegas and Phoenix it's green during winter (most years at least).

LA lacks a thick tree canopy like cities back east or in the south and it's really easy to see all the development, landmarks, popular areas, etc.. The development looks more white than brown imo.

Not sure what suburbs outside of CA are this dense looking:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOQOBQzc48g
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:43 PM
 
Location: 304
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Tampa is a nice city to fly into with the bay right under you when you are coming in.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:57 PM
 
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Las Vegas has by far the most impressive scenery from a plane, especially at night. Then again, I've never flown in to LA.
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Old 04-16-2014, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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LA. I was overwhelmed at the size of the grid when we were approaching LAX at night. This was like 20 to 30-something minutes before we even landed!!! Biggest thing I've ever seen from the air! And I thought flying over The Rockies for the first time ever on our way to Cali was an impressive sight (and trust me, it was)!
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Old 04-16-2014, 03:33 PM
 
Location: southern california
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Old 04-16-2014, 03:34 PM
 
Location: classified
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Personally I would go with either NYC, Philadelphia, Boston, DC (Reagan not Dulles), Baltimore, Miami, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Diego, San Francisco, or Los Angeles because you get to see some of the urban neighborhoods in addition to various water features as you take off or land. Other major airports such as Atlanta, IAH, DFW, Denver or Washington-Dulles tend to be located further into the suburbs so you don't tend to see much.
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Old 04-16-2014, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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You don't really a see a good view of NYC when entering JFK but when entering laguardia you fly right over manhattan. Beautiful.

West palm beach looks awesome during the day.
Unfortunately, I didn't get a good view of the Manhattan skyline or even the Downtown Brooklyn and Jersey City skylines coming into JFK. I should really try LaGuardia next time around!
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Old 04-16-2014, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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This is the best.


Flying over Manhattan at dusk before landing at LGA - YouTube

Last edited by JMT; 04-16-2014 at 07:01 PM.. Reason: North American citites only.
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