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Old 09-13-2016, 01:47 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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IMO, NYC, Chicago, and San Francisco.
I've never had what I'd consider a nice approach to SFO. I've always flown in over San Jose from the south and never have had the opportunity to actually see San Francisco. Are there approaches to SFO where you actually get to see the skyline? Coming from either MIA or LAX (on connection), the flight paths always seem to be approaching FSO from the south.
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Old 09-13-2016, 04:42 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Here are a couple of nice videos of Miami from the air. BTW, I transposed the call letters for SFO in my previous post. My apologies!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beHWtXWSUcA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViRXk11AWqc
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:48 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Las Vegas is beautiful night or day from the plane.

Chicago especially the approach to O'Hare over Lake Michigan and downtown where you can see the Sears Tower and the John Hanock Center and the rest of the skyline.

Washington DC if you are flying through Reagan Airport because you descend right over the Potomac River and are guaranteed a view of the monuments.
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Old 09-13-2016, 09:00 PM
 
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LA is actually pretty great from the right direction.
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Old 09-16-2016, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Land of Ill Noise
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I recall really liking flying out of Midway airport in Chicago to Bradley Airport between Hartford and Springfield, MA a few years ago, since we had a pretty darn awesome view of downtown Chicago just south of downtown and also Douglas Park. Even better since it was winter, we could see all the snow on the ground.

I agree flying into Vegas is pretty cool, since you see all the casinos from the strip and the desert just before you land. After all, the McCarran Airport neighbors the southern end of the Strip at Mandalay Bay. I also recall years ago, flying into Pittsburgh was decent as well, and also flying into Phoenix and San Francisco. The posted Miami videos look interesting to me, since I'd never been to that city before. I bet the view flying into there would be really awesome.
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Old 09-16-2016, 08:06 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I like flying over bodies of water with peninsulas, islands, bays, harbors, with lots of bridges and such to look down on. Descending over Puget Sound into Seattle or Boston Harbor are my two favorites. San Francisco Bay and the peninsula are pretty intriguing to fly over as well. New York has all this, but my focus is usually on the magnitude of urbanity when flying over NYC rather than the landforms and bodies of water.

Two very eye opening experiences were landing in Anchorage and Maui. Anchorage, it's WOW! just wow! Look at those mountains. Nothing in the lower 48 can prepare you for the scale of mountains you see up there, with some pretty damn impressive ones right on the edge of Anchorage.

Maui was a joy to see from the air, especially after crossing the Pacific for five hours. Looking down at the volcanic tropical island with and the vivid blue waters, beaches, and rocky shores was amazing with the peak of Mauna Loa on the Big Island in the distance was simply amazing. I love that the terminal at the airport had an open breezeway at baggage claim while looking at the coconut palms outside swaying in the breeze.

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