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Old 04-15-2009, 05:01 PM
 
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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What is the best flight to have a window seat? Not long ago, I flew from Oakland to San Diego, which involved a flight that roughly overlapped the Pacific Ocean boundary with the coast the entire duration of the flight. It was the shortest flight I've ever had, it felt like 5 minutes. I was absolutely rivoted by the mountains clashing with ocean. Flying to Oregon last week, I was able to fly over the Grand Canyon and observe it from a completely different perspective. Again, rivoting.

Are there other flights anyone has experienced with such breathtaking scenery, from 35k feet?
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Old 04-15-2009, 05:16 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I agree, I really enjoy the flights that parallel the CA coast. I've flown between the Bay Area and San Diego numerous times and know which side of the plane to sit on for the best views. Even inland flights are very scenic over the Sierra Nevada's. Flying east from San Diego is pretty cool too b/c the flight takes off heading west over the ocean then wraps around and flies east so you get to see the ocean, city, mountains, then desert and its kind of dramatic how much the landscape changes so quickly.

The worst though is flights to Hawaii from CA for obvious reasons, nothing but ocean except when you land or take off.
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Old 04-15-2009, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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The flight from Madrid to Miami was amazing IMO. As you take off, you see the core of Madrid and all the red-roofed towns in the countryside. You see the volcanoes of the Azores which look particularly beautiful when partially obscured by clouds. You see the crystal-clear water and coral reefs of the Bahamas. The flight from Madrid to Frankfurt was also great.
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Old 04-15-2009, 05:33 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I saw the aurora borealis flying to seattle (vancouver?). we flew over the north pole I believe. VERY cool.

i've flown from LA -> Sacramento but I think we flew more inland, I don't recall seeing the coastline. That would be awesome.
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Old 04-15-2009, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Living in Hampton, VA
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I saw the rockies flying to Las vegas from Virginia. very scenic
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Old 04-15-2009, 06:35 PM
 
Location: yeah
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I got a kick just out of flying to Vegas. Any rough terrain is at least mildly entertaining. Hawaii is a whole lot of nothing, of course, until you finally see the islands. Then it's like Christmas time.
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:12 PM
 
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The flight from Madrid to Miami was amazing IMO. As you take off, you see the core of Madrid and all the red-roofed towns in the countryside. You see the volcanoes of the Azores which look particularly beautiful when partially obscured by clouds. You see the crystal-clear water and coral reefs of the Bahamas. The flight from Madrid to Frankfurt was also great.
Miami-Madrid is a beautiful route.
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:20 PM
 
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Some of my most memorable flights:
  • New Orleans - San Francisco -- we flew 35,000 feet over the Grand Canyon.
  • Orlando - Nashville, early morning -- we flew directly over Atlanta which was covered in fog. Only the tops of downtown skyscrapers pierced through the fog.
  • Los Angeles - Vancouver -- similar to mike0421's experience.
  • Montreal - Atlanta -- Philadelphia looked beautiful from 35,000 feet.
  • Denver - Salt Lake City -- Rocky Mountains all the way.
  • Anywhere to Hong Kong -- while not as spectacular as the old HK airport, landing at the new HK airport is still breathtaking.
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:09 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Long Island is really a sight to be seen from the air. Multitudinous sandbars and coves and sandy beaches and islands. Then you get a view of NYC before you land. This is best done at dusk when the light is spectacular.


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Old 04-16-2009, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I've flown about 100 times so far. I travel very often. My top 2 would be:

1. Flying into NYC. As you can see from my status message, nothing is prettier than landing in NYC and seeing all the lights from the city, with the skyline beside you. It's also nice in the daytime, but I think it's prettier at night.

2. Flying into Las Vegas. From about 45 minutes before you land, if you're flying from the east, you get stunning views of the grand canyon and other canyons along the way. Flying over the Rocky Mountains with the snow is also a nice site.

I've never flown through CA, but i'm sure it's pretty.

In July I'm flying to Athens. I've looked at the flight patterns, and it seems the plane flies over Greenland and most of Europe, due to the gulf stream. It will be really nice to see a lot of Europe as we land
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