I published a post a while ago about ten airports to book a window seat for. I chose those ten airports because of the amazing window seat views one can enjoy either before landing or after take-off. Many of my readers suggested other airports so here’s Part Two: another ten airports to book a window seat for! 🙂
Cape Town, South Africa
If you’re flying into Cape Town on a day flight, be sure to book a window seat. On a clear day, you’ll be treated to stunning views of Table Bay, False Bay, the city and of course Table Mountain!
Flying into London Heathrow and London City are the best ways to get a breathtaking aerial view of the city. If you’re (un)lucky, the plane might be put in a holding pattern as it awaits a landing slot at London Heathrow or City. The beautiful 360-degree views of London would more than compensate for this annoyance.
Paris is another candidate. Paris Charles de Gaulle is a bit far from the city centre but you might still be able to see the skyline of Paris in the distance. Paris Orly is closer and has better views on both landings and take-offs.
This town in Tirol, Austria, is surrounded by massive snowcapped mountains. Flying in on a clear day is an amazing experience as the plane navigates past the peaks and valleys.
Punta Arenas, Chile
The route from Santiago to Punta Arenas in Chile near the southernmost tip of South America is one of the most spectacular I’ve ever flown. The route follows the path of the Andes mountains and during the entire flight (on a clear day), passengers will be wowed by incredible views of the mountains, glaciers, fjords and volcanoes!
One of my favourite routes is along the western coast of North America (e.g. San Francisco to Seattle or Vancouver, BC or Vancouver, BC/Seattle to Portland, OR). Along the way, you’ll have absolutely jaw-dropping views of the Cascade Range and the various world-famous volcanoes like Mt. Rainier (near Seattle) and Mt. St. Helens (between Seattle and Portland, OR).
Many people fly to Livingstone to visit the nearby Victoria Falls. If you’re flying in from the south (e.g. Johannesburg), you’ll have a terrific panoramic view of the Zambezi River, the canyons and the Victoria Falls.
This city in the westernmost corner of Switzerland is situated on the shores of Lake Geneva and is surrounded by the mighty Alps. On a clear day, you’ll be able to admire the many Alpine peaks including Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps.
Chances are good that you’ll have a great overview of Barcelona before landing. Look closely and you’ll spot some of the city’s most famous landmarks such as the Sagrada Familia church. You’ll also pass the city’s lovely beaches, the harbourfront with the sail-shaped W Hotel and Montjuic (site of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics).
Napoli (Naples) is another great airport to fly into. If you’re lucky (and flying from the south), you’ll pass the gorgeous Amalfi Coast and you’ll be treated to amazing views of Capri. Closer to Naples, you won’t miss the (in)famous Mount Vesuvius!