It’s one of my favourite things to do when I fly: watching the views that unfolds outside the plane window. As soon as the plane takes off, I’ll turn on the flight tracking on the entertainment system, put my headphones on and just gaze out the window. During my travels around the world, I’ve had the opportunity to see (and photograph) some of the most amazing plane window views. They never fail to inspire! This inspiration is sufficient reason for me to book a window seat whenever possible. In 2009, I launched a series called ‘Plane Views‘ to feature the photos I’ve taken from the air. Here are some of my favourite views from a plane window:

My last glimpse of Bora Bora right before the plane flew into the clouds.

Read about my trip to Bora Bora.

View of Sydney, Australia, from the plane window.
The Amsterdam city centre from a plane window.

See more photos of Amsterdam from a plane window or of the Amsterdam canals. If you’re planning a visit to Amsterdam, check out my guide on things to do in Amsterdam.

Volcan Osorno and the Lakes region in Central Chile.
Impressive glaciers flow down from the mountains in Chilean Patagonia.

See more photos of Patagonia plane views and read about my trip to Patagonia.

The crater of Mt. Vesuvius (famous for destroying Pompeii) seen from the plane window.

Read about my visit to Pompeii.

The star-shaped fortress of Naarden (Vesting) is located about 30 minutes drive east of Amsterdam. The best way to appreciate the beauty of its star shape is from a plane window.

Read about things to do in Naarden Vesting. Check out my suggestions for day trips from Amsterdam.

A view of the Millau Viaduct from the plane window. The Millau Viaduct, located in southern France, is the world’s tallest bridge. The tallest mast is 343m high (taller than the Eiffel Tower!) while the road deck is 270m above the valley floor!

Read about my visit to the Millau Viaduct.

Mount Everest from my plane window! The peak can be seen sticking out above the clouds.

Read about my flight tour of the Himalayas.


View of Athens from the plane window.
Aerial view of Kathmandu, Nepal, from the plane. The Boudha Stupa, one of Kathmandu’s most iconic landmarks and a World Heritage site, can clearly be seen.

See more Kathmandu plane views and my Kathmandu photos.

The futuristic City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain.
The futuristic City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain.

Read about things to do in Valencia.

The mountains and fjords of Baffin Island in northeast Canada.
The mountains and fjords of Baffin Island in northeast Canada.
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Morning mist in the Alps at the Swiss-Italian border. The lake in the foregound is Lago Maggiore, with the towns of Locarno and Ascona.
A view of Barcelona from the plane window.
Paris seen from 30,000ft. The Seine, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower can clearly be seen.
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A view of Geneva, Switzerland (and its airport in the foreground), with Mont Blanc as a backdrop.
The mountains, canyons and towns on the East Bank of the Dead Sea in Jordan.

Read about unique things to do in Jordan.

Plane views of the Sahara Desert in Algeria.
Chains of mountains in the Austrian Alps.
Plane window views of the Tirol Alps in Austria.

Check out my post about landing in Innsbruck in Tirol.

A panoramic view of Modena, Italy, from the plane window.

Read about things to do in Modena.

The fields of Emilia-Romagna (Italy) near Bologna.

Read about things to do in Emilia Romagna. Check out my guide to the best places to visit in Emilia Romagna.

A grand view of Greater Vancouver, Canada.

Read about things to do in Vancouver.

Flows from Mt. St. Helens (Washington State) seen from a flight from Vancouver, Canada, to Portland, Oregon.
The aerial views of Rio as the plane took off from Santos Dumont airport were phenomenal!
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Aerial view of the southern lagoons of Mauritius. The island in the lagoon is the Ile aux Aigrettes nature reserve (image courtesy of Bo Saldana).

See more Mauritius plane views and read about things to do in Mauritius.

An aerial view of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Read about the best place to see the Kuala Lumpur skyline or about things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

A majestic view of Piton de Neiges on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.

Read about things to do in Reunion Island or my ultimate Reunion island itinerary.

A phenomenal view of Table Mountain in Cape Town sticking out above a blanket of clouds.
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Panoramic view of Cape Town from a helicopter tour.

Read about things to do in Cape Town and my Cape Town helicopter flight.

An aerial view of Dubrovnik – the walls can clearly be seen encircling the Old Town.

Read about seeing Dobrovnik from its walls.

That’s sufficient reason to book a window seat right? 😉

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