29 thoughts on “What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever seen from an airplane?

  1. I never cease to be amazed by the majesty of the Cascades. We’re going to hike Rainier next trip since the Little Si hike went so well!

  2. It would be a toss-up for me between Mt. Shasta (in CA), the Great Salt Lake, or the Washington Monument (in D.C.). I think if I had to choose I would say Mt. Shasta since I have seen it looking up and looking down. Mountains are so majestic in the air or on the ground. They are breath-taking!

  3. I have almost that same exact picture, except it was at sunset and the entire sky was pink, orange and red. Amazing!

  4. When I lived in access, I would regularly fly near Mt. McKinley, but the absolute coolest thing I’ve ever seen was flying out of the Anchorage Airport over the ocean and seeing a GIANT whale in the bay. SO cool!

  5. I love flying over mountains. The coolest thing I ever saw from an airplane were the Andes Mountains in Peru. They were awesome and the plane as rather close to them so they were huge! So beautiful.

  6. those mountains are by far the best thing I’ve ever seen from an airplane. I saw them once on a rare almost cloudless day and the green and the mountains were one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. To this day I regret not having my camera on me.

  7. Oh, a few years back I was able to fly around Mt. Everest–so breathtaking! There is just something about seeing mountains that close and personal that is amazing to me…since you’ll never find me climbing one!!

  8. That is also my “coolest thing I’ve ever seen from an airplane.” The first real, pointy, snow-covered mountain I ever saw in real life was when we flew past Mount Rainier on the way to Portland for our honeymoon. Absolutely amazing.

  9. Greenland. Looking down and seeing glaciers and frozen tundra surrounded by ocean. It was haunting and gorgeous, but I hope that’s the only time I ever see it.

  10. What a cool picture!

    I saw fireworks from a plane, on a 4th of July flight! That would be the coolest thing. Flying has never lost it’s intrigue since I was a kid!

  11. great shot! you’re right, that’s hood way off to the right. 🙂

    i was just flying on monday and we passed another passenger plane flying below us in the opposite direction. i always feel like i’m moving so slowly when flying, but passing another plane that closely, i could see how fast it was going. it was crazy fast.

  12. coolest thing seen from an airplane? a breaching humpback whale as we were landing on Maui. Seriously. The. Coolest. Thing. Evar!

  13. I’ve seen that same view from a plane, and also camped on Mt. Rainier. We nearly froze to death in the middle of July! Absolutely gorgeous place!
    Thanks for sharing. It’s been a long, long time ago.

  14. Yep, I too live here in Seattle and have flown in and out of here sooooo many times. But rarely do we get this view! Those few times have been just awesome!

  15. The coolest thing I have ever seen from a plane was the Northern Lights. I was flying back into Anchorage, AK one night and there was a green glow out the window! Coolest thing to see it from the sky!

  16. I grew up on a farm in Iowa and moved out to Boston for my husband’s grad school. I loved seeing the patchwork quilt of the midwest farms with all the open space when I’d get to come home and visit.

  17. Waking up on a Mid-December transatlantic flight from New York to Sweden just in time to see the sun rise over the frozen North Atlantic. It looked very cold, yet vibrantly fuchsia…

  18. I’m from Michigan, so apart from lots of water (which I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy my entire life,) there’s not much to see. I will never forget flying over Mt. Fuji when we went to Japan. It was an amazing sight!

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