Great spots for plane-spotting

I recently put together a column highlighting some of the observation decks at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI), and other North American airports.

Minneapolis - Observation deck - wide

Today I’ve got a column about plane-spotting sites outside airport terminals.

The sites listed range from Millbrae, California’s Bayfront Park, which offers great views of take-offs and landings at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), to Gravelly Point near Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport (DCA), and a few unusual but, we’re assured, legal spots nearby Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

For a photo-gallery and a list of other highly-recommended plane-spotting sites  around the country, please see the full column on

RDU Observ Park  - courtesy RDU Airport

(Raleigh-Durham International Airport’s Observation Park)

And of course, please share your favorite plane-spotting sites.

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2 thoughts on “Great spots for plane-spotting

  1. Sean O' says:

    Gravelly Point across from DCA. It’s great to see all the families playing along with the plane watchers and bicyclists and boaters.

  2. CLT has a nice parking lot with a view of 18C (and soon 18 R) that features the city skyline in the background. PIT has a great viewing area – not sure if it’s still open – on Resurrection Road. Fantastic view of the valley, you can sometimes see the lights of a dozen planes lined up on approach. Though the last time I was there was 2002, when US Airways still used it as a hub.

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