One of the coolest things about being a pilot is the view. You get to see the earth in truly unique way and get a perspective that captures the magnitude, unlike land travel. Whether you’re flying for fun or as a commercial or private pilot, you’re going to see some amazing scenery. Let’s take a look at what many argue to be the top 10 scenic flights in the United States.

The Dry Tortugas

The Dry Tortugas are a part of the nation’s national park system. They’re located 70 miles from Key West in the Atlantic. The islands are only accessible by ferry, private boat, or seaplane. Key West Seaplanes fly over shallow areas allowing passengers to spot sharks, stingrays, and other marine life. 

Sedona, Arizona

The breathtaking red rocks of Sedona are known as a spiritual retreat for those seeking healing and meditation. They’re a site to see on the ground, but experiencing them from the cockpit of an open-air biplane is hard to beat.

Western New York

Letchworth State Park in Western New York is often called the “Grand Canyon of the East.” The park’s standout feature is a series of gorges cut out by the Genesee River. Some are as deep as 600 feet, and stunning waterfalls line the river. One of the best ways to take the park in from above is on one of the hot air balloon rides offered by different companies in the area.

Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan offers some hidden gems. A Mackinac Seaplane tour is one of the best ways to see lighthouses up close, and experience landing and taking off from the water. Get a sky view of the International bridge that connects Michigan to Ontario. Also enjoy views of Lake Superior, St. Marys River, and Mackinack Island.


It’s hard to be aerial views of rivers of molten lava. The Hawaiian islands offer more than lave though. Touring the islands in a helicopter over Maui and the Big Islands give you spectacular views of the coastlines, rainforests, waterfalls, and villages. The valleys of the Kohala Mountains are other must-sees.  

Acadia National Park

Main has some of the most pristine coastlines in the U.S. Take in the beauty of century-old lighthouses, cliff bluffs, and islands all from a bird’s eye view. Acadia National Park offers some of the best aerial views in the entire North East region. Get a hot bowl of Main’s famous Lobster bisque after you land.  

Alaska Glaciers

Flying anywhere over the 49th state is always an amazing experience. The landscape is majestic, powerful, and little intimidating. One of the most unique views and experience is flying over Alaska’s glaciers. Some companies even will land on several different glaciers to get a full feet on experience. 

Black Hills, North Dakota 

It’s difficult to get a sense of the scale of Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse from ground level. Helicopter aerial tours give you a close up look at these American icons. Other flights over the Black Hills to experience include Harney Peak, Sylvan Lake, and Custer State Park. 

Ready For a Career in Aviation?

If a job taking in some of the best views on earth sounds good to you then a career in aviation might be for you. The national shortage for commercial pilots is projected to last well into the next decade. Book a tour today at one of our campuses and see how we can get you started with a rewarding career as a commercial pilot.

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