READERS' BEST PHOTOS

27 Awe-Inspiring Views of Earth from Above

Forget about the seat-back TVs. Sometimes the best thing to watch during a flight is what's going on outside the plane window. From icebergs floating in the Atlantic to mysterious circles in the African desert, our readers have seen—and photographed—it all from 35,000 feet.

  1. "Flying over the coast of Maui on the way back home from Kona."

    (Courtesy Rebalyn/myBudgetTravel)
  2. "The Italian Alps from the plane while flying to Venice."

    (Courtesy andielli /myBudgetTravel)
  3. "Lift-off from Bora Bora headed to Moorea."

    (Courtesy feuardent/myBudgetTravel)
  4. "Swirling icebergs paint the north Atlantic ocean, taken enroute from Dubai to New York."

    (Courtesy bschrotenboer/myBudgetTravel)
  5. "I snapped this incredible sunset from the plane window on our way to Philadelphia from Detroit.  A beautiful beginning to a wonderful trip!"

    (Courtesy iadss77/myBudgetTravel)
  6. "The 45 minute trip from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez by prop plane is amazingly scenic. This shot is on Costa Rica's Pacific coast near Uvita."

    (Courtesy bridybo/myBudgetTravel)
  7. "These mysterious circles occur in some of the desert areas in Namibia. We flew over them as we approached the runway for our lodge in the Namib Rand."

    (Courtesy jfenson/myBudgetTravel)
  8. "From downtown Seattle, Lake Washington, Bellevue, and all the way to the Cascade Mountains—a perfect view of the Northwest."

    (Courtesy Rebalyn/myBudgetTravel)
  9. "It's worth the price of a ticket to fly from Sacramento to Portland, Oregon. On a clear day, a window seat on the right side of the plane will entertain you with spectacular views of the mountains."

    (Courtesy sssnancysss/myBudgetTravel)
  10.  

    "Approaching Iguazu Falls in Brazil, the pilot did a fly over. What a view!"

    (Courtesy jfenson /myBudgetTravel)
  11. "During the initial approach to Fort Lauderdale, I found Jupiter high in the sky."

    (Courtesy IrishWombat /myBudgetTravel)
  12. "Flying into Phoenix."

    (Courtesy photochick/myBudgetTravel)
  13. "An aerial view of some of Bora Bora's overwater bungalows on the lagoon."

    (Courtesy feuardent/myBudgetTravel)
  14.  

    "During a helicopter ride over Kauai's Na Pali coast, a rainstorm rolled through and left a spectacular, complete double-rainbow."

    (Courtesy Martrese /myBudgetTravel)
  15. "This photo of Mt. Everest was taken from the window of our airplane, returning from Bhutan to India. Breathtaking!"

    (Courtesy VT2CA/myBudgetTravel)
  16.  

    "I was magnificently fortunate enough to get a window seat on our flight from Chicago to Málaga—and to be conscious when we were directly above the beautiful country as the sun came up."

    (Courtesy megstanton/myBudgetTravel)
  17. "Flying from Lima to Iquitos, Peru, the setting sun cast a golden glow on the Amazon River below."

    (Courtesy jfenson/myBudgetTravel)
  18. "This is a view of Oroville Dam and marina nearby in northern California. The lake usually has a low water line. Does it remind you of a large bathtub?"

    (Courtesy sssnancysss/myBudgetTravel)
  19. "This photo of Utah's Great Salt Lake was taken through the airplane window. Luckily, I had a clean one."

    (Courtesy shattman/myBudgetTravel)
  20. "As the plane decends into the Sacramento airport, the views can be stunning."

    (Courtesy sssnancysss/myBudgetTravel)
  21.  

    "Flying out of Cancun."

    (Courtesy photochick/myBudgetTravel)
  22. "This photo of Kekaha Kai State Park beach on the Big Island was taken from an island hopper plane from Maui."

    (Courtesy judireber/myBudgetTravel)
  23. "View of tribal compound in Kenya from the air. Animals are kept in at night to keep them away from predators."

    (Courtesy kaiachris/myBudgetTravel)
  24.  

    "The Chilean Andes just north of the Torres del Paine National Park."

    (Courtesy tonyblee /myBudgetTravel)
  25. "View from an airplane window heading to Coron, Palawan, Philippines."

    (Courtesy Katkat_82/myBudgetTravel)
  26. "Greenland at sunset."

    (Courtesy DynamicTraveler/myBudgetTravel)
  27.  

    "The wind blows ferociously down the Columbia River Gorge. Farms have sprung up on both the Oregon and Washington sides to capture its power."

    (Courtesy Martrese /myBudgetTravel)

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