Friday, August 16th, 2013 - Momondo Group
Enjoy Some Aerial Eye Candy With Our Top 10 Window-Seat-Worthy Sights

TORONTO -- (Marketwired) -- Volcanoes, mountains, waterfalls, oceans -- Mother Nature offers many wonders of beauty to enjoy and appreciate. However, it is often difficult get to the full impact of these landscapes from the ground alone. So, the travel experts at, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, have pulled together their picks for the best views from an airplane into a Top 10 Window-Seat-Worthy Sights. Take in the breathtaking vistas that serve as their own form of in-flight entertainment.

Below are four sights that can be spotted while flying over North America that offer, in our opinion, top window-seat-worthy views:

    Hudson Bay, Canada - It's increasingly common for airlines to offer long-haul connections to Asia and Europe via extreme northern routes that cut miles and time by crossing close to the North Pole. Any flight going via the Arctic Circle is inherently a long one but, especially flying with the sun, you have hours of light and the chance to see the endless tundra from the relative comfort of your airplane seat. If you are paying attention as you cross Hudson Bay, you can spot the intersection of land and ice, an amazing merging of two vastly different surfaces unmarred by human development. And, if you are flying in the dark, especially around either the spring or fall equinox, keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights. They shouldn't be hard to spot!

    The Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States - Carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries, the Grand Canyon is a 250-mile-plus-long marvel that gains in impressiveness with altitude. The depth and breadth of the canyon as well as the colours and height gradients all become clearer from above. Gone are the days where pilots would give a low altitude fly-by, but they are always quick to point out the Grand Canyon if it's in sight. When the plane is on the right course and the weather is clear, passengers are still often treated to a good long look at this geological wonder. If a Grand Canyon fly over could be in your plans, some experts say make sure to sit on the left-hand side of the plane as that's where the pilot sits and the likely direction he or she will bank for the best possible view.

    Hawaii, United States - Unless you really have time on your hands, flying is really the only way to get to the Aloha State. The good news is that pretty much any aerial view of the islands is eye catching. Whether you are landing in Honolulu, headed into Kona on the Big Island or hopping out to Kauai, Maui or the like, if the sun is out, so is the scenery. Deep blue waters are just a start. The looming presence of Diamond Head, a city-meets-ocean feel and the silent tribute in the midst of Pearl Harbor all welcome you to Honolulu. Other islands feature reef views, soaring mountains and long stretches of beach. And don't be completely surprised to see a little snow atop the peaks on Hawaii in January and February.

    Niagara Falls, New York, United States, and Ontario, Canada - At the southern end of the Niagara Gorge, three waterfalls form what is perhaps the most scenic section of the border between the U.S. and Canada. These falls, known collectively as Niagara Falls, feature a 167-foot (51 metre) drop with some of the highest water flow rates in the world. The ferocious walls of water have drawn sight seers for generations. Missing from the statistics on tourist visits, though, are the countless airline passengers who get a sweeping view of the Niagara River, including its upstream calm, the bands of rapids approaching the falls, the islands dividing the stream, the cascades of tumbling water and the froth below. It's rather like flying over a postcard.

Rounding out our list of vistas offering the best bird's eye views are: The Alps, Europe; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sydney, Australia; Himalayas, Central Asia; and Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy. To read's complete Top 10 Window-Seat-Worthy Sights, visit

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