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Aerial America April 2, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Travel & Leisure.

Several weeks ago, Brighthouse added the Smithsonian Channel to our basic cable.  Our favorite new show ~ Aerial America.

We’ve seen aerial clips from several states:  Arizona, Kentucky, the Dakotas, Utah, Wyoming, Hawaii, West Virginia, South Carolina, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, Washington, Idaho, New York, New Mexico, and Maine.

We’ve enjoyed each show, but liked Maine best because it seemed so familiar.

Maine included fly-over footage of the Marginal Way, Baxter State Park, Kennebunkport (including the Wedding Cake House and Walker’s Point), Penobscot Bay, Rockport, Camden, Acadia National Park, Portland,  etc.

The Colony Hotel, Kennebunkport

We took turns exclaiming, “We’ve been there!”

If ever you’re staying in Kennebunkport, consider the historic Colony Hotel. It’s eco-friendly, pet friendly, and charming!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Have you caught any episodes of Aerial America?

Related post:  Sailing The Maine Coast


1. suzicate - April 2, 2014

I’ve never heard of that channel, but then again I don’t watch much tv. I will check it out though next time I’m channel surfing.

nrhatch - April 2, 2014

Here’s a link:

The photography is GORGEOUS. And they give just enough information about the area to maintain interest without overload.

2. Judson - April 2, 2014

I love Smithsonian Channel … it’s what History Channel should have been!

Aerial America is terrific. I think I’ve seen all the episodes so far. Can’t figure out if the’re filming it with a helicopter or drones (or both) 🙂

nrhatch - April 2, 2014

We’ve seen some good shows on Smithsonian. It’s often the brightest light in a dismal line-up.

We want to see every episode ~ each has been amazing. I can’t tell either ~ I haven’t seen a tell-tale shadow. I have seen a few people wave at the camera, so perhaps it’s not a drone.

3. katecrimmins - April 2, 2014

Never heard of it! That sounds so cool! I have to see if we get it.

nrhatch - April 2, 2014

Here, Aerial America is aired on Sunday night at 8 p.m. (and re-broadcast throughout the week). On Friday nights at 8 p.m., we seen a few older episodes.

The camera work is stunning. We haven’t seen Jersey, Pennsylvania, or any of the mid-Atlantic states yet. Every show has been fantastic.

4. Pix Under the Oaks - April 2, 2014

I don’t think we get that channel. Have to check. It is something we would definitely enjoy, so we probably don’t get it.. 😉 Would love to go to Maine in the Fall. Well, maybe not. Too busy. We could go NOT in Fall.. 🙂

nrhatch - April 2, 2014

The show on Maine featured fall foliage . . . SPECTACULAR! I’m anxious to see the shows on all 50 states.

It’s especially fun to see sights we’ve seen in “real life.”

5. Tina DC Hayes - April 2, 2014

Never heard of ‘Aerial America’, but it sounds like a good way to see the rest of the country from home. 🙂

nrhatch - April 2, 2014

I’ve done two cross-country trips . . . so lots of the sights are re-visits. But from a very different perspective. Definitely worth the price of admission.

6. Booksphotographsandartwork - April 2, 2014

Now thats the way to be a bird! From a comfortable chair in your own house. I’ll look for it. Thanks for the heads up.

nrhatch - April 2, 2014

You’re welcome. It’s a fascinating look at the history and landscape of this land of ours.

7. jannatwrites - April 2, 2014

That’s a great way to see the country! I’ve never been to Maine but would like to visit someday. I like East Coast architecture (probably because it’s so different from what I’m used to.)

nrhatch - April 2, 2014

We’ve enjoyed touring the country from the comfort of our La-Z-Boys. We’ve visited a number of places featured in the Dakotas, Wyoming, and Arizona . . . but it sparked our interest in making a return visit.

I think you can check on line (link above) to view specific shows.

8. diannegray - April 2, 2014

I’ve not seen Aerial America – we may not get it here in Australia, but it sounds really interesting so I’m going to keep an eye out for it 😀

nrhatch - April 2, 2014

If they aren’t broadcast in Aussie Land . . . you might be able to watch them on line. Link above.

And let us know if they do the same thing down under!

9. ericjbaker - April 2, 2014

Syncronicity! I was researching single-engine airplanes for my novel last night and was sidetracked by a book on beautiful places to fly over.

nrhatch - April 2, 2014

What a great way to research for your novel ~ just put on your aviator goggles and fly high. And low.

ericjbaker - April 2, 2014

I meant I am researching how they work, how many seats, how many doors, how loud, what happens when it rains, when it’s cold, etc. Cause I sure as heck am not getting in one to find out first hand!

Not that there’s anything wrong with it…

nrhatch - April 2, 2014

I’ve flown in a two seater prop plane ~ it got C~O~L~D inside the cockpit at high altitudes.

I assumed you’d do research by WATCHING the show . . . but the aviator goggles would get you in the right frame of mind.

10. Three Well Beings - April 3, 2014

I’m afraid we don’t get the Smithsonian Channel, and I am always wondering what we’re missing. This would be a great show, I’m sure. I’ve never been to Maine, but I sure hope to one day! 🙂

nrhatch - April 3, 2014

New England is a treasure ~ Vermont is such a pretty state & Maine’s coastline is spectacular. But every state we’ve seen in the series has had marvelous sights and spectacular vistas.

You might want to check out the link and see if you can pick a couple of shows to watch on line. Maine would be MY first pick.

11. bluebee - April 4, 2014

I read the free stuff in the online Smithsonian mag and love it. You are very fortunate to have a whole dedicated channel. ‘Aerial America’ sounds fabulous. Unfortunately, the link in your comment above is not viewable in Australia 😦

nrhatch - April 4, 2014

Sorry about that, BB. I’m glad you’re able to enjoy Smithsonian magazine on line ~ lots of cool stuff in there. Maybe in time, Aerial America will be available outside the states.

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