Aerial America - Season 1

Smithsonian Channel Premiered Jan 01, 2010 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • Missouri
    Episode 54
    A flyover tour of Missouri.
  • Iowa
    Episode 53
    A flyover tour of Iowa.
  • Indiana
    Episode 52
  • New Jersey
    Episode 51
    A flyover tour of New Jersey.
  • Wisconsin
    Episode 50
    A flyover tour of Wisconsin.
  • Washington, D.C.
    Episode 49
    A flyover tour of Washington, D.C.
  • Wilderness
    Episode 48
    Flyover tours of protected areas, including Denali National Park in Alaska and the Everglades in Florida.
  • 7/6/14
    A flyover tour of Alaska.
  • 7/6/14
    A flyover tour of Alaska.
  • Small Towns
    Small Towns
    Episode 45
  • Nebraska
    Episode 44
    A flyover tour of Nebraska.
  • Idaho
    Episode 39
    A flyover tour of Idaho.
  • West Virginia
    Episode 35
    West Virginia. Its where the Appalachian, Blue Ridge, and Allegheny Mountains converge, and where a fiercely independent spirit, forged during the Civil War, still lives today. From a legendary resort that hid a top-secret bunker to a futuristic facility exploring the mysteries of the universe, to thrill-seekers riding the Class-5 rapids and climbing its famous bluffs, this flight across the states towering peaks reveals why John Denver called it almost heaven.moreless
  • Minnesota
    Episode 34
    Soar over Minnesota, where the Mighty Mississippi begins and the blue Midwestern sky never ends. This aerial exploration of the North Star State whisks you across ancient glacial landscapes, iconic bodies of water, and the cornfields, dairies, and farm towns that have fed our county for over a century. From warring settlers and Indians to battling flour titans, and from the massive Mall of America to the mythical town of Lake Wobegon, see how Minnesota is more than the "Land of 10,000 Lakes." It's a world of countless stories.moreless
  • Ohio
    Episode 33
    It's where the Wright brothers' visions of flight fully took off and where a young Neil Armstrong first dreamed of the Moon. For many, no matter how far they travel, Ohio will always be a place worth coming home to visit. Take flight over the Buckeye State and witness centuries of American history etched in its soil. Soar over the Ohio River, where Revolutionary War veterans started life anew, and the town of Marietta, where runaway slaves sought shelter. This aerial tour celebrates the state's spirit: built on freedom, sports, and rock and roll.moreless
  • Montana
    Episode 32
    Big skies, big adventure, and big spirits: this is Montana. It's where fertile plains collide with the Rocky Mountains and the country's fastest land mammals run the grasslands known as the American Serengeti. It's also where Lewis and Clark faced towering stone obstacles and Custer faced an even more daunting foe. This aerial journey showcases the Treasure State's mountains and milestones, its legends and landmarks, all from spectacular heights.moreless
  • Amazing Destinations
  • Arizona
    Episode 30
    Take off on a thrilling flight across America, a journey that allows you to leave yourself, and your travel organizer, at home. Shot entirely in high definition, this series offers rare glimpses of some of our nation's most treasured landmarks, all seen from breathtaking heights. From busy cityscapes to quiet landscapes, from historical and cultural landmarks to untouched locations inaccessible by road, we offer the history and the pageantry of our amazing country, which is as diverse as the people occupy it.moreless
  • Oklahoma
    Episode 29
    Oklahoma is a land steeped in wonder and hidden stories. Home to great tallgrass prairies, where herds of buffalo roam free and oil jacks gush black gold. Where the "Trail of Tears" ended and a mass exodus began 100 years later, prompted by a towering wave of dust. This flight over the Sooner State whisks you over the home of famous "Okies" Will Rogers, Brad Pitt, and Geronimo. Where native cultures flourished for thousands of years and where countless hopeful settlers arrived for a shot at the American Dream.moreless
  • Alabama
    Episode 28
    Buckle up and Roll Tide as we take an aerial journey over vast cotton fields, endless waters, storied football stadiums, and historical landmarks that collectively tell the tale of Sweet Home Alabama. Discover its rich history as we reveal the astronomical discoveries that helped us reach the moon and the civil rights victories that forged a path to equality for millions. The story of the Cotton State has as many dramatic turns as the tracks of the Talladega Superspeedway, and you have an unobstructed, breathtaking birds eye view.moreless
  • Kansas
    Episode 27
    There's more to the state of Kansas than its wide-open spaces and endless skies might indicate. It's where great aviation pioneers took flight and civil rights heroes fought back. Where Laura Ingalls Wilder documented life on the prairie and a fictional young girl dreamed of a life "Over the Rainbow." It's also home of the first battle of the Civil War and the ongoing collegiate basketball war between Wildcats and Jayhawks. Enjoy this soaring tour through the spectacular and surprising Sunflower State.moreless
  • Florida
    Episode 26
    Embark on a first-class trip across one of the top vacation destinations in the world, as we explore the grassy waters, sandy shores, and intriguing history of Florida. From big orange groves to Little Havana, from launching rockets to hanging chads, the Sunshine State offers spectacular views and seminal moments that are uniquely its own. Soar over the gleaming metropolis of Miami, the Magical World of Disney and the spring break mecca: Panama City. It's Florida as it's never been seen before, and you have a window seat!moreless
  • Pennsylvania
    Episode 25
    Take off on a thrilling flight across America. This epic series offers rare glimpses of our nation's most treasured landmarks, all seen from breathtaking heights. From busy cityscapes to quiet landscapes, we capture the history and the pageantry of our amazing country, which is as diverse as the people who occupy it.moreless
  • Mississippi
    Episode 24
    In Mississippi, culture and history run as deep as its mighty river. Soar over landmarks where Civil Rights movements were waged, Civil War battles were lost and the Blues were born. The Magnolia State is also a land of seductive landscapes and endless creativity, giving us literary geniuses such as William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, plus musical legends Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Elvis. Take flight on this stunning journey over a land of hospitality, beauty and complexity.moreless
  • Colorado
    Episode 23
    Get ready for a Rocky Mountain adventure over the state that boasts some of the highest peaks, the tallest sand dunes and largest single-site brewery in America.
  • Nevada
    Episode 22
    Nevada is known as a Wild West state that’s still a little wild, but there’s much more to this ancient desert land than the City of Sin. This aerial tour highlights Nevada’s vital role in the shaping of America, from the mines and ghost towns of its gold and silver rush, to its icon of American ingenuity: the Hoover Dam. Discover the highs and lows of Nevada’s history, and the booms and busts that have defined it as the land of big builders and bigger dreamers.moreless
  • Michigan
    Episode 21
    Take off on a thrilling flight across America. This epic series offers rare glimpses of our nation's most treasured landmarks, all seen from breathtaking heights. From busy cityscapes to quiet landscapes, we capture the history and the pageantry of our amazing country, which is as diverse as the people who occupy it.moreless
  • New Mexico
    Episode 20
    Georgia O’Keefe once said, “If you ever go to New Mexico, it will itch you for the rest of your life,” and this aerial tour of the state will show you exactly why. We take flight over 121,000 square miles of timeless beauty and national treasures, from the Rio Grande Rift dividing the state, to the adobe structures and dormant volcanoes that define the landscape. See what brought O’Keefe to the Land of Enchantment, as well as Billy the Kid, the makers of the Atomic bomb and perhaps even visitors from galaxies far away.moreless
  • Louisiana
    Episode 19
    Visit the state where the Big Muddy comes to an end and the Big Easy comes to life. Louisiana is home to both great celebrations and great devastation. From cool jazz to hot cooking; from a vast paradise of wetlands to the giant industries endangering its fragile ecosystems, explore the stark contradictions of the Sugar State from soaring heights. Having survived natural and manmade disasters, Louisiana proves it has never lost its festive, fighting spirit.moreless
  • New York
    Episode 18
    Take a memorable flight over a remarkable state, one rich with the stories of a nation that began long before European explorers discovered its mighty rivers. Explore New York’s amazing beauty, from the roaring Niagara Falls to its stunning peaks and valleys, to a city full of abundant architectural heritage and infamous residents. Aerial New York tells the stories of expansive natural wonders, the city that never sleeps and the day we will never forget.moreless
  • North Carolina
    Episode 17
    North Carolina is home to enduring mysteries, giant industries, and pristine coastal beauty. It’s where gold was first found in America, and where an entire colony of settlers vanished. A state where golf rules the land, NASCAR rules the road, and college basketball holds court over them all. It’s where tobacco became king after the cotton industry went up in smoke, and where a 12-second flight sent shockwaves around the world. Experience the captivating sights and compelling history of one of America’s first colonies.moreless
  • 8/27/11
    Visit the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner and explore the sites where Harriet Tubman, Babe Ruth and the DuPont family made their marks on American history. Maryland and Delaware are two small states of great historical significance. Highlighted by the great bays of the eastern seaboard: Chesapeake and Delaware, both states are defined by the legacies of their colonial pasts. This aerial journey reveals their giant stature in the history of America.moreless
  • New Hampshire
    Episode 15
    Soar over the most independent-minded state in the Union: New Hampshire. Amid its stunning mountains, majestic rivers, and colonial villages exists a community of people who take their motto of “Live free or die” to heart. From an infamous poet who favored the road less traveled, to the founders of both the industrial and fast food revolutions, New Hampshire is brimming with free thinkers. Witness the majesty of a state known for its passion and its politics, a state that lives up to its revolutionary cry, “Independence now and independence forever.”moreless
  • Washington
    Episode 14
    Washington is home to some of America’s wildest spaces and also its most modern cities. Often these disparate spaces are just a few miles apart. The Evergreen State is a story of mirror opposites: a wet, mountainous, tree-covered west and a dry, flat, open east. It is home to high-tech industries and America’s oldest Native American tribes. Experience all sides of Washington State, from thousands of feet in the air, and witness its conflicting worlds merging to form a land of remarkable beauty.moreless
  • Georgia
    Episode 13
    Georgia is where the Appalachian Mountains end and a great Civil Rights leader’s life began. A state rich in natural wonders and history, this aerial tour of the Empire State of the South captures it all. Enjoy breathtaking views of Atlanta’s skyline, Augusta’s legendary golf course, and the rugged barrier island coastline. Discover this southern state’s complex past, from the Civil War’s most notorious prison to the South’s most beloved piece of literature to the United State’s “most haunted cemetery.” This is Georgia, as you’ve never seen it before.moreless
  • Massachusetts
    Episode 12
    Henry David Thoreau said of its shores: "A man may stand here and put all of America behind him." In many ways, Massachusetts is America. The state is home to revolutionaries, a haven for artists, and the birthplace of education and higher learning. From the journeys of pilgrims to the ride of Paul Revere, from the witch trials of Salem to the Curse of the Bambino, Aerial Massachusetts invites you on a flight spanning hundreds of years and just as many spectacular sights, all in under an hour.moreless
  • South Carolina
    Episode 11
    Explore the true spirit and rich history of the South, encapsulated in this breathtaking, first-class journey across South Carolina. It’s America's smallest southern state, but its stories are as big as the country itself. From Fort Sumter, where the first shots of The War Between the States rang out, to Sullivan Island, the Ellis Island of Slaves, to the cypress swamp where freedom fighter Francis Marion helped turn the tide of the Revolutionary War. Take flight on a journey that showcases American history alongside pristine beaches, colorful cities, and wild spaces that equally define the Palmetto State.moreless
  • Oregon
    Episode 10
    Individualistic, eccentric and freethinking: a unique mix that’s intrinsically “Made in Oregon.” These traits belong not just to the people of this diverse and dynamic state, but also to the landscape itself. From volcanic Crater Lake to the majestic High Cascades to the perilous Pacific coastline, Oregon is a state of staggering natural beauty. From Lewis and Clark’s search for “land’s end” to the thousands of emigrants who arrived via the Oregon Trail, the state has always attracted adventurers and tenacious travelers, who keep Oregon’s spirit of adventure alive today.moreless
  • Maine
    Episode 9
    Take a journey across distant isles, down rugged shores, and into the great wilderness seafarers once called “The Mainland.” From Portland to Kennebunkport, Moosehead Lake to Casco Bay, this picturesque expedition offers a stunning bird’s eye view of one of the most beautiful states on the Atlantic Coast. See why the Pine Tree State has attracted, sailors, artists, presidents, and robber barons for centuries. Discover how Maine’s storied past, rich resources, and varied cast of characters have helped shape not just the state, but the nation.moreless
  • Rhode Island
    Episode 8
    Join us on an aerial exploration that’s short on mileage but long on history. Known as The Ocean State, even though 60% of it is covered in woodland and parks, Rhode Island features 400 miles of pristine tidal shorelines and is the sailing capital of the world. With an incredible array of lighthouses and even more incredible stories of rumrunners, pirates and captains of industry, this small state represents the nation’s progress and its excesses. To see it from the sky is to witness a tiny gleaming treasure on America's East Coast.moreless
  • Arkansas
    Episode 7
    Embark on a stunning journey by air and through time to discover the land where settlers’ westward journeys began and Bonnie and Clyde’s crime spree ended. Soar over a frontier rich with the stories of brave pioneers, notorious desperadoes, and hanging judges. Explore the Natural State’s great rivers, great battles and great promise, the birthplace of Johnny Cash, Maya Angelou and Bill Clinton. Join us as we delve into America’s wild interior, from the Mississippi River bottomlands to towering mountain peaks, and into its wild history.moreless
  • Tennessee
    Episode 5
    From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Grand Olde Opry, from Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion to a legendary whiskey distillery, Tennessee tells the story of America's expansion west and all the celebration and sadness that came with it. Join us as we soar high above the Volunteer State, journeying over the majestic Appalachian Mountains and the mighty Mississippi River, to see its natural beauty – rugged, inviting and infused with the spirit of a nation.moreless
  • California
    Episode 4
    If you think California's Highway 1 offers stunning views, wait until you see them from above.
  • Connecticut
    Episode 4
    Mohegan Indians gave Connecticut its name, which translates to “Long River Place,” but the Constitution State offers much more than a 400-mile river. It’s a land of scenic coastlines, spectacular autumn views and the home of historic events and people. This is where Mark Twain created some of fiction’s greatest characters and where Benedict Arnold committed America’s greatest act of treason. Join us on an aerial journey across a state rich in Native American legends, colonial history, and good old New England charm.moreless
  • Hawaii
    Episode 3
    Born of fire and water, the dramatic landscapes of Hawaii are best seen from the air. Soar above the sand, surf and lava on this breathtaking journey across all six major Hawaiian islands.
  • Vermont
    Episode 2
    Fly over a land of red barns and green living, uphill hiking and downhill skiing, free spirits and priceless vistas.
  • Virginia
    Episode 1
    Take flight over natural wonders and man-made marvels that celebrate Virginia and our country's remarkable beginnings.
  • California
    Episode 1
    The Pacific Coast Highway of California offers drivers spectacular views while traveling along the edge of American culture. Buckle up for a non-stop flight over the mansion William Randolph Hearst built, the town Clint Eastwood governed and the farmland where Marilyn Monroe once held the title of Miss Artichoke. We soar over beaches and wine country, across Big Sur redwoods, under The Golden Gate Bridge and into the heart and soul of this magnificent state.moreless
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