The United States is a vast and varied nation. It's home to stunning wilderness and some of the world's most thrilling urban centres. It's hard, sometimes, to grasp just how much is going on in the US of A—and just how big it is.
FlyOver America, now showing at FlyOver Canada, does its best to show all of this. You'll find familiar sights and surprises. And you'll get a chance to go to the extremes of the United States—including all four corners of the nation.
Northeast: Coastal Maine
Jutting out on a series of ledges that reach into the Gulf of Maine, the Petit Manan Lighthouse was first built in 1807. Its extreme location, so exposed to the weather, has led to damage over the years from the legendary nor'easter storms.
Southeast: The Florida Keys
The southernmost point on the continental United States is this archipelago that drips off the Florida Peninsula into the Florida Straits, which divides the Atlantic Ocean from the Gulf of Mexico. In FlyOver America, the destination is Mud Keys, a series of islands northeast of Key West that are made up of red mangroves and tidal creeks. It's a protected marine sanctuary—a home for outstanding birdlife, crustaceans and marine life, and some dream-worthy warm and shallow swimming spots!
Northwest: peaks of Alaska
Alaska is big. The tundra is expansive, the coastline complex and the mountains, of course, are enormous. For experienced skiers, the region north of Haines, squeezed into a deep and long coastal fjord, is a steep, extreme, powder-filled sort of heaven.
Southwest: Hawaiian coast
Nearly 2,500 miles (4,000 km) off the coast of California, the island of Kauaʻi is the furthest southwest of Hawaii's main islands. It's also home to the Na Pali Coast, a land of steep cliffs and a rugged but regal 15-mile long coastline more vibrant than any in the country.
Na Pali, on Kauaʻi's north shore, is also a very historic place—Polynesian navigators arrived here around 1200 AD, and Captain Cook visited nearby in 1778. Today, access is heavily restricted. The famous 11-mile (17.5-km) Kalalau Trail is exposed and challenging, but the only way to explore Na Pali Coast State Park's rugged interior.
Capturing these four extreme corners of the United States in all their stunning beauty was no easy task for the FlyOver America crew. But it was fundamental in helping tell the story—and share the vastness—of the country. See these sights and so many more on the FlyOver America experience, currently running at FlyOver Canada.