Here's a gallery of stills from the filming of this season of AERIAL AMERICA, which began airing July 14 and runs Sundays at 9 p.m.
Historic Harpers Ferry — a town that’s also a National Historic Park — is placed where two major rivers meet, and this photo illustrates that with its birds-eye perspective. The town is nearly encircled by the converging waters of the Potomac and Shenandoah. It’s easy to see why early settlers including Thomas Jefferson hailed it a “stupendous scene,” and also easy to understand why they found it a strategic location for a town. These days there are still a handful of residents in Harpers Ferry, but it primarily functions as a living history park.
Cliff dwellings carved into limestone, approximately 800 years ago, once housed the Sinagua people; today they are under NPS protection. This was one of the first sites ever designated as a National Historic Landmark. Teddy Roosevelt declared Montezuma Castle and three others (including Devil’s Tower) as national heritage sites back in 1906. This particular landmark is remarkable not only for its geological makeup, but for the human enterprise which put a lasting mark on the limestone cliffs. The Sinagua’s vertigo-inducing multi-story “apartment-style” pueblos remain remarkably well preserved in the present day.
You’d never know Cleveland was once cruelly nicknamed “the Mistake on the Lake” by looking at this glorious sunset shot. Modern skyscrapers stand as testament to a generation of revitalization, economic growth and civic renewal. Lake Erie looks serene from this perspective, with little hint of the activity one would expect from such a busy maritime thoroughfare.
Driving south from Key Largo to Key West, the Keys become increasingly closer to the water, till by the time you reach Seven Mile Bridge (which connects the Middle and Lower Keys), it’s all around you. What this photo shows is how green they are. The lush tropical landscape often goes under-appreciated because of its reputation as a beach/boating/swimming destination — but it’s the contrast of all the green with the blue that makes them really special.
Though it’s one of the most photographed falls in the country, most images only capture this West Virginia landmark from a safe distance back, with the central point being the rocky protrusion that divides the falling water neatly in half. Seen from above, the falls seem more powerful and angry, more befitting the name and less like the serene forest pond seen on so many greeting cards and lithographs over the years.
Lena Katz is the author of the Travel Temptations series (SIP, SUN, SNOW), published by Globe Pequot Press in 2009. Lena is also a travel expert for Celebrations/1800FLOWERS and WEtv (online and on-air). She contributes to the South China Morning Post and ABC News online. Lena is a former Orbitz Travel blogger and former columnist for the LA Times. She's been published in Brides Magazine, Robb Rep...(Read More)