As we approach the Los Angeles area, we start to see major sub-divisions on the north side from the LA area. As the the US's second largest city has grown beyond the lower valleys over the passes and into the Antelope Valley.
Although suburban by nature, the San Fernando Valley has various edge cities but no real downtown, (This applies to most of the LA area). The next 3 photos show Sherman Oaks. The first 2 photos look South over I-405 as it traverses the foothills down to LA's West Side.
This photo has an aerial of Sherman Oaks looking South. Running horizontal along the photo is US101, and vertically I-405. If you look toward the lower left corner near the intersection of the 2 highways, you'll see a long white building; the Sherman Oaks Galleria, http://www.shermanoaksgalleria.com. The Galleria was the small shown in some 80's classics like "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Valley Girl". The mall was renovated about 10 years ago and now it is an open-air entertainment complex with movies, bars and restaurants.
Bob Hope Burbank Airport is located in the Eastern Half of the San Fernando Valley. Being just over the pass from LA and Hollywood, it is very convenient for the people of Central LA as well as the Valleys. It is a small airport surrounded by the city, (similar to Chicago Midway). With the neighbors so close, it has a strong noise abatement procedures and a curfew with no aircaft movements occuring between 10pm and 7am, as indicated in the top photo.
BUR, is "old school ", in that it has a single story terminal with no jet-bridges. For this reason we can board out of both the front as well as the rear. This is another convenience that BUR offers. It is one of my personal favorite airport of the many we serve in our system. Information about BUR can be found at: http://www.burbankairport.com.
The next 2 photos were taken while we were parked in between flights. Here you can see the single story terminal.
This photo shows how small the airport is, and how close to one another the aircrafts are parked.
On takeoff, here is a view of Downtown Burbank to the east. Downtown Burbank has undergone a massive re-development over the past 10 years. Major shops and restaurants have moved there, as well as thousands of new residents have made Downtown home.http://www.downtown-burbank.org.
After take-off from DEN, we get a good view of Denver, (top photo). As the largest city in the Rocky Mountain Region, Denver offers lots of interesting things to do. Its citizens, our highly educated, and healthier than most of the other US Metro areas. As well as a wealth of outdoor activites nearby, Denver also offers a thriving arts scene. http://www.denver.org/.
10 miles West of Denver, we see the town of Golden at the foot of the Hogback Foothills of the Front Range. Golden has restored much of its old west town heritage and is the home of Coors Beer. http://www.coors.com.
The bottom photo is the western edge of Lakewood. I-70 runs diagonaly along the photo lower left to top right. US6 runs horizontally from left to right. The large white building near their intersection, is the large Colorado Mills a value- oriented shopping mall, http://www.coloradomills.com The area surrounding it is the Denver West Corporate Area. This area is home to a few large companies most notably Chipotle and Einstein Bagels.http://www.denverwest.com/.
About 50 miles west of Denver, I-70 and US 40 seperate. I-70 continues west through the Eisenhower Tunnel past the town of Georgetown, (top of top photo). US 40 heads northwest through Berthoud Pass, (next 2 photos), eventually toward Salt Lake City
The top photo shows the resorts of Eastern Summit County. From left to right, we see Arapahoe Basin, (the highest ski area in Summit County) http://www.arapahoebasin.com; Loveland, http://www.skiloveland.com; and Keystone, (also shown in the second photo), http://keystone.snow.com. If you follow the peak line left to right from Arapahoe to Loveland and beyond, this makes up the Continental Divide. Any water flow on the East Side, (bottom side of picture), flows eventually to the Atlantic Ocean; and water from the West, (top side), flows to the Pacific.
To the West of Keystone, (in the 3rd photo from the top), we see the towns of Dillon, Silverthorne and Frisco. If you focus on the Dillon Reservior and follow the road toward the top of the photo, (CO9 south), you see Breckenridge Ski Area. http://breckenridge.snow.com. The reservior seperated the 3 towns. Dillon, just south of I-70 is a town that mainly serves Keystone with motels, condos and restaurants. http://www.townofdillon.com. Silverthorne, on north side of 70 and the reservior, is known for outlet shopping. http://www.silverthorne.org. Frisco is a town just south of the intersection of 70 and 9. It is the gateway to the Breckenridge Ski Area. Breckenridge, unlike the other Summit County Resorts, is located right in the town of Breckenridge, offering a true ski-in, ski-out experience. http://www.townofbreckenridge.com.