Aerial America

The WORST episodes of Aerial America

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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.

Last Updated: 5/13/2022Network: Smithsonian Channel
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Northern California
star
5.89
35 votes

#1 - Northern California

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired 7/10/2016

It's a region that has been hit by earthquakes, drought, and volcanoes, yet over the centuries, Northern California has produced an unmatched scale of achievement, thanks to the pioneering spirit of its citizens. Join us as we celebrate the northern half of the Golden State from thousands of feet in the air. We soar over natural and manmade wonders, from San Francisco's iconic landmarks to the wineries of Napa Valley. Explore the area's towering redwoods, tracing a dramatic history built on colonial settlement, gold digging, and hippie culture.

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Yellowstone
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6.75
4 votes

#2 - Yellowstone

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/7/2019

When you soar above Yellowstone, it's easy to see why it became the world's first national park in 1872. It's a place of staggering beauty and fragile creatures, of stunning granite peaks that pierce the sky and colorful springs that may hold secrets about the origins of life. This aerial voyage takes you over high elevation lakes, snaking canyons, sputtering hot geysers, and snow-covered landscapes. Explore Yellowstone's history of Native Americans, European explorers, and 10 million years of tectonic upheaval.

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Great Cities
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6.75
4 votes

#3 - Great Cities

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/22/2019

Explore the awe-inspiring skyscrapers and dazzling public spaces of America’s great cities and meet the people who keep them running day and night. From Boston, New York, and Miami in the east to Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle, and L.A. in the west, and from Chicago in the north to Dallas-Fort Worth in the south, this is a cross-country metropolitan tour from breathtaking heights.

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The Great Plains
star
6.83
6 votes

#4 - The Great Plains

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/22/2016

It covers all or parts of 10 U.S. states and a vast area of more than half a million square miles. It's the Great Plains and this aerial tour makes it easy to understand why it's called America's breadbasket. Join us over prairies, where wild bison roam, past fertile fields first planted by pioneers centuries ago, and across rugged badlands filled with fossils. We explore this region's stunning beauty and reveal the stories of emigrant families, religious exiles, and hopeful prospectors that collectively tell the birth of the Great Plains.

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New York City 24
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7.00
4 votes

#5 - New York City 24

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/4/2017

There's nothing like a day in the life of New York City, and there's no better way to appreciate it than from above. Join us as we span the five boroughs, capturing the city's man-made and natural wonders and revealing the surprising ways its citizens live, work, and play. From crane operators working 1,000 feet over Manhattan to beachgoers frolicking at Coney Island to the pulsing lights of Times Square, this aerial tour captures the excitement of a city that is always on the go.

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Boston 24
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7.00
4 votes

#6 - Boston 24

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/8/2019

A breathtaking aerial tour over Boston explores its revolutionary acts, art, infrastructure, and ideals.

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Washington
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7.11
9 votes

#7 - Washington

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/14/2011

Washington is home to some of America's wildest spaces and also its most modern cities. 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.

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Arkansas
star
7.17
12 votes

#8 - Arkansas

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/21/2010

Embark on a journey over the land where settlers' westward journeys began and Bonnie and Clyde's crime spree ended. The Natural State is rich with the stories of brave pioneers, notorious desperadoes, and hanging judges. It's a state with great rivers, great battles and great promise, and the birthplace of Johnny Cash, Maya Angelou and Bill Clinton. Delve into America's wild interior, from the Mississippi River bottomlands to towering mountain peaks.

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Dallas-Fort Worth 24
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7.17
6 votes

#9 - Dallas-Fort Worth 24

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/15/2019

Fly over the fourth largest metropolis in the nation to discover how a simple trading post on the banks of Trinity River became the start of this great city in 1839. Discover the struggles, battles and lives lost in the battle for Texas to become independent from Mexico and how the United States government protected its new American settlers, living on the edge of the frontier, with an Army outpost named Fort-Worth.

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New England
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7.17
6 votes

#10 - New England

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/26/2016

The rich history of American independence rings out from just about every corner of New England, from the Massachusetts harbors where early rebellions triggered a revolution to the rocky peaks where freedom soars today. From the air, there's no end to the wonders of this northeastern region. Take a sky-high journey with us as we capture the pristine lakes on Maine's northern border, the rocky shores of Connecticut's stunning coast, the fall colors that blanket the mountains of Vermont, and beyond.

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Man-Made Marvels
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7.20
10 votes

#11 - Man-Made Marvels

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/5/2016

The vast beauty of America isn't evident only in its spacious skies, dramatic shores, and sweeping plains. It's also in its skyline towers, stunning monuments, and gravity-defying bridges. Join us on a soaring, swooping voyage across our nation's biggest, boldest, and most dazzling man-made projects. From The Statue of Liberty to Seattle's Space Needle and everything in between, these majestic structures stand as symbols of our creativity, give us glimpses of our changing ideas, and provide building blocks for our future.

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New Hampshire
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7.33
6 votes

#12 - New Hampshire

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/21/2011

Soar over the most independent-minded state in the Union: New Hampshire. Amid its mountains, 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, this state is brimming with free thinkers. Discover the sights and stories of the Granite State, from Concord to White Mountain State Park and beyond.

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Maryland & Delaware
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7.37
8 votes

#13 - Maryland & Delaware

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/28/2011

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.

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Michigan
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7.38
8 votes

#14 - Michigan

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/22/2012

Michigan is a Midwestern powerhouse, where one man's assembly lines brought the automobile to America and another man's "Hit Factory" brought the Motown sound to the world. Named after the Native American term for "big lake," Michigan is defined not only by the Great Lakes that shape it, but how its residents shaped America. Discover its diverse history and its visionaries who built empires, started unions, and helped win a World War.

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Connecticut
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7.43
14 votes

#15 - Connecticut

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/31/2010

From sleeping giants to Captain Kidd's buried treasure, Connecticut isn't as quaint as you think. Join us on an aerial journey across a state rich in Native American legends, colonial history, and good old New England charm. This is where Mark Twain created some of fiction's greatest characters and where Benedict Arnold committed America's greatest act of treason. Savor the state's coastal blue waters and mountains ablaze with autumn colors, from a bird's-eye view.

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Maine
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7.44
9 votes

#16 - Maine

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/10/2011

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.

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Louisiana
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7.45
11 votes

#17 - Louisiana

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/8/2012

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.

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South Carolina
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7.50
10 votes

#18 - South Carolina

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/24/2011

The true spirit and rich history of the South are encapsulated in this first-class journey across the Palmetto State. 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, pristine beaches, colorful cities, and wild spaces.

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Alabama
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7.50
6 votes

#19 - Alabama

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/4/2012

Buckle up and "Roll Tide" as we 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.

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New Mexico
star
7.50
8 votes

#20 - New Mexico

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/15/2012

Georgia O'Keeffe 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. Take flight over 121,000 square miles of timeless beauty and national treasures, from the Rio Grande, to adobe structures and dormant volcanoes. See what brought O'Keeffe to the Land of Enchantment, as well as Billy the Kid, the makers of the atomic bomb and perhaps even visitors from far away galaxies.

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Kansas
star
7.56
9 votes

#21 - Kansas

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/21/2012

There's more to Kansas than its wide-open spaces and endless skies might indicate. It's where 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 Sunflower State.

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Georgia
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7.60
10 votes

#22 - Georgia

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/7/2011

Where the Appalachian Mountains end and a great Civil Rights leader's life began, Georgia is a state rich in natural wonders and history. This aerial tour of the Empire State of the South offers views of Atlanta's skyline, Augusta's legendary golf course, and the rugged barrier island coastline. From 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.

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California
star
7.61
62 votes

#23 - California

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/10/2010

The Pacific Coast Highway of California offers 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.

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The Wild West
star
7.63
8 votes

#24 - The Wild West

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired 7/3/2016

The American West has fascinated people for generations and it's no wonder. It's a region of tall tales and larger-than-life characters, intermingling cultures and powerful industries, and stunning landscapes best enjoyed from breathtaking heights. Aerial America: The Wild West whisks you across the western frontier, from the St. Louis Arch to the Pacific shores to the Alaskan wilderness. Watch as we capture its many visual wonders and celebrate the men, women, and children who made their way across our nation and into the pages of history.

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Vermont
star
7.64
11 votes

#25 - Vermont

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/14/2010

When Robert Frost penned "The Road Not Taken," he was writing about Vermont, and his poem captures the state's unscathed beauty and independent spirit. This state of freethinking and green living attracts all sorts, from artists like Norman Rockwell and the von Trapp family, to nature enthusiasts drawn to its hiking trails, ski slopes and autumn foliage. This aerial tour over the Green Mountain State captures the beauty and history of a state that chose its own path.

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