Travel Dork: First time flying into SFO, which side of the plane to sit on?

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  1. DeacFlyer1
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    Hello all,

    I'm flying into SFO for the first time this weekend. The weather looks to be nice, and I'm a window seat person, so I thought I'd get your take on which side of the plane I should sit on to take in the best views of the scenery as we land?

    I thought UA frequent fliers who have probably been in/out of SFO many times would be a good group to ask, since you probably know which approach is used on nice days, etc.

    Thanks for any info you can provide to this travel nerd!
     
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    Most of the clear day approaches come in from the south. The left side of the plane is a bit more interesting than the right, since the right is just bay and oakland. You can't see the city from that approach in either direction, however.

    For SFO, the key is to be on the left side of the plane for takeoffs. That way, if you take a tour of the city, then you can see it. :)
     
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    I'd sit on the left side coming into SFO if coming from the North i.e SEA/PDX/YVR ... otherwise... right side...and for departures I always sit on the left side :D
     
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    I'm pretty sure it depends on the weather conditions though, but in the winter landings should almost always be on 28L/R.

    If the weather calls for it and you have to land on 19L/R, you will usually come in over the airport and loop around and you can get some decent views of the city and the bay from the east (so you'd want to sit on the right side). Landings on 19 are rare though.
     
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    Arriving: Usually the left side.

    Departing: Always the left side.
     
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    Confirmed - for arrivals, on the left side, you usually get a nice tour of Silicon Valley (Palo Alto, Foster City, etc.). For departures, if you're lucky, they'll fly somewhat close to the city and you'll see the whole northern peninsula.
     
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    Sounds like left and left is the way to go...thanks everyone!
     
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    I took this video last time I landed at SFO, sitting on the left.
     
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    Great video, considering you had to take it with an old hand-crank non-electronic camera ;)
     
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    There's an example where it would have been nice to sit on the right side of the 747 :)
     
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    For departures, it depends where you are going. Heavy aircraft take off on 28L or R and fly straight towards the ocean. Those heading East will turn over the GG Bridge and give a fantastic view of the bridge from the right side of the plane. Likewise, on taxi, the right side gives the view of the terminals - and the left on take off.
     
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    Ha. Yeah. I would never try to use my iPhone. Don't wan't to go crashing airplanes left and right.
     
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    I'll be headed to LAS, for whatever difference that makes.
     
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    I always sit on the inside
     
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    If you're lucky, this approach could net you views like this (rare clear day in early July this year out the left side returning from Portland):
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    Thanks everyone for all the great info. I'm sitting on the left side in 3A right now, with about three hours in the air from CLT left to go...forecast looks pretty sunny a couple hours from now for arrival, so excited to find out what I see!
     
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