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Las Vegas, Nevada

Route to Fly from San Diego Takeoff and fly along the coast to Palomar/Carlsbad airport, and then go directly to Hector VOR, avoiding the Restricted Airspace over Twenty nine Palms. From there, go straight to Las Vegas flying over dry lake beds, sand dunes and painted mountains. The airport is right next to the Strip so try not to get distracted by all the sights; you will have plenty of time to see those later.

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Napa Valley, California

Route to Fly from San Diego Fly along California’s scenic coast from La Jolla to Newport Beach, over LAX and Santa Barbara, past California Condor nesting areas. From there, you can follow the 101, fly over the Golden Gate Bridge, and then turn to the east and explore the beautiful backcountry of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Catalina Island, California

Route to Fly from San Diego Proper flight planning will remind you that there is no fuel available on the island, so be sure to bring enough for the return trip. The recommended route to Catalina Island is to fly low along the coast line all the way to John Wayne Airport, and then shoot over and start a slight climb to get to a safe cruising altitude for the 25nm trip across the water. You will come in higher than normal, and this approach can be a tricky one because of the slope of the runway.

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Palm Springs, California

Route to Fly from San Diego Palm Springs is just a short hop over the mountains from San Diego. To make it a really exciting flight, fly due east over Mt. Laguna, and then drop down into the desert. From there, head north and fly low over the Salton Sea, the farms of Coachella Valley and the countless golf courses of Palm Springs. You will land right alongside regional and corporate jets, so be aware of wake turbulence.

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Aspen, Colorado

Route to Fly from San Diego This is quite the flight!  There are many options on how to arrive at this mountain resort. This is a longer flight, so going direct is always an option. Whatever the case, you will get to test the capabilities of the aircraft as the higher elevations will create the need for higher cruising altitudes and even possibly the use of O2. However, if you want to see a bit more, we recommend flying direct to Palm Springs enjoying the views of the desert valleys and the tall peaks rising up out of them.

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Mammoth Lakes, California

Route to Fly from San Diego This is quite the easy flight. We recommend flying up the coast going through the VFR corridor of LAX, watching 747s takeoff on parallel runways, and then flying up to Santa Barbara enjoying the sights of Central California. From there you can shoot through the Central Valley to Fresno, then up and over the snow-capped peaks, and arrive at the airport in no time. Be careful. There can be strong winds here, and storms can appear out of nowhere, especially in the summer time.

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Route to Fly from San Diego Going down to Mexico can be an exhilarating experience that not many private pilots get to have. Be sure to be familiar with the rules and regulations of flying into and out of Mexico. You can find this information in our Mexico section of the website. This is quite the trip as the distance is long, and you may need to stop for fuel. Take off, following the rules, cross Tijuana at midfield and follow any instructions given to you. From there, you can either fly on the west or east side of Baja.

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Sedona, Arizona

Route to Fly from San Diego Fly over Palm Springs, enjoying the views of countless golf courses, the Salton Sea and the picturesque mountains. From there, direct to Sedona, you will fly over dry lake beds and view mountains carved out by years of erosion. Upon arrival, you will see the famous red rocks, with the mountains of Flagstaff in the background. This is famous for its tough crosswinds and tricky terrain, giving it the nickname “The Carrier” as many first time pilots find themselves going around.

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Lake Tahoe, California

Route to Fly from San Diego This is quite the amazing flight. Leave San Diego going directly to Bakersfield. This will take you over the LA Basin with the ocean on your left and the mountains to your right. From there, you will fly up the Central Valley, watching the Sierra Nevada’s rise up out of the ground. Upon reaching Sacramento, you can climb up to a bit higher altitude and go directly to Tahoe. Along this route, you will see countless lakes surrounded by jagged peaks. Fly around Lake Tahoe and take in the view that so many only get to see from the ground.

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Taos, New Mexico

Route to Fly from San Diego This is truly a flight to remember! What we recommend is flying directly to Palm Springs, enjoying the views of the desert valleys and the tall peaks rising up out of them. From there, you can go to Flagstaff, flying past the highest mountain in Arizona. Gazing out at the forests of Northern Arizona is truly amazing. If you fly high enough, you can see the red rocks from the Grand Canyon.

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Napa Valley

Fly along California’s scenic coast from La Jolla to Newport Beach, over LAX and Santa Barbara, past California Condor nesting areas. From there you can follow the 101, fly over the Golden Gate Bridge, and then turn to the east and explore the beautiful backcountry of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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