Camp Out in Burlington Airport's Old Control Tower for Prime Plane Spotting
If big 747s or even 737s are not your cup of tea and you instead prefer to see the smaller regional jets, private jets and a few Airbus A320s scattered in there, then plane spotting at Vermont's Burlington International Airport is for you. Aside from the concentration of regional jets that visit BTV, the airport is unique in that the public can come up to the old Control Tower to enjoy the best view for free.
The trick is to go to the second level of the terminaldon't go through securityand there's a hallway with a simple sign pointing to the "observation tower." Up a few flights of cramped stairs and you're in the old control booth. Now all it's got are stools, but a wise plane spotter will bring the binoculars and professional camera lenses to capture shots of the planes taking off with the mountains in the background.
Oh, and did we mention that it's completely free? We'd recommend it to flight attendants on layover at the airport, for killing some time, and also to Vermont residents who maybe want to take their children out for a unique activity of watching the planes take off. We spotted United Express jet freshly repainted in the new merger colors, so there is stuff to see, we swear.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]