The Smithsonian Channel has just released 68 episodes of its beloved Aerial America show for free online, without the need for a login. You can access them right here.
The series, which premiered back in 2010, showcases aerial tours of destinations all over the United States. Viewers get to virtually fly above West Virginia's towering peaks, top Hollywood film locations, the desolate badlands and farms that make Nebraska unique, and Niagara Falls, among others.
The 45-minute episodes—each one showcasing one of the 50 American states—involved over 2,500 hours of flying over 150,000 miles of territory. Clearly, the production team knows what it's doing.
Some standouts that we suggest you don't skip on while binge-watching: The first episode ever, which focused on California (yes, that includes wine country); 2012's New Mexico program, which even dissected the potential of "visitors from far away galaxies" to visit the state; "Made in the USA," a special airing celebrating the country's "crowning industrial achievements and the people behind them;" and, of course, the "New York" episode, which aired on September 11, 2011.
Fans should also tune in for weekly "watch parties" on the Smithsonian Channel's Facebook page. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5pm EST, expect an episode to be broadcast on social media with a host leading a state-specific trivia session.
Given the necessity of armchair travel while in quarantine, we suggest you start streaming this wonderful series immediately.
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