Highlights of Northern California from Above
This drone video by contributor Thatdroneview starts off by exploring the Presidio in San Francisco where the Golden Gate Bridge appears to float above dense Northern California fog. Shot with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro, the video then moves on to other classic Northern California spots like the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts and the Bixby Bridge on the famed Big Sur coastline. Prepare to be amazed by the bird's eye views of some of the most iconic sights in America.
Central Coast: Big Sur
Top contributor Dave Yip earned a Drone Video of the Week nomination for this epic drone video of California's Big Sur, a stretch along its central coast. It runs about 110 km (about 70 mi.) on California Route 1 from Carmel to San Simeon. It's known as one of the most pristine stretches of coastline anywhere in the developed world; the entire region is home to only about 2,000 residents. The video features some of the most well known sites along the famous route, including the Bixby Bridge.
Drone Tour of San Francisco
A great deal of care went into this 4k cinematic drone reel of San Francisco from contributor AttilioRuffoPhotography. He cautiously flew a DJI Mavic Pro drone over the northern California city, capturing its skyline (including the new Salesforce Tower), the famed Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill, Dolores Park, and more. If you love the City by the Bay, these bird's eye views will delight you!
Exploring Los Angeles
Los Angeles, often synonymous with California, has always been able to hold our collective imaginations captive. You'll dream a little dream of America's second largest city when you watch this cinematic reel from filmmaker Marco Hernandez. The quick cuts from scenes of the famed Pacific Ocean, to the towering skyscrapers of the downtown district and the hills of Hollywood, to the many amusements offered by Southern California, perfectly capture the lively vibe of the City of Angels.
Santa Rosa Fire Devastation
One of the ironies of the beauty of the great USA state of California is how fragile it all is. Earthquakes, mudslides, and forest fires regularly visit devastation on the Golden State. In this video, Douglas Thron used a drone to show the devastation of local homes in the Santa Rosa area, north of San Francisco, from a wildfire which raged out of control for days during the month of October, 2017. This production was shared by many media outlets across the country.
Over the Monterey Peninsula
Contributor Travispacheco created this stunning video from the area around the Monterey Peninsula, which lies roughly in the middle of California's Pacific coastline. Using mostly drone footage, the video features footage of the famed Pebble Beach Golf Course, Spanish Bay, Pacific Grove, and 17 Mile Drive, the road connecting Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove. The areas shown are considered some of the most beautiful spots in the USA, and have been used to film countless movies and TV shows.
The LA Lifestyle
Contributor Lucas Pinhel is an Instagram phenomenon, with over 200k followers who love his creative videos combining drones, ground camera, and people. In this piece, he travels to Los Angeles, California to make one of his signature videos, one that highlights many aspects of living that LA lifestyle. Whether it's playing basketball with buddies, rollerskating on the sidewalks of Venice Beach, or grabbing a bite from In-N-Out, this drone footage is all about the City of Angels.
LA Pro Demo Reel
Angel City Aerial is one of the top professional drone piloting companies in Southern California. All the thrilling city action of Los Angeles comes together in this impressive professional aerial reel. This aerial footage company skillfully captured time-lapse shots of the Los Angeles skyline at day and night and from various angles, epic shots of the famed Hollywood sign in the hills northwest of downtown, amazing aerial shots of a tux-clad BMXer, and more sights and sounds of the City of Angels.
Up and Down the Golden State
Head west with contributor Deniz to the golden state of California in this beautifully cinematic drone video from a trip to America's Golden State. He traveled through its northern and southern regions to capture aerial footage of all its great features. From the prickly cactus-filled deserts, to the famous pier of Santa Monica, to the winding roads of San Francisco, and to the waves of the Pacific, he really captured the true essence of California in this Drone Video of the Week nominee.
La Jolla: The Jewel
La Jolla means "The Jewel" in Spanish. And that it is. Just a few miles north of San Diego on the Pacific Coast, La Jolla has one of the finest beaches in California. It has always been extremely popular with popular with surfers, snorkelers, kayakers, and hang gliders who launch from La Jolla's famed cliffs overlooking the beach. Now drone pilots are discovering this magical spot on the Pacific, as you'll see from this amazing aerial video from contributor Skyguy.
Aerial Tour of the Bay Area
For a 60 second tour of the proverbial City by the Bay, it's tough to beat this one by iDroneU. With short bursts of epic footage, you will be taken around to see virtually all of the highlights of San Francisco. Watch it for bird's eye views of Lombard Street, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio, the Financial District, the Marina area, and more. The highlight is probably some amazing overhead shots of Alcatraz, the former prison-island in the middle of San Francisco Bay.
Lake Tahoe by Drone
Brad Scott Visuals created this stunning aerial of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, on the border between California and Nevada. With a surface area of just under 490 square km (around 190 square mi.), it's the largest Alpine lake in North America and the sixth largest by water volume, and it's #2 for maximum depth at 500m (1.6k ft.). Famously, the lake was used to film a scene at the end of The Godfather: Part II (1974), and nearby Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.
Around LA with a Drone
Take an aerial tour of sunny Los Angeles in this beautiful compilation of drone footage of the great Southern California metropolis. From the Pacific Coast to the iconic Hollywood sign in the hills above the city, from the Venice Skate Park to the wealth and fame of Bevery Hills, evanthomas1 takes us around all the sights and sounds of modern Los Angeles. With its upbeat and energetic feel, this drone video brings a new romantic feeling to the City of Angels.
Drone Tour of the Bay Area
Contributor SFDrones put together this epic aerial video of the San Francisco Bay area. While it's got amazing bird's eye views of the iconic San Francisco skyline, much of the video is shot outside of "the City" as its known to the locals. It has some amazing aerial shots of the South Bay, including the area around the Dumbarton Bridge (the southernmost of the three bridges which cross the bay, Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara (home of the 49ers football team), and much more.
LA's Silicon Beach
Although surfing didn't originate in California, it was in the Golden State where an obscure activity which originated in the South Pacific migrated (by way of Hawaii) and became transformed into a mainstream activity seen throughout the world. The cauldron where this occurred was in the string of beach communities west of Los Angeles from Huntington Beach to Malibu. Contributor Sky.shots brings us this drone video of surfing in this legendary area, now referred to as Silicon Beach.
Pebble Beach Mansion Promo
Without doubt, the most flattering view of a $32 million mansion on California's Pacific coast is an aerial one. Contributor Douglas Thron put together this epic drone video of an extremely high end residential property located on Pebble Beach golf course in northern California. It's on the southwest-facing side of the Monterey Peninsula, opposite the city of Moneterey. The bird's eye views of this gem, tucked in close to one of the world's most famous golf courses, is simply spectacular.
San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge connects the City of San Francisco with Marin County to its north, at the opening of San Francisco Bay. It was conceived during the depths of the Great Depression, and at the time of its completion in 1937, it was the longest and tallest suspension span bridge in the world at 1.3k meters (4.2k ft.). Contributor Jordanthe used a drone to create a memorable aerial view of this bridge, which since its construction has been one of the most iconic sites in the United States.
California's Redwood Forests
Contributor Trey Player used a drone to serve up this epic bird's eye view of California's Redwood Forest, just north of San Francisco. Redwood trees, which are unique to northern California, are part of the sequoia family. They are not only the world's tallest trees but also the oldest living organisms on earth. The Redwood Forest has been the scene of some feature movie filmings, notably the speeder bike chase scene in the Star Wars episode Return of the Jedi (1983).
A Weekend in LA
What can you if you have a week in Los Angeles with a drone and a ground camera. Find out in this epic video by contributor Bentleyian11. He spent the time compiling this amazing portrait of America's second largest city. Starting with an epic shot of the famous Hollywood sign, he takes us around the city's great beaches, the skatepark at Venice Beach, Dodger Stadium, and the mansions of Hollywood Hills, interspering some amazing shots of the downtown skyline.
Mojave Desert: Trona Pinnacles
Panvelvet is one of the more creative artists we have on AirVuz.com, frequently capturing captivating images, then using that powerful imagery to tell an entertaining narrative. This Drone Video of the Week is no exception. It was shot in a number of spots in throughout Southern California, but the focus of the video is the Trona Pinnacles, an other-worldly looking set of rock formations that are part of the California Desert National Conservation Area in the Mojave Desert.
California's Mojave Desert
Death Valley is located in the Mojave desert of southeastern California. It's a land of extremes - the lowest point in the USA, and home of some of the hottest temperatures ever recorded. In the 1970's, the other-worldly look of the place caught the attention of a filmmaker named George Lucas. The result was that Death Valley was used as a filming location for the first Star Wars movie, now called Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. In this video, EUCORP gives us a bird's eye view of the famous valley.
San Luis Obispo: Carrizo Plain
While California isn't generally known for pronounced changes of season, that isn't true throughout the entire state. For example, the Carrizo Plain near San Luis Obispo in central California sees a pronounced transition to spring, a time when when thousands upon thousands of wildflowers come to life. In the spring of 2017, heavy winter rainfall caused a so-called "superbloom", which was skillfully captured via drone by contributor Drone One Media.
Sierra Nevada's: Donner Pass
California's Donner Pass is the key passageway through the Sierra Nevada Mountains; it was the route for the famous Central Pacific railroad and later for I-80. It's one of the snowiest places in the USA, with an average of over 10 meters (over 400 inches) of snowfall every year. Without snow removal, much of Northern California would be "snowed in". In this drone video from AerialKelly, you'll see the snowfighters of the Union Pacific (successor to the CP) as they battle to clear the rails after a big snow.
Lighthouse of Big Sur
Contributor Jayxlamar created this beautiful drone video of one of the most well recognized lighthouses on the USA's Pacific Coast. Point Sur Lighthouse is situated near the southern end of the famous Big Sur coastline in Monterey, California, a 2-3 hour drive south of the Bay Area. Built in 1889, it stands about 80 meters 9around 270 ft.) above sea level on the Point Sur Peninsula. Point Sur is the only lighthouse of this type in California which is open to the public.
DVOW Finalist Video of LA
Contributor Tommy Choi used a drone to make this highly imaginative aerial video of Los Angeles, America's great Second City. Using a variety of editing techniques, his video shows us the towering skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles (including the new Wilshire Grand tower, the city's tallest) and the nearby Southern California shoreline from an amazing new perspective. This video was a finalist for the AirVuz Drone Video of the Week Contest in 2018.
Marin County: Muir Woods
Muir Woods is one of the great natural treasures of the San Francisco Bay area. It's an area of old growth redwood forests near Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The main area of the woods was donated to the US government from a private citizen, and later converted to a national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt. In this video from Trosencrantz, you'll get a bird's eye view of the fog-enshrouded ancient forest.
Donner Party's Winter Camp
A2Films created this beautiful drone video of Donner Lake in Northern California. The lake is situated on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, just a few minutes drive northwest of Lake Tahoe. The lake was the setting for one of the most horrific American pioneer stories: the Donner Party's ill-fated expedition to California. They reached what is now Donner Pass in late 1846 but were trapped for four months with virtually no food; the half that survived did so by eating the dead.