Atlanta: Capital of the Southeastern USA
Atlanta, Georgia is the largest city in the Southeastern USA. Home to the world's busiest airport, it is also the primary transportation hub for the region. The city rose to international prominence when hosted the Olympic Game in 1996. In this video, contributor Marco Hernandez gives us a remarkable aerial tour of this southern metropolis, which as a much smaller city was famously burned to the ground during the US Civil War and was later the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Charlotte: North Carolina's #1 City
Contributor Bruce_Johnson4th created this impressive aerial video of Charlotte, the largest city in the Southeastern USA state of North Carolina. Charlotte's impressive skyline is testament to its status as a major city for the banking industry in the US, on a par with New York City. It's skyline is dominated by the 60 story Bank of America Corporate Center, headquarters for the country's second largest bank, which stands 265 meters (about 870 ft.) tall. It's one of the tallest skyscrapers in the Southeast.
New Orleans: Capital of the Old South
New Orleans, Louisiana is one of the oldest major cities in the Southeastern United States, and the largest up until the US Civil War. Situated near the mouth of the Mississippi River, New Orleans continues to have a hold on the American imagination, particularly so after the devastating Hurricane nearly leveled parts of the city and killed at least 1,000 people (possibly many more) in 2005. In this video Bumble Bee productions gives us a nice aerial tour of the Big Easy at night.
Nashville: Tennessee's Largest City
Nashville is a city on the Cumberland River in the state of Tennessee in the southeastern United States. Nashville is the largest city in Tennessee, and for years has been one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. In this impressive video, contributor BBloss flies a drone over Nashville and creates a beautiful aerial portrait of this city, whose Grand Ole Opry venue is known as the worldwide center of the multibillion dollar country music industry.
Charleston: South Carolina's Port City
Charleston is port city in the Southeastern USA state of South Carolina. While not the largest city in the state, it is the most well known by virtue of its past. Famously, the guns at Charleston's Fort Sumter fired the first shots of the US Civil War in 1861, setting off the most traumatic chapter of US history. More recently, the city was devastated by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. This aerial tour of Charleston is courtesy of contributor Grec's Whirlybird and his DJI Mavic Pro drone.
Memphis: Mississippi River City
Check out this aerial mini-tour of Memphis, Tennessee, compliments of contributor and drone pilot joshwms. Located in the southwestern corner of the state on the Mississippi River, Memphis is the Volunteer State's second largest city after Nashville. Memphis is most closely associated with musician Elvis Presley. His family moved here from nearby Tupelo, Mississippi in 1948, and a decade later he was perhaps the most famous person on earth, credited with having invented Rock and Roll.
Pinnacle Mountain in the Ozarks of Arkansas
Top contributor Droneloop created this spectacular video of a hiking trip to the top of Pinnacle Mountain in the Southeastern USA state of Arkansas. Pinnacle is part of the Oachitas range, which itself is part of the larger Ozark Mountain system. While the mountain is only 300 meters (about 1k ft) above sea level, it appearance is much more prominent due to it volcano-looking shape and its steep rise above the Arkansas River below it.
University of Alabama Stadium
The southeastern USA state of Alabama is one of the most important states for American football, yet it has no professional (National Football League) football team. Instead these energies are channeled into enthusiasm for college football, notably at the University of Alabama. In this video, contributor Alex Smirts flies a drone over the Bryant-Denny football stadium in Tuscaloosa, located near the center of this Southeastern USA state. It's named after the legendary U of A coach William "Bear" Bryant.
Topsail: On North Carolina's Coast
Top contributor Jeff Walrich treats us to this magnificent aerial tour of Topsail Beach, North Carolina, in the Southeastern USA. The town is situated on Topsail Island near Wilmington, near the southern end of North Carolina's Atlantic Ocean coastline. In pre-Revolutionary War times, the area was rumoured to be a hiding spot for pirates. In fact, the name "Topsail" derives from the lookouts maintained for the tops of pirate sailing ships. This video was shot with a DJI Mavic Pro drone.
Alabama: Heart of Dixie
Alabama is the heart of the Southeastern USA. Like many southern states, it's split between a mountainous Appalachian portion (in Alabama's case, the northern part of the state) and a flat portion under agricultural cultivation, which in Alabama's case was near the center of the great cotton growing area of the US Confederacy. In this video, 1man1drone gives us a an aerial view of some of the lowland territory of the state in the heart of Dixie.
Bourbon Street: New Orleans' French Quarter
LightandDrawing created this amazing aerial view of Bourbon Street, the most well known thoroughfare in New Orleans, Louisiana. It forms the heart of the French Quarter, the historical district of the Big Easy. The French Quarter figures prominently in the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die, the ninth in the series and the first to star Roger Moore as Agent 007. An important scene in the film was shot on Chartres Street, just two blocks from Bourbon.
Bodie Lighthouse on the Outer Banks
I-Drone-Aerial created this beautiful drone video of one of the most well known lighthouses on the US East Coast. Bodie Island lighthouse is located on an island of the same name, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Outer Banks, which lie on the state's northern Atlantic Coast, are notoriously difficult waters for ships. The Bodie Island Lighthouse, opened in 1873, was critical to improving the safety of shipping in these treacherous waters. The lighthouse is about 50 meters (about 155 ft.) in height.
The Great Port of New Orleans
Contributor @WesTheDroneMan created this fascinating drone video of the Port of New Orleans. Situated near the mouth of the Mississippi River, it's one of the busiest ports in the world. It handles both containers and bulk cargo, and is one of the ten busiest ports in the United States by tonnage. It handles several different types of ships, including barges (which move goods up and down the Mississippi) and ocean-going containerships and bulk cargo ships.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Check out this beautiful drone video of South Carolina's Hilton Head Island, compliments of contributor jarrettnixon. Hilton Head is located near the southern end of South Carolina's Atlantic coastline, just north of the city of Savannah in neighboring Georgia. It's one of the barrier islands which run along the coast of the Carolinas. Hilton Head is considered a prime beach and golf destination; the island and surrounding area are home to dozens of top golf courses.
Raleigh: North Carolina's Second City
Bumble Bee Productions created this beautiful night drone video of Raleigh, North Carolina's second most populous city and capital. It's located near the geographic middle of the state, and is the center of a metropolitan area which includes neighboring Durham and the university town of Chapel Hill. The city is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who founded the so-called "Lost Colony" of Roanoake on the Atlantic coast. Raleigh has a population of about a 500,000, and the metro area around 1.3 million.
Elvis Presley Country in Mississippi
Contributor and drone pilot strange2075 raced the sunset and won to capture this epic aerial view of Elvis Presley Lake near Tupelo, Mississippi. The lake is located in Lee County, in the northeastern corner of the state. It is named in honor of Tupelo's (and possibly Mississippi's) most famous son, Elvis Presley. He was born in Tupelo in 1935 and spent his formative years here. In 1948, his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee; while it took longer then, now it's only a two hour drive to the northwest on I-22.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
JOPProductions created this aerial tour of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the flagship of the University of Louisiana system. Lafayette lies near the center of the lower part of Louisiana, and is the state's fourth largest city. UL Lafayette was founded in 1898, originally as an industrial school rather than a four year undergraduate institution. It's one of nine campuses of the University of Louisiana system. The school's enrollment is around 20,000, of which about 10% are graduate students.
Columbia: In the Heart of South Carolina
Here is a great bird's eye view of Columbia, South Carolina as it hosted the first and second rounds of the 2019 NCAA (College) Men's Basketball Tournament, otherwise known as March Madness. Located in the center of the Palmetto State, Columbia is the state's second largest city (after Charleston) but is the center of its largest metropolitan area. Among other distinctions, the city is home to the flagship of the University of South Carolina's flagship campus, which has an enrollment of about 35,000.
The Port of Savannah, Georgia
Contributor Riverrat_productions created this aerial view of the port of Savannah, Georgia, one of the most important harbors on the USA's East Coast. The port is situated on the Savannah River, about 30 km (around 18 mi.) from its mouth on the Atlantic Ocean. As of 2019, Savannah is the fifth biggest container port in the United States, and the second busiest on the East Coast after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Vicksburg Bridge: Mississippi River Crossing
Top contributor TampaRandy created this drone video of an important Mississippi River bridge in the Southeastern USA. The Vicksburg Bridge crosses the USA's most important river where it serves as the border between the states of Louisiana and Mississippi. It is is part of I-20, the interstate highway which crosses through the heart of the Old South. Opened in 1973, the bridge is just southwest of the city of Vicksburg, the site of a pivotal battle during the USA's Civil War.
New Orleans Jazz Fest
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, better known as Jazz Fest, is an annual celebration of the music form which was born in the African American community of the Big Easy. The festival started in 1970. Held the last week of April, it's one of the city's biggest events and draws jazz lovers from all over the world. In this drone video by Bumble Bee Productions, you can see some of the sights and sounds of the 2019 Jazz Fest, which is held at the Fair Grounds Race Course north of downtown.
North Carolina's Wake Forest University
Wake Forest University is a private research university in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Famous alumni include author Maya Angelou, golfer Arnold Palmer, and NBA stars Chris Paul, Tim Duncan and Muggsy Bogues. Founded in 1834, the school has produced 15 Rhodes Scholars and is part of the NCAA’s prestigious ACC athletic conference. See the historic school's BB&T Field, Wait Chapel, Benson University Center and more throughout all four seasons in this 4K drone video by CLupton.
Georgia Dome Implosion
Top contributor Marco Hernandez used a DJI Inspire 2 drone to record the demolition of the Georgia Dome. Opened in 1992, the stadium served as the home field for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. It was the only stadium in the world to have hosted the Super Bowl, the Olympics, and the NCAA Final Four tournament. Located just west of downtown Atlanta, the stadium was demolished by implosion following the completion of Mercedes-Benz Stadium on an adjacent site.
60 Second Tour of Atlanta
Top contributor BBloss created this fantastic one minute aerial tour of Atlanta, the informal regional capital of the Southeastern USA. Situated in north central Georgia, the city is the center of a vast metropolitan area which numbers up to 7 million depending on definition. Atlanta is home to the world's busiest airport, and is a major corporate headquarters city. It is home to three central business districts (Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead) as well as numerous satellite "mini-cores" in its suburbs.
Louisiana's Lake Ponchartrain
TampaRandy created this aerial tour of southern Louisiana. It covers the area between Lake Ponchartrain to the Mississippi River. Pontchartrain is a brackish lake which is part of the river's delta. It sits north of New Orleans, and flooding from the lake caused catastrophic damage to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in September, 2005. It's a very large, shallow lake, with an area of about 1.6k square km (about 630 square mi.) but an average depth of only about 4 meters (around 12 ft.).
Charleston, South Carolina has one of the finest natural harbors on the USA's East Coast. In this video by contributor vvertigo, you'll get a bird's eye view of some of the scenery on the north side of the harbor. The area covered in the video runs from the lighthouse on Sullivan's Island, some ways east of central Charleston at the mouth of the harbor, to Patriot's Point, which lies just across the Cooper River from the city. You will also see the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, which spans the river and opened in 2005.
Pig Preserve in Tennessee
Douglas Thron uses his device of choice, the drone, to bring to light the plight of the pig in this aerial documentary about The Pig Preserve in Tennessee, USA. This animal sanctuary takes in pigs from all walks of life, from hurricane rescue, to factory farms, and to feral living. The preserve is in the Cumberland Mountains, which run through the middle part of the state. See these pigs living it up in their new place to call home in this enlightening Drone Video Awards' nominated piece.