When the shuttle came to NYC, it flew by my office a couple of times. Unfortunately I didn't have a camera handy. Pretty cool. I work in New Jersey, right by the Hudson River a little north of Manhattan, and the plane flew up the Hudson, turned around, then flew back south towards JFK airport (I think it was that one). I missed the barge take it to the aircraft carrier, where it sits now. Damn work got in the way.
I was at the foot of the runway at LAX. We got treated to two fly-overs (one before it went to Orange County, one when it came back) before it came in for a landing. Having lived in SoCal for 11 years, I've always wanted to see a shuttle landing at Edwards AFB. Every time it happened, though, I was unable to get out there in time. Better late than never, I suppose.
A bitter sweet day for the space program.
The good thing is: in two weeks, we get to do this again and watch it be towed to the California Science Center!
quip on a local radio station: "If they had added a Merccedes hood ornament, tinted windows and tires with spinning chrome rims, no one would ever have noticed the shuttle rolling through downtown Los Angeles"