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They are bright lights, festivals, and for everyone from all walks of life. Step onto the concrete jungles of America's most prominent and impressive cities. These playgrounds tower over hills and lakes and "Aerial Cities" takes viewers on an adventure to epic locations such as Las Vegas, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Miami, and Los Angeles. Celebrate these amazing journeys and the most treasured locations in America and the people who keep them running from day to day.

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Taking wing over Los Angeles reveals more than the secrets of Hollywood's back lots; aspiring actors line up in a nondescript warehouse district; the city is home to surfers and skateboarders; a working oil derrick is tucked into Cardiff Tower.
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San Francisco is famous for its hills, bridges and bay, but it is also known for its gridlock, ferries and wifi-enabled buses transporting tech workers to Silicon Valley; the tech boom reshapes the skyline; lighting engineers climb the Bay Bridge.
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From the bustling port to the neon-lit clubs of Miami Beach, Miami is revealed to be a city that's about much more than sun and surf; Cuban exiles still gather in Domino Park; Liberty Square inspires a movie; a pink flamingo haven.
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In Chicago, visitors head to the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center; one rooftop serves as a training ground for firefighters, while another is an exercise yard for inmates; Jennie and Julia Papilli swim two miles in Lake Michigan at dawn.
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Las Vegas depends on workers who do truly unique jobs; scuba-diving engineers fine tune the dancing fountains at the Bellagio, while window washers rappel down the glass pyramid of the Luxor; nearby Red Rock Canyon is a Mecca for climbers.
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In Seattle, Chief Seattle Days honor the Native American chief who gave the city its name; a tugboat tows timber to a lumberyard; the $4 billion Amazon campus occupies prime office space; Starbucks' headquarters is quartered in the Port of Seattle.

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