Top 10 Best Hot-Air Balloon Rides In The USA

Hot air balloons have become more popular and many people have gotten to enjoy the experience of gently hovering hundreds of feet above amazing landscapes. Looking at your favorite location in a hot air balloon gives you a brand new perspective with a bird’s eye view. You are better able to see how large and beautiful natural features are and can even gain a new appreciation for cities and towns you thought you were familiar with. Whether you plan on using a hot air balloon to simply get away from it all for a few hours or enjoy a romantic interlude, here are some great rides to go on in the United States.

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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1: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Address: 5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113

Home of the International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque is known as the Ballooning Capital of the World, so naturally is a fabulous place to take a ride in a hot-air balloon. From aloft, one can see the city, the Rio Grande, Sandia Crest, and desert flora and fauna. A sunrise balloon ride in the Rockies will give you an unforgettable memory, while a sunset ride will give a different, yet equally enchanting experience.

Quechee, Vermont
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2: Quechee, Vermont

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Address: 70 Village Green Circle Quechee , VT 05059

In Quechee the hot-air balloon enthusiast can float about the rolling hills of central Vermont, and glide over Lake Pinneo so low one can watch birds catching their breakfasts. Soaring over Quechee Gorge, “Vermont’s Grand Canyon,” affords an amazing view of the Ottauquechee River below and a picturesque bridge that spans the Gorge. The Quechee Covered Bridge is another sight to be watched for as the balloon drifts over the village. Quechee is an unincorporated village in the town of Hartford, and is near the Vermont/New Hampshire border. In the fall, one can expect to see the gorgeous autumn colors that Vermont is so famous for. What better way to enjoy nature’s spectacular display than from above in a hot-air balloon?

Napa Valley, California

3: Napa Valley, California

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Address: 4086 Byway E., Napa, CA 94558

Gliding high above the vineyards of northern California’s Napa Valley is a delightful way to spend an hour or so of a warm California day. Several ballooning companies are there vying to give you the ride of your life. With multiple balloon launch sites, you’re sure to find one that pleases you. Sights to look for include California’s Old Faithful Geyser, Mt. St. Helena and the Palisade Cliffs. The hot-air balloon companies offer a variety of amenities from a pre-flight breakfast to a post-flight champagne brunch.

Letchworth State Park, New York

4: Letchworth State Park, New York

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Address: 6773 Halvorsen Road, Portageville, NY 14536

Just a few hours away from Niagara Falls, Letchworth State Park is home to its own gorgeous waterfalls as well as a gorge and area known as the ‘Grand Canyon of the East.’ The best way to get to see the entire state park and all its natural beauty in a just a few hours is in a hot air balloon. This gives you the unique experience of flying just above waterfalls, the peaks of trees, and even snow-covered peaks depending on the weather.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

5: Grand Canyon, Arizona

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Address: 21705 N. 19th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85027

Spanning a distance of 277 miles, there is no good way to see all of the Grand Canyon in a short amount of time without a hot air balloon. From up above in a relaxing balloon ride you can follow the winding path of the canyon that water carved away ages ago and earn a true appreciation for this natural wonder. Many flights will cross the widest area of the canyon so you can see it from both sides and truly see the details of the ever-changing color of the rock formations.

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