The Rocky Mountains are truly one of the natural wonders in the United States, but it can be exhausting to try to view them from below. Riding in a hot air balloon lets you simply stand back and enjoy the 3,000 mile stretch of mountains interspersed with lakes and streams across several states and into Canada. In some cases, you may even be able to see some wildlife down below or tiny dots which are hikers or boaters enjoy the Rocky Mountain National Park.
The town of Lake Geneva and the lake itself is situated in the southeastern part of Wisconsin. It’s a popular vacation destination for Milwaukee and Chicago residents. The lake covers about eight square miles and is nine miles long and three miles wide. Elegant mansions from yesteryear grace the shoreline. The hot-air balloon passenger can look down on homes that once were owned by such American business scions as Montgomery Ward, Richard Sears, William Wrigley, and Allan Pinkerton. Several of these magnificent homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This will truly be an unforgettable balloon ride.
Located about 40 miles south of Portland, Oregon, the town of Newburg’s claim to fame is that former president Herbert Hoover lived there for four years as a boy. The home he lived in is now a museum. A hot-air balloon ride takes passengers over a portion of the Willamette Valley and the Willamette River. You’ll be able to see 10 mountain peaks on a clear day including the beautiful Mt. Hood. You may even see other balloons in the air flying nearby. Your balloonist may dip down to just above the waters of the Willamette River in what is known as a splash ‘n dash.
Hanging almost two miles in the air above the Rockies, the only sound you will hear is the periodic blast of propane into the balloon. Located about 1½ hours from Denver, Winter Park is an ideal location to indulge in a hot-air balloon experience. You’ll see snow-capped peaks as far away as 100 miles as you follow the Fraser River a ways. Watch for bears from the safety of the balloon gondola. You will be awed by the grandeur of the scenery of beautiful Colorado.
Located in beautiful western North Carolina, Asheville is the home of the Biltmore Estate, the largest private home in America. Hot-air ballooning around Asheville is a treat to the senses. The Great Smoky Mountains offer one gorgeous vista after another as the balloon soars about the treetops among the birds. Marvel at the colorful foliage of the Pisgah National Forest in the autumn, or enjoy pastoral views of rustic barns. In springtime the dogwood, azaleas, rhododendron, and a myriad of other wildflowers will put your senses into overload with their beauty, uniquely seen from above.