Top 10 best hot air balloon flights in the US

Top 10 best hot air balloon flights in the US

Balloons have become more popular , and many people have enjoyed smoothly soaring hundreds of feet over amazing scenery. Looking at your favorite spot in a hot air balloon gives you a whole new perspective from a bird’s eye view. You get a better view of how big and beautiful the natural sites are, and you can even appreciate in a new way the cities and towns you thought you were familiar with.

No. 1: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, home of the International Balloon Festival, is known as the ballooning capital of the world, so naturally it’s a fabulous place to fly in a hot air balloon. You can see the city, the Rio Grande, the Sandia Crest, the flora and fauna of the desert from above. A hot air balloon flight at sunrise in the Rocky Mountains will give you unforgettable memories, and a sunset flight will give you a different, but no less enchanting experience.

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No. 1: Albuquerque, New Mexico

2nd place: Kechee, Vermont

In Kechi, ballooning enthusiasts can fly over the hills of central Vermont and fly over Lake Pinneo so low you can watch the birds catch their breakfast. Soaring over Kechee Canyon, “Vermont’s Grand Canyon,” you get an amazing view of the Ottauquechee River below and the scenic bridge that crosses the gorge. The Kechi Covered Bridge is another sight to behold as the balloon flies over the village. Kechi is a village in the town of Hartford, near the Vermont-New Hampshire border. In the fall, you can expect to see the gorgeous fall colors for which Vermont is so famous. What better way to enjoy a breathtaking view of nature than from high up in a hot air balloon.

3rd Place: Napa Valley, California

Gliding high above the vineyards of Napa Valley in northern California is a delightful way to spend an hour or so of a warm California day. Several ballooning companies are vying to give you the flight of your life. Among the many balloon launch sites, you’re sure to find one you’ll love. Attractions to look out for include Old Faithful geyser in California, Mount St. Helens and the Palisade Cliffs. Balloon companies offer a variety of services, from pre-flight breakfast to a post-flight champagne brunch.

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3rd Place: Napa Valley, California

No. 4: Letchworth State Park, New York

Just a few hours from Niagara Falls is Letchworth State Park, with its own magnificent waterfalls and a canyon and area known as the “East Grand Canyon.” The best way to see the entire state park and all of its natural beauty in just a few hours is to take a hot air balloon flight. It gives you the unique experience of flying right over waterfalls, treetops and even snow-capped peaks depending on the weather.

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No. 4: Letchworth State Park, New York

5th Place: Grand Canyon, Arizona

Covering a distance of 277 miles, there’s no good way to see the entire Grand Canyon in a short amount of time without a hot air balloon. From above during a hot air balloon flight, you can trace the winding path of a canyon carved by water centuries ago and truly enjoy this natural wonder. Many of the flights will cross the widest part 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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5th Place: Grand Canyon, Arizona

6th Place: Rocky Mountains, Colorado

The Rocky Mountains are indeed one of the natural wonders of the United States, but trying to see them from below can be exhausting. A hot air balloon flight allows you to simply stand back and enjoy a 3,000-kilometer stretch of mountains, interspersed with lakes and streams, across several states and Canada. In some cases, you can even see the wildlife below or the tiny dots that are tourists or boaters enjoying Rocky Mountain National Park.

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6th Place: Rocky Mountains, Colorado

No. 7: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

The town of Lake Geneva and the lake itself are located in southeastern Wisconsin. It is a popular vacation spot for Milwaukee and Chicago residents. The lake covers about 8 square miles, is 9 miles long and 3 miles wide. Elegant mansions of yesteryear adorn the shoreline. A balloon passenger can look down on homes that once belonged to such American businessmen as Montgomery Ward, Richard Sears, William Wrigley and Allan Pinkerton. Some of these magnificent homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It will be a truly unforgettable balloon ride.

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No. 7: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

No. 8: Newberg, Oregon.

Located about 40 miles south of Portland, Oregon, the town of Newburgh is famous for former President Herbert Hoover living there for four years as a child. The house where he lived is now a museum. A hot air balloon flight will take passengers over part of the Willamette Valley and the Willamette River. On a clear day, you can see 10 mountain peaks, including the beautiful Mount Hood. You may even see other balloons in the air flying nearby. Your balloonist can descend right over the waters of the Willamette River in what’s called a “splash and tug.”

No. 9: Winter Park, Colorado

Hanging nearly two miles in the air above the Rocky Mountains, the only sound you’ll hear is the intermittent release of propane into the balloon. Located about an hour and a half from Denver, Winter Park is the perfect place to enjoy hot air ballooning. You’ll see snow-capped peaks up to 100 miles away as you follow the tracks of the Fraser River. Watch for bears from the safe height of the hot air balloon. You’ll be amazed at the majesty of the scenery of beautiful Colorado.

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No. 9: Winter Park, Colorado

#10: Asheville, North Carolina

Located in beautiful western North Carolina, Asheville is home to Biltmore Manor, the largest private home in America.

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#10: Asheville, North Carolina

Ballooning around Asheville is a treat for the senses. Great Smokey Mountains offers one magnificent view after another as the balloon soars over the treetops among the birds. Admire the colorful foliage of the Pisgah National Forest in the fall or enjoy a pastoral view of the rustic barns. In spring, dogwoods, azaleas, rhododendrons and a host of other wildflowers will overwhelm your senses with their beauty, uniquely visible from high ground.

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