Ever wished for epic views that last for miles, constantly changing landscapes and the freedom of the open skies? If you’ve never tried hot air ballooning then it really should be on your bucket list as it’s such an exhilarating experience. The world looks completely different when you travel by balloon but there are some views that will simply take your breath away. Here are some magnificent destinations for hot air ballooning in the United States:
#1 Napa Valley, California
This is one of the biggest wine regions in the world with a gorgeously warm climate surrounded by mountains. This is the perfect route for viewing vineyards as far as the eye can see. There are hour long flights over the valley with various packages including breakfast and sparkling wine. You can even combine a hot air balloon ride with a fascinating tour of a vineyard to complete your experience.
#2 Grand Canyon, Arizona
Sheer natural beauty, this stunning landmark looks great from any angle but from the air, it is simply jaw-dropping. Look down on the iconic orange shades of the canyon that stretches for almost 300 miles with flights that take place over the widest and most impressive parts of this natural wonder. Some of these tours will take you to incredible heights of 18,000 feet!
#3 Black Hills, South Dakota
This is where you’ll find the world-famous Mount Rushmore and what better way to see this iconic monument than from up high. Hot air balloon flights can be booked that take you right over the sculpture, depending on wind direction of course. There’s surely no better way to view this impressive 500-foot sculpture.
#4 Rocky Mountains, Colorado
The striking beauty of the Rocky Mountains is best experienced as you glide serenely through the air. An early morning departure will guarantee the freshest, crisp mountain air over one of the most well-known ranges in the country. Taking you to heights of around 10,000 feet, these are some views that you will never forget.
#5 Poteau, Oklahoma
This large state has few sprawling urban metropolises so you’re in for a wealth of wide open countryside and farmlands for as far as the eye can see. There is also a popular balloon festival held in this small town so they take their ballooning seriously indeed! Poteau offers the perfect opportunity for plenty of sunshine and huge views.
#6 Barnard, Vermont
Imagine miles of orangey-red fall trees, fertile farmland and gently rolling hills. Vermont offers the ideal romantic, magical destination for a hot air balloon ride due to its stunning scenery of rivers, lakes, colorful foliage and quaint farms. The area around Barnard is particularly lovely for getting a unique bird’s eye view.
#7 Amelia Island, Florida
If you’d rather choose a coastal flight then this island just off the coast of Florida is the choice for those who want to escape it all. The ocean views are awe-inspiring and the diverse and tropical Florida countryside will draw you in as well. Known as the state’s favorite island, you’ll also find great beaches and tons of culture on land too.
#8 Monterey, California
Another flight with fresh ocean views can be experienced at Monterey. This town is both romantic and quaint, offering exceptional views of ocean wildlife, the water itself and the pretty coastline. For the ultimate romantic experience, take a sunrise or sunset trip and be swept away by the majesty of nature and some unforgettable vistas.
#9 Taos, New Mexico
New Mexico is already famed for its air balloon festivals so you know you’re in for a treat. Santa Fe or Albuquerque both offer amazing air adventures but one of the prettiest mountain towns to view from the sky is Taos. Here you’ll discover huge, open skies and some of the most striking landscapes with the nearby Rio Grande Gorge, all from the comfort of your own private hot air balloon.
#10 Letchworth State Park, New York
If Niagara Falls is just too busy and touristy for you then head to Letchworth, only a few miles away and with its own gorge and falls. See the entire beauty of the park by hot air balloon, over the waterfalls, the trees and the mountain peaks. The park is so stunning, it’s known as the ‘Grand Canyon of the East’.