10 Most Beautiful Hot Air Ballooning Destinations/Tours

Our world is full of incredible views, and seeing them from the sky puts them in a whole new perspective. Explore these amazing hot air ballooning destinations throughout the US.

Monument Valley, UT

Monument Valley is one of the many incredibly beautiful natural sites that adorn Utah. While hiking throughout this valley is limited, you’ll get spectacular views from the air.

Upstate New York, NY

Upstate New York feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. For ballooning, the gorgeous landscape of the natural Northeast is the ideal setting. A particularly popular favorite is Letchworth State Park, often called the Grand Canyon of the East.

Asheville, NC

Surrounded by national forests and national parks, Asheville, North Carolina has long been a destination for sightseeing in nature, and that extends to the skies too. Ballooning gives you a view of that spectacular scenery along with the city views of Asheville and even the sprawling Biltmore Estate.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque has stunning desert views all year round, but for ballooning, it’s truly the place to go for the city’s annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Head here next October for an amazing balloon festival and balloon races.

Disney Springs at Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL

For ballooning beginners or people who have a fear of heights, a tethered balloon can be a more comfortable entry into hot air ballooning. Disney Springs at Walt Disney World offers gorgeous views of the Florida landscape and the Disney parks without the feel of floating freely in the sky.

Black Hills, SD

One of the best features of a great hot air balloon ride is the ability to see a variety of types of scenery with one tour. That’s what you’ll find in Black Hills, SD, with the incredible landscape decorated with mountains, lakes, valleys, and more.

Napa Valley, CA

Every wine fan knows that Napa Valley is known for its vino, but in between checking out the amazing wineries in the valley, make sure you set aside time to take in the incredible scenery from the sky with a hot air balloon ride.

Lake Geneva, WI

The stunning Geneva Lake, located not far from Milwaukee, is a picturesque lake that seems to arise out of nowhere in the midwestern fields of Wisconsin. It looks even better from the air, as does the town around it known as Lake Geneva, especially during the warmer months of the year.

Lake Tahoe, NV

Lake Tahoe is an epic destination for anyone who needs a break from the heat of the Southwest with a refreshing dip. Hot air ballooning over Lake Tahoe lets you take in all the incredible lake views along with the mountain landscape in the distance.

Rocky Mountains, Denver, CO

The Rocky Mountains are among the best-known natural features in the US, and as much fun as they are to hike and ski, they’re also infinitely enjoyable from the air. While the Rocky Mountains span several states, Denver is an excellent place to launch.

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