Seeing the world from a bird’s eye view in a hot air balloon is a once in a lifetime experience. There are whole festivals dedicated to hot air balloons and people pay a pretty penny to experience one themselves, ever since the first balloon took flight in 1783. There have been numerous attempts to fly around the world in a hot air balloon. Every October people flock to a hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico—and it’s the world’s most photographed event. So, hot air balloons are a pretty big deal.
The first hot air balloon was commissioned to fly over the heads of Marie Antoinette—famous Queen of France—and since then have ballooned (literally) into so much more. From 1783 on, hot air balloons have been used in wars, have become glass-bottomed and have been raced in the skies.
What better way to see a beautiful landscape than from above in a graceful hot air balloon? Some of the best rides include those that take you over the Costa Rican Rainforest, Sedona, Arizona over the seven canyons, The Napa Valley and quaint and beautiful cities in France. These unforgettable trips will set you back around $200 per person for an hour. So if you’ve got some extra money to spend, it’s well worth it.
If you’re not into riding up in the skies, try going to a hot air balloon festival, like the popular one in Albuquerque. There are festivals all over the United States each year where people go to gaze at the beautifully decorated balloons in the sunset. It’s a beautiful—and free—sight to see in the sky.
So hop in and see where the wind takes you. You won’t be disappointed.