11 Hot Air Balloon Rides That Will Make Your Heart Soar


They are a bucket list staple, the stuff proposal dreams are made of. Hot air balloon rides just scream “unforgettable memories.” And no matter where you choose to ascend into the clouds, the views will be incredible. But if we’re already talking ultimate bucket list-worthy experiences here, these 11 destinations around the world take hot air balloon rides to new heights.

1. Napa Valley, U.S.

Float above the area’s famed vineyards (and maybe bring along a bottle for the ride).

2. Tanzania’s Serengeti

Observe the wildlife of the African savanna from a bird’s eye view.

3. Cappadocia, Turkey

Experience the iconic Turkish desert skies for yourself.

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4. Lake Tahoe, U.S.

Admire the serene alpine lake from above the peaks of the Sierra Nevadas.

5. France’s Loire Valley

Sail over medieval French towns and quaint villages.

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6. Wadi Rum, Jordan

Fly over the red desert sands of Jordan.

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7. England’s Lake District

Soar above the English countryside.

8. Sedona, U.S.

Glide over Arizona’s red rock canyons.

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9. Australia’s Gold Coast

Fly from coastal beaches to subtropical rainforests.

10. Asheville, U.S.

See all the fall colors — they’re even more beautiful from above.

11. Queenstown, New Zealand

Take calmly to the air in the adventure capital of the world.