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Best Hot Air Ballooning Places Around The World

Cappadocia, Sossusvlei, Albuquerque, Luxor, Monument Valley, Bagan, Queenstown, Park City, Sedona, Tuscany, Disney Springs, Loire Valley and many more.

Hot air balloon rides around the world are seeing a huge increase in their respective numbers as they serve the recreational purposes of letting people relax for a while and witness life from another perspective. Some people might prefer wildlife breathing underneath them making Namibia and Kenya as top spots on their list. Discover the thrill and serenity of these rides, with Turkey packages offering an equally mesmerizing experience above its diverse landscapes.

Similarly, some others would prefer a naturesque location for the best place to go hot air ballooning in the world. This could be New Zealand’s snow-capped mountains to valleys in France or deserts in Dubai. These hot air balloon rides in the world allow people a breath of refreshment and escape from worldly worries making the below mentioned places the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world.

Here is the list of best places for hot air ballooning around the Globe:

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Cappadocia, Turkey

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Cappadocia is one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world with its fairy-chimney shaped rock formations which were caused by volcanic eruptions in this area called the Monks Valley. It’s considered one of the best hot air balloon rides in the world as the views,both on-ground and up in the air, are unmissable.

The ride lasts for about 45 minutes to two hours offering two types of tours. One is a private tour where you can select who to go with, and the other one is a public tour where 6-8 of climb aboard and sail together.

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Serengeti, Tanzania

This is one of those hot air balloon rides in the world that lets you witness the eye-catching view of animals moving beneath you; hippos bathing, zebras running, giraffes strolling. Observing animals in their natural habitat isn’t something we see on a daily basis making Serengeti one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world.

You will see the largest migration of mammals that stretches from Tanzania to Kenya throughout the year. The best balloon operators use low noise burners here so that the balloons fly over the animals noiselessly.

Sossusvlei, Namibia

The shifting of the red and orange sands of the Namib desert make it so cinematic that a one day trip feels like an injustice being committed. Hence, this trip is a 3.5 hour excursion with at least one hour in the air, followed by a bush breakfast served at the landing spot mingled with the delicacies of Namibia.

This is one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world as this ocean of sand showcases endless vistas of shadows and light which make the place unmissable.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Among the best hot air balloons around the world, the “Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta” is a must-try activity in the month of October. This fest is held for nine days in the month of October here with concerts, fireworks and mass balloon rides that go on for day and night.

It offers the best hot air balloon rides in the world with sunny weather working in its favor and ballooning enthusiasts flocking to this place to enjoy the  clear midwest air. Infact, the visitors are allowed even hour-long rides with plenty others taking in the majestic sightings by staying on the ground.

Luxor, Egypt

Take delight in flying over some of the archaeological locations like the Colossi of Memnon and the Valley of Kings, and explore the contrasting landscape of dry deserts and lush greenery in just one ride. It’s one of the best hot air balloon rides in the world as it’s considered as an open air museum making you see the world’s most famous archaeological sites within two hours.

Luxor falls opposite to the ancient city of Thebes with its grid of thick, carved columns and letting you see the marvelous stone statues of Amenhotep III making it one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world.

Monument Valley, Utah

This picturesque site is one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world as innumerable films have been shot here including the 2011 adventure-drama 127 hours that’s based on a real life story. Each January, the Bluff Balloon Festival is held here with people competing for the best hot air balloon rides in the world and the vast panoramic aerial view acting as a backdrop.

 A hot air balloon around the world might not be possible but a ride here offers scenery that is out of an old world western movie with towering rock formations, mesas and gorges.

Bagan, Myanmar

From various hot air balloon rides in the world, one of them should be at Bagan due to the diversity it offers. This place lets you fly over thousands of Asian temples, pagodas, and even monasteries built between the 11th and 13th century.

Once a capital of the Burmese Empire, this golden city shines with every sunrise making the golden spires of temples and monuments look orange in color. This melange of colors happening in the sky every morning and during every ride makes it one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world.

Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is also known as the adventure sports capital of the world where people go for sports like bungee jumping, skydiving, hand-gliding, etc. Amongst experiences that include hot air ballooning in the world, this place doesn’t stand far behind.

An hour-long ride over turquoise blue waters, snow capped mountains and lush green bushes make you feel mesmerized by the beauty that nature has to offer. It has become one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world as the fog uncovers itself from the landscape and the balloon soars up in the air unveiling nature in its truest form.

Park City, Utah

Park City is already a world famous ski destination but it has become one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world due to its majestic views of the Kamas Valley early in the morning.

Of all the hot air balloon rides in the world, this one is a must watch  with the streets of Park City becoming miniscule as you move towards the West, and the rugged Wasatch mountains setting themselves aglow with the rising sun. These colorful balloons dotting the clear blue sky make it one of the most memorable hot air balloon rides around the world.

Sedona, Arizona

This beautiful red-rock country offers a larger than life scenery that lets you appreciate beauty in its  full form. It’s one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world as the sun makes the red rocks grow in pink-and-purple hues making it awe-worthy for anyone witnessing it from above in the sky.

Sedona also has a speciality with important energy fields located there known as Vortexes that help people with healing, meditation and even self-exploration. The treks to these places are also possible when taking a hot air balloon ride here.

Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany as a destination speaks for itself with its landscape of golden and green hills offering views of villages and castles which in turn transcend people to medieval times. It makes them wonder how plain and simple life could be when living in the plains (pun intended).

Of all the hot air balloon rides around the world, this makes for a very exotic location as proposing on a hot air balloon followed by a treat to a local Tuscan breakfast which includes farm-fresh produce and baked bread would make for a cherishing experience. The cherry on the top here is the multitude of cities that are offered in the plan and the aerial view of the vineyards.

Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Florida

The Disney Springs offers a tethered balloon ride at Aerophile and thus, the ones who are scared of heights can feel a tiny bit secure here. This ride ascends for 8 minutes in the air, lifting up till 400 ft into the sky and lets you take 360 degree views of the park below.

Around 30 people come onboard along with the pilot and clear days make way views as far as 10 miles. This makes for one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world as one sees ships crossing by underneath and takes in the views of what was once known as Downtown Disney.

Loire Valley, France

Loire Valley has a rich history of chateaux, cathedrals and memorials which when looked at from above leave you mesmerized, making it one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, that’s also home to a winding river and offers lush greenery. It’s only two hours away from Paris and the best views are enjoyed either during sunsets or sunrises with rows of corn flowing and flowers blossoming.

Melbourne, Australia

If you have had enough of landscape experiences and would like an urban touch, then, Melbourne would just make for one of the best hot air balloon rides around the world for you.

Amuse yourself while floating over the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Shrine of Remembrance, the Yarra River, and even the cricket stadium. There’s another place around Melbourne which is known for its world-class wineries and its safe and serene atmosphere with a patchwork of orchards, vineyards and farms lined up framing the scene.

Teotihuacan, Mexico

Teotihuacan is located 50 kilometers to the Northeast of Mexico, and its archaeological remains make it one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world.

This city was once considered the greatest city in North America and has a rich history which is showcased by its different structures, especially its Pyramids. The ride takes you over this city called City of Gods which houses the Temple of Quetzalpapalotl, the Avenue of the Dead, and the Massive Pyramids of Sun and Moon. This ride must be taken to take in an aerial view of the place that is sure to leave you breathless.

Wadi Rum, Jordan

It is a dramatically beautiful but barren landscape where people of the Zalabia Bedouin tribe have lived for a millenia now.

This is one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world as witnessing their life in this copper-sand desert makes it very interesting especially for the history and anthropology buffs. One of the pillars is named after E.E. Lawrence’s autobiography ‘The Seven Pillars of Wisdom’. The sunrises here on the ride are an outworldly experience and must be taken into consideration.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

This destination covers more than 500 acres and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site also housing the Planet’s largest religious monument. This destination served as the Khmer Empire’s Capital and is very well preserved today.

It’s the most popular tourist attraction  in the entire country and thus would make for one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world. The hot air balloons here remain tethered to a cable for optimal safety and these 10 minutes rides are enjoyed the most during calm winds.

Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Imagine yourself 10,000 feet up in the air, before dawn and watching the sunrise over mountains. This is the experience that you will remember for a lifetime and this does make Oberland, one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world.

Moreover, the Alps and its various peaks are visible on a sunny day from up in the air. . Balloon rides start from Chateaux d’Oex, operate year-round and sell like hot cakes in the winter season as they are snow covered. It’s also home to the Annual International Balloon Festival which is held in the month of January.

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

This ride also begins before dawn as one departs this modernist city for surrounding deserts. You basically watch the sunrise over Hajar mountains flowing over an endless stretch of sand.

 It becomes one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world as one keeps their eyes out for Gazelles, Camels and the vulnerable statused Arabian Oryx. The balloons here land inside vintage camps from where you’re taken on camel rides and treated to full-fledged breakfasts. Due to the scorching heat in Dubai, this is only offered in the months of September and May.

Napa Valley

California’s Napa Valley is known all over the world for its picturesque vineyards. Vineyards, even when visited on foot make-up for one of the most stunning views. It’s no surprise then that when viewed from above, they’d surely make for one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world.

The eco-conscious visitors and vineyard owners preserve the beauty of this landscape. It also offers mild weather year-round making it an ideal destination to be visited anytime of the year. The local operators here have a lot of knowledge about the area’s vineyards and make for great guides up in the air.

Maasai Mara, Kenya

The months of July to October are considered the best time to visit due to the herd migration that happens here with Mara river crossings and zebras, gazelles and wildebeests migrating towards another side of the country.

Flying above these African plains early in the morning provides a variety of opportunities; viewing the animals fend for water and food. Another is watching the sunrise as the landscape in different colors is truly a magnificent experience making it one of the best places to go hot air ballooning in the world.

People Also Ask About Cappadocia

  1. Which are the best hot air balloon festivals in the world to participate in?

    The best places to go hot air ballooning in the world are:

    1. Albuquerque balloon festival in New Mexico which also organizes a 9 day fest in october for all the balloon enthusiasts and visitors.

    2. Saga International Balloon Festival, Japan is the most popular festival in all of Asia with the balloons coming in various forms and shapes.

    3. Canberra Balloon Spectacular International Festival is also a 9 day event with balloons from Australia and overseas lining up the skyline into a flurry of colors.

    4. Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is one of the largest in all over Europe where as many as 100 balloons launch at the same time, making it a massive event.
  2. Why is a hot air balloon so famous?

    Hot air balloon rides around the world are becoming famous as they serve recreational purposes. They let people enjoy a quiet afternoon or an evening away from worldly affairs and add a competitive streak in people when they participate in competitions and set new records.
  3. What are the things to keep in mind while going by hot air balloon?

    There are definitely a few things that must be kept in mind when going on any hot air balloon rides in the world. From dressing comfortably, wearing sturdy shoes to carrying your gadgets, their equipment and the covers along with you. Most importantly, talking to your pilot in case of anxiety.
  4. How to dress to go for a hot air balloon?

    All hot air balloon rides around the world require you to dress comfortably, wear sturdy shoes according to the respective seasons and wear layers which can be removed later on, but wear those instead of shivering up in the air. For example, wearing boots for winters and carrying sunscreens, sunglasses and even hats during summers.
  5. In which country is hot air balloon famous?

    Cappadocia, Turkey makes for the most famous hot air balloons as it gives the riders a feeling of being in a fairytale with sun setting and the rocks looking like fairy chimneys’ with hundreds of colorful balloons dotting the skyline.
  6. What is the hot air balloon capital of the world?

    Albuquerque, New Mexico is considered the hot air balloon capital of the world with the grandest balloon festival being organized here for a period of 9 days where balloon enthusiasts, newbies, visitors and professionals, all participate together making it an event worth witnessing.
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