The World’s Best Hot Air Balloon Rides
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Seeing a place from above is one of the best ways to put it into perspective. Looking down from the clouds puts a destination on the map and enables the visitor to put together the pieces and directions of each and every building or natural monument in a landscape.
Hot air ballooning, helicopter tours, plane rides — even extreme sports like base jumping and sky diving — can really change the perspective of a location. However, hot air ballooning is a singular experience. Floating almost weightless and nearly silent over a place in a colorful balloon paints the entire destination in different hues.
There are a number of locations where you can hot air balloon, but Afar has hunted down 28 of the best. From soaring over Cappadocia to flying in a festival, these are some of the most sought-after experiences you can have in the air.
Number-one on the list is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, but it’s hardly the only place in the U.S. where you can go up in a balloon. Perhaps the most remote is a hot air balloon ride in the North Pole, the tethered ride is available through Quark Expeditions.
While that journey may be the most remote, it’s far from the most incredible. Take a look a the complete list.
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