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If you love to travel, you probably have a bucket list of places you want to visit. But, if you are looking for an adventure, then hot air ballooning in the most unexpected places might just be your thing.

See The World From a Hot Air Balloon!

There’s a reason hot air balloon rides are always on many peoples bucket lists. That’s because it’s a truly memorable flying experience and can take you to the most unexpected places.

The freedom, the sights, and the majestic balloons are wonderful, but what makes this experience even more exciting is the inability to steer!

It’s the perfect means of transportation for travelers who want to travel nowhere! Check out these great spots to start your hot air balloon adventure.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serengeti National Park is a hot air balloon haven. Here you can see lions, hippos, and giraffes sauntering through the plains. Most hot air balloon rides over the park start before sunrise with a beautiful view of the sunrise. The best part is that you will float wherever the wind takes you, and so it is hard to know where your trip will end.

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve has been a dreamy backdrop for many hot air balloon trips. Same as the Serengeti, the wildlife is available all-year-round, but the view here is even more spectacular, especially when the wildebeest are migrating between July and October.

Cappadocia, Turkey
View the ethereal “fairy chimneys” of Turkey’s Cappadocia region on a hot air balloon. The landscape is remarkable and surreal and filled with brown desert sand and limestone Rock Mountains. Hot air balloon trips are available any time of the year, so look out for more interesting sights like the pigeon houses, orchards, and vineyards.

Napa Valley, California
Our very own Napa Valley is also on the list of ‘must-see’ hot air balloon locations. Experience Napa Valley from a whole new perspective and take off from one of three launch points—at Yountville, Paradisa, or Pope Valley. The vineyards of Napa Valley are a pleasant surprise for those who love nature and landscapes. With more than 600 wineries in the area, the view is spotted with a blend of green and purple colors that will delight you.

Dubai Desert, UAE
Dubai is an astonishing city, but there is more to Dubai than luxury hotels and tall buildings. The UAE is blessed with a truly beautiful desert that you will absolutely adore, especially on a hot air balloon ride. You will enjoy a panoramic view of Dubai’s golden sands because it is one of the most adored hot air balloon destinations worldwide.

Queenstown, New Zealand
A hot air balloon ride may not seem that great when you consider all the other amazing activities in New Zealand for active travelers. Queenstown is known as the extreme adventure capital of NZ and is a great place to tick off an item on your bucket list. Expect an adrenaline rush when you go on a hot air balloon ride. You can also enjoy an early morning ride with a glimpse of adorable lakes, rivers, mountains and golf courses. The landscape is breathtaking and shows that New Zealand is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Château-d’Oex, Switzerland
The antiquated, fairytale villages of Château d’Oex and the neighboring Swiss Alps is a treasured hot air balloon region. The experience is definitely more pleasant at the peak of winter at about January—when the region hosts the International Hot Air Balloon Week. Imagine seeing the Swiss Alps from an aerial view. The majestic views and calm weather make it a perfect location for hot air balloon enthusiasts all year round. One of the most spectacular things about Château d’Oex is the balloon festival, which is held every year, for nine days. If you visit at this time, you will see hundreds of hot air balloons from so many different countries all clamoring for space in the skies.

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