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Best Hot Air Balloon Ride (2021)

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Hot air balloons take the act of travel to new heights, offering a fresh perspective while floating in the sky in a woven wicker basket. There’s no other experience quite like it.

  • Sky Riders Balloon Team

    Sky Riders Balloon Team

    The Sky Riders Balloon Team takes passengers on hot air balloon rides over the rolling hills and forests of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Depending on the winds, it’s sometimes possible to see the Philadelphia skyline in the distance.
    Photo courtesy of Sky Riders Balloon Team

  • Grand Adventure Balloon Tours

    Grand Adventure Balloon Tours

    Grand Adventure Balloon Tours in Winter Park Fraser Valley, Colorado offers year round flights above the spectacular Rocky Mountain Range, within easy day trip distance from Denver, Breckenridge, Grand Lake and Estes Park. Views include the Continental Divide and Rocky Mountains National Park, with the chance to fly low and spot local wildlife or splash and dash in a nearby pond or river.
    Photo courtesy of Grand Adventure Balloon Tours

  • Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides

    Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides
    Napa Valley, CA

    Napa Valley Aloft has been flying the skies of Napa Valley since 1978. Baskets are smaller than competitors which gives passengers better views and a more personalized experience as they float above the rolling vineyards.
    Photo courtesy of Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides

  • Asheville Hot Air Balloons

    Asheville Hot Air Balloons

    Asheville Hot Air Balloons, LLC offers hot air balloon flights near Asheville, North Carolina. Their three-hour trip begins with an ascent at sunrise to an altitude of up to 2000 feet. Passengers enjoy a breathtaking landscape that changes with the seasons as they fly over the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains near the Pisgah National Forest.
    Photo courtesy of Asheville Hot Air Balloons

  • X-Treme-Lee Fun Balloon Adventures

    X-Treme-Lee Fun Balloon Adventures
    Gallup, NM

    X-Treme-Lee Fun Balloon Adventures provides a beautiful sunrise hot air balloon tour near Gallup, New Mexico. Passengers enjoy views of the scenic Red Rock Park with its sandstone canyons and spires in a one-hour journey.
    Photo courtesy of X-Treme-Lee Fun Balloon Adventures

  • Above It All Balloon Co.

    Above It All Balloon Co.
    Basalt, CO

    Above It All Balloon Company provides hot air balloon riding experiences near Aspen, Colorado. Flights always begin at sunrise and last three hours, with both public and private trips available. Each flight takes passengers over a part of the majestic Rocky Mountains in the Aspen/Snowmass area and ends with a champagne toast.
    Photo courtesy of Above It All Balloons

  • Balloons Over Letchworth

    Balloons Over Letchworth

    Letchworth State Park, located in western New York about two hours southeast of Niagara Falls, is one of the most spectacular spots in the country to take a hot air balloon ride. Balloons Over Letchworth is the only company allowed to launch from within the park, offering stellar views of the Grand Canyon of the East.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / JimVallee

  • California Dreamin' Balloon Adventures

    California Dreamin' Balloon Adventures

    California Dreamin’ takes guests on sunrise flights over the vineyards of Temecula Valley wine country. The experience includes an hour in the air, followed by a post-flight breakfast with champagne mimosas and a voucher for a two-for-one tasting at a nearby winery.
    Photo courtesy of California Dreamin' Balloon Adventures

  • Vegas Balloon Rides

    Vegas Balloon Rides
    Las Vegas, NV

    Vegas Balloon Rides promotes hot air balloon experiences near Las Vegas, Nevada. They provide a Sunrise Hot Air Balloon ride for an hour's aerial journey above Las Vegas. Passengers are met as they land and offered a glass of champagne, a light breakfast, and a commemorative certificate.
    Photo courtesy of Vegas Balloon Rides

  • Black Hills Balloons

    Black Hills Balloons

    Black Hills Balloons has been in business for more than 35 years, offering flights over the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. While floating over this unique landscape, passengers might spot whitetail deer amid the ponderosa pine forests and granite spires of Custer State Park.
    Photo courtesy of Black Hills Balloons

The top 10 winners in the category Best Hot Air Balloon Ride are as follows:  

  1. Sky Riders Balloon Team
  2. Grand Adventure Balloon Tours
  3. Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides - Napa Valley, CA
  4. Asheville Hot Air Balloons
  5. X-Treme-Lee Fun Balloon Adventures - Gallup, NM
  6. Above It All Balloon Co. - Basalt, CO
  7. Balloons Over Letchworth
  8. California Dreamin' Balloon Adventures
  9. Vegas Balloon Rides - Las Vegas, NV
  10. Black Hills Balloons

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all the winners on the 10Best list!

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