Best Hot Air Balloon Rides

Rainbow Ryders - Albuquerque, NM
Rainbow Ryders' offers hot air balloon rides in Albuquerque, NM over the beautiful Rio Grande River, and is the official ride concession for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Napa Valley Balloons - Napa Valley, CA
Before the flight, you will be greeted upon arrival at the Wine Garden Restaurant by one of our friendly hosts, Dianna and Lee. Come a bit early and enjoy the hot and cold beverages & pastries they have prepared for you. After you have settled in, one of our pilots will give a brief orientation about the day's hot air balloon ride. Immediately following the orientation, you will be transported to one of our launch sites for your flight. Uupon the completion of your adventure,you will return to the Wine Garden's beautiful outdoor setting for a casual champagne picnic celebration.

The Wind Works - Smoky Mountains, TN
Flights originate near Sevierville, Tennessee at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The topography of the area is 80% rolling farm land, and offers stunning 360° scenic views. From your aerial vantage point you can view Cherokee Lake to the north and Douglas Lake to the south, with the majestic Smoky Mountains in the background.

Unicorn Balloon Company Arizona and Colorado
take you above the flora and fauna of the classic southwestern desert near the Scottsdale and Carefree resort area. You'll experience the beauty of the desert landscape and the rugged peaks of the Arizona mountains as well as intimate views of wildlife in the desert below. Complimentary champagne, juice seasonal fruits and pastries are a continuing tradition, and your hot air balloon trip concludes with the traditional flight certificate ceremony and flight video.   

Champagne Hot Air Balloon Adventures Alexandria Bay, NY
Whether floating a few feet from the water, picking leaves from a treetop, or soaring a thousand feet over the majestic St. Lawrence, a Champagne Balloon Adventure is the ultimate experience in the 1000 Islands.

Vista Balloon Adventures - Oregon Wine Country
Imagine floating over Yamhill County's beautiful wine country in one of the greatest adventures of a lifetime. This hot air balloon adventure happens just 40 minutes South of downtown Portland in a safe, supportive and very fun environment. The package concludes with a catered balloonist champagne brunch and a flight souvenir.  Vista Balloon Adventures are so confident that you will treasure the memory of your flight that we have a flight refund guarantee.

San Juan Balloon Adventures - Ridgway, CO

Experience the gentle adventures of hotair ballooning over the spectacular Ridgeway Valley surrounded by snowcapped mountain peaks, lush green mesas, and rugged rocky plateaus.  The San Juan region south of ridgeway, including 14,000' Mount Sneffles, is one of the most photographed area in the country.

Hot Air Expeditions - Arizona
This adventure begins upon arrival at our Sonoran desert launch site. You will recieve a "pre-flight briefing" where you'll learn more about the hot-air balloon and how it flies, plus other facts you should know to make your flight as enjoyable as possible. We generally fly close to the ground, usually under 400 feet. At this altitude you are able to see the sights and sounds of desert life. We commonly see jack-rabbit, quail, roadrunner and coyote. From time to time, we encounter deer, javalina and other desert animals. Upon your landing, you are greeted in the tradional manner with flutes of champagne and scrumptuously prepared gourmet food. First-time riders will be treated to the legendary ceremony that balloonists all over the world have been sharing for more than a century.

Above The Wine Country Balloons & Tours - Sonoma/ Mendocino, CA
Imagine your colorful balloon, floating serenely, above the most beautiful place on earth the Napa & Sonoma Wine Country. Your Nature Walk in the Sky will begin just after dawn. As your hot air balloon ride sails gently along the wind's highway, spectacular views will delight you. Among the surprises: the Pacific Coast, San Francisco's Skyline, Redwood Forests , Geyser Mountains, the graceful Russian River and lush rolling vineyards. As your gentle giant dances it's way back to earth, celebrate your high spirited ballooning adventure with our Scrumptious Champagne Brunch, served in a quaint cafe or beautiful winery setting.

Blue Ridge Balloon Company - Virginia
Your morning flight won't be quite complete without a celebratory breakfast hosted by the pilot and crew. Sparkling cider, pastries and fresh fruit provide the perfect conclusion to an already mystical event.

Honorable Mention
Light Flight Hot Air Balloons - Maryland
Light Flight Hot Air Balloons are Maryland's premier full time, full service hot air balloon ride and biplane flight company. Hot air balloon services include: balloon rides, hot air balloon tether promotions, and private champagne charter flights. The biplane rides offer a chance to fly a restored WWII Navy trainer, a 1941 Stearman. Experience the thrill of nothing but blue sky over your head and the wind in your face. Our pilots have over 60 years of combined hot air balloon and airplane flight experience with over 5000 flight hours perfecting their flying skills.

Gypsy Flights - California
Gypsy Flights are available for private charter flights, sweetheart flights, balloon rides, tethered flights, special occasions, promotions, educational programs, adventure flights and flight instruction. We service all of Southern California including Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Lancaster, San Diego, Riverside, and the Temecula Valley Wine Country.

Other Hot Air Balloon Rides
Above and Beyond Ballooning Balloon rides in New Jersey.
Above the Clouds, Inc. Middletown, NY
Adirondack Balloon Flights New York
AdVenture Balloon, Inc. Plymouth, CT
All About Fun Balloon Rides Boise, Idaho
Antelope Valley California Balloon Flights CA
Avian Adventures Asbury, NJ
Balloonatics and Aeronuts -  Phillipsburg, NJ
Balloons over New England
Blue Sky Balloons - Hudson Valley
Crawford Hot Air Balloon Rides & Sales Kentucky, Southern Indiana, Southeastern Illinois
Grand Adventure Balloon Tours Winter Park, CO
Grand Traverse Balloons Traverse City, Michigan
Great American Balloon Southern CA
Gypsy Flights Crestline, CA
Hot Air Balloon Adventures from Palm Springs
Hot Air Expeditions in Arizona
Life Cycle Balloon Adventures, Ltd. Golden, CO
Panorama Balloon Tours Del Mar, Temecula and Palm Springs, CA
Skywalker Balloon Company southern Utah
Sunballoon San Diego, Palm Springs, Temecula & Scottsdale, Arizona
Syrinx Balloon Company Modesto Central Valley CA
The Wings Group New Hampshire

This listing of the Best Hot Air Balloon Rides races is constantly being revised as new balloon rides are being discovered. So, if you feel we are missing one, please email us and let us know!