Best Places to Ride in a Hot Air Balloon


What do hot air balloon rides in Michigan and Myanmar have in common? Exceptional views. In a world filled with captivating landscapes best enjoyed from above, these are but two of the best places to ride in a hot air balloon. Here they are, in no particular order:

Bagan, Myanmar

In the nation formerly known as Burma, the ancient city of Bagan, on the Ayeyarwady River, is famous for its more than 2000  stupas. These Buddhist temples, known for their distinctive domes, provide an exceptional backdrop for a hot air balloon ride.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

One of the world’s seven natural wonders, the Grand Canyon offers endless majesty for those observing from several scenic viewpoints. Just imagine the breathtaking vantage points offered from the basket of a hot air balloon!

Letchworth State Park, New York

Called the Grand Canyon of the East, this vast park near the Canadian border is popular among hikers and whitewater rafters. But to really bask in the vast green space’s scenic gorges, cliff sides, and roaring waterfalls, take to the air, and take it in from a hot air balloon.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Offering some of the planet’s most colorful desert landscapes, the skies over Albuquerque can be just as scenic, typically offering a mix of gauzy clouds, myriad shades of blue, and horizons that seem to stretch on forever. It’s so pretty, thousands gather here each year for the International Balloon Fiesta, the largest gathering of hot air balloons in the world.

Loire Valley, France

This storied French wine region offers postcard-perfect views of valley vineyards, especially from the sky. The most romantic panorama seen from a hot air balloon makes it abundantly clear why so many French royalty chose the valley to build their elegant country chateaux. The small castles pepper the lush region with continental elegance.

Temecula Valley, California

Southern California’s own heralded wine country provides the backdrop for breathtaking sunrise hot air balloon rides, which offers vistas of more than 40 vineyards, a bevy of lakes, several mountain ranges, and three counties.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Great hot air ballooning is all about the rock formations in this historic central region of Turkey. Unique rock formations known as “fairy chimneys” arise from a semi-arid valley floor, contributing to scenic views that also include prehistoric homes carved into canyon walls, and even more elaborate rock-face churches! Cappadocia.

Traverse City, Michigan

Why do we end this list with balloon rides in Michigan? You might as well ask what makes the Great Lakes great! Our hot air balloon rides over Michigan offer idyllic views of an idyllic America. Rise into the sky in a hot air balloon out of Traverse City, and treat yourself to aerial views of small towns, orchards, forests, and bays, plus the great lake of Michigan itself!

You don’t have to travel halfway around the world to experience the hot air balloon ride of a lifetime. Contact us at Traverse City Balloon Tours to experience the best in balloon rides over Michigan! Give us a call at (231) 818-8331.