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Lake Tahoe Balloons
Tahoe visitors longing to go up, up, and away can do just that with Lake Tahoe Balloons. The company launches their colorful hot air balloon not from land but from the surface of the lake via the Tahoe Flyer, the world’s only certified balloon launch-and-recovery boat. Your trip begins with a 5:30 am boat ride to the mid-lake launch site. Late sleepers may complain, but there’s nothing like summer dawn on the lake, and that’s when the winds are calmest. Once the balloon is launched, passengers and pilot float up to 3,000 feet above the water's surface, enjoying a bird's-eye view of the entire Tahoe basin. On the clearest days, the view extends southward all the way to Yosemite National Park. After the flight, everybody celebrates with a champagne toast—and then heads back to the hotel for a nap.