Floating above it all
Collected by Andi Fisher, AFAR Local Expert
Is there no better way to visit a place than to float above it all. No toursits, no traffic, just you and the world below. Captivating.
Decatur, AL, USA
May 25-26, 2013 Just several of the balloons being inflated as the annual jubilee gears up. Most balloons are privately owned, however several balloons were sponsored by such companies as Pepsi, Remax, and Chik-fil-a. The jubilee also showcases a...
Bilal Eroğlu Caddesi, Mezar Sokak No:8, 50180 Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
If you only get to ride in a hot air balloon once in your life, do it over Cappadocia, Turkey. Amazing. Cappadocia is surreal when seen from any angle. The region is peppered with strange pointy stone spires that rise up toward the sky, in pastel...
Nyaung-U, Myanmar (Burma)
This was taken during sunrise over the plains of Bagan from a hot air balloon organized by Balloons Over Bagan, a first-rate ballooning outfit--while 300 bucks US might sound expensive, especially for Myanmar, let me assure you that it was worth...
Muze Yolu Cad. No:36/1 Goreme, 50180 Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
For a truly spectacular experience that will take your breath away - take a smooth ride hot air ballooning over the cave city & fairy chimneys in Cappodica, Turkey! There are many balloons that take off at the same time each morning adding to the...
Sossusvlei, Namib desert, Namibia...a beautiful land where you can find the oldest and probably the tallest sand dune on earth... One of the magical moment I experienced there was when I joined a hot air ballooning trip over the Sossusvlei. When I...
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113, USA
Every year in October, Albuquerque, New Mexico hosts the biggest hot air balloon race and fiesta. It is a must see for travellers and photography buffs alike. Every day for a week, hundreds of hot air balloonists fly in the Balloon Fiesta Park. In...
Göreme, 50180 Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
Cappadocia is a historical region in Central Anatolia, in Nevşehir Province, Turkey. Like a lunar landscape, the region is home to a bizarre field of anthill-like cones and underground cities where Christians once hid to avoid persecution.
Orlando, FL, USA
Orlando Balloon Rides lifts off every morning at sunrise to take you on a one-hour flight over the city for unobstructed views of Disney, Epcot, Universal Studios, and downtown. A champagne toast and a flight certificate are included. The company...
1002 Snow Canyon Dr, Ivins, UT 84738, USA
Don’t let the name fool you—snow rarely falls here. In fact, winter temperatures are fairly mild, making Snow Canyon a popular destination year-round. The park includes 38 miles of hiking paths and more than 15 miles of...
4086 Byway E, Napa, CA 94558, USA
If you really want to get a feel for the beauty of Napa, take to the air. We spent a glorious hour or so floating above the valley of the vines, after being picked up from our hotel, taken to the venue and given coffee and something to snack on...
34567 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92591, USA
I've always wanted to go on a hot-air balloon and now I can check it off my list. If heights are'nt your thing-let me try to convince you that its not scary at all! I had a peaceful and wonderful time and they even served free champagne, cheese,...
273 AZ-89A M & N, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
We took this photo during a wonderful hot air balloon tour during the early morning hours over the Red Rocks in Sedona, AZ. With blue skies surrounding us and the rocks blazing a fiery red in every direction as the sun rays hit them, it was an...
#125 Helloj Road, Near Tehsil Office, Pushkar, Rajasthan 305022, India
From the basket of a hot air balloon just before sunrise, the Pushkar Camel Fair below looks uncrowded, quiet and serene. The feeling is very different when you're on the ground - thousands of camels, cattle and beautiful Marwari horses along with...
1601 N Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA 50125, USA
Each year in August there is a spectacle of high-flying color in motion in the sky over central Iowa. Hundreds of hot air balloonists take flight over the fields of corn and soybeans. For several days, masses of people bring their lawn chairs and...
Ojiya, Tainai, Niigata Prefecture 959-2612, Japan
"Flight" is a series of hot air balloons racing to reach an unknown exact destination as the wind takes them from this snow covered rice field in the little town of Odjiya, Niigata prefecture in Japan where they have this annual race over two days...
Uçhisar, Tekelli Mahallesi, 50240 Uçhisar Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
Perhaps my most memorable and exciting travel experience began with an early morning bus ride, the only time during my three weeks in Turkey during 2007's record heat wave when it was chilly enough to crave the sweet, earthy warmth of Turkish...
Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
If you're an adrenaline junkie, Cape Town has many adventures to test your metal- one of the most popular and enjoyable ones is paragliding. I have tried many companies and Icarus is by far the best. Operated by Jaques, a local pilot with over ten...
3251 Camino De Los Coches, Carlsbad, CA 92009, USA
If you've never ridden in a hot air balloon, this experience should definitely be on your list of things to do in San Diego. Given the amount of open space around San Diego, there are a few balloon companies to choose. I chose Sky's the Limit...
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