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Hot air balloon rider destinations

Vermont may be a good hot air balloon destination.

Vermont may be a good hot air balloon destination.

Plenty of scenic areas exist across the country, and one of the best ways to see what America has to offer is from a bird's eye view. This is easily done through riding a hot air balloon. Many places are great centers for getting one of these rides, whether you want to do it once, or make it a regular leisure activity. With the many cities that offer such options, considering taking your moving containers to one of these areas may be a good plan.

Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Southwest has a varied and scenic landscape, so heading to New Mexico may be a great place for balloon enthusiasts. Specifically, Albuquerque has such nice weather that you can explore the terrain from above nearly year-round, according to Frommer's. While it can get quite hot in the summer, it may be a good idea to check out what the city has to offer when autumn arrives. It is the home of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which takes place in October. This is quite a popular spot during this festival, and you won't be alone in the sky.

Napa Valley, California
California has some great spots for hot air balloon rides, but the most scenic option may be visiting Napa Valley. While the area is famous for wine, it also has plenty of things to see beyond the vineyards while traveling in the sky. The vegetation in the area is diverse, and you can see many valleys and areas filled with sunflowers below you as you travel, according to Wild Junket. This could be a good place to move to, or even a nice vacation from one of the major cities in the Golden State.

Lake Champlain, Vermont
New England is another area that is filled with fun things to do in the warm weather, and hot air balloon rides may be high on the list. Lake Champlain is a great place to check out, as it has plenty of times of the year where this may be a good spot to see the landscape. According to Frommer's, the best time of the year to fly may actually be the autumn. Not only is the weather cooling down during this season, but you will be able to see the natural beauty of New England shine through as the leaves change. Also, the state's rural areas and communities can be quite attractive while floating above.

Grand Tetons, Wyoming
Another spot that is a staple for those who love floating above the ground is located in the Rocky Mountain region. Here you can see the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. According to The Go Ahead Tours Blog, the area is unique because of the mountain range as the landscape backdrop and the Snake River flowing through the area above it. The geological landscape is quite unique, and it offers a change of pace from the rest of the Rocky Mountains.

Readington, New Jersey
Even the Mid-Atlantic has some hot air balloon options, so don't let the condensed population and large cities fool you. In central New Jersey lies Readington, one of the top places to explore the Garden State in a balloon. It is the home of The Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, which is the largest hot air balloon even that takes place in the country during the summer, according to Smarter Travel. Its close proximity to the many cities around it including New York City, Philadelphia, Trenton and Washington, D.C., may make it a great vacation spot for those who love to watch balloons travel through the sky, or ride themselves.