Experience Views Like No Other
Mark Ledford Bob McClenahan
Often considered a nature walk in the sky, hot-air ballooning is a fine way to ride into the sunrise. It's also one of most unique and inspiring ways to appreciate the valley's lush, rolling hills and gorgeous coastline.
What time can you fly in a hot air balloon?
All Napa Valley hot air balloon companies launch just after dawn when the winds are at their calmest and the temperatures are the coolest. Floating up in the air as the golden California sunshine spreads across the valley will take your breath away.
How long does the experience last?
Flights typically last about one hour. But because there are so many variables in ballooning, you should count on about 3-½ to 4 hour commitment. This includes check-in, balloon inflation, the flight, pack-up, transportation back from the landing site, and a some companies offer a sit-down breakfast afterwards.
How many people are in a balloon basket?
Most balloon companies can accommodate 8 to 20 passengers in one basket or a private flight just for two.
What happens if the weather is bad?
Hot-Air Ballooning is an activity contingent to weather. All flights are subject to cancellation because of unsafe flying conditions. If you're planning a special occasion keep this in mind. Always have a plan B for your itinerary. Weather decisions are made 1 hour prior to check-in the morning of your flight.