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Napa Valley Hot Air Balloon Rides

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 of day do 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 during sunrise across the valley will take your breath away.

How long does a hot air balloon ride last?

Flights typically last about one hour. But because there are so many variables in ballooning, you should count on about 3-4 hour commitment. This includes check-in, balloon inflation, the flight, pack-up, transportation back from the landing site, and some companies offer a sit-down breakfast afterwards.

How many people can ride in a hot air balloon basket?

Most balloon companies can accommodate 8-20 passengers in one basket. Most companies also offer 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 if flying conditions are unsafe at the time of launch. 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.


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