If you’ve never had the experience of floating above the valley in a hot air balloon, you’re definitely missing out. Not only is the experience of floating in the sky an exhilarating adventure you’ll never forget, but the views of the Napa Valley from the air, uninhibited, are absolutely astounding. The good news? There are tons of incredible balloon ride opportunities for you to choose from. Here are a few to consider.
Balloons Above the Valley
Awarded with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2015, Balloons Above the Valley is a long-standing organization taking pride in offering visitors new and old the experience of a lifetime. Their pilots are friendly and experienced and will ensure you enjoy every moment. Depending on the package, some experiences include a preflight café before you embark as well as a full champagne brunch when you return. Packages vary from $179 to $300+. They are currently running a Labor Day Weekend Special, good from 8/21 through 9/8, including your preflight café, sunrise balloon flight, and post-flight brunch for $199 per person (savings of $41).
Adrenaline 365 is based out of Calistoga and offers a majestic adventure over wine country. Their trips include a one hour flight, a champagne breakfast at Solage, and time spent with a pilot with 30+ years of experience. Adrenaline 365 stresses the importance of their safety standards and promises an amazing view of the Old Faithful Geyser, the Palisade Cliffs, and more. Trips average $239/person.
Napa Valley Balloons
The pilots at Napa Valley Balloons have more than 23,000 hours of combined flight experience and the company has been featured on Oprah, Today, and The Travel Channel. If that doesn’t make you feel comfortable, hop online and check out some of the reviews. Established in 1980, Napa Valley Balloons offers a series of packages ranging from standard ($215/person) to private flights for 2 or private flights for large groups (16 or more). All packages include a post-flight breakfast at Domaine Chandon Winery in Yountville, CA.
No matter which of these or the other balloon companies you choose to work with, you are guaranteed nothing but incredible views of the entire Napa Valley. One word – breathtaking. Not sure where to start? Ask your Napa hotel concierge for guidance. He’ll help you find a local company with a great deal.