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Experience A Hot Air Balloon Ride This Summer

Jun 22, 2022 07:45PM ● By Rose Terami

Vermont and New Hampshire are well known for their stunning landscapes, striking mountain scapes, rolling valleys, lush forests, and fields. While it’s easy and fun to explore these features from ground-level as hikers, bikers, and travelers, it’s always eye-opening to view things from a new perspective. A hot air balloon ride is the perfect opportunity to explore your familiar surroundings from a new vantage point—up in the sky! Here are a few options to book a balloon ride within a short driving distance from the Upper Valley.

Quechee Balloon Rides (Quechee, VT)
  • Call (802) 904 3333 to make a reservation
  • Maximum of four passengers plus the pilot
  • Each ride has a unique route depending on flying conditions that day
  • Flights last about 1 hour and include champagne toast and a small picnic

Above Reality Hot Air Balloon Rides (Essex, VT)
  • Book a private basket or a shared basket online
  • Prices start at $275 per person for a shared basket and vary by season
  • Meet your flight host at Essex Resort & Spa (70 Essex Way Essex, VT 05452)
  • You must be at least 8 y/o to fly, in good overall health, and stand for the duration of the flight
  • Bring water and a camera, but no backpacks, bags, or other equipment
  • Wear close-toed shoes, a hat, and a shirt with sleeves
  • Views of the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain

A & A Balloon Rides (Salem, NH)
  • Call (603) 432 6911 for more information
  • Meet at 15 Ermer Rd. Salem, NH 03079
  • 3-hour sunrise flights beginning at $300
  • Offers private or group flights, special occasion flights (weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, etc.)
  • Book flights online or by calling

Infinity & Beyond (Chester, NH)
  • Offers flight year-round, only at sunrise
  • Monday – Friday $225 per person, $250 per person on the weekends
  • Contact pilot Jason Boucher to book a flight at (603) 321 5562 or email [email protected]

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