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If you’ve ever thought about taking a ride in a hot air balloon, these destinations offer some of the most unforgettable experiences on earth. Pictured above, Letchworth State Park, New York, often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” due to its beauty and size, features a 17-mile gorge made up of rock walls as high as 600 feet in some areas. The Genesee River, which runs through the gorge, cascades over three cliffs forming three stunning waterfalls. You’ll get an especially stunning look with an aerial view from a hot air balloon.
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Cappadocia looks as if it was plucked from a whimsical fairytale and set down upon the stark Anatolian plains. It’s filled with otherworldly natural sites, most notably the “fairy chimneys,” tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley and elsewhere. Cappadocia is often ranked as the No. 1 place on Earth for a hot air balloon ride.
Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa
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There is nothing quite like a hot air balloon over the Kenyan landscape, providing a bird’s eye view of the best East Africa has to offer in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This massive game reserve is filled with amazing wildlife, including giraffe, elephant, zebra, lion, cheetah, wildebeest and more.
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If you’d like to soar above a winter wonderland, there are few better places than Switzerland where mountain landscapes are beautifully contrasted with the brilliant blue skies. Not only renowned for its winter sports, the Gstaad region is a mountain ballooner’s dream with its exceptional micro-climate and superb flying conditions.
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Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey, renowned for its hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. Witnessing the beauty of this region from above is an especially breathtaking perspective.
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Sailing above the massive, vibrant red-rock formations in Sedona is a truly amazing experience. A sunrise takeoff is especially incredible with the sun lighting up the fiery landscape.