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Celebrate Balloons Around the World Day with These Memorable Balloon Experiences

by Aoife O'Riordan

Sep 28, 2023

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Destinations / Middle East

The first of October is more than just the signal of Halloween season and the feeling of a true fall beginning. This date also marks Balloons Around the World Day, a lesser-known but equally fun day to celebrate. In honor of this day, book your next trip to one of these fantastic destinations featuring balloon rides, enchanting balloon flights and other balloon-inspired activities.

 

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Avon Valley, Western Australia

Float above the valley with Windward Ballooning, Western Australia’s oldest and most experienced commercial balloon operator. This operator offers a sunrise balloon flight over Avon Valley between April and late November. Soar in a traditional wicker-basket balloon over the rural landscape of rolling hills, green fields and streams.

 

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AlUla, Saudi Arabia

Want to see the desert from above? In northwestern Saudi Arabia, AlUla is the place to do just that. In fact, AlUla broke the Guinness World Records title for the World’s Largest Hot Air Balloon Glow Show in March 2022. Today, the site offers various balloon tours over ancient sites like Hegra, the first UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as the rock-strewn, oasis-covered Arabian desert landscape.

 

Andaz

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Scottsdale, Arizona

Prefer to stay domestic but still desire that unforgettable balloon experience? Head over to Scottsdale, Arizona and stay at the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows. This upscale property offers a balloon ride as part of its Andaz Adventures program, encouraging guests to explore the region beyond the resort. This one-hour ride provides guests with views of the vast desert, unique rock formations and more. Even better? The balloon site sits just 40 minutes from the resort, so you can be back and lounging by the pool in no time.

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