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14 of the Best Hot-Air Balloon Experiences Around the World

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There's nothing quite like a hot-air balloon ride to add a little bucket-list luxury to a trip. And you don't need to wait until National Balloon Ascension Day—celebrated every January 9 in honor of the first balloon flight in the US, way back in 1793—to give hot-air balloons a go. Actually, there's no time quite like the present to book that hot-air balloon experience you’ve always dreamed of. Here are 14 of the best, no matter where in the world you are.

4. Take flight over California’s wine country

Hop in a hot-air balloon for an early-morning flight over the famed Napa Valley in California, before having the rest of the day free to sample the wines which make this region so sought after.

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