Top 10 Hot Air Balloon Destinations

by , SmarterTravel Staff - October 3, 2007 See all photo galleries
Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

Thanks to its annual International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque is known as the "Hot Air Balloon Capital of the World." Pilots from around the globe bring balloons of all shapes and sizes to New Mexico during the week-long festival, held October 6 to 14 this year. Tickets cost $6.

The festival's displays go way beyond traditional hot air balloons. The Wells Fargo Special Shape Glowdeo is a can't-miss event, when animals, monsters, cars, and other funky-shaped balloons are fired up at once, followed by a huge fireworks display.

(Photo: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Inc.)

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