Located right where urban sprawl south of Los Angeles meets an arid, mountainous landscape, Temecula is a great spot for a hot air balloon ride.
It says a lot about the endless sprawl of Greater Los Angeles that Temecula is closer to both Palm Springs and San Diego than it is to Downtown LA. But the resort city of Temecula is more rural than it is urban, surrounded by pleasant landscapes of rolling green hills and vineyards to the west and south, and the encroaching arid desert lands to the north and west. This makes it a fascinating place to take a hot air balloon ride, to see this majestic Californian blend of landscapes and urbanity from the sky.
Temecula Hot Air Balloon Flight
Take to the skies above Temecula’s beautiful wine country on this one-hour hot air balloon flight. Sharing the basket, which can hold around 20 people, with other people, you’ll get plenty of chance to gaze over this part of California, with its mountains, vineyards, and citrus groves. And because the prevailing winds are liable to change, so too is the route you’ll take, making for an exciting flight. Flights run on most days of the year. From $189 per person.
Temecula Shared Hot Air Balloon Flight
Another great, shared hot air balloon ride in Temecula is this sunrise option, which means getting a nice, early start. After arrival at the launch site (between 4:45 and 6:30am, depending on the time of year), you will watch as the balloon is inflated before drifting up above the land, which is elegantly painted by the rising sun and the shadows it creates. And you won’t leave with an empty stomach either; drinks and snacks are provided at the end of the flight. From $205 per person.
Sunrise Temecula Balloon Flight
To make that post-flight breakfast even more romantic, there’s a similar sunrise hot air balloon ride in Temecula that ends with a glass of champagne in a private rose garden. This follows an hour or more of flying over the arid Temecula surroundings with your FAA-licensed pilot in charge. This tour departs daily and if you’re thinking of visiting a winery after your balloon flight, the trip begins and ends at Vindemia Estate Winery. From $238 per person.
Temecula Private Hot Air Balloon Flight
If the idea of a hot air balloon ride with strangers does not sound like the most romantic way to get into the sky, then there’s a private balloon ride from Temecula that might provide just the antidote needed. Whether you’re planning a special surprise or celebrating a big occasion, this one-hour flight is a stunning way to rise above everything, see the world in perspective and have a memorable experience while in Temecula. Flights are available daily. From $995 for two people.