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Balloon Events Around the World



Balloon festivals launch giant, colorful orbs into the skies to go, quite literally, “where the wind takes them.” Whether you’re lucky enough to see a nighttime glow, a dawn launch, or a mass ascension, it’s an experience you won’t ever forget. Here are our favorite balloon festivals taking off around the world:




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Topics: Balloon Fiesta


The White Dove of the Desert: San Xavier del Bac Mission



On the grand façade above the ornate door the San Xavier del Bac Mission, a stone-carved cat, eroded by years of wind and desert rain, crouches, ready to attack the mouse on the other side of the grand entry way. Legend says that when the cat finally eats, the world will end. Strange? Yes, but that’s not the only oddity in the “White Dove of the Desert.” The National Historic Landmark has been abandoned, survived an earthquake, and is home to an ancient relic thought by many to be a mummy..




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Topics: Balloon Fiesta


A Trip for Every Mother



Mothers come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Some express their love quietly, while others shout it out for everyone to hear. All of them love us, and on Mother’s Day, we get to remind them we love them right back. 

This Mother’s Day, why confine yourself to gifts of flowers and brunch? Show the mom in our life you really care by giving her the trip of a lifetime. Perhaps she’d like a romantic cruise for two, or maybe a land adventure. It all depends on what type of mom you have.

While we can’t say for sure which trip your mom would like best, we do know a little about what certain types of moms like. So, here’s a list of the most common moms we see on our tours, and the type of tours we most often see them on.




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Topics: Americas, Europe, US National Parks, River Cruises, History, Balloon Fiesta, Rose Parade, Hawaii, Asia, Alaska, New England/Canada


Burn Baby Burn! Albuquerque’s Balloon Glow



At the shout of “all burns,” hundreds of pilots fire-up their burners in unison. The call signals the exact moment the scores of hot air balloons are to inflate, lighting themselves from within with bright yellow flames. The glowing “ornaments” are secured so they hover just off the ground like floating Chinese lanterns, brightening the night and illuminating themselves and each other from below like a kid with a flashlight telling stories around a campfire. Talk about a bucket-list experience!




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Topics: Balloon Fiesta


Up, Up and Away: 10 Facts and Tips for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta



As opening day approaches, Balloon Fiesta Park becomes a parking lot of semitrailers and panel trucks. In this makeshift city volunteers rush to set up booths in anticipation of the 900,000 people who will soon be looking skyward, snapping photos and shopping for everything from T-shirts to soda, folk art to funnel cake.




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Topics: Balloon Fiesta, Americas


Up, Up and Away: What to Do After the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta



The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is without a doubt a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From the thousands of colorful orbs that paint the skies and cast shadows across the desert floor to the flaming fires of a nighttime launch, the most photographed event on the planet does not disappoint. But what’s next? As you prepare to leave the Valley of the Sun en route to the balloon fiesta, we recommend you take a bit of time to stop off at the Casa Grande Ruins.




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Topics: Balloon Fiesta, Americas