The idyllic landscape of the Tennessee River Valley gradually unfurls beneath passengers as their hot air balloon slowly drifts higher and higher, cresting the treetops and soaring up into the sky's blue expanse. Fly High Balloons provides this majestic experience for visitors seeking anything from a romantic trip through the clouds to a sightseeing excursion with a bird's-eye view of the surrounding area. Flights depart at sunrise as well as two hours before sunset assuming that the weather conditions are tolerable, and each outing usually consists of 60?90 minutes of time in the air.
Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
Bob Grimes, the founder of Ace High Ballooning, took his first balloon voyage 40 years ago and has been a commercially licensed balloon pilot for more than 36 years. In 1983, he embarked on an 18-month balloon tour as part of the Buick Olympic Balloon Program, a trip that culminated at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. Nowadays, he still floats off on adventures, but on a smaller scale. He and his team of FAA-certified pilots helm chartered hot air balloon trips over the Nashville area, which showcase bird's eye views of Southern scenery, and commemorate the trips with an optional champagne toast.
Dream Adventures USA's guides lead informative, scenic tours down the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers. Up to three sets of sightseeing eyes can climb aboard each Yamaha 110 jet ski for a river trek. Cumberland River voyages, which cover up to 120 miles, include an exploration of Old Hickory Lake's coves, inlets, and dam before breezing through downtown Nashville and stopping at Rock Harbor for lunch. A sampling of up to 60 miles of the Tennessee River loops around Long Island and gives riders a view of the Alabama state line, which glows like the first down marker used on NFL broadcasts. Both tours begin with a brief safety overview and conclude at the original launch site.