Like smashing a snow globe against your forehead, hot air balloon flights can open up a fascinating new world right before your eyes. Go beyond the surface with this Groupon.
- $428 for a private hot air balloon flight for two (a $700value)<p>
Before sunset or sunrise, groups climb into hot-air-balloon baskets for approximately 30- to 60-minute rides, depending on weather. The engine roars to life, the balloon inflates, and passengers soar above the Shenandoah Valley, where they can gaze at forests and mountainsides. After flights, pilots and passengers toast bubbly glasses of sparkling cider. Transportation to and from the launch site from the meeting spot adds up to an hour to the experience, making the total duration up to two hours.
A massive figure floats across the sky, roars, and sends fire into the air as it elevates higher and higher. The creature soaring above the Shenandoah Valley isn't a common dragon—it's one of D&D Ballooning's hot air balloons. Since 1981, the company's steadfast pilots have welcomed children and adults into their floating baskets to feast upon views of lush forests and rolling mountainsides. D&D's colorful aircrafts take off just before sunset or sunrise, letting passengers gaze at a sky painted with rich reds, bright oranges, and pinks delicate enough to pad a princess's walls.