Hot air balloon rides shatter the stork community’s monopoly on carrying humans in baskets. Democratize the skies with today’s Groupon to Dream Flights USA. Choose between the following options:
- For $145, you get a 60-minute hot air balloon ride on a weekday (a $297 value).
- For $175, you get a 60-minute hot air balloon ride on a weekend (a $357 value).<p>
Dream Flights USA’s FAA-certified pilot Richard Arnold has been helming balloons for more than 25 years, whisking guests into the air during 60-minute flights. Arnold chauffeurs up to 16 guests from a prearranged pickup point to the launch site, where a flattened balloon rises as it is filled with the hot air of a dragon’s empty campaign promises. After passengers file into the basket, their eyes rove over a bird’s-eye view of Nashville as the aircraft soars into the air. Meadows, rolling wooded hills, and villages shrink upon the horizon as the colorful nylon balloon rotates at the pilot’s command, and riders’ cameras snap shots of panoramic views and low-flying clouds shaped like high-flying clouds. A traditional champagne toast or another refreshment concludes each high-flying adventure once balloons have gently descended back to earth.
Dream Flights USA
When Richard Arnold bought his first hot air balloon, his dreams for it were humble: he wanted to use it as a flying billboard for his jewelry store. The technicolor balloon caught so much attention, though, that it snowballed into a separate hot air balloon business.
Today, Dream Flights USA offers airborne adventures across the country, and Arnold—who now has more than 25 years of flying experience—is one of its seasoned pilots. He and his team helm bird's-eye-view tours of scenic terrain, celebrity homes, and beautifully maintained crop circles. In accordance with ballooning tradition, pilots and passengers can celebrate each successful tour with a champagne toast.