From catapulting flaming soldiers over castle walls to sitting on active geysers, humans have long been fixated on flying through the air. Absorb the wonderment of flight with today’s Groupon: for $112, you get a sunrise balloon ride in the Sierra Nevada foothills and champagne toast from Sky Drifters in Rancho Murieta (a $225 value). This Groupon is good for one person. Two Groupon holders can book a flight together.
Sky Drifters provides patrons with sensational scenes of the Sierra Nevada foothills from the tranquility of a hot air balloon floating hundreds of feet above hilltops. This Groupon gets aspiring cloud-touchers an approximately 50- to 70-minute flight at about 6 a.m., just as Helios pokes his honey-glazed head up from the east. Gaze at the painting-like serenity of the creeks and trees as the wind carries you above the Deer Creek Hills Preserve and the lush oak forests. Wildlife beholders will gain a new perspective as they play wingman to an airborne flock of feathered fauna or taunt the wingless animals below.
Balloon rides typically consist of four to six people. Get to know new fellow air-gondola cowboys over a fun game of Six Degrees of Hot Air Balloon Inventor Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, or organize a group of pals to schedule an early morning basket party. As opposed to a romantic private flight, group flights allow passengers to chat with the FAA commercially licensed pilot, who'll happily explain the details of the balloon and share memorable flight stories. To celebrate their collective triumph over gravity, passengers will greet the sunrise with a champagne toast, and children under 21 will receive intensely hoistable pours of sparkling cider.
Sky Drifters Hot Air Ballooning
If you've ever tried to beat rush-hour traffic by tethering your car with helium-filled balloons, then you know that hot-air flight should be left to the professionals. The Federal Aviation Administration–certified pilots at Sky Drifters Hot Air Ballooning embark on journeys from the Sierra Nevada foothills daily, and their company has been named one of the 10Best attractions in Sacramento. Whether piloting a small group or private flight, the balloon captains show passengers a bird’s-eye view of the rolling hills, winding rivers and finely crafted comb-overs whose majesty can only be truly appreciated from above. Their aerial transports also play host to weddings in the sky and can provide a lift to those who enjoy BASE jumping from the clouds.