Napa Valley can be easily explored by segway, bike, bus, and even tuk tuk, but none of those options can beat the vineyard and mountain views you’ll enjoy from a fantastic hot air balloon ride. Soaring over Napa Valley at up to around 3,000 feet (914 m) is a one-off experience that should definitely be at the top of your bucket list.
Hot air balloon rides usually occur very early in the morning, when the winds are at their calmest, and the lighting is most incredible. Each balloon company takes off at a different place throughout Napa Valley. Some of them offer transportation and also provide coffee and tea.
Hot air balloon flight usually lasts from three to four hours with an actual flight duration of around one hour. Hot air balloon rides definitely depend on the day’s flying conditions. That's why most experiences have the option to add on a post-flight with a sit-down brunch.
Just before you go for a ride, remember that once-in-a-lifetime experience doesn’t come cheap. Standard flights start at $189 per person. A private flight will cost you up to $1,500 total.
Napa is ready to meet the tourists all year round, with the time between March and May being the sweetest. This period is usually accomanied by mild weather and moderate crowds. Late summer through mid-autumn is excellent as well but is usually busy with skyrocketing prices because of harvest season..