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10 Beautiful Destinations for Hot-Air Balloon Rides

There are lots of ways to explore a new area. You could walk, for example, or take a taxi, a tuk tuk, a bicycle, or a boat. Us? We’re partial to the hot-air balloon. Balloon rides offer a double adventure — take in breathtaking sights and experience one of humanity’s earliest achievements of long-distance travel. They can be a solo adventure, a romantic trip, or a family affair. Some of them are located in the top destinations to visit this year (like New Zealand), while others might take you to regions you hadn’t considered before (we’re looking at you, Myanmar) or to your own backyard (hey there, New York!). Whether you’re already planning a trip abroad or you’re keeping your trips local, here are some stunning balloon rides to consider.

1. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania: Take an air safari with hot-air balloon rides in Serengeti National Park. You’ll have the benefit of witnessing relatively untouched areas of the park where vehicles aren’t permitted, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles during the great migration.

2. Napa County, CA: Even after the recent fires in the area, Napa Valley is a stunning place to view from the sky. Take in epic views of Mt. St. Helens, the Mayacamas Mt. Range and, if the morning weather is fair, the distant San Francisco skyline and Sierra Mountain range.

3. Sedona, AZ: Skip the crowded trailheads and get up close and personal with the stunning red rocks of Sedona on a three- to four-hour balloon ride.

4. Queenstown, New Zealand: Take in the wonder of Mount Aspiring in the Southern Alps and Mount Tutoko in Fiordland National Park, as well as several gorgeous waterways, including Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau river. And yes, you’ll also get to see some of the spots where Lord of the Rings was filmed, such as The Gates of Argonath. (Photo via

5. Château-d’Oex, Switzerland: Always wanted to see the Alps, but not much of a climber? A hot-air balloon is the way to go. On a clear day, you might get a panoramic view of the of the Alps, including Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn.

6. Castile, NY: Fly through Letchworth State Park’s gorgeous gorge, known as the “Grand Canyon of the East.” The highlight of this trip is The Middle Falls, standing at 107 feet high.

7. Winter Park, CO: Few have ever taken the opportunity to see the Colorado Rockies like this. At higher altitudes, you can see as far as Boulder county, and when descending, you get close enough to pick pinecones right off the treetops.

8. Cappadocia, Turkey: After floating to an altitude of 6,000 feet, spend an hour taking in the stunning views of Red Valley, Goreme, and these incredible rock formations, known locally as “fairy chimneys.”

9. Monument Valley, UT: One of the most recognizable desert landscapes in the world, Monument Valley is surprisingly remote, which makes a balloon tour even more stunning. As a bonus on the tour, you can learn local Navajo stories from your guide.

10. Bagan, Myanmar: What sets this flight apart are the views of the intricate Buddhist temples of Bagan, many of which were built between the 11th and 13th centuries. You’ll also fly over villages where you can see locals going about their morning routines, like walking to the market or feeding their animals.

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Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)