Up, Up and Away: Soar through the Coachella Valley in a hot air balloon

CATHEDRAL CITY, California – Known for its sunshine and entertainment, the Coachella Valley offers visitors one more reason to hide.

The hot air balloon presents a breathtaking display of Mother Earth’s vast desert from new heights.

“It was just a beautiful flight,” said Steve Wilkinson, co-owner and pilot of Fantasy Balloon Flight. “We can see the Salton Sea at the end of the valley and the windmills at the top.”

As a hot air balloon pilot for more than 40 years with 6,700 flights, Wilkinson says each launch is a new experience.

“The wind changes, the direction changes and your passengers change too,” he added.

Wilkinson prides himself on sharing his breathtaking vision from above to countless first-time adventures.

“It feels like you’re floating – like clouds,” said Gladys Sim-Avergonzado, who experienced the first hot air balloon ride.

Passenger Darrel Kammeyer explained: “When you start to take off, you feel it – like going up an elevator shaft.

“You’re a human drone; that’s the only way I can explain it,” said passenger Susan Kammeyer.

Wilkinson says that hot air ballooning in the valley is like three-dimensional sailing.

“You don’t feel up, down, forward or backward,” he describes. “It’s quiet; it’s peaceful.”

To experience the best views of Palm Springs, Temecula or Ventura, book your next aerial adventure

Flight from hot air balloon

74181 Parosella St.
Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-568-0997 or (800) TRAVEL ON WOMEN Up, Up and Away: Soar through the Coachella Valley in a hot air balloon

Dais Johnston

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