- Fly with the region’s oldest and largest ballooning outfit
- Thrilling sight of many other balloons flying around you
This hot air balloon ride just outside Portland is something really special - the Willamette Valley is one of the most popular destinations in the northwest for ballooning, so as you sail through the sky there will be likely several other colourful balloons up at the same time - give them a wave! Not only that, but you’ll be flying with the oldest and largest ballooning company in the Pacific Northwest, with years of experience ensuring that you have a very smooth flight. And we didn’t even talk about the views yet! Scenic wine country of rolling hills, the winding Willamette River, and 10 mountain peaks on a clear day - absolutely gorgeous.
If you’ve never been up in a hot air balloon before, you’ve got a real treat ahead of you. Here’s how it works: you’ll travel out to the launch site in time to watch the balloon being inflated, then using a footstool, climb into the basket. Take-off is so gentle you may not even realise you’re afloat for a few seconds. The flight lasts for around an hour, with the wind dictating your direction and the pilot controlling your height. On landing, you’ll be met by a chase vehicle there to deflate the balloon, then you’ll return to the launch site for a celebratory gourmet lunch. Visiting Willamette Valley, or got something to celebrate? This Portland gift experience is just the ticket!