Wanna fly 8,000 to 10,000 feet above Tahoe? Now you can. Lake Tahoe Balloons has been in business since 1992 and is one of the most unique hot air balloon experiences in the world. Weather permitting, balloon rides operate May–October and take off shortly after sunrise. Upon arrival you will board an old barge like boat, known as the Tahoe Flyer, where you are greeted and served a continental breakfast. As you eat, the boat slowly begins to maneuver towards the launch site, which is in the middle of Lake Tahoe! The captains check the wind and whether one last time and then the crew starts the fascinating process of inflating the balloon on the Upper Deck of the barge!
Now the fun begins. Hop in the balloon and soar into the fresh air of Tahoe and take in the beauty of the area like never before. On a clear day, it is possible to see up to 150 miles away! Never before have I been so awe struck by such a majestic adventure. You will see many beautiful areas like Desolation Wilderness, Emerald Bay and if it is a clear day you can see the peaks of Yosemite and the coastal foothills. Slowly you begin to descend back toward earth and the pilot gracefully lands back on the boat. If you are ever in Tahoe, you do not want to miss this! It will literately take your breath away.