My husband and I took a balloon ride with Lake Tahoe Balloons during our honeymoon (some friends paid for it as a gift). It was one of the coolest experiences I have ever had. The view from the balloon is stunning.
We launched from a boat on the lake and rose up to about 3,000 feet above the water, where we had a stunning view of Emerald Bay, Cascade Lake, and Fallen Leaf Lake. The pilot even took us down to lightly skim the lake's surface before rising again. The ride was so smooth, and I felt completely safe the entire time.
After we landed, they took a second wave of passengers up, which meant I got a lot of great pictures of the balloon in flight (taking off, landing, touching the water, etc.).
I cannot sell this enough. This was by far the coolest part of our stay. The entire crew is phenomenal. The skipper was so charming, and the pilot taught us a lot about balloon travel, its history, and how it works.
There was breakfast available at the beginning, and at the end we had a toast. Each passenger was given a souvenir champagne glass.
If you have the means, do a balloon ride with Lake Tahoe Balloons. You will not regret it.
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