After a summer of heading toward the Shore, autumn has Philadelphians jetting to the countryside to take in the fall foliage that we’re mostly deprived of living in the city. We’re quickly approaching the time when autumnal leaves will be reaching their peak colors, so it’s time to start planning the perfect trip to see them in their tip-top glory.
If you’re looking for an excursion on the more-adventurous end (and if you can stomach the heights), Weather.com has put together a list of some of the most unique ways to take in fall foliage throughout the country. Lucky for us, the No. 1 item is an aerial view with the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team in Bucks County. Here’s what they have to say about it:
One of the most thrilling ways to see fall foliage, a ride in a hot-air balloon gives fall fans a chance to soar above vibrant landscapes (and take in the crisp autumn air). In Bucks County, Pennsylvania. … visitors can have an amazing experience taking in the breathtaking fall landscapes from up above while in a hot air balloon with the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team. Have a cameria ready, you’ll enjoy views of the surrounding countryside including vineyards, horse farms, wildlife and the distant silhouettes of the Manhattan, New York city skyline, on your one-hour ride.
Bucks County is a mere 25 miles from Philly. The U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team hosts private and group launches at sunrise and sunset every day through November. The experience takes about 2.5 to 3 hours, including about an hour in the air. More on the specifics of the adventure from their website:
The fun starts on the ground, where you’ll help the crew assemble the balloon for launch. … When the balloon is ready, you’ll climb on board to begin your flight. In the air, you’ll experience the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. … After you land, you’ll be taken back to your launch site in a comfortable, air conditioned van. Celebrate your flight with your pilot and crew, enjoying a light snack and champagne toast. You’ll also receive a flight certificate you can frame to remember your voyage.
To book a flight, go here.
Extra fall-weather reading:
- 11 historic lighthouses opened for tourists along the Jersey Shore this weekend
- 35 concerts you can’t miss this fall in Philly