New England Fall Foliage Aerial Tours

Aerial Fall Foliage View in Massachusetts

Photo courtesy of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Fall foliage travelers have many tour options to consider. For a truly memorable autumn in New England experience, soar high above the changing fall colors with one of these hot air balloon companies or other aerial tour operators.


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    Aerial Tramway on Cannon Mountain

    Photo Courtesy of Cannon & Franconia Notch State Park

    Each fall, ski resorts in New England and neighboring New York State transform chairlifts into foliage skyrides. Here's a look at some of the best options for leaf peepers who'd like to enjoy a relaxing view from above as the leaves turn.

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    Zipline over the trees at the Bretton Woods Canopy Tours

    Photo courtesy of Mount Washington Resort

    Feeling adventurous this autumn? Strap on a safety harness, pay attention in ground school so you'll know how to brake, then, prepare for the ride of your life! The year-round Canopy Tour at New Hampshire's Bretton Woods ski area features an exhilarating series of sky bridges and zip lines high in the trees of an old-growth forest. You'll gain confidence as your guides lead you on this three-and-a-half-hour journey, and, if you manage to remember to look around as you fly through the trees, you'll enjoy incomparable views of mountain peaks and fall colors.

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    Lone hot air balloon high above the ground

     Photo courtesy of Berkshire Balloons

    Connecticut-based Berkshire Balloons utilizes a variety of launch sites in central Connecticut and the Farmington River Valley for its 7 a.m. fall flights. Reserve well in advance for the busy fall foliage season.

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    Hot air balloons in flight

    Photo courtesy of High 5 Ballooning 

    Departing from North Salem, New Hampshire, this hot air balloon tour company offers sunrise flights that are scenic and spectacular year-round, especially during fall foliage season. You'll enjoy a picnic and champagne celebration after your flight. An interesting point of differentiation: The basket you'll ride in has a door, so you won't have to climb up and over the side. This makes these hot air balloon rides accessible to more folks.

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    See colorful autumn vistas in southern Maine, stretching as far as the eye can see, from your vantage point in a hot air balloon on this unique fall foliage tour. All tours are private and can be customized to be extra memorable with add-ons such as a post-flight champagne picnic.

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    Floatplane on the Ambaisiers Lake in front of autumnal trees, Maine

    Franz Marc Frei/LOOK-foto/Getty Images

    See autumn as you've never seen it before as you circle Maine's majestic Mt. Katahdin and fly along rivers and over lakes on these 30-minute and longer flights. Enjoy a bird's eye view of a region of Maine's remote North Woods that is largely inaccessible by car, but which has some of the state's most brilliant fall foliage colors. They'll even fly you to a remote pond beach for a secluded fall picnic.

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    Enjoy stunning, panoramic views of southern New Hampshire's fall foliage from the skies in a hot air balloon. When you fly with Liberty Flights, based in Milford, New Hampshire, you'll even enjoy a traditional champagne celebration after your tour.

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    hot air balloons above a field at sunset

    Photo courtesy of Massachusetts Ballooning

    Take a scenic and serene fall flight with this Massachusetts-based hot air balloon tour company. Even if you live in New England, you've never experienced fall colors like this. The view is like looking down from the clouds.