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Highlights of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Explore unique museums and learn the history, science and art of ballooning as you experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
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Program No. 10427RJ
Length
5 days
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1,299
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New Mexico

Highlights of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Explore unique museums and learn the history, science and art of ballooning as you experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Length
5 days
Starts at
1,299
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Program No. 10427 RJ
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Sep 30 - Oct 4, 2021
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1,299
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Oct 4 - Oct 8, 2021
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Oct 7 - Oct 11, 2021
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DATES & starting prices
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Sep 30 - Oct 4, 2021
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1,569
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Oct 4 - Oct 8, 2021
Starting at
1,649
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 to take $100 off the price shown!

Oct 7 - Oct 11, 2021
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1,649
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At a Glance

Experience the best of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, study the history of hot-air ballooning and feel the excitement of the Balloon Ascensions during several visits to the Balloon Fiesta Park. Learn how balloons are made and the science behind flying by a local expert and pilot. Discover why Albuquerque is such a perfect place for this premier ballooning event.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile over uneven grass and paved surfaces in the dark at Balloon Fiesta Park; climb a flight of stairs. Standing up to an hour on field trips. Elevations of 5,300 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Watch the pilots and their crews prepare huge and intricately constructed balloons for inflation and flight.
  • Enjoy a fireworks presentation and balloons from countries around the world.
  • Learn about the history and science of ballooning first hand.
Featured Expert
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Kelli Ballengee
Kelli has crewed for hot air balloons since 1995. She is a member of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association and their Youth Committee. She is the registrar and previous assistant director of the Rio Grande Balloon Camp for teenagers. She serves as the Secretary of the Valencia Flying and Retrieval Society and is the Balloonmeister for the St. Patrick’s Day Balloon Rallye in Belen, NM. Kelli retired in 2009 as a colonel after 30 years in the Air Force working occupational health and environmental protection.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Dr. Vannetta Perry is a retired educator and lifelong resident of New Mexico who is deeply rooted in the southwest. Her family homesteaded and ranched in Southwestern New Mexico and farmed in West Texas. As an educator, Dr. Perry worked in the university setting, teaching biology and directing science outreach programs. Her love for travel was sparked when she led research studies in developing countries. Since retiring, Dr. Perry has continued to share her love of travel and education as a travel director and leader.
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Kelli Ballengee View biography
Kelli has crewed for hot air balloons since 1995. She is a member of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association and their Youth Committee. She is the registrar and previous assistant director of the Rio Grande Balloon Camp for teenagers. She serves as the Secretary of the Valencia Flying and Retrieval Society and is the Balloonmeister for the St. Patrick’s Day Balloon Rallye in Belen, NM. Kelli retired in 2009 as a colonel after 30 years in the Air Force working occupational health and environmental protection.
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Albuquerque in Our Time: 30 Voices, 300 Years
by Hughes, Debra
Albuquerque, New Mexico, a city astride a great river, celebrated its tricentennial in 2006. This book pays homage to the city with a rich medley of narratives by its most colorful residents: well-loved town characters, writers, journalists, politicians, civic and business leaders who have helped shape Albuquerque's character and guided its growth.
The Spell of New Mexico
by Hillerman, Tony (Editor)
A gathering of essays that evoke the unique and mysterious appeal New Mexico has had for some of the twentieth century's best-known writers. included are selections by Mary Austin, Oliver La Farge, Conrad Richter, D.H. Lawrence, C.G. Jung, Winfield Townley Scott, John DeWitt McKee, Ernie Pyle, Harvey Fergusson, and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman's preface and introduction are choice specimens of his incisive humor and his own deep love of the state.
Great Escapes: The Stories behind 50 Remarkable Journeys to Freedom
by Christianson, Scott
Media of every kind love escape stories. They lead the news, inspire books, and become Hollywood movies. Several of the 50 adventures recounted in this photographic compendium became box-office smashes, including "The Great Escape" (1963), "Papillon" (1973), and "Apollo 13" (1995).
Ballooning: A History, 1782-1900
by Kotar, S.L. & Gessler, J.E.
This book chronicles the development of the hot air balloon and advances the endeavor from 1782 to the beginning of the 20th century.
Forgotten Albuquerque, NM: Images of America
by Bannerman, Ty
In 1706, Spanish colonists founded the Villa de Albuquerque on the banks of the Rio Grande. Three hundred years later, that once quiet farming community has grown to become Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico. Using over 200 vintage images from public archives and individual collections, author Ty Bannerman explores the city's many guises over time, from its prehistory as a thriving province of the Pueblo peoples to its post-World-War-II population boom.
Heaven's Window: A Journey Through Northern New Mexico
by Wallis, Michael & Parsons, Jack
Photographer Jack Parson's stunning images reveal the magical qualities of the upper Rio Grande region. this compelling spot in the Southwest, which includes Santa Fe, Taos and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, has long been a magnetic crossroads. travel with parsons to bustling Indian marketplaces, charming historic churches, ancient petroglyphs, lively fiestas, and haunting old ranchos. Award-winning storyteller, Michael Wallis explores the rich history of this remarkable region. Peeling back the layers of time, Wallis gets at the enchantment, turbulence, and mystery of this very special place and the people - native American, Hispanic, Anglo and others - who inhabit it.





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