Dreams Unlimited

Best Hot-Air Balloon Ride, July 2007

As a rule, hot-air balloon companies steer clear of the city, preferring the less congested areas of Palmdale and Palm Springs. But  Dreams Unlimited  will launch from your lawn—if it’s at least 300 by 300 feet and has no trees and nearby power lines. The company flies you and up to four other passengers 10,000 feet above the ground. Depending on the winds, you can soar for five miles amid the clouds and amuse yourself by spotting the chase trucks that follow your flight path and return you home. Excursions last about an hour; rates start at $165 per person.