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Galena On the Fly

Galena On the Fly Review

There's not much that beats the hushed thrill of a hot air balloon ride. At more than 3,000 feet above it all, you'll feel like you're on top of the world. Though flights are weather-dependant, pilot Andy Williams and his crew typically launch during spring, summer and early fall at sunrise and sunset—when winds are most desirable. Upon landing, a van picks you up for a champagne toast and flying certificate. The bird's-eye views are breathtaking, so don't forget your camera.

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  • Address: Take off from Chestnut Mountain Resort, 444 Eagle Ridge Dr., Galena, 61036
  • Phone: 800/690-1287
  • Cost: $175
  • Hours: Typically spring through October; times given at reservation.
  • Website:
  • Location: Galena, Illinois

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  • Chicago and Where Else

    We've never been to Chicago other than changing planes.

    We'd like to go for a few days but that's a lot of flying to spend 3-4 days in one place.

    Any add-ons in the area?

    Thanks. Read more

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