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International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque, New Mexico

What started in 1972 with 13 balloon launches has now expanded into one of America's largest and most photographed festivals. Taking place each fall, the event boasts more than 600 participating hot-air balloons and attracts hundreds of thousands of guests from all across the globe. Arrive early to watch the "mass ascension," when all the balloons take flight across the blue New Mexico sky. Later, explore the 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park, where regional cuisine, live music and an array of crafts await.

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