You'll find that many of the world's most scenic spots are best enjoyed while high ... up in a hot-air balloon. Many regions are tailor-made for balloon rides, with amazing natural landscapes (and in rare cases, even a cityscape). Not only do hot-air-balloon rides enable you to see some of the world's most beautiful spots from above, many of them also end with the traditional postflight champagne toast.

Here are some of the best places to take to the skies (in no particular order):