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American Girl’s “Saige Paints the Sky” movie will be released on DVD starting July 2nd. The movie was filmed around Albuquerque and New Mexico and showcases the beautiful scenery of the state while telling Saige’s story. You can see it on Saturday, July 13th at 8/7c on NBC or pick up the DVD for a glimpse of New Mexico’s scenic beauty.

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Enter to win a Saige-inspired trip to Albuquerque

We are thrilled that American Girl’s® Girl of the year, Saige Copeland, calls Albuquerque, New Mexico her home! She loves riding horses on her grandma’s ranch, painting New Mexico’s beautiful scenery and balloon rides above the city, which is known as the Hot Air Balloon Capital of the World.

To celebrate, we are sending one lucky girl and her family on a Saige-inspired trip to Albuquerque – plus she’ll get her very own Saige Doll, signed books, a $400 VISA gift card and more!

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Plan your own Saige-inspired trip to Albuquerque

We hope many girls and their families will choose to travel to Albuquerque to experience a little taste of what Saige’s story is all about. Visiting families can be inspired by the same types of activities that Saige would enjoy around the city.

Plan your own trip incorporating events and activities inspired by Saige’s love for art, nature and hot air balloons. There are even some Saige-inspired hotel packages to choose from!

PLAN YOUR TRIP

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Albuquerque featured in “Saige Paints the Sky” movie

American Girl’s “Saige Paints the Sky” movie will be released on DVD starting July 2nd. The movie was filmed around Albuquerque and New Mexico and showcases the beautiful scenery of the state while telling Saige’s story. You can see it on Saturday, July 13th at 8/7c on NBC or pick up the DVD for a glimpse of New Mexico’s scenic beauty.

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We would like to welcome you to the Ballooning Capital of the World web site.  The Ballooning Capital is located in the greater Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA area including area communities like Rio Rancho.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta  is the world’s largest hot air balloon festival and takes place each October.  During the balloon festival you will see literally hundreds of balloons.  The event is considered to be the most photographed event in the world.  Guests of the event are allowed to mingle amongst the balloons and possibly even to help the crews.

There are more resident hot air balloonists in the local area than anywhere else in the world.  The ideal conditions and the growth of the sport have attracted many people to the Albuquerque area.  Hardly a day goes by without a balloon launch, weather permitting.

Albuquerque has a unique climatological feature called the “box”.  The Sandia Mountain to the east blocks the sun from heating the ground, and as a result, the air near the ground is cooler and flows to the south, and 600-700 feet up, the warmer air flows to the north, allowing the balloon pilot to launch and land in nearly the same spot, if not in fact, the same spot.

Another great activity is called balloon glow.  This is the glow from the balloon when the hot propane-powered flames light up the balloon, and because of the balloon’s size, can be seen from a long distance.  Several times during the year there are actual balloon glow events during which the balloons are on display, but aren’t launched.

This web site has been created to tell the world about what is going on here and we welcome your comments and pictures.   Our host is a photographer so there will be many unique photos not found elsewhere plus photos contributed by other photographers.

Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you back again!