For a bird's eye view of the changing colors, you might consider one of the following:

ADVENTURES ALOFT has charter balloon flights over the Maryland and Virginia countryside. Call 301/881-6262.

BALLOON-A-TICS offers instruction and charter flights for one to three persons and larger groups. Call 703/361-4725.

BALLOONS UNLIMITED has chartered flights out of Haymarket, Va. Call 703/281-2300.

BAY AREA BALLOONING trips over Severn/Annapolis. Call 301/956- 4145.

BARNSTORMERS AIR SHOWS has charter flights in King's Dominion area; $225 per couple. Call 804/798-8830.

BARNSWALLOW SERVICE has Northern Virginia balloon flights. Call 591-6494.

BOARS HEAD BALLOON ADVENTURE at the Boars Head Inn, Charlottsville. World's largest passenger-carrying balloon for hire; holds 10 passengers. Flies through November. Call 804/296-2181.

CHESAPEAKE BALLOON SERVICE has year-round charter flights in northern Baltimore County; will customize flight. Call 301/667-6789 or 717/993-6255.

DISCOVERY FLIGHTS and classes offered at Janelle Aviation at Godfrey Field in Leesburg. Call 471-5228.

FANTASY FLIGHTS has charter flights in outer Montgomery County. Call 966-7676 or 301/972-2839.

FLYING CIRCUS AIRSHOWS has open cockpit flights Sundays through October. Off Route 17 in Bealeton, Va. Call 703/439-8661.

HUNT COUNTRY BALLOONS has charter and stand-by flights. Call 620- 3556 or 448-9695.

LEARNING WORKS has ballooning trips daily. Call 657-4488.

POTOMAC AIR SPORTS has ultralight introduction & instruction. Call 249-1036.

SKY HIGH ADVENTURES has hunt country, Potomac River and suburban Maryland flights, instruction. Call 657-9890 or 301/972-7004.

SUGARLOAF BALLOON PORT has charter flights in suburban Maryland and Virgina. Call 301/831-7239.

ULTRALIGHT LESSONS plus introductory flight. Call 703/591-4359.

WEEKEND SOARING at Warrenton Airpark. Call 703/347-0054.

ZENAIR AVIATION has free lessons & demos of its two-seat ultralights, with floats or wheels. Call 703/765-8863.