Erin JetteI recently played “tourist” for the day. After years of procrastination, I finally experienced soaring over the Sonoran Desert in a hot air balloon.  As one of the most popular activities for Arizona’s out-of-town guests, I was definitely long overdue for experiencing this activity first-hand. The team at Hot Air Expeditions coordinated the details of our flight and every moment was perfectly executed. A stunning sunrise welcomed us as we gracefully ascended into the picturesque blue sky for smooth sailing 3,000 feet above the Valley floor.

Our captain, Mike D., offered passionate insight into the history of hot air ballooning and had a way of keeping all of us engaged and at ease. He captivated us with details on the landscape below and stories of the desert while we drifted over the incredible terrain. The mountain views alone would be worth the balloon ride, but we were fortunate to also spot quite a few animals during our flight.Hot Air Balloon

Time certainly does fly when you are having fun! The hour plus flight “flew” by and our landing, miles from where our journey began, was seamless and well executed.  While we reacquainted ourselves with the solid ground, the crew expertly set our breakfast table, complete with tablecloth and china. After a champagne mimosa toast, the experience concluded with a delicious breakfast among the towering cacti as we reminisced with the crew and other passengers about the incredible flight.

I highly recommend this activity to anyone visiting the area. It far exceeded my expectations. It’s the perfect way to take in the beauty of the desert landscape while enjoying panoramic views of the sunrise or sunset. The experience can also serve as a memorable way to celebrate a special occasion.  I surprised my Dad with a “birthday” balloon ride and we captured the moment with a keepsake photo, which would include their custom birthday banner. It’s a great way to begin (or end) your day!

Our Concierge team is happy to assist with booking this activity or provide additional recommendations and reservations for your stay. Just in time for Spring Break, you’ll find additional family friendly ideas in other articles including, “Sip, Cycle and Soar,” and “Family Fun in Scottsdale.”


Erin Jette, Travel Industry Sales Manager


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