Arizona Hot Air's gravity-defiant captains usher passengers across awe-inducing desert landscapes inside a multicolored balloon. An air balloon pilot slings trivia factoids from ballooning history as the ground crew prepares the afternoon's air-filled transport. Then passengers—equipped with a first-flight certificate and a precautionary jetpack—ascend into the skies for a gentle flight over North Phoenix's picturesque desert, clinking glasses with the pilot during a complimentary toast. The balloon's intimate cabin offers passengers unhindered views of the seemingly endless terrain during a personal ride, devoid of large groups of spectators or throngs of mail haulers training their carrier-pigeon flocks.
Lake Pleasant Nautical Adventures? staff helps its customers explore 10,000 acres of water surrounded by the rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The company's three-person Yamaha jet skis speed across the water's surface, sending blasts of mist and churned water into the faces of tailgating pelicans. Nearby, 200-horsepower speedboats create rushes of adrenaline as they tow wakeboards, tubes, and water skis. Pontoon boats take up to 10 passengers on floating picnics and fishing trips, and tours let customers experience the lake without having to learn its fish community?s complicated traffic laws.
When the macabre minds behind Chambers of Fear opened their first haunt more than 20 years ago, their bone-chilling scares filled only a three-car garage. Over the years, though, the attractions have grown to encompass everything from haunted corn mazes and scream cams to infinitely long algebra tests. These days, the experience stretches more than 25,000 square feet, with high-tech animatronics, creative scares, and traditional maniacs scattered among three haunted houses: Scary Tales, Darkness: Industrial Nightmare, and Chambers of Fear. Including "some of the best scares in the industry," according to Ed Edmunds of Travel Channel's Making Monsters, the sprawling spookfest startles with bloodied ghouls and manifest phobias alike.
At Deer Valley Rock Art Center, visitors walk a quarter-mile trail that leads to thousands of Native American carvings. The ancient artwork includes more than1,500 petroglyphs, which were created between 7,000 and 500 years ago. Inside, a museum teaches about the prehistoric population who once inhabited the area.
For lunch, visitors can head over to outdoor picnic tables or an amphitheater area. They might also spot local wildlife such as roadrunners, jackrabbits, and red-tailed hawks.
Challenger Space Center and Museum is on a mission: to excite and educate its visitors about science and the vast wonders of outer space. That excitement starts as soon as guests walk onto the entrance's elevated gantry bridge to see a four-story, space-themed mural painted by Robert McCall. Then it's on to the museum, where the center's affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution enables it to offer top-notch exhibits, which range from a model of an Iridium satellite to three separate meteorite exhibits. Beneath the planetarium?s night sky, stargazers can learn about the stars or test their wishes out on different constellations. Regular Family Star Nights encourage families to bond over stargazing presentations, a simulated shuttle launch, and other activities.
To immerse themselves in the space experience, groups can also sign up for two-hour simulated space missions that unfold in three spaces: a mission control room designed after the Johnson Space Center; the Spacecraft, which simulates a room onboard the International Space Station; and the Earth Space Transit Module, which helps crew members dock there.
With multiple locations throughout the valley and mobile service available, Lasting White Teeth's specialists brighten smiles using laser-activated whitening gel. During appointments, they keep clients comfortable with protective eye goggles and vitamin E oil for keeping lips and gums hydrated throughout the whitening process. An enamel-booster treatment reduces sensitivity, maximizes results, and wards off cavities and gingivitis. Lasting White Teeth also offers a full line of aftercare products such as hydrogen peroxide whitening caviar, which clients can use to maintain their new and improved smile.