What You'll Get
Before zeppelins were invented, being full of hot air was considered quite useful, as inflated egos were routinely rented out for airborne transport. See high-flying sights without the aid of disembodied arrogance thanks to today's Groupon: for $99, you get a sunrise balloon flight ($185 value) from Unicorn Balloon Company in Scottsdale. During a sunrise flight, balloon-o-nauts not only have access to glorious birds-eye views of the cascading landscape; they also get a rare opportunity to view desert wildlife, such as jackrabbits, mule deer, javelinas, coyotes, and the majestic Saguaro cacti, all too skittish to be approached on the ground. Float like a butterfly and see the sights like a respectful, non-intrusive bee in one of Unicorn's expertly piloted balloons while enjoying a champagne toast and a lifetime of aerial memories.
Guests who weigh more than 200 pounds will be charged an additional $50 fee for additional equipment.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 17, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. By appointment only. Must reserve by 3/16. Not valid 12/20 - 1/4 and 2/19 - 2/21. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Unicorn Balloon Company
Recommended by Frommer's travel guide, Unicorn Balloon Company leads guided excursions through the aerial spectacles of the Sonoran Desert's landscapes and environs. Smoothly ascending sunrise and sunset tours provide an easygoing and elevated trip through the panoramic desert and mountain terrain, which includes resilient flora such as saguaro cacti, palo verde trees, and distant mountain ranges assembled by packs of Paleolithic tailgaters. The wicker baskets float above vegetation and discreetly hover over animal habitats, with occasional views of coyotes, jackrabbits, desert mule deer, and javelinas. Each 100-foot balloon drifts at heights from just above treetop levels to 3,000 feet above the ground, carefully following wind currents to prevent turbulence and stay on the scent trail of musky airplane pilots.