Less prone to explosions, roadrunner collisions, and painful butt burns, the hot air balloon has edged out the jetpack as the official ride of the 23rd century. Explore these leisurely chariots of fire lest the future overtake you at 15 miles per hour with today’s Groupon from Unicorn Balloon Company. Choose from the following options:
- For $99, you get a sunrise hot air balloon flight for one (up to a $185 value).
- For $195, you get a sunrise hot air balloon flight for two (up to a $370 value).
- For $379, you get a sunrise hot air balloon flight for four (up to a $740 value).<p>
Recommended by Frommer’s travel guide, Unicorn Balloon Company leads guided excursions through the aerial spectacles of the Sonoran Desert’s landscapes and environs. Lasting 45 minutes, sunrise balloon tours give riders 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. Tours float above vegetation and discreetly hover over animal habitats, with occasional views of coyotes, jackrabbits, desert mule deer, and javelinas. Flyers sail over scrub and grass as grounded desert animals graze, give throaty calls, and try to bum rides to the nearest tumbleweed convention. 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. After they touch down, customers clink to their successful hovering and mind control over clouds with an included champagne toast.
Adventures Out West
The guides of Adventures Out West—currently celebrating its 42nd year of tours—have created scenic jaunts through Colorado and Arizona that deposit participants directly into the most beautiful parts of the local geography. Whether taking a segway tour or a jeep tour with knowledgeable guides, soaring over snowcapped mountains from the basket of a hot-air balloon or ziplining over lush forested cliffs, patrons get a chance to interact firsthand with all of nature's local sights, sounds, and whoopee-cushion gags.