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Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne and Catering

1. Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne and Catering

Enjoy a 45-60-minute hot air balloon ride above Phoenix, Arizona. See the expansive mountain ranges and desert wildlife below as your hot air balloon reaches heights of 3000 feet. During the flight, your pilot will point out different landmarks and points of interest. See Downtown Phoenix, Camelback Mountain, Lake Pleasant, and State Farm Stadium from the air. Upon landing, enjoy a catered fare prepared by the award-winning Vincent’s on Camelback restaurant, right in the heart of the desert. A traditional balloonist’s ceremony follows with commemorative flight certificates to take home.

Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Flight

2. Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Flight

The experience begins even before you rise into the sky. Help the crew inflate the balloon for a real "hands on" adventure, or just relax and take a few pictures as the gentle giant comes alive. Once you gain altitude, enjoy vistas you have to see to believe as you float over the Arizona landscape. Phoenix lies beneath you while desert stretches to the distant mountains. The pilots are FAA-licensed and experienced in navigating with your safety and enjoyment in mind. Your pilot will also answer questions and identify points of interest during your flight. A chase crew will follow on the ground and meet you at the landing site. From there a van takes you back to the launch site. Upon your return, enjoy a celebratory toast of Champagne to cap your unique airborne adventure. You'll also be presented with a flight certificate.

Scottsdale: Half-Day Lower Salt River Rafting Tour

3. Scottsdale: Half-Day Lower Salt River Rafting Tour

Cool off and explore the beautiful Sonoran Desert with a guided Salt River rafting trip on the Lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest. Arrive at 7:30 AM at the local supplier's office in North Scottdale, then travel 35 minutes to the start point just outside the eastern metro area. Get kitted out with all necessary equipment then head out onto the water.  The Salt River is a scenic, Class I (the easiest rating on the international scale of river difficulty) waterway which provides some of the best wildlife and bird watching opportunities in the Southwest. The water flow on the river varies seasonally, based on this your guide will choose from a number of put‐in/take‐out locations in order to ensure guests have the best river rafting experience. Whilst light paddling is required, your experienced rafting guide will do most of the work, so you can sit back and enjoy the view. Water temperatures are in the 60s in the winter and rise to low 80s in the summer months. Swimming is possible year‐round, but the water may be chilly in January. Tours typically last about 4 hours and water and snacks will be provided for the duration of the tour.

Scottsdale: Tonto National Forest Off-Road H1 Hummer Tour

4. Scottsdale: Tonto National Forest Off-Road H1 Hummer Tour

Explore one of Arizona’s most picturesque trails on an off-road H1 Hummer excursion. The trail winds through the heart of the Tonto National Forest and Arizona’s most beautiful mountain ranges: the 4 Peaks and the Superstition Mountains. Enjoy beautiful views of Saguaro Lake and learn about the flora and fauna of this majestic landscape. Experience the thrill as the Hummer conquers the rugged desert terrain. If you crave excitement you’ll be sure to feel the rush of adrenalin as the H1 climbs 60-degree slopes, traverses 40-degree side slopes, and fords up to 2.5 feet of water. Even with all the thrills, this is a family friendly excursion that is suitable for all ages.

Phoenix & Scottsdale: Lower Salt River Kayaking Tour

5. Phoenix & Scottsdale: Lower Salt River Kayaking Tour

Experience the adventure of a lifetime in a desert oasis as you take a guided kayak tour through Salt River. This lush stretch of water is only a short drive from Phoenix. Spend your morning paddling along green riverbanks, and marvel at towering red cliffs. Don't forget to look for wild horses, bald eagles, and other desert wildlife along the way. Avoid crowds and take advantage of all the natural beauty the river has to offer. Enjoy a swim in the cool waters, and see the desert as you've never seen it before. This unique experience is perfect for all skill levels, and for groups, individuals, and families.

Scottsdale: Grand Canyon National Park and Sedona with Lunch

6. Scottsdale: Grand Canyon National Park and Sedona with Lunch

Begin your adventure with pick-up from your hotel or accommodation at 6:00 AM. Watch the incredible natural landscape passing by your window, as you enjoy a comfortable drive up to the Grand Canyon National Park. Explore the spectacular canyon on a guided tour and learn about the history of the world famous site. Spend around 3 hours in the Grand Canyon National Park and take in the breathtaking views from two of the most prominent viewpoints in the area. Make the most of some free time, as you have the chance to visit the Grand Canyon Village, located on the South Rim. Grab some lunch before you venture to Sedona. Experience the atmosphere of uptown Sedona and view the local art work. Depart from the town and stop at the Red Rock State Park, where you can take pictures to remember your expedition. 

Sonoran Desert: Guided 2-Hour UTV Adventure

7. Sonoran Desert: Guided 2-Hour UTV Adventure

Hop in, buckle up, turn the switch, and hit the trail in the toughest vehicle the Sonoran Desert has ever seen. The 4-seat UTV can be filled to capacity and can still climb trails, crawl boulders, and zip all over the desert without breaking a sweat. Whether you're craving adventure or simply want to enjoy some sightseeing at your own pace, this UTV is dialed in to deliver. With electric power steering, a thrilling V-Twin engine, and towing capacity to take everything with you, this exhilarating drive handles like a dream. 

Scottsdale: Half-Day Casual Bike Tour with Guide

8. Scottsdale: Half-Day Casual Bike Tour with Guide

Avoid the busy public transport system and take advantage of the glorious sunshine as you explore the beautiful city of Scottsdale by bike. Using an expertly maintained rental bike fleet, consisting of multi-geared touring bicycles, the tour takes you along paved bike paths, roads, canals, and the occasional hard dirt surface. In the early part of the day, ride through the lush arroyos of Scottsdale, where wildlife is abundant. Look out for desert cottontail rabbits as they hop away into the underbrush, and see if you can spot a quail crossing the path. From your knowledgeable local guide, learn about the region’s native flora and fauna, as well as the animals that live here. Follow your guide along a carefully mapped route that ensure you see the very best of the city, and enjoy it’s breathtaking natural landscapes along the way.

From Scottsdale: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Day Tour

9. From Scottsdale: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Day Tour

Around 6 AM get picked up from your hotel in Phoenix or Scottsdale to start the 4-hour journey to Page, Arizona. Be driven in the comfort of a luxury van. Along the way, your guide will tell you about a number of interesting sites and the history of the state of Arizona. Upon arrival in Page, AZ we will head to Antelope Canyon. There you will gaze upon the wonder of the slot canyons and their amazing colors and formations. Here a navajo guide will be included and take your party in the canyon. (Tour ticket covered in price). Tour lasts for 1-1.25 hours. We will then eat a full lunch that is included in the admission price. Then we head to Horseshoe Bend. This view is bar none the best in AZ! Here this is a self guided hike that is 1.25 miles RT. Admission to this attraction is included in price and duration is 80 minutes. Note: temperatures can reach 90+ degrees in the summer time and 30+ degrees in the winter so dress accordingly. Also pickup time can fluctuate between 6am-9am depending on season and tour times given. Guests staying in certain regions of the valley can expect longer tour times because of pickup and dropoff location.

Scottsdale: Half-Day Sonoran Desert Hiking Tour

10. Scottsdale: Half-Day Sonoran Desert Hiking Tour

Enjoy a guided hiking trip designed to be more than a simple nature walk. This hike is accessible to a wide range of abilities so that individuals of modest fitness levels, as well as more active ones, will enjoy themselves. Traverse trails chosen not only for their scenic beauty but also accessibility, safety, and low volume of other visitors. Experience the unforgettable Sonoran Desert as you've never seen it before. Hike the Sonoran Preserve, where there are a variety of trails available. Marvel at the natural beauty of the desert while getting in a workout that is great for hikers of all levels of experience.

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What people are saying about Scottsdale

Sunrise hot air balloon ride was a 10/10 experience! As someone who is mildly afraid of heights, I was a little nervous going into this. It was the SMOOTHEST ride and SO relaxing! You don’t even realize how high up you are. The desert beauty is breathtaking. I was actually sad when the ride was over. We finished with a yummy breakfast, a toast and certificate for completing the ride. Our pilot, Bill, was AMAZING! So hilarious and made us feel safe. I can’t stop talking about this. I’m so glad I faced my fears. This is a moment I will never forget. Getting up at 4am was worth it. Thank you Hot Air Expeditions!

A wonderful "first" ride for an 80th birthday celebration! From the booking to the drop-off at the end, this company exceeded expectations. They are organized, personable and safe and the pilot and crew were top-notch. Highly skilled, knowledgable, and all with a dash of quick wit and humor made our ride most enjoyable.

Loved it. We had an awesome, experienced guide, Jon T. who made it so enjoyable with his humor as well as his knowledge of piloting these balloons. We had a great morning for it and more importantly, we had the perfect landing ! We highly recommend this outfit .

We had a beautiful day for an excursion! The weather was perfect and the quality of our tour was exceptional. We enjoyed Cody sharing the history about the canyon and Sedona. The lunch that we were provided was delicious with several choices of entree available.

We had a wonderful time kayaking. The guides were knowledgeable, and did an outstanding job. The drive to the river & setting things up was seamless. Highly recommend this tour.