Hot Air Expeditions
‘Chute for the Stars
It’s not until you’re floating high above the horizon that you truly start to appreciate the magnitude of Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert. Sailing in a hot air balloon offers a fresh perspective of the towering Saguaro cacti, rolling purple mountains and sea-blue skies. Each flight concludes with a champagne toast and brunch, a tradition passed down from early French balloonists. But if all of that sounds too tame for your liking, check out Arizona Powerchutes. The airborne adventure takes place in a two-passenger cart powered with a motor, prop and wheels, and suspended 20 feet below a 40-foot parachute. You can fly as high or low above the ground as you’d like, all at a constant 26 miles per hour.
By Katarina Kovacevic, AFAR Local Expert
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