Disclosure: I received a complimentary ride from Hot Air Expeditions during my press trip to Phoenix. All opinions are my own.
When I received the itinerary for my amazing Phoenix media trip, one thing caught my eye – a trip on a hot air balloon. I’d never taken a hot air balloon, so I was thrilled with the opportunity to finally have this experience. Going on a hot air balloon is definitely a bucket list experience, and Phoenix, Arizona is a great place to try it out. The desert landscape is absolutely beautiful, and you’ll find lots of other hot air balloons in the area.
We were picked up very early in the morning at our hotel by Hot Air Expeditions, and driven to the desert. There were several balloons being inflated alongside ours, and when it was all set, we took flight. If you do take a hot air balloon, be prepared for the early morning wakeup. Hot Air Expeditions does offer sunset trips as well, but only between November and March. Once you arrive at the location, there isn’t much in the way of facilities – so use the restroom and have breakfast before you get there.
Having never taken a hot air balloon before, I was surprised to see how tiny that little basket really is. You pretty much just have standing room only – it’s very cozy. We each had a designated spot to stand, so there is no moving around once you’ve selected a spot. I was able to rest my bag on the ground, but that’s about all there is room for. You can see how that works in this photo below.
We went high – much higher than I’d ever expect. My ears were popping away, just as if I was on an airplane. I was surprised – that was definitely not something I expected. During our trip, we saw some gorgeous sites, including some little burros on the ground. The other hot air balloons in the sky added to the beautiful view.
When we landed, the crew immediately go started on laying out our breakfast – quiche, juice, chocolate croissants, cheese, and apples. It was absolutely delicious, and when we were all set, we were driven back to our resort. Since we started so early, we still had plenty of time left in the day to explore Phoenix.
Hot Air Expeditions
2243 E. Rose Garden Loop
Phoenix, Arizona 85024