If you are up for road trip that will lead you to possibly sunnier skies that are filled with colorful hot air balloons than this weekend is going to be GREAT! On the east side of the mountains, Winthrop is hosting their annual Hot Air Balloon Roundup from Friday, March 7 to Sunday, March 9th.
Each morning at 7 a.m., there will be a balloon launch where you can experience the incredible visual display created as the balloons fly over the old western town of Winthrop with the snow-capped mountains of the North Cascades as a backdrop. In addition to the morning floats, it is worth it to see the balloons lit up against the night sky during the Nighttime Balloon Glow held Saturday evening. If I did not mention it yet, both of the festival events are FREE!
If you are looking for inexpensive lodging and don’t mind making friends and sharing space for a night, check out the North Cascades Mountain Hostel in Winthrop.