September With A National Park Senior Pass: 5 Colorful Places
The colors of fall are on their way! Take advantage of September with a National Park Senior Pass at these 5 locations and many more…
#1 The Annual Balloon Festival at White Sands National Monument NM
You’ll have to pay a little extra for entry, but there’s nothing quite like being at ground level during a balloon festival. And the timing might fit your itinerary (and your budget) better than the Balloon Festival in Albuquerque in early October.
The Balloon Festival at White Sands is scheduled for September 16-17, 2017. Website.
#2 Camp and hike or bike at Acadia National Park ME
Kids are back to school, it’s easy to get a spot at Blackwoods Campground, take advantage of the shuttle bus to get around, and hang out in Bar Harbor, which at least won’t be as crowded as it is in midsummer. And natch, there’s the free entry to Acadia with the National Park Senior Pass.
#3 Park with your Senior Pass at Salt Creek Falls in the Cascades OR
Yup, that green is for real. And it’ll be waiting for you in September with a National Park Senior Pass (for free) with dabs of color all around.
What’s with free? It’s not a National Park? Aha! Here’s where your Senior Pass comes in.
Parking at trailheads in National Forests frequently requires a fee for a parking pass. Not so for 62 plussers with the orange cactus wonder. Don’t forget to hang it on your mirror, however, if trailhead signage gives you the go ahead.
At Salt Creek Falls (on Highway 58), explore on foot up and down the stairs at the falls, stay overnight nearby at a Senior-Price-advantaged USFS campground, take a short ramble to a pristine lake or a longer hike.
Then, throw down a great piece of homemade pie after fishing for a day at a primo kokanee (landlocked salmon) spot. It’s all within a few miles Salt Falls.
Find an array of possibilities at: Waldo’s Right Here: Make Your Day In Oregon’s Cascades.
Back to the east coast in full-color September with a National Park Senior Pass…
#4 and #5 Visit a twofer: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park VT and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site NH.
The two parks couldn’t be more different. One has long views and outdoor sculptures, the other reflects the beginnings and future of the environmental movement and sustainable forest management.
The mansion tour at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller will cost you a little extra, as will the Billings Farm and Museum next door (which is also worth a visit).
The two parks are within a 40 minute drive from each other, both in the Connecticut River valley.
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For a summer-time FREE balloon festival:
Photo credits, September with a National Park Senior Pass. Balloon Festival at White Sands: Public Domain by NPS. Acadia National Park: Public Domain via NPS. Salt Creek Falls OR: Public Domain by Andrew Coelho via Unsplash. Pan Garden looking towards Mt Ascutney VT: Public Domain by NPS. Saint-Gaudens sculpture and Marsh Mansion at Marsh-Billings Rockefeller, ©DustyCarMuddyBoots.com, All Rights Reserved.