White Mountains
White Mountains
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Mountains of the Appalachian range in northern New Hampshire, where the highest point is Mount Washington at 6,288 feet.
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NHjo
Saco, ME12,023 contributions
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Oct 2021
You could spend weeks in the White Mountains and never get tired of it. There's so much spectacular scenery and so many quintessential New England towns and villages where there are great inns, eateries, shops, activities, and lots of little wooden white churches. The hiking and skiing is some of the best in the country. I spent a weekend in one of my favorite regions, Franconia and Sugar Hill (famous Polly's Pancake Parlor territory).
Written October 9, 2021
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Sightsee13037
Grafton, MA1 contribution
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Spring time is a great time in the White Mountains. Lost River and the Flume offer excellent views and a great place to explore and enjoy the outdoors. Cannon Mountain tramway is a great ride to the top and offers outstanding and peaceful views and look out points along the self guided hike to the peak. (You definately want to wait for a clear day.) We visited the top of Mt. Washington via the COG railway. The COG was great, but for the money, I would try the chauffered bus ride next time hoping for more commentary and information on the way up. The view from the top and en route was spectacular, but bring a jacket for the temperature change. For a relaxing spot, go to Echo Lake at the base of Cannon Mountain. It's a beautiful spot nestled between the mountains, the water is crystal clear (cold, but clear) and provides a beautiful back drop.

On a rainy day, go to Heritage (next to StoryLand) for a beautiful, fun and unusual trip through history.
Written July 7, 2004
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SED960
Windermere, FL255 contributions
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I was very skeptical when my husband said he wanted to visit the White Mountains. We aren't "outdoorsy" people, so I thought there would be nothing to do. I was wrong! We only stayed 2 days, but I would definitely go back and there would be enough to do for a week easily. The White Mountain Trail is a 100 mile loop that traverses the whole region. Nothing in the entire region is more than about 2 hours away from anything else, so you can really stay anywhere along the trail and as long as you don’t mind a little driving access any attractions. We stayed in Glen and spent a day at Franconia Notch State Park – opposite sides of the loop. We actually drove the entire loop, and I would recommend that as a beautiful ride. I would go back and see the Kancamagus Highway in the fall – in the summer it was pretty but I could imagine the amazing fall colors there. North Conway is the only town along the way with a real “downtown” and it is a lovely little town with lots of shops and dining options.

In our two days we did the Mount Washington Auto Road, downtown North Conway, Franconia Notch State Park and the 100 mile driving loop. If we had more time, we would have liked to do the Mt Washington Cog Railway or the Conway Scenic Railroad. When we have kids, I would go back and do StoryLand, Santa’s Village, Clark’s Trading Post and the Polar Caves. All in all, I got over my preconceived notions and found that it’s a beautiful place and I’ll be back!
Written August 28, 2005
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Paula Bendfeldt - GrowingUpBilingual.com
Cape Coral, FL1,331 contributions
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May 2013 • Family
During a recent trip to New Hampshire to visit friends we drove up to the White Mountains National Forest and I was just blown away by it's beauty. The gorgeous greens, the quaint little towns, the Flume Gorge, the beautiful rivers and breathtaking waterfalls and the Omin at Mount Washington resort with the white capped mountains in the background was a stunning sight. We only spend one day driving around and did not have time to walk any of the trails so I really want to come back. I live in Florida and thought this was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. Don't miss the Flume Gorge.
Written May 31, 2013
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FMH265
Solihull, UK52 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Family
If you've got the opportunity, definitely visit the White Mountains.
Coming from the UK we flew into Boston and drove up the I-93 to get here easily. We stayed in North Woodstock, which was great because the river has a small cascade there that you can tube down -no charge, just at your own risk so make sure the water level is high enough.
It's also a great base because it's so easy to get to everything from here. We did zip wiring, walked up the Flume, visited the Polar Caves, walked through Lincoln Woods, went on the Cannon Mountain aerial tramway, drove across the Kancamagus highway to do Sabbaday Falls, the boulder loop, boulder gorge and the Colbath historic house, went up Mt Washington etc. etc. Plenty to do and no complaints from the teenagers! Would love to see it in autumn with all the beautiful colours and also in winter to see how dramatic it must look.
Written August 5, 2014
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Blanchwhite
USA USA4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013
Went to the White Mountains and expected they would be White. They were green. Not what I was expecting.
Hiked the Appalacian Trail. Thought I'd see some bald eagles and at least one American flag blowin' in the breeze. Did not. Yet again, not what I was expecting.
-Blanche White
Written February 12, 2014
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robd
Ann Arbor, MI206 contributions
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My daughter, 12, and I traveled for a couple of days in the White Mountains and had a great time. I grew up in Boston and we used to go the White Mountains every summer for a day or so or longer but I hadn't been back in so long and I was a bit worried that after trips to Yellowstone and Grand Teton and a cruise to Alaska, New Hampshire just wouldn't seem that impressive. I was wrong to worry. The mountains are gorgeous, there are back roads that are quiet and fun to drive, small towns to explore and everything is low key and very accessible. Early the first morning, we took the Kancamagus Highway (rte 112) from Lincoln out to Conway and got out a few times to take very short walks to waterfalls and rivers. Sadly, it started to rain pretty hard and after swimming in the hotel's indoor pool (strongly recommend you stay at a place with an indoor pool if you like to swim), we got in the car and drove to small towns with country stores. Ended up in Littleton and ate lunch in the Littleton Diner- a real treat and just continued meandering through the small towns. The next day we went to the Flume and on the gondola up Loon Mountain, both real treats on a very nice day. New Hampshire isn't Alaska but it is so pretty, so gentle and so green. I wish we had had more time. If you like to day hike, all you have to do is go on either Rte 302 or Rte 112 and all along you find hikes of different lengths. The people are friendly. Prices are reasonable. Just a very nice play to be.
Written August 13, 2007
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Nancy Q
Attleboro, MA64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
Since spending our honeymoon in the White Mountains in 1974, we return almost every summer or fall for a weekend. The Franconia Notch, Flume Gorge, Canon Mountain Tramway, Polar Caves - so much to see and do. Clark's Trading Post is still a favorite stop.

This is a trip during which you can slow down, relax, take a leisurely hike (our favorites are the Flume and the Canon Mt. rim) and enjoy nature's beauty. Don't miss driving the Kancamagus Highway - breathtaking whatever the season.
Written January 16, 2014
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Marilyn S
Huntington Beach, CA1,203 contributions
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Oct 2012 • Family
Hitting the Fall Colors is hit or miss but this year we timed the White Mountains just right. Wish we had the time to stay longer but on a tight schedule we only had 1 1/2 days to drive the roads and see as much as possible. The local towns are quaint and fun to walk. The mountain roads are beyond beautiful especially the Kancamagus Highway. The only problem was finding some of the stopping points that were noted in our travel book by Frommer's. There must be a better map available locally as it is not posted well on the road. Rain or shine the colors change by the moment and stopping at the view points is a must.
Written October 15, 2012
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mamawala
Hillsborough, NJ37 contributions
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Aug 2012 • Couples
My husband and I planned two days in the White Mountains--not nearly enough time ! We drove from Portsmouth to Mt. Washington (about a two hour drive) and discovered that in that short time visibility at the top had gone from 60 miles to 100 feet ! Given that one needs to pay $25 for the Auto Road (and an additional $8 per rider), we decided to postpone our trip to the top. The next day the weather was much the same. I would strongly advise visitors to plan several days in the area so as to maximize your weather options. We did take a fabulous drive on the Kancamagus Hwy between Conway and Lincoln and marveled at the beauty of the many stops along the way including the waterfalls, overlook points, and hiking trails. Do stop at the ranger station where you will receive info on the best way to see the area relative to your physical condition and time.
Written August 7, 2012
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