Hubby and I are doing a road trip from Chicago over to Bar Harbor and then going over to the White Mountains area. We are leaving in two days and we are all routed out for the most part but I was hoping for some advice on two different options for routes through the White Mountains. We will be coming in from Gorham and heading south (aiming eventually for I-93). Given that, which route below are we better of taking?
Route 16 south to 112/Kancamagus Hwy and then taking that over to I-93?
Route 16 south to 302 onto 3 (Daniel Webster Hwy) and over to I-93?
Is there another route instead that we should be considering?
We’d love to do some stopping along the way but we are completely unfamiliar with this territory. I keep hearing about Jackson and North Conway and from the map it appears that if we stay on Route 16 to Kancamagus Hwy, not only will we be on some beautiful roads, but there are also “things to do” in both Jackson and North Conway, as well as more hotel selections should we decide to stay over night (which I think we might be doing). But then on the other side of opinion, I hear Crawford Notch State Park is beatiful and if we don’t hook over to 302 we probably won’t encounter that, correct?
Also, I have heard from people that Mt. Washington a place we definitely need to go to. I’d love to take the drive up to the summit if that is highly recommended. From what I can see on the map, we can get to there by staying south on Route 16 and turning onto the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Is this correct? If so, how long does it take to drive up there and then drive back down? While I hear there are no guard rails on the road and that it can be a little scary, I’m not overly concerned. We’ve driven The Road To Hana in Maui, which is about as nervewracking as it gets! LOL But I know….caution on ANY mountain road needs to be taken.
We would love to see some beautiful waterfalls, scenery, covered bridges, LIGHT hiking/path walking, stroll through some cute small towns, etc.
Thanks so much for any information you can give to me!!!