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“Must do in the White Mountains”
Review of Kancamagus Highway

Kancamagus Highway
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Full Day White Mountain Tour with Cannon Mountain Aerial Tram
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Highway 112, or the Kanc, runs from Center Conway to North Woodstock, just south of Franconia Notch. Passing through the White Mountain National Forest, it is considered one of the most scenic highways in the U.S. and offers a number of interesting stopping off points.
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“Must do in the White Mountains”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

This and the Mt. Washington Auto Road are the must do's if you are driving in the White Mountains. Be sure to stop at the Ranger station at the south end and pick up a map. The rangers were so helpful! You will need a pass if you park and you MUST park to see the best sights. The passes are $3 for the day and $5 for a week.

Most of the attractions you can see right from the parking areas but there are 3 don't misses where you have to take a little hike or drive into the area to enjoy. One if the beautiful covered bridge located at the first campground on the Kanc. We had a great picnic lunch at the base of the bridge where there is a little park like area with benches.

Secondly, don't miss Sabbaday Falls - an easy .6 mile hike. These were some of the most interesting, unique and beautiful falls we saw on our trip.

Thirdly, stop and enjoy the Colbrath House. It is a fascinating yet tragic story of the family and town that thrived here a century ago.

Mostly, enjoy the gorgeous colors, sounds and smells of the woodland forests and the majestic vistas of the mountains.

Visited June 2013
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“Natural beauty”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

Loved the beauty of the highway and Sabbaday Falls in the rain then sun was a highlight.

No dislikes as we travelled in an off peak time so could go at our own pace.

Visited May 2013
Thank Steve K
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“A nice drive but can be boring”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

Perhaps it wasn't fall so the color was monotonous. There were some nice spots in the beginning of the road where you can soak your feets in the cold water of the swift river, sg. Lower Fall Picnic Area. This is kind of a bonus drive if you are heading towards Franconia Notch from North Conway via Lincoln.

Visited May 2013
Thank Billy Z
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“amazing,nature at its best”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

we travelled on it during fall with some friends. the whole drive was very beautiful..you could find all the colours there. you can get a map at the visitor center.its very useful.the highway has some good science points with falls and a river going by,plus some trails.we went to 2 such places,since it was getting more colder then.overall a very pleasant ride.

Visited October 2012
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“Must-do scenic highway”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

When you drive this, you feel like you are driving through the rockies. Beautiful scenery and hilly roads. There are several spots to pull off and other trail-heads to start hikes from. Great alternative way to get to North Conway.

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