Exploring the White Mountains in New Hampshire
The White Mountains Trail is a loop tour that winds through sections of the White Mountain National Forest and despite its name is just for cars. It can be driven in a day or at a more leisurely pace. Lots of small towns to explore, scenery to admire and get out and explore nature. “Hiking the Whites” as the locals say is your chance to get out into the crisp open air follow trails across covered bridges, cascading streams and deciduous forests that in the fall, turn shades of orange through to yellow.
Framed Franconia + Flume Gorge Foliage
The White Mountain Trail starts with a northern loop from Woodstock, tempting the visitor with a good selection of tax-free shopping, a large selection of lodgings, superb dining and a calendar of special events as well as the best maple syrup! Parts of the Trail have been used by travellers for centuries and in the early 19th century, the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne and landscape painter Thomas Cole drew attention to the White Mountains.
Follow the Franconia Notch Parkway along a route framed by the towering peaks of the Franconia and Kinsman mountain ranges. The park includes the Flume Gorge, a natural 800 foot chasm with waterfalls, covered bridges, a scenic pool, glacial boulders and Wolf’s Den Cave. Make a base in either Jackson or Bretton Woods to explore more of the region at a leisurely pace.
Grand Hotel or Christmas Inn
The Twin Mountain and Bretton Woods area was first settled in 1792 by Abel Crawford who was also responsible for building the first path to the summit of Mt Washington, a route that is still used today.
Travel to the top where many days record the coldest spot in the world, factoring in the wind – which is easy to see with horizontal icicles. Jackson is a small town with historical points of interest including a beautiful covered bridge, walking trails and the boutique Christmas Farm Inn with hosts that ensure your stay is memorable not only for the standard of accommodation, but also the food!
The Kancamagus Highway
One of the most spectacular sections of the White Mountains Trail is the Kancamagus Highway from Conway to Lincoln. Known as “The Kanc” it crosses the White Mountain National Forest climbing in altitude with lookouts providing travellers with truly breathtaking views.
The highway is named after an early Indian Chief of the Peacock Confederacy who tried to keep the peace between his people and the white settlers. Ultimately war and bloodshed flowed but Kancamagus’ grandfather ultimately united more than 17 central New England tribes.
Lincoln offers easy access to the White Mountain National Forest, as well as the area’s many quality family attractions, including Loon Mountain Gondola. Besides the sky ride, Loon Mountain offers glacial caves, mountain biking, hiking, climbing walls and more. Hop on board the Hobo Railroad and enjoy a variety of scenic vistas along the Pemigewasset River – great for railroad enthusiasts.
Candy + Pollyanna
In looping the drive you will come to Littleton, considered by many to be the shopping, dining and antique centre of the northwestern White Mountains. Once part of the Underground Railroad, Littleton at one time was home to the largest manufacturer of stereoscopic views in America, many views were of the White Mountains which all helped to promote the area as a tourist destination.
Stroll down the Main Street on a historic walking tour that includes 23 buildings of architectural interest, a new relatively new covered bridge that spans the river between the Grist Mill and Millers Cafe, a statue of Pollyanna and the world’s longest candy corner at Chutters.
4 nights' accommodation with your choice at Bretton Woods or Jackson
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