Legendary attractions, stunning mountain peaks, endless recreational opportunities, and breathtaking natural beauty awaits you in the White Mountains.
The White Mountains region is a hiker’s paradise with opportunity to explore 800,000 acres of the White Mountain National Forest. Conquer the Northeast’s tallest peak, Mount Washington, or one of the other 48 peaks of 4,000 feet or higher that scatter across the region. There are enough trails to suit all ages and abilities with many trails open year-round.
If you prefer to soak in the views another way, the White Mountains are also home to the historic Mt. Washington Auto Road and Mt. Washington Cog Railway where you can take in the scenery from your car or train. Tour the mountaintops in gondolas, aerial tramways, or chairlifts and take in the exceptional panoramic views of the region from your seat.
Winter in the White Mountains is especially blissful with a number of ski resorts to choose from; Bretton Woods, Cannon Mountain, Loon Mountain, and Wildcat just to name a few. Winter sports enthusiasts can take part in downhill or cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating or snowmobiling then warm up at one of the many cozy, slope side restaurants nearby.
If you are a summer or fall visitor, take a ride along 34 miles of the Kancamagus highway, locally known as the “Kanc”, where you can enjoy cooling off among the natural water slides and swimming holes. Some other refreshing stops include Otter Rocks and Lower Falls where you can take a dip in the water or enjoy a picnic lunch alongside. The Saco and Pemigewasset rivers flow throughout the region which allow plenty of opportunity for kayaking, tubing, canoeing, swimming, or fishing.
The White Mountain Region is an excellent spot for family trips. Area attractions range from Storyland and Santa’s Village to the Polar Caves Park and Clark’s Bears. For those who like to shop, the region offers some of the best tax-free shopping, microbreweries, and restaurants.
Points of Interest:
- Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves (North Woodstock)
- Chutters (Littleton)
- The Flume Gorge (Franconia)
- Conway Scenic Railroad (North Conway)
- Zeb’s General Store (North Conway)
- Diana’s Bath (Bartlett)
- Hobo Railroad (Lincoln)
- Whale’s Tale Waterpark (Lincoln)
For more info on the White Mountains:
Franconia Notch Regional Chamber of Commerce
Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce
Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce
Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce
White Mountain Attractions Visitor Center