In New Hampshire’s White Mountains, four days is barely enough to scratch the dramatic surface, with its mountain crags and crystalline streams. No New England region offers more one-of-a-kind scenes and attractions.
Day 1: The "Kanc"
Start at the town of Lincoln, at exit 32 of I-93, and drive to North Conway via the scenic Kancamagus Highway, stopping for some short hikes or a picnic. Indulge in a few shopping forays in town, and savor the views of the Mount Washington Valley. Head to the village of Jackson for the night.
Relax before dinner at Jackson Falls, or take a bike ride along carriage roads at the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center in Gorham.
Day 2: Pinkham Notch
Spend the day embarking on one of five short hikes in Pinkham Notch or, if you’re feeling ambitious, climb all or part of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. Stop at Glen Ellis Falls en route to the base of Mount Washington.
Return to your car and continue north to Wildcat Ski Area. Take the gondola to the summit for spectacular views of Mount Washington, the Presidential Range, and the Carter Range.
Day 3: Mount Washington
Drive south on Rte. 16 and west on Rte. 302 through Crawford Notch. If time allows, stop at the AMC Highland Center to see what free programs are scheduled, or have lunch at the grand Omni Mount Washington Resort.
Continue driving a loop north through Carroll to the Mount Washington Cog Railway, and take the train ride to the summit of Mount Washington (dress warmly).
Day 4: Great North Woods
Is your heart set on seeing a moose? Then, drive north on Route 16 to Errol, west on Route 26 through Dixville Notch to Colebrook, and proceed north on Route 3, a.k.a. “Moose Alley,” toward the Canadian border. Stay alert and—even though there are no guarantees—keep your camera ready.
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