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White Mountains, Bretton Woods

#2 of 35 in Trails in New Hampshire
Mountain · Biking Trail
The White Mountains of New Hampshire is one of New England’s most popular scenic destinations. This spectacular mountain region is home to 17 legendary attractions, the northeast’s highest peak - Mt. Washington, 800,000 acres of magnificent mountain views and limitless outdoor recreation. The region offers tax-free shopping, championship golf courses, off-and-on road cycling and swimming in cool mountain streams. Step aboard our unique railroads for the ride of a lifetime, marvel at magnificent mountain vistas as you ascend to the summit of Mt. Washington, spend time flying high above tree line on our aerial chair rides and ziplines, and stroll along wooden boardwalks that take you within touching distance of waterfalls. There are hundreds of camping and lodging opportunities including grand hotels, resorts, cabins and campsites by the river or on the mountainside, and quaint inns.

Whether your journey to the White Mountains takes you to several attractions or natural wonders, you will want to spend some time exploring the White Mountains Trail where you will discover spectacular scenery, covered bridges, picturesque towns and villages, and friendly people. This 100-mile loop tour, designated a National Scenic Byway, winds through sections of the 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest, the renowned Kancamagus Highway, Franconia Notch State Park and Crawford Notch. The White Mountains Trail is known for its natural splendor, cultural richness, historical charm and stimulating recreation-as well as some of the most beautiful scenery in the eastern United States. It can be driven in a day or can be the object of an entire vacation's worth of relaxation, exploration, and discovery.

We recommend you take the time to “Stay a While” in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is a wonderful region to escape, relax, explore and create unforgettable memories and cheer for all generations.
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  • The White Mountains of New Hampshire are beautiful and perfect for all year round. Summer full of greenery, swimming, touring, and hiking. Fall for the folliage and hiking. Winter for skiing and...  more »
  • If you crave the rugged outdoors, this is the place to be! Part of the far more extensive Appalachian Mountains, when I visited, in mid-summer, many parts of the White Mountains were immensely...  more »
  • The most majestic range in the appalachians. You can pass so many different climate zones in such a short distance as you go up in elevation. The most unique and striking feature is the wind swept summits. I have encountered the strongest winds of my life in winter. In summer things settle down. Fall is pretty but often foggy and wet. Franconia notch is my favorite portion
  • Absolutely beautiful in the fall

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