Things to Do
The White Mountains Region is renowned for its natural splendor, cultural richness, historical charm and stimulating recreation. Capture the best of it and make your vacation, weekend or extended stay memorable. Year round outdoor adventures for any age and level of experience will delight and challenge you in Franconia Notch State Park and the entire White Mountain National Forest loop. Enjoy a burgeoning list of activities with equipment as simple as a camera or as challenging as a kayak.
Deep powdered slopes give way to renewed flora that beckons bear cubs and other wildlife to take turns grubbing and grazing before the onslaught of those seeking the exhilarating rush of downhill biking.
Scenic drives are mandatory. Be sure to stop along the way to view or do the White Mountain Attractions created by nature or highly skilled manual labor to amaze and entertain you. There are plenty of places to indulge your passion for history and legacies, cultural arts and treasures that only need a ticket, but are more often free.
50,000 years ago, ice ages carved out notches, hollowed out lakes and gorges, abraded cliffs and created iconic artifacts and glaciations that have sustained unparalleled recreational pursuits and opportunities for over 350 years. Landforms continue to evolve as rain triggers landslides, frost fractures rocks and rivers erode valleys. The North Country landscape remains a work in progress- reason enough to come back often and do it all again! Bring your camera or easel and capture the nuances of change.