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The Mt. Washington Valley
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Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 2300
North Conway, NH 03860
(603) 356-5701
Fax: (603) 356-7069

Scenic Drives

The Mt. Washington Valley offers day visitors and others a wide variety of scenic drives which are easy to find and to follow. One of the shortest drives is Cathedral Ledge Road, which winds its way along a one-mile ascent. At the summit, motorists can park, step through a cluster of trees, and come across a spectacular bird's eye view of the entire valley below.

Other popular trips include a five-mile drive in the town of Jackson which passes over the Wildcat River, circles Jackson Falls, then returns to town. And then there's the Kanamagus Highway, a spectacular scenic byway with plenty of opportunities to stop and "smell the roses" along the way. This is a great route on which to bring the family, as it's ripe with places for picnics, hikes, walks, and even opportunities for swimming; this drive can easily become an all-day excursion.

Pinkham Notch and Whitaker Woods in the Conway Conservation Commission forest area also make great road trips. All these and many other spectacular scenic drives are within an easy drive from the many other sights of the Mt. Washington Valley.

Mt. Washington

photo of view of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire

At 6,288 feet, Mt. Washington is the highest peak in the Northeast. Originally a part of a land grant known as Sargent's Purchase, it is now a favorite destination point for thousands of valley visitors. On a clear day, the view from mountain's summer stretches from the Atlantic Ocean in the east clear across Vermont to New York's Adirondack Mountains in the west, to Canada in the north, and to the Massachusetts border in the south. The first recorded ascent of the mountain was in 1642, less than 50 years after the Puritans landed at Plymouth Rock. Ever since then, the mountain has continually proved to be a constant challenge to those who climb its ever-changing face.

The Presidential Mountain Range is in the path of several major storm tracks which cause some of the most severe weather on Earth. Mt. Washington is said to have the most extreme combinations of wind, cold, and icing of any permanently settled place in the world. The average annual temperature is a chilly 27.1 degrees Fahrenheit, and the summit was the site of the highest wind velocity ever recorded, a mind-boggling 231 miles per hour. Hurricane-force winds, dense fog, and driving rain and snow occur even during the summer months.

However, on many days, ascending the mountain on the 137-year-old Mt. Washington Auto Road or on the Cog Railroad steam train train offer both unlimited views of the countryside and a chance to experience the largely untouched wilderness of this pristine mountain environment.

Directory of Mt. Washington Attractions

Attitash Bear Peak Alpine Slide
(603) 374-2368
Scenic chairlift and waterslides, horseback riding, golf driving range, Buddy Bear's Playpool, and many special events. All rides run daily from June 14.
photo of Cannon Aerial Tramway in Mt. Washinton Valley, New Hampshire Cannon Aerial Tramway
Franconia Notch, NH 03580
(603) 823-5563
The White Mountain Legend. Ride the spacious 80-passenger Aerial Tramway to the summit of Cannon Mountain, located in the heart of beautiful Franconia Notch State Park. Spectacular views. Walking trails, bike path, cafeteria, beach, RV camping, and New England Ski Museum. Boat/Bike rentals available. Open mid-May to late October. Rates: Adults $9.00, children (6-12) $5.00, under 6 free with adult. Group rates available. Take I-93 to Parkway Exit 2.
Clark's Trading Post
On Route 3, 1 mile north of North Woodstock, NH
Providing over 68 years of Gold Standard Entertainment. Trained bears, antique Americana and steam trains are part of the scene at Clark's. Step back in time as you enter the mysterious Tuttle House, Avery's Garage, photo parlor, fire station, and mystical mansion. Sounds of antique music machines fill the air as you step into the museums and ice cream parlor. Take an exciting ride on the train of bumper boats. Bear performances begin on Memorial Day Weekend. Grounds open 10am-6pm. Come in after 4 pm and return the next day for more. Gift shops open daily at 9am. May 17 through October 13. Grounds open May 24 through June 15 on weekends only, June 21 through September 1 daily, and September 6 through October 13 on weekends only. September 29 through October 10 midweek limited entertainment.
Cog Railway
(603) 278-5404
Route 302 Bretton Woods, NH 03589
Ride the Cog Railway to the top of Mt. Washington. Experience the world's first mountain climbing steam railway on an exciting 2 round-trip to the summit of Mt. Washington. This is the second steepest railway track in the world. One trestle, called "Jacob's Ladder," climbs an incredible 37% grade. On this journey to the summit, each locomotive consumes a ton of coal and a thousand gallons of water while pushing a single passenger car to the top of this magnificent mountain. Rain or shine early May through early November. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Rates: $39.00 round-trip. Save on 8am train late July through Labor Day. Children's fares. Senior citizens discount. New gift shop, restaurant, museum, and RV Park.
photo of train and Conway Scenic Railroad in Mt. Washington Valley, New Hampshire Conway Scenic Railroad
Route 16/302 North Conway, NH
In NH: (603) 356-5251
Outside NH: (800) 232-5251
2 great trains, 3 unique train rides through the scenic New Hampshire countryside. Departures of varying duration from 1 hour.
Valley Train: Daily from mid-May through October. Weekends from mid-April through mid-May and November through mid-December. Rates: Adults from $8.00, and children from $5.50.
Notch Train: Through spectacular Crawford Notch. Tuesday through Saturday, June 24 through September 8. Daily September 9 through October 17. Rates: Adults from $31.95, Children from $16.95.
Flume Gorge
Parkway Exit 1 off I-93, Franconia Notch State Park
One of Franconia Notch's geological wonders. The Flume Gorge offers a spectacular walk through a natural chasm, over covered bridges and past waterfalls, a scenic pool, and beautiful mountain views. A free 15-minute movie at the Visitor Center provides a fine introduction to Franconia Notch State Park and the Flume Gorge. Information center, cafeteria, gift shop, and interpretive exhibits. Open mid-May through late October (weather permitting). Rates: Adults $7.00, children (6-12) $4.00, under 6 free.
Heritage New Hampshire
Route 16 Glen, NH 03838
(603) 383-9776
Immerse yourself in the sights, feelings, sounds, and even the aromas of the past as you become part of New Hampshire's history and heritage. You'll become a passenger on a stormy voyage to the New World. Tiptoe through a dimly lit Indian village. Listen in on a town meeting. Pass through wilderness, poverty, elegance, industry, war, peace, and prosperity. Open daily 9am-5pm from May 10 to June 13, daily 9am-6pm from June 14 to September 1, and daily 9am-5pm September 2 to October 19. Adults $10.00, children (6-12) $4.50, under 6 free with adult. Last ticket sold 1 hour before closing. Located beside Story Land.
Lost River
Route 112 Kinsman Notch, North Woodstock, NH
Follow boardwalks through a glacial gorge and enjoy spectacular natural beauty. Find boulder caves (which may be bypassed), waterfalls, and potholes. Free nature garden. Open daily 9am-5pm May 19th, June, September, October 19th. July and August open daily from 9am-6pm. Last ticket sold 1 hour before closing. Rates: Adults $8.00, children (6-12) $4.50.
Loon Mountain Park
Kancamagus Highway, Lincoln, NH 03251
(603) 745-8111
Adventure awaits you. Loon's scenic summit skyride whisks you to the summit to daily lumberjack shows, glacial caves, nature programs, the Mountain Man, summit playground, shopping, and dining. At the base, enjoy mountain biking, horseback riding, in-line skating, festivals, concerts and events, and the Wildlife Theater. 5 and under free. Open 9am-5pm spring through fall. In the White Mountain National Forest.
M/S Mount Washington
Route 3, Weirs Beach, NH
(603) 366-5531
New Hampshire's most scenic tour on the state's largest lake, Winnipesaukee. Daytime scenic cruises lasting 2-1/2 hours. Evening dinner dance cruises available. 230-foot ship with full amenities. Beautiful scenery, delicious food, and great entertainment.
Mt. Washington Auto Road at Great Glen
Route 16, Pinkham Notch, NH
(603) 466-3988
8-mile toll road to the summit of the Northeast's highest peak. Drive your own car or take a guided tour. Audio tour on cassette complimentary to each paid private vehicle. Open May 17 to October 25 (weather permitting). Toll: $15.00 for car and driver, plus $6.00 per adult, $4.00 per children (5-12). Guided tour: $20.00 per adult, $10.00 per child (5-12).
Museum of New Hampshire History
Exit 14 off I-93, Eagle Square, downtown Concord.
(603) 226-3189
One of northern New England's finest museums. Discover more than 400 years of the state's rich history in exciting and varied exhibitions. Museum Store features the state's finest selection of New Hampshire books, products, toys, and crafts. Summer outdoor concerts and other programs throughout the year. Admission discounts for children and seniors. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30am-5pm, Thursday evening 5-8:30pm and Sunday 12-5pm.
Polar Caves Park
Route 25, 5 miles west of I-93, Exit 26, Plymouth, NH
A family adventure since 1922. Enjoy the peaceful woodland setting for an hour or a day. Open daily 9am-5pm, May 10 through October 19. Rates: Adults $9.00, children (6-12) $4.50.
Santa's Village
Route 2, Jefferson, NH
(603) 586-4445
A New England family tradition. Enjoy a magical fun-filled day with unlimited fun on all rides, shows, and festivities included. Open mid-June to mid-October. $15.00. Children 3 and under free. Arrive after 3pm and the next day is free.
Six Gun City
Route 2, Jefferson, NH 03583
(603) 586-4592
Strike it rich in family fun at the affordable and fastest growing western village and frontier waterpark. Rides, slides, shows, animals, and museums. Open weekends May 24 through June 8 from 10am-4:30pm, daily June 14 through September 1 from 9am-6pm. Admission: $11.95 ages 4 and over, includes unlimited rides, slides, and shows, under 4 free.
Story Land
Route 2, Jefferson, NH 03583
(603) 586-4592
Where fantasy lives. Open daily 9am-6pm.
The Whale's Tale Water Park
Route 3, Lincoln, NH 03251
(603) 745-8810
Enjoy the wave pool, flume slides, speed slides, lazy river, children's activity pool, and tube slide. Gift shop, snack bars, changing rooms with showers, and basket and locker rentals. Open 10am-6pm daily, weather permitting, on June 7,8, and June 14-September 1. Rates: $16.50 all day. $10.50 after 3pm. All rates include free tube rental. Persons 3 and under or over 65 are admitted free.

Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 2300
North Conway, NH 03860
(603) 356-5701
Fax: (603) 356-7069
Email: info@mtwashingtonvalley.org

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