We just got back from an RV trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire and it was AMAZING! There were beautiful views every where we turned, giant boulders in every river and more waterfalls than we had time to seek. I think everyone should visit this region at least once in your lifetime.
Here are some of our favorite things to do in the White Mountains…
Waterfall & covered bridge tour
We found this map of waterfalls and covered bridges in the White Mountains region and created our own little Waterfall & Covered Bridge tour based on the places we wanted to visit. So instead of doing this tour in one day, we spread it out throughout the week. Some of the waterfalls or covered bridges were a little out of the way for us, so we skipped them.
We only went on one hike, which was the Falling Waters trail in Franconia Notch State Park. We climbed approximately 750′ in 1.2 miles to see three waterfalls. It was some serious hiking and many times we had to search for the blue trail marker to make sure we were still on the trail. I thought I was going to die and then we both injured ourselves so we had to cut hiking off of our list for the rest of week. Luckily many of the waterfalls were on easy walking paths, so I don’t feel like I missed out too much.
The Polar Caves were a lot of fun! There were 9 caves total and we fit in all except the Lemon Squeeze, which looked only large enough for a small child, honestly. I think what I loved most about it was that it was challenging and a bit scary for this girl who is afraid of the dark. 😉 I felt like I was stepping outside of my comfort zone, but in an enjoyable way. Plus, it felt good to fit in those tight spaces. I was a little nervous about that since we are both larger people. But we did it!!
Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves
Before we arrived to the Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves, I was expecting this to be similar to the Polar Caves – but it was so much better! The entire atmosphere was almost other-worldly and enchanting. Everything was covered in green. It was SO beautiful. The caves were also quite challenging and had the added feature of an underground river and waterfalls. AMAZING!
We drove through both the Franconia Notch and the Crawford Notch during our travels and they are both quite spectacular sites. Pictures certainly wouldn’t do them justice but we took some anyway 😉
Mount Washington was the reason we went to the White Mountains region. Craig visited with his family a few years before we met and he always spoke fondly of the memory. We ventured to the top on the Cog train but you can also get there using the Autoroad. Other than hiking (part of the Appalachian trail), there are no free methods of travel to the top. I enjoyed to Cog train because it allowed us both the chance to enjoy the scenic ride and take pictures.
At the top, it was a bit cloudy when we first arrived, but the clouds cleared long enough for us to take in the magnificent views of the Presidential mountain range and the rest of the surrounding areas.
Kancamagus Scenic Highway
The Kancamagus Highway is a 34.5 mile scenic ride on Route 112 connecting Lincoln, NH to Conway, NH. Along the route there are several scenic areas to take in the sites (and take pictures!) and also hiking trails and campgrounds that are part of the White Mountain National Forest.
I’m pretty sure we stopped at every scenic area and also visited Lower Falls, Rocky Gorge, and Sabbaday Falls.
Helpful tip: Most areas of the White Mountain National Forest require a day-use recreation pass. There are “self-service” stations on site but you must have the exact amount to put in the envelope. As of 2018, the fee was $5.00 per day and the pass was good for all sites visited in that day.
My husband loves to sample beers from the places we visit. So, we always seek out breweries on our travels and plan our dinners out (if they serve food) with our brewery tours. On this trip we visited four breweries and dined at three of them. We were NOT disappointed! I can not speak on the beer itself because I didn’t sample any of it, but the food was delicious.
- One Love Brewery
- Tuckerman Brewing Co. (no restaurant)
- Sea Dog Brewing Company
- Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery
The White Mountain region is so big and there are SO MANY other things that you can do there. We were only there for a week and didn’t even scratch the surface. For more information on things to do in the White Mountains, check out the Visit White Mountains website.
Stay tuned… I will have separate posts on the Waterfalls of the White Mountains and Views from the top of Mount Washington.