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New Hampshire's White Mountains - Legendary Attractions. Mountains of FUN!


White Mountains Attractions NH Event CalendarThe White Mountains region of New Hampshire is a place of active fun and adventure all year. It’s perfect place to take families with kids to explore natural wonders in the midst of towering mountains. At the same time, more-reserved adults will enjoy the mountain vistas, dining, and shopping.

Scenic Spring View - White Mountains, NH

Fun in the mountains includes attractions, hiking, biking, fishing and water sports. In addition, you can jump aboard the Cog Railway for a dizzying and memorable climb up some of the steepest slopes in the East. If extreme weather fascinates you, the Mount Washington Observatory at the mountain’s summit has sky-high and high-tech exhibits about extreme weather at the roof of the Eastern Seaboard.

Artists Bluff in Spring - White Mountains, NH

On the flip side, you can explore the insides of the Earth at the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves. Did we mention that this vacation is going to tire you out? Younger children in the family will love visits with Santa and mellow rides at Santa’s Village; rides and kid entertainments, including performing bears, also are at Clark’s Bears.

And lodgings — for a romantic getaway or at a luxurious mountain resort -- will bathe you in comfort during your White Mountains vacation.

Whale's Tale Water Park - White Mountains, NH
Falls Close-up - Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves - North Woodstock, NH
Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves

1712 Lost River Road -- Route 112W North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-8031

Millions of years in the making, the gorge and boulder caves will amaze you

History tells us that Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves is 300 million years old. It is believed the gorge was former during the Ice Age because of its sculpted & jagged rock walls, cascading waterfalls and glacial boulder caves that you can marvel at with a self-guided adventure walk. The gorge, in Kinsman Notch, winds its way along the Lost River, and you can check out its amazing features on the one-way 1-mile boardwalk trail. Explore or bypass 11 boulder caves, go over a suspension bridge and climb onto the Giant Bird’s Nest platform to view the gorge, the Kinsman Notch and the surrounding forests that seem to go on forever. You can also pan for gemstones and fossils at the Lost River Mining Company. Advanced online reservations are highly encouraged.
Winter Descent - Cog Railway - Mount Washington, NH
Mount Washington Cog Railway

Off Route 302 Bretton Woods, NH, 03589 Phone: 603-278-5404 Toll-Free: 800-922-8825

Travel through history, and see stunning mountain scenery, on this famous Cog Railway

Take a thrilling journey through history, technology and nature when you board the Mt. Washington Cog Railway, aptly called the “second greatest show on Earth” by P.T. Barnum. The cog railway, the first in the world to climb a mountain, made its debut 150 years ago and has been amazing visitors ever since with its dramatic, steep climb up to the summit of New England’s highest peak. At the base station, there’s an interactive museum and food court. At the summit, reached after going through three climate zones, dense forests, and between two deep chasms, there’s a rooftop observation deck, interactive weather exhibit, cafeteria and post office. Adjacent to the visitor’s center is the Tip Top House, an original summit hotel built in 1853. The views? Spectacular.
Notch Train 500x250 - Conway Scenic Railroad - North Conway, NH
Conway Scenic Railroad

38 Norcross Circle North Conway, NH, 03860 Phone: 603-356-5251 Toll-Free: 800-232-5251

Get your vacation on track with an excursion aboard a scenic railroad train

Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery when you book an excursion at the Conway Scenic Railroad. Take a classic 55-minute train ride to Conway (this 11-mile ride is perfect for little kids) or opt for the Bartlett-Sawyer excursion through the Saco River Valley, passing along the river and through the woods to Bartlett or Sawyer River. Or, there’s the supremely scenic trip aboard the Mountaineer. On this five-hour excursion, you’ll go over Crawford Notch in a 1950s-era streamlined passenger car. Premier class travel on this trip includes the deluxe upper dome dining car, with jaw-dropping 360-degree views. All trips begin at the 1874 Victorian station in North Conway. And well-behaved dogs are welcome.
Ski Lift Tram - Cannon Mountain - Franconia, NH
Cannon Mountain

Franconia Notch State Park Franconia, NH, 03580 Phone: 603-823-8800

Get your gear ready for the skiing and snowboarding season at N.H.’s highest ski area

Get the skis and snowboards ready for winter sports season at Cannon Mountain. At 4,080 feet, the mountain is the highest ski area summit in New Hampshire – and it has the state’s longest vertical drop, too, at 2,180 feet. Twenty-five miles of trails – beginner, intermediate and expert – guarantee a great time on the slopes. The terrain parks are equally exciting, ranging from a learning/beginner area to a park with medium-size jumps and features and finally the Tossup terrain, with large features and big air-inspired hits. There’s a Snowsports School for adults and kids and a special learning area for beginners and families seeking a more relaxed atmosphere. Lots of places to get a bowl of chili, a burger or a brew.
Winter Train - Santa's Village - Jefferson, NH
Santa's Village

528 Presidential Highway Jefferson, NH, 03583 Phone: 603-586-4445

It’s OK to be a little elfish at this enchanting, attraction-filled Christmas village

Satisfy your inner elf at Santa’s Village, where Christmas is celebrated all year long. Admission includes all features for a full day: And there are so many features! You can feed Santa’s reindeer, go on a parkwide scavenger hunt, get a good luck ring from the blacksmith shop, take a photo at home with Santa, squirt water blasters at the village fire department, go on the Skyway Sleigh monorail or bumper cars or flume or Ferris wheel or reindeer carousel! And then there’s Santa’s Water Park with splashes, slides and a splash pad for little ones, and a Christmas Light Show. Dine at the Burger Meister Food Court, Nick’s Pizza Emporium or get a panini at the Merry Mess Hall.
Whale's Tale Waterpark - Lincoln, NH
Whale's Tale Waterpark

481 Daniel Webster Highway - Route 3 Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-8810

Surf, splash and slide your way through a fun day at this world-class water park

It’s easy to see why the Whale’s Tale Water Park is one of TripAdvisor’s Top 25 waterparks in the U.S. There are so many ways to slide, swim and splash your way through this world-class park. You can surf on simulated waves at Akua Beach, slide down a bobsled-style course at the Harpoon Express, watch the kids get soaked at Shipwreck Island, race down dual side-by-side speed slides with your pal or shoot down a dark, enclosed tube into the Eye of the Storm. Little ones will love tubing down a lazy river or splashing in shallow water at Whale Harbor. Plenty to eat here, from a snack bar, beach bar and pizza place.
Winter Zip Line - Alpine Adventures - Lincoln, NH
Alpine Adventures

41 Main Street Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-9911

Breathtaking fun in the winter months!

Explore the glorious White Mountains at Alpine Adventures, where our winter activities will leave you breathless. Our Side X Side off-road mountain tours take on a sense of wonder in the snow. The same goes for our three zipline courses - you'll soar over frosted treetops and mountain trails at 200 feet above the forest floor. All of our great activities are available during the winter months, from hiking to snow tubing to the Thrillsville self-guided aerial course. Plus there's other great adventures to choose in the winter, including snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. It makes for a perfect holiday gift as well, so don't forget to check out our holiday tour specials (coming soon)!
Elevated Views - Mount Washington Auto Road - Gorham, NH
Mt. Washington Auto Road

Route 16, Pinkham Notch Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: 603-466-3988

The legendary auto road, built in 1861, takes you up to the Northeast's Highest summit

Take a trip up America’s original manmade attraction. Drive up the legendary Mt. Washington Auto Road to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast and prepare to have your breath taken away at the vista before you of the magnificent Presidential Range. As you drive up the 7.6. miles, you’ll pass through four distinct ecological zones, which you can explore with stops, lookouts and short hikes. You can also book a two-hour guided tour up the mountain. There’s a museum, walking and biking trails and full-service bar and restaurant at the base and, at the summit, a cafeteria and the Mt. Washington Observatory Museum.
Skiers' View - Wildcat Mountain Ski Area - Jackson, NH
Wildcat Mountain Ski Area

Route 16, Pinkham Notch Jackson, NH, 03846 Phone: 603-466-3326

Skiers, snowboarders can get wild this winter at this classic New England ski resort

Ready to step into the wild this winter? Bring your skis, your snowboards and your sense of adventure to Wildcat Mountain in pristine Pinkham Notch. This classic ski resort in the White Mountain National Forest is consistently ranked No. 1 for scenery in the East, and provides unique experiences for every level of skier and rider. The 48 trails are accessed in under seven minutes by the high-speed Wildcat Express Quad. The resort features the longest novice trail in New Hampshire: the 2.5-mile Polecat trail with amazing views from the summit to the base; and the Wildcat Valley Trail for cross-country skiers. Lessons for adults and kids are offered, and you can dine in the cafeteria or in the Wildcat Pub.
Chair Lift View - Cranmore Mountain Resort - North Conway, NH
Cranmore Mountain Resort

1 Skimobile Road North Conway, NH, 03860 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-786-6754

Celebrate the snow season on the sunny, south-facing slopes of this popular resort

It’s a White Mountains winter wonderland at Cranmore Mountain Resort, where visitors have been enjoying the festive atmosphere and sunny, south-facing slopes for decades. Only a mile from downtown North Conway Village, with its dozens of shops and restaurants, the resort offers eight lifts and 56 trails and glades, with a variety of terrain for all ability levels. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, there’s a year-round mountain adventure park and a snow-tubing park with 10 lines of lift-serviced sliding. The resort also features lessons for kids and adults, a tune-and-repair shop and equipment rentals. Night skiing and snowboarding are offered Saturdays and holiday periods. And there are lots of dining options as well as on-mountain lodging.
Story Land Roller Coaster Glen NH
Story Land

850 New Hampshire Route 16 Glen, NH, 03838 Phone: 603-383-4186

You’ll have great tales to tell after spending a day at the magical Story Land

Fairy tales do come true at Story Land, the children’s theme park that has been delighting families for over 65 years. And it’s no wonder! You can ride in Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach or on a magical antique German carousel, sail on a pirate ship, visit with live storybook animals and with Mother Goose, travel through the park on the Huff Puff & Whistle Railroad or soar through the air on Flying Fish. There’s a Crazy Barn that raises itself off the ground, swan boats that glide, Alice’s Tea Cups that spin – and places to dig for fossils, pan for gemstones, ride rafts, drive mini antique cars and zip around on a wooden roller coaster called Roar-O-Saurus. Dining ranges from hot dogs to Mediterranean cuisine.
Winter Aerial View - Attitash Grand Summit Hotel - Bartlett, NH
Attitash Grand Summit Hotel & Ski Area

104 Grand Summit Road - Route 302 Bartlett, NH, 03812 Phone: 603-374-6700

Classic ski, snowboarding resort features exciting trails and lifts across two mountains

New England’s winter lifestyle is front and center at the Attitash Mountain Resort, a combination of 68 trails and nine lifts across two big, connected mountains: Attitash and Bear Peak. You’ll find a variety of traditional runs and challenging terrain with modern, wide open cruisers to suit all abilities. In the heart of the White Mountains, the resort offers acres of tree skiing, one of New Hampshire’s original freestyle terrain parks, a ski and snowboard school and a popular après-ski scene that includes live entertainment every Saturday at The Den. With its 311 skiable acres and 23 miles of trails, the scenic resort is regularly listed in SKI Magazine’s Top 10 ski resorts in the East for grooming, dining, après-ski and family programs.
Flume Gorge - Franconia Notch State Park - Franconia Notch, NH
Flume Gorge & Visitor Center

852 Daniel Webster Highway (Route 3) Franconia Notch, NH Phone: 603-745-8391

Nature walk that lets you get up close and personal with the beauty of this spectacular chasm

Explore the beauty of a natural gorge that extends 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. The Conway granite walls of the Flume Gorge rise to 90 feet in places, and you can gaze at them in awe on a one-way, 2-mile self-guided nature loop. Check out the Flume Covered Bridge across the scenic Pemigewasset River, scenic pools, the spectacular 45-foot Avalanche Falls as well as an intriguing variety of flowers, ferns and mosses. The walk finishes at the Flume Building, where a visitor’s center includes a cafeteria and interpretive exhibits about this breathtaking natural chasm. The walk takes about an hour and a half. Go on the website to make a reservation so you’re set to go on arrival.
Winter Station - Hobo Railroad - Lincoln, NH
Hobo Railroad

64 Railroad Street Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-2135

Ride the rails, and marvel at the scenery, on these old-fashioned train excursions

Take in some of the White Mountain region’s most stunning scenery from a restored vintage coach on the Hobo Railroad. Choose an 80-minute ride along the winding Pemigewasset River on the rail system that dates back to the late 1800s, or relax on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad as you rumble along the lake’s western shore for a two-hour ride from the Meredith Station or a one-hour ride from Weirs Beach. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on board. Or, for something really different, pedal along the line in a state-of-the-art rail bike in a guided rail bike adventure, which takes you over a trestle bridge crossing Winnipesaukee River to the shore of Lake Winnisquam.
White Mountain Central Railroad - Clark's Bears - Lincoln, NH
Clark's Bears

110 Daniel Webster Highway (Route 3) Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-8913

Family fun and family run!

Enjoy the Trained Bear Show including our two young stars, Darla and Hildie! Ride the White Mountain Central Railroad through Wolfman’s Territory, and see our amazing Circus Act. Ride the exhilarating Water Raft Ride, the Anaconda Escape! Don’t miss Wolfie’s Segway Park, Water Blaster Boats, the Climbing Tower, Museums, River City Mining, and the largest Gift Shop in the White Mountains. Visit unique specialty shops and much more at Clark’s Bears.
Winter Aerial View - Loon Mountain - Lincoln, NH
Loon Mountain Resort

60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-6281 Toll-Free: 800-229-5666

A four-season mountain resort featuring NH’s longest scenic Gondola Skyride.

Soar to the summit of Loon Peak on New Hampshire’s longest gondola skyride where you can navigate the glacial caves, climb the observation tower, or take a scenic hike to North Peak. Take a ride on our lift-serviced downhill mountain biking trails or grab a disc and experience New Hampshire’s highest disc golf course. Your mountain adventure starts at Loon Mountain Resort—located in the White Mountain National Forest.
Polar Caves - Rumney, NH
Polar Caves

705 Rumney Route 25 Rumney, NH Phone: 603-536-1888

Feeling bold? Try your hand at exploring these boulder caves, mazes and trails

With nine granite boulder caves, boulder mazes and nature trails, Polar Caves Park really is an outdoor experience of glacial proportions. Formed during the last Ice Age, gigantic granite boulders were dropped at the base of Hawk’s Cliff, forming passageways. Now those passageways provide adventures for visitors, who squeeze through well-lit caves, scurry up stairs and over boardwalks as they explore this natural wonder. Stop for a rest on a bench fit for a pharaoh at King Tut’s Cave, then keep ducking, squeezing and shimmying your way through the trail. There’s also an animal park with fallow deer and ducks, the Baker River Mining Sluice where you can mine for gems, places to picnic and the Main Lodge with treats and trinkets.
Happy Hikers - White Mountains Attractions - New Hampshire
White Mountains Attractions

200 Kancamagus Highway North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-8720 Toll-Free: 800-346-3687

New Hampshire's White Mountains boast a colorful array of activities for visitors of all ages

Soaring through a forest, skiing down a snowy slope, riding the rails on a vintage train, conquering a corn maze, marveling at trained bears, saying hello to Santa and his reindeer: That’s just a partial list of all the activities awaiting visitors to New Hampshire’s breathtaking White Mountains. Whether you’re taking the kids to old favorites Clark’s Bears, Santa’s Village or Storyland, or arranging a friends weekend at one of several luxurious mountain resorts, you’ll have the time of your life in this fun-filled region, one of New England’s most scenic spots. Explore a glacial cave, nature center or a gallery-dotted Main Street. Go fishing, golfing or zip lining. See live theater, take a moose safari, visit a sled-dog kennel. Your adventure awaits. To find out more, follow our link above or call us today at 1-800-346-3687.