The White Mountains region of New Hampshire offers breath-stopping views and vistas for hikers and nature lovers along with lots of earthy, rough fun for active kids and families. During the warm-weather seasons, the mountains are a wonderland for 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. 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.
Closer to Earth, you can explore the insides of the Earth at the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves. Younger children in the family will love visits with Santa and mellow ride and Santa’s Village; rides and kid entertainments, including performing bears, also are at Clark’s Trading Post. For mom and other adults, shopping is fun and adventurous in shop-rich places like Conway. Adults will love excursion train rides through the mountains, with options for onboard dining, with Conway Scenic Railroad or a memorable drive up the Mount Washington Auto Road.
The Appalachian Mountain Club lodges invite families for overnights and guided outdoor activities. Shopping is fun at North Conway's Settlers' Green Outlets and Settlers' Crossing. And lodgings — for a romantic getaway or at a luxurious mountain resort -- will make sure all your indoor and outdoor needs are fulfilled with the best in comfort and hospitality.