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Mt Washington Valley New Hampshire

No matter what the season, Mt. Washington Valley abounds with vacation offerings. From skiing to golf to family attractions, this is New England's premier playground. Perfect for romantic couples seeking respite, or active nature-lovers seeking adventure.

The Mt. Washington Valley of New Hampshire takes in 27 towns that surround Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the Northeast and the pinnacle of The White Mountains of New Hampshire, at 6,288 feet.

Mt Washington Valley Calendar of Events

Saco River
Cross Country Skiing

WINTER

Yankee Magazine calls the Mt. Washington Valley "Winter's Home Town". It's the ultimate winter vacation destination, offering not only world-class alpine (at 7 ski areas) and cross country skiing (at 6 nordic and showshoe centers) but also snowboarding, ice skating, snowmobiling, snow tubing, horsedrawn sleigh rides, winter hiking and climbing. Located in New Hampshire's scenic Eastern White Mountain region, the Mt. Washington Valley has it all:

  • 250 alpine trails
  • Hundreds of kilometers of nordic terrain
  • 200 miles of snowmobile trails
  • Over 75 unique restaurants and cafes
  • 200 outlet shops and boutiques, all offering tax-free shopping
  • More than 25 family attractions, live theater offerings, and summer programs
  • Eight scenic golf courses with more than 135 holes
There are several fitness centers and spas in the Valley and an indoor ice skating at the state-of-the-art Ham Arena in Conway Village. Outdoor skating can be enjoyed in Schouler Park in North Conway Village. Ice climbing is popular in this region, with several local climbing schools and shops. For those interested in weather, the Mt. Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway is a must-see while visiting the Valley. It is the only museum totally dedicated to weather in the country.
Skiing Wildcat Mountain
SHOPPING

No one comes to Mt. Washington Valley without doing a little shopping. No matter what their interest - from hand-blown glass and hand crafted New Hampshire gifts to athletic, ski and snowboard equipment, it's here in Mt. Washington Valley. Ice and rock climbers flock to North Conway where there are more outfitters and retailers than just about any other part of the country. With over 200 outlets, boutiques, apparel, gift and antique shops, all offering tax-free shopping, this region of New England is one of the premier shopping meccas in the country. New to the Valley, a number of indoor water parks are appearing, offering families a year-round chance at indoor swimming too.

SUMMER

Mt. Washington Valley boasts major attrations, golf courses open to the public, hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, and week's worth of scenic drives within the scenic 770,000 acre White Mountain National Forest. Mt. Washington Valley offers everything from horseback to hiking with plenty of biking, swimming, waterfalls and mountain top adventure in-between. Attractions abound from trains to planes to automobiles. Those hoping to explore Mount Washington can choose from guided van rides to their own car for trips up the Mt. Washington Auto Road, the first man made attraction in the country. For those who'd rather go by train, a trip to the top of the Northeast's highest peak on the famous Cog Railroad is always a thrill. The Conway Scenic Railroad is another option for that enjoy the lure of the train, and the Hartmann Model Train Museum is also another great choice for train buffs. Attitash offers a water park, BMX bike course, mountain biking and the Alpine Slide. The Wildcat Gondola and ZipRider ride offer a spectacular view right into Tuckerman Ravine.

For those looking for a bit of culture or history, the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm always has a packed schedule of events offering a glimpse into the history of many of today's customs, from ice harvesting to maple syruping in the spring to candle and cheese making in the fall. The Valley abounds with live theater, from Tamworth's Barnstormer Theater -- the first live summer stock theater in the country -- to the Eastern Slope Players offering a full summer season of musicals. Deertrees Theater is perfect for those looking for a varied schedule from children's concerts to comedy, and the new Stone Mountain Arts Center offers a fabulous year-round venue for everything from folk to jazz. For those seeking a taste of classical, Arts Jubilee Concerts are a wonderful way to enjoy a summer picnic and local Pops under the stars, and Mountain Top Music Center along with Chapel Arts New England are perfect for those seeking a touch of the classical.
Mt. Washington Valley sports eight golf courses, offering more than 135 holes of scenic and challenging golf all within thirty minutes from North Conway, NH. Look for pastoral, rolling courses like the Mountain View Grand's course also offering spectacular mountain views. Each course - from the North Conway Country Club, Wentworth Golf Club and Hale's Location Golf Course more centrally located - to Androscoggin Valley Country Club and Waumbek Country Club in Jefferson and Indian Mound and Province Lake Golf Course to the South, offer their own unique set of clubhouse activities, restaurants and course highlights.

FALL

There's hardly a better place to see the magnificent colors of autumn than Mt. Washington Valley with a spectacular fall foliage display in the heart of New Hampshire's White Mountains. Here are some conventional and a few unconventional suggestions for viewing Mt. Washington Valley's fall foliage:

From a Train: Mt. Washington Valley offers a host of train rides. Book your seat on the Cog Railway and take this famous and historic train ride to the top of Mt. Washington or enjoy fabulous scenic tours to Conway, Bartlett and Crawford Notch on the Conway Scenic Railroad. Visit http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org/attractions.cfm for a complete list of Mt. Washington Valley's trains and attractions.

From the Top of the Notch: Scenic drives through Crawford Notch to Bretton Woods or Pinkham Notch to Gorham offer everything from ridgetop vistas and rock formations to moose sightings. If you really want to be on top of the world, drive up the Mount Washington Auto Road for a spectacular view into four states and Canada. If you'd rather leave the driving to someone else, guided van tours to the top of Mount Washington are also a treat. Be sure to have the camera ready because around every turn there's a new surprise.

From the Moose Van: Take a ride along the picturesque Androscoggin River and into the 13-Mile Woods area on this spectacular and scenic Moose/Wildlife Tour. As many as 23 moose have been spotted in one tour. Tours also includes folklore and historic features of the region. Tours start from the Gorham information booth or North Conway. There are a number of options for Moose tours in the region. Reservations are required. Several companies offer moose tours in Mt. Washington Valley.

From a Gondola or Ski Lift: Fall is the time of year to take in the spectacular vistas from Mt. Washington Valley's mountaintops. For those who'd rather not hike up, take the lift. A scenic ride on the Wildcat Gondola or the high-speed quad at Attitash offers fabulous picnic grounds and views into Mt. Washington's Tuckerman Ravine or over the whole Bartlett region. For an especially exhilarating view, take the lift up and the Zip Line down Wildcat.

From the Seat of a Car: Mt. Washington Valley is renowned for its fall foliage scenic drives, including the Kancamagus Highway. Take a Sunday drive through the mountains any day of the week and discover picnic sites, swimming holes, waterfalls, wildlife and family attractions along the way.

From the Base of a Waterfall: Whether you bask in brooks tumbling over rocks offering fabulous swimming holes or take in New Hampshire's highest single waterfall, there's no time like fall to capture the grandeur of Mt. Washington Valley's "rock concert", as Yankee Magazine calls it.

From the Seat of a Bike: Mt. Washington Valley offers ideal biking terrain for those looking for gentle backroads taking them through covered bridges and past farms and meadows to extreme off-road slick track. There are even inn to inn biking tours offered throughout the fall.

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