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White Mountains Attractions — Reach New Heights Amid Stellar Scenery

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August 15, 2019

Cruising the Mount Washington Auto Road. Photo: White Mountains Attraction Assoc. A red SUV drives on a mountain highway with blue skies and peaks in the background.

You can spend the day at one attraction or try them all! The drive between the New Hampshire White Mountain Attractions is short, the scenery is spectacular. It’s a great way to start, continue or end your vacation.

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves

1712 Lost River Road, Route 112W, North Woodstock 03262

Discover why Lost River Gorge is one of New Hampshire’s greatest natural wonders. Explore nature’s blissful beauty as your journey takes you on a self-guided adventure along a 1-mile wooden boardwalk trail among jagged rock walls, glacial boulder caves, and cascading waterfalls. Observe the “gorge-ousness” of Lost River and Kinsman Notch from the viewing platform of the Giant Bird’s Nest and the upper gorge Suspension Bridge.

A bridge crosses a churning stream in a steep chasm.

Flume Gorge. Photo: White Mountains Attractions Assoc.

Flume Gorge

Route 3, Off I-93 Exit 34A, Lincoln, NH 03251

Enjoy a 2-mile self-guided nature walk through the Flume Gorge, a spectacular natural chasm. Along the walk, you will discover covered bridges, amazing waterfalls, a scenic pool and incredible mountain views. Kids can crawl through and explore caves along the way. The Visitor’s Center offers a free 20-minute movie on Franconia Notch State Park, information, gift shop, cafeteria, and interpretive exhibits.

Mount Washington Auto Road

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1 Mount Washington Auto Road / Route 16 Pinkham Notch, Gorham 03581

The legendary Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s original man-made attraction. The timeless and dramatic beauty of the Presidential Range and the highest peak in the Northeast is yours to enjoy when you drive yourself or take a comfortable 2-hour guided tour to the summit of Mt. Washington. Adventure can be found along the 7.6-mile Auto Road with four different ecological zones to explore. At the 6,288-foot summit, enjoy panoramic views spanning distant mountains and valleys or experience the world-famous weather extremes that Mt. Washington is known for.

A car takes a curve as it drives by a vista of mountains and valleys.

Mount Washington Auto Road. Photo: White Mountains Attractions Association

Polar Caves Park

Off I-93, Exit 26, 705 Route 25, Rumney 03266

Explore one of New Hampshire’s premier outdoor experiences, offering 9 granite caves, 7 family-friendly attractions, 5 guided rock-climbing routes, the Animal Park with unique species and 1 Via Ferrata (also known as our Polar Ascent) — an iron climbing feature spanning over 170 feet. It’s welcoming and fun for kids and adventurous for adults! Conquer climbing routes, squeeze through caves, try your hand at mining for gems at the Baker River Mining Sluice. Bring a picnic and make a day of it! Be sure to wear proper gear: hiking shoes and clothes meant for playing outside!

Find out more by contacting the White Mountain Attractions Association.