Hey readers! The White Mountains is truly one of my favorite places on this earth. Since I was little, my family has been going there every summer for vacation. Now, it has become a tradition and a place that brings so many feelings of nostalgia. I can’t recommend traveling there enough! My family always goes to Lincoln and North Woodstock, with an occasional day trip across the Kancamagus to North Conway. If you are from New England, getting to the White Mountains is a pretty easy drive and a great destination year round.
I am not a skier (weird, I know, since I am from New England), so I usually don’t go to New Hampshire in the winter. However, I have been during the winter months once and I will include what I did on that trip in this post. I have also never been during the beautiful fall foliage, but it is on my bucket list! Here are my recommendations of what to do in the White Mountains:
Lost River Gorge
This is probably my #1 favorite thing to do in NH. Sadly, we did not make it here this year, but I have done it every summer since I was a kid. I love the Lost River because you follow the Pemigewasset River through the forest and through caves. It is so much fun to climb and squeeze through the natural caves, even the Lemon Squeeze! There is also a walkway for those who don’t want to climb through the caves. Warning: lots of stairs involved!
Clark’s Trading Post
Clark’s is probably my most memorable and happiest childhood memory of NH. This theme park has actual trained black bears (they are like the owners’ pets!) and a bunch of other fun activities. They also have a train ride, bumper boats, and segways.
The Flume is a really nice hike for those of us who aren’t huge hikers (like me!). Round trip, it is about 2 miles and takes a little over an hour. This hike includes beautiful views of waterfalls and has rest stops throughout. This one also has lots of stairs!
Something that I love to do in NH is drive on the Kancamagus Highway and pull off at a few rest stops to see the panoramic views of the White Mountains. I can only imagine how beautiful this would be in autumn with the changing leaves!
Mount Cranmore truly brings out the kid in everyone. There are lots of summer activities including a mountain coaster, giant swing, tubing, aerial park, knockerball, zip lining, bungee trampoline, and rock climbing.
If you are interested in zip lining and climbing through an aerial park, this is definitely the place to go. I have done it a few times, and it is so much fun!
Loon is also a great place to try out a bunch of different summer activities. Some things that I have done there are zip lining, the bungee trampoline, bike riding, segways, and riding a gondola to the top of the mountain for panoramic scenic views.
If it’s warm enough, I love going for a swim in the Pemigewasset River. As a kid, it was so much fun to go to Otter Rocks or Cascade Park to slide down the natural rock waterslides!
Hobo Hills Adventure Golf
Doesn’t everyone love mini golf?! This is so much fun and a must every time we go to NH.
We have had some really cool experiences on this moose tour! They take you on a bus late at night and you search for moose! It seems silly, and it kind of is, but it is so much fun. One time, we were able to get off of the bus and see a huge moose up close. It also includes a rest stop where you can buy homemade fudge!
In the winter, this is a really cool site to visit. Visit at night to walk through the ice castles while they are lit up!
Skiing, Tubing, & Snow Shoeing
As I mentioned before, I have only been to NH once in the winter and I am not a skier. We went snow shoeing down Loon Mountain, which was really fun! Loon is also known for skiing, snow boarding, and tubing in the winter months.
Where to Stay
- Air B & B – You can find some really cute cottages, cabins and condos in the White Mountains. We always stay at a family friend’s condo and it is decorated perfectly for the mountains.
- Indian Head Resort – We used to stay here when we were kids, and I always loved it. They are named for a rock formation near the resort that looks like a Native American.
- Profile Motel & Cottages – We also used to stay here a few years ago, and it was great! The owners were really nice and used to make us campfires every night to make s’mores.
- The Woodstock Inn & Brewery – I have never stayed here, but I want to one day!
- Loon Mountain Resort – I have also never stayed here, but it looks really fun!
- There are lots of other options, as well!
You can find really cute shops on Main Street in North Woodstock as well as in North Conway. You may also get lucky and be there during Lincoln’s arts & crafts festival, which we were able to check out this year.
Where to Eat
- The Woodstock Inn – We never leave NH without getting dinner here at least once.
- Sunny Day Diner – This is my favorite breakfast spot in NH. They have the most amazing banana bread french toast and delicious biscuits with sausage gravy! It is a super cute and old fashioned diner. *Cash only
- Gordi’s Fish & Steak House
- Udderly Delicious Ice Cream Shop
- Conehead’s Ice Cream
- White Mountain Bagel Co
- Chutter’s – An old fashioned candy counter!
- McDonald’s – We have an inside joke in my family that this is the best McDonald’s ever… I couldn’t post a blog about NH without mentioning it. LOL
Thanks for reading! Comment below if you have ever been to the White Mountains or if you are planning on going soon!