Ryan surprised me with an trip to New Hampshire last week before our lives started to get a little hectic busy. It sure was an amazing surprise. He put so much planning into it by renting us a lake cabin and secretly inviting our friends to join us up there. I really had no idea all of it was being planned.
We ended up going up to New Hampshire during prime time when all the leaf peepers (yes that is what they are really called!) head up to see the tree colors. This post is to tell you the places we went to see to act more as a guide for others looking for activities while there. I will be posting more about our adventures and the lake cabin a little later.
Let me first start out saying we were in the North Conway, NH area.
Everything we did was within an hours drive.
This was truly great. The trip up and down were narrated and was informative as you took in the views. I've driven to the top of Mt. Washington before on the Auto Road and I preferred the railway to driving for the simple fact I wasn't so worried for my life the entire time. If that kind of stuff doesn't bother you, both ways up are good. Or even better, hike it! Anyway you do it, get to the top of Mt. Washington!
The Flume is a natural gorge with a waterfall/river going through. Plank ways were built so we were able to walk right into the gorge. It was breathtaking and unexpected. We ended up walking the full loop hike instead of going back down through the gorge which I wish we would have gone back through just to see it again.
Mt. Loon, Lincoln, NH
This activity wasn't my favorite. To me it felt like a regular ride up a ski lift and it made me motion sick on the way down. Although, the view on top was good and there was a neat glacier cave trail.
A 26 mile stretch of highway with amazing views and scenic stops.
North Conway, NH
We caught a sunrise here! There is a road to the top, which we took, but you can also hike to the top. The view is perfect for the sunrise. We brought our hiking stove and made breakfast on top.
and some great restaurants...
North Conway, NH
North Woodstock, NH
That is what we fit into our too short vacation up to New Hampshire. We also spent time enjoying our cabin and kayaking on the lake. New Hampshire has "Brake for Moose" signs everywhere and did I see one moose?.... no. Anyway have any of you been to New Hampshire? What did you do while you were there? I'd love to hear.