Here in the Basecamp of the White Mountains you can take that Sunday drive to a whole new level! With roads for both the wary and well-traveled, the Western White Mountains has enough backcountry drives to fill up a lifetime.
Experience the world-famous Kancamagus Highway heading East from Lincoln to North Conway, stopping at numerous scenic overlooks to slow down and take it all in. If you want to cool down, pull over and take a nice refreshing dip in the river or have a competition with your family to see who can skip the furthest rock. Keep your eyes on the road during this winding drive, as sharp curves and wildlife are in abundance. This breathtaking drive will leave you and your family in awe.
Looking for the road less traveled? Take the Kancamagus Highway heading West from Lincoln, up and over Kinsman Notch. Make sure to check out the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves, Beaver Pond at the height of land, and the old settlement of Wildwood (Historical Marker 0200) before turning around and heading back the way you came.
If you are looking for a more adventurous drive, take the Mount Washington Auto Road to reach the 6,288 ft. summit of Mt. Washington, the highest peak in New Hampshire’s Presidential Mountain Range. Visit the Sherman Adams building at the summit for a bathroom break with a side of history or grab a quick snack at the cafeteria. You’ll even receive your own “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington” sticker at the base toll house to show off to all of your friends back home! Make sure to plan ahead and respect hikers along the way and at the summit. Not up for driving yourself up the Northeast’s tallest mountain? No worries – book a guided tour!
Wanting to see it all? Follow the Weeks Act Legacy Trail, a complete driving tour of the White Mountain National Forest. With 40 stops ranging from from old forests roads and the White Mountain National Forest Ranger Station to Loon Mountain Resort and Franconia Bike Path, this day trip is sure to satisfy all passengers.