North of Franconia Notch State Park is the Northern White Mountains. This gentle countryside is a bit more rural, the pace slower, the views absolutely gorgeous … so get off the highway and explore.
The Franconia ArtWalk is an easy art walking tour along Franconia NH's Main Street on which you will see sculptures and other art related attractions. Continue in a loop past Dow Field with its beautiful mountain views and enjoy a peaceful stroll along the Gale River.
There are a number of ways to make a loop through the southern White Mountains and the Lakes Region; here are a couple possibilities.
Whether your travels take you along the White Mountains Trail National Scenic Byway, the Northern Loop, or the Southern Loop, you're in for a treat. Along the way, you'll discover spectacular scenery, covered bridges, historic sites, picturesque towns and villages, and friendly people.
The White Mountains have long been known for natural splendor, cultural richness, historical charm and stimulating recreation-as well as some of the most beautiful scenery in the eastern United States. The White Mountains Trail, designated a National Scenic Byway, encompasses all these aspects over the course of its 100-mile route.