10 Incredible Things to Do on Columbus Day Weekend

Autumn in the White Mountains is a festive explosion of colors that burst across our mountain landscapes. Travelers young and old love the beauty and experiences of the White Mountains in the fall and below is a "Bucket List" of their things to see and do. (PS: for an up to date report on the Foliage in the White Mountains, please click here )

We hope you enjoy and don't forget the camera!

Number 1

The Kancamagus Highway

Undoubtedly, one of the most spectacular and popular highways in the White Mountains, the Kancamagus Highway, which stretches 341/2 miles from Conway in the east to Lincoln in the west. “The Kanc” includes serveral federally designated scenic areas and overlooks that provide travelers with truly breathtaking views. Points of Interest: Lincoln Woods, Hancock/Pemigewassett/C.L. Graham Wangan/Sugar Hill overlooks, Lily Pond, Rocky Gorge, Albany Covered Bridge and Sabbabday Falls.

Number 2

Franconia Notch State Park

A highway framed by the towering peaks of the Franconia and Kinsman mountain ranges. Franconia Notch includes the Flume Gorge (a natural 800-foot chasm with waterfalls, covered bridges and glacial boulders), Echo Lake , the Basin (a deep glacial pothole), and Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway (80-passenger aerial tramway whisks you above timberline to the 4,100-foot summit for outstanding views of the White Mountains).

Number 3

A Colorful Train Ride

Experience dazzling mountain scenery from a whole new perspective aboard a lovingly restored passenger train car as you roll through dappled corridors of color. Ride the rails this weekend aboard the Clark's Trading Post White Mountain Central Railroad , Conway Scenic Railroad , Hobo Railroad , and the Mt. Washington Cog Railway .

Number 4

Fly Through Trees

Experience a bird’s eye view of spice-colored valleys from a soaring gondola or tram car as you quietly climb over tawny slopes up to mountain summits or scream down a mountainside on a high flying zip line tour. Fly and Ride at Alpine Adventures , Attitash Mountain Resort , Cannon Mountain Aerial Tram , Cranmore Mountain Resort , Loon Mountain and Wildcat Mountain .

Number 5

Crawford Notch State Park

Crawford Notch State Park is 5,775 acres providing access to hiking trails, waterfalls, wildlife viewing, and spectacular mountain views. Points of Interest: Crawford Notch Depot, the Elephant's Head rock formation, Flume and Silver Cascades, and the Willey House and Pond.

Number 6

"Gorge-ous" Natural Parks

Experience the sights ans sounds of Mother Nature as you explore jagged rock walls, gigantic boulders, rock-strewn glacial caves, and cascading waterfalls framed by some spectacular fall foliage. Visit the Flume Gorge , Lost River Gorge and Polar Caves Park to begin the journey.

Number 7

Pinkham Notch

Experience beauty, majesty and the great outdoors. Pinkham notch separates the Presidential Range from the Wildcat Range and offers spectacular views of Mt. Washington . Pinkham Notch is home to the Mt. Washington Auto Road .

Number 8

The Pumpkin People and Cornstalk Critters

The Pumpkin People and Cornstalk Critters are self-guided tours and these unique and amusing characters show up in Lincoln, Intervale, Glen, Bartlett, Harts Location, North Conway and Jackson New Hampshire. For information and a map of the Pumpkin People, click here . For information on the Cornstalk Critters at the Hobo Railroad, click here .

Number 9

Play a Little

"Leaf Peeping" isn't the only FUN one can have this weekend. There is still a chance to be a kid and enjoy the a few hours or the day at a family favorite theme park like, Clark's Trading Post , Santa's Village and Story Land .

Number 10 A Boating Excursion

Experience the pristine and beautiful Squam Lake with Experience Squam services or the Squam Lakes Science Center. If visiting the Eastern side of the White Mountains, enjoy the hidden treasure of that are known Conway Lake with Black Ghost Boat Cruises.