Happy New Year from the White Mountains! By now you have probably made your New Year’s resolutions…some of you may have already broken them. There is always room for self-improvement and we propose that you add one, two, or all of these resolutions to your list for 2019. If nothing else, just resolve to come to the White Mountains this year, get outside, and explore.
Be More Adventurous
Each person’s definition of adventure is different, and some may be more adventurous than others, but one thing is for certain, the White Mountains has an abundance of exciting things to try. This could be your year to soar through the trees on a zipline tours and aerial courses at Alpine Adventures , Loon Mountain Resort , Attitash Mountain Resort , Cranmore Mountain Resort , Wildcat Mountain , the Canopy Tour at Bretton Woods , and Monkey Trunks . See the White Mountains from a new vantage point on a helicopter tour with White Mountains Helicopter or Vertical Ventures Aviation . Is rock climbing on your bucket list? Let the expert climbers at North Country Climbing Center help you with your goal at this expansive indoor climbing wall.
Seek New Peaks
Whether you are new to hiking, seeking to hike all 48 4,000 footers or are looking for something in between, 2019 is the perfect year to set some new hiking goals. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite family-friendly hikes , the US Forest Service-White Mountain National Forest also has some recommended popular hikes , and the staff at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center and Pinkham Notch’s Joe Dodge Lodge can prepare you and even guide you on more strenuous hikes in the White Mountains. Happy trails, to you!
Feel Like a Kid Again
Do you remember the fun you had as a kid, when you would come to the White Mountains on your annual family trip? Maybe that wasn’t your experience, but you have a family of your own and are planning your first visit here. Create incredible memories for your kids or release your inner child at Santa’s Village , where it’s Christmas year-round, or at Story Land -“Where Fantasy Lives”, or relive feelings of nostalgia at Clark’s Trading Post where you can meet the Wolfman, and take in a trained bear show. Cool off at Whale’s Tale Waterpark where you can tube the lazy river, test your surfing skills, and soar down waterslides.
Take the Scenic Route
Too often we are focused on getting from Point A to Point B without taking the time to soak in our surroundings. We may have a certain activity planned or a reservation we can’t be late for, but can’t we allow time to squeeze in a scenic drive on the way there? The White Mountains Trail is a designated Scenic Byway which includes both the Kancamagus Highway as well as Route 302 through Crawford Notch and offers stunning scenic vistas, waterfalls, mountain views, and always the chance of seeing wildlife such as moose. Our piece on “Scenic Foliage Routes off the Beaten Path” , are scenic routes that are not only spectacular in the fall, but are beautiful year-round, so don’t be shy to go exploring. Don’t worry…you have time.
Play in the Snow
Winter is just more fun in the White Mountains. There are “snow” many ways to get out and have fun in the winter season. Take a guided snowmobile tour with Sledventures , Northeast Snowmobile , or Northern Extremes Snowmobiling . Experience dog sledding with Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel . There are great opportunities to cross-country ski, tube, snowshoe, and fat bike at places like Great Glen Trails , Waterville Valley Adventure Center , Bretton Woods Adventure Center , Jackson Ski Touring , and the Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring .
Climb the Highest Peak in the Northeast
Getting to the summit of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, is on many people’s bucket lists, and luckily there are several ways to achieve that goal. For those seeking the old fashioned method, to ascend the 6,288’ peak, there are many trails that will get you there. If you’re not a hiker, want to save some time, or want a unique experience under your belt, you can hitch a ride on the Cog Railway : the world’s first! Or, opt to drive yourself or be driven in a “Stage Coach” up the Mount Washington Auto Road .
Start New Traditions
Starting new traditions, or continuing old ones, are important to us here in the White Mountains. Whether they are with your significant other, your kids, or just with yourself, it makes the annual visit to see us that more important and special. Journey to the summit of Cannon Mountain in the historic Aerial Tramway and soak in the incredible mountain views from the White Mountains, and beyond. Enjoy a relaxing ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad or the Hobo Railroad , explore glacial caves at Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves or Polar Caves P ark, or discover waterfalls, covered bridges, and the naturally made chasm at the Flume Gorge .