Columbus Day Weekend is behind us, but fall is still here, and there is plenty of leaf-peeping to do in the White Mountains. With the foliage still surrounding us, many of our iconic attractions are open for fall adventures. Whether you are coming here for the weekend or planning a trip during the week, there is still lots of fun to be had in the beautiful White Mountains.
Alpine Adventures -Open Year Round
We can’t think of a better way to see some of the best foliage than to zip through it on one of Alpine’s incredible zipline tours. They also run their off-road tours in their 6-wheel drive custom Pinzgauer vehicles, which brings you on an adrenalin fueled ride through 300 private acres on Barron Mountain to a beautiful panoramic view of the White Mountains.
Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway -Daily through October 14
Looking to take a gondola ride to the top of a mountain? The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway is a thrilling way to see fantastic views and summit of a 4,000 footer in about 7 minutes. On a clear day, views can be seen from four states as well as into Canada. Enjoy these views from the 360° Observation Deck, walk along scenic trails, and grab a beverage or food at the café.
Conway Scenic Railroad -Daily through October 28
Scenic beauty and history awaits aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad. Take a ride on a Victorian era train and soak in the unsurpassed beauty of Crawford Notch or the Mount Washington Valley. Customize your excursion with lunch or dinner service and learn about the history of the railroad as well as the White Mountains.
Your journey to the Flume Gorge begins at the Visitor’s Center where you will be greeted with beautiful displays about the natural history of Franconia Notch as well as the grand hotels that dotted the landscape at the turn of the century. Watch a 20-minute video to discover even more. Grab a bite in the café and peruse the gift shop with many New Hampshire made products. Head out onto the 2-mile loop trail to visit the incredible Flume Gorge, covered bridges, and glacial made pools.
Take a relaxing ride alongside the Pemigewasset River aboard the Hobo Railroad. This one hour and twenty minute ride includes a narrative detailing the natural and historical importance of the Pemi River and the White Mountains. Enjoy scenic view of the river and fall foliage along the way.
Mt. Washington Auto Road -Daily through mid-October (Weather permitting)
Drive to the top of the highest peak in the Northeast! Choose to drive your own vehicle to the summit of the 6,088’ mountain along the five-mile road, and take photos at various overlooks along the way. N feeling adventurous enough to drive yourself? Take a ride with a knowledgeable guide aboard one of the Auto Road’s “Stage Coach” vans. Learn about the historic and natural aspects of Mount Washington while kicking back and enjoying the scenery.
Mount Washington Cog Railway -November 30 (Weather permitting)
The Cog Railway, the world’s first mountain climbing train,began making the trek up the side of Mount Washington in 1869 and has been bringing visitors to the top ever since. The 3-hour round trip brings you to the summit where you can visit the Tip-Top House, a restored version of the historic summit hotel, and spend time exploring the Visitor’s Center and Weather Museum. If weather conditions do not allow a trip to the summit, they also offer rides to a clearing about half way up where you can enjoy hot beverages, and views of the valley below.
Polar Caves Park -Through October 14
As the ice receded from the last Ice Age, glacial boulders were left behind and created what we now know as Polar Caves. Climb, shimmy, and crawl your way through 9 glacial caves with names like the “Lemon Squeezer”, “Fat Man’s Misery”, and the “Devil’s Turnpike”. While you’re there, try your hand at rock climbing on the new Glacial Wall, mine for gemstones at the Baker River Mining Sluice, and feed the ducks and the deer in the Animal Parc.