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.
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.
Lost River Gorge -Daily through October 21
Can you find Lost River? Enjoy the beauty of Kinsman Notch, while exploring incredible glacial caves. Descend into the gorge via the boardwalk and listen to the sounds of birds, and the Lost River flowing beneath you. Check out Paradise Falls, and the Bird's Nest, an over-sized, man-made nest with stunning mountain views.
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.
Santa's Village -October 20 and 27
Did you know that Santa LOVES to celebrate Halloween? He also loves seeing children dressed in costume. For these two Saturdays, the entire park is transformed into a magical Halloween adventure. There are "spooky" areas for the older children and "fun" areas for the younger ones. Shops and rides are open and decorated for the season.