Kancamagus Highway is the scenic eastern strip of the New Hampshire Route 112 and is popular for long drives. This road strip stretches through the White Mountain National Forest for 32 miles (51 kilometers), along the banks of the river Swift. The path is flanked by tall coniferous trees with the river flowing softly on one side and bluish mountains yonder. In spring, the trees wear a fresh look, but during autumn the landscape breaks into myriad shades of yellow, orange, red and brown, bathing the entire region in breathtaking natural beauty. The river bed contains plenty of rocks and pure white sand and one can see numerous waterfalls and bridges while driving through this path. September to November is the best time to hike, cycle or bike through the road.
Take a challenging hike or drive to the top of Cathedral Ledge, which can be found at a height of 700-foot (213 meters). Overlooking the White Mountains and Saco River Valley, the top boasts of spectacular views of the verdant landscape and is a popular picnic spot among families.
Diana's Baths Waterfalls is a must-visit for nature lovers. There was a sawmill here and several structures followed the suit. However, once the site became a national forest land, all the structures were bought down. A popular draw in the summer, this oasis features stunning rocks, ledges and cascading falls.
Echo Lake State Park is a popular spot for family recreation. It features a scenic trail surrounding the lake, as well as hiking and rock climbing amenities to White Horse and Cathedral ledges. Some of the popular activities in this park include fishing, hiking, swimming and boating (boats without motors).
Embark on a historic tour on the Conway Scenic Railroad to get acquainted with the unique culture and lush natural beauty of North Conway. This heritage railway operates from the North Conway station, an awe-inspiring building that is part of the National Register of Historic Places.
America's national parks and nature reserves have no shortage of picturesque waterfalls. Among these, one which attracts tourists in droves are the Lower Falls, their cascades gushing forth to meet a pristine pool perfect for swimming. Like the Franconia Falls located about a half hour away, this waterfall too is known for its natural waterslides.
The gigantic and world famous Madison Boulder is an inextricable part of the city's natural charm attracting several thousand visitors each year. Surrounding the massive boulder is the Madison Boulder Natural Area, a verdant expanse that is perfect for a day out with family and friends. There are several spots around the park where you can bring a picnic and enjoy the clear skies and bask under the sun. Hiking trails of varying difficulties run around this 17 acres (6 hectare) area, thus providing outdoor enthusiasts with some adventure. Pets on leash are welcomed here.
Stretching over an area of 4.3 square miles (11.13 Square kilometers), North Conway is regarded as Conway's (the town) largest village. It is surrounded by Maine's state line on the east and the White Mountain National Forest covers it in the north and west. A resort area, North Conway's biggest draw lies in its several outlet shops. Some of the popular tourist attractions here include Kancamagus Highway, Cathedral Ledge, Echo Lake State Park, Mount Washington Observatory, Conway Scenic Railroad and many more.