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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.
Embark on a historic tour on the Conway Scenic Railroad to get acquainted with the unique culture and enchanting natural beauty of North Conway. This heritage railway operates from the North Conway station between two historic routes, one terminating at Conway, and the other at Fabyan. The main terminal, the North Conway station, is located in the historic downtown area and is housed in an awe-inspiring building that is a part of the National Register of Historic Places.
Diana's Baths is a must-visit area 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. The diversity in its landscape attracts kids as well as adults to this place all round the year. Come here to hike, swim and relax on a weekend outing with family or friends.
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.
Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center is a fun place to learn about the climate. Their interactive displays will help you understand climatic conditions and weather forecasting better. Some of the popular exhibits here include wind room, air cannon and sail boat pond. Moreover, in October 2019, the center also inaugurated the snowcat theater.
Cranmore Mountain Resort is a ski area in winter and an adventure park in summer. This resort was founded by a local businessman named Harvey Gibson in the year 1937. There are over 200 acres (80 hectares) of terrain and has 54 trails serviced by 9 lifts across different levels of ability. This resort operates as an adventure park in the summer months. Activities like zip lines, summer tubing, bungy trampoline and hiking are carried here during that time of the year. Over the year, this resort has undergone a lot of refurbishment and improvements. It is a popular recreational ground for locals as well as tourists in North Conway.
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. The view from the top of the Cathedral ledge overlooking the Saco River Valley is mind-blowing. Some of the popular activities in this park include fishing, hiking, swimming and boating (boats without motors). It is a favorite outdoor recreation destination among locals and tourists a like.
In operation since 1988, Settlers' Green is the best place in town for tax-free outlets, which is its major draw. Stroll through this center, which is laid out like a village, where you will find up to 70 branded stores, ranging from boutiques and high end brands, to more economic options. From fashion to lingerie, footwear to accessories and home decor to gifts, there is lots to explore at this wonderful place, which also features a host of fine dining restaurants. Moreover, the center is also the beacon of the local community, which often hosts events and art installations around the area, adding an extra visual treat for the visitors.
Kahuna Laguna is set inside the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort. This water park features water slides, a wave pool, an adventure tower, a hot tub for 25 people, an arcade zone and a cafe. Some of the popular attractions of the park include 3-Story Water Slide Tower, Wiki Wave Pool, Aquabrella, Kahuna Basketball Court, Bamboo Bay Adventure Center and many more. This fun-filled place is an ideal spot to enjoy with family and friends.
This whimsical theme park is the perfect place to spend an unforgettable day with your little ones. The themed rides and attractions are sure to capture the imagination of children and transport you along with them to a world where fairy tales are true. Join your kids on a whimsical journey as you take a spin in Alice's Tea Cups, swoop down slides in giant bamboo shoots and commandeer a mini-tractor in a mini-farm. With several rides, attractions and games, as well as a variety of shows to look forward to, Story Land is a great place to make memories and bond with your child.