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After a brutally hot summer, you may be pondering an autumn escape. Look no further than New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
From mid-September through early November, the region bursts with beautiful autumnal reds, yellows and oranges. Follow the progress of the region’s foliage using this fall tracker and get ready to explore.
Begin by hiking to Diana’s Bath, an easy 1-mile trek on relatively flat ground that’s perfect for leaf-peeping families, especially those with little ones in tow. Surrounded by trees transitioning into their fall colors, take in this lovely rugged landscape with gushing falls and brook pools during your hike, or stop to enjoy a picnic. Want more? Check out other day hikes in the area, like Tuckerman Ravine and Mount Washington.
Prefer to cover more ground? Consider a scenic drive like state Route 16 from Pinkham Notch to Gorham. The route not only curves through the White National Forest, but it will also lead you to other area attractions like Great Glen Trails, Wildcat Mountain and Gorham Moose Tours. Available through September, the three- to four-hour evening wildlife bus tours allow passengers to disembark and get a closer look when it’s safe.
For those who want a tour and prefer not to drive, the Conway Scenic Railroad’s Notch Train is another option. The locomotive departs at 11 a.m. nearly every day through October 28. You’ll pass over Crawford Notch’s vivid landscapes, from sweeping mountain vistas and steep gorges to flowing streams and brooks, and across Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge. Check the website for route details, which can vary by travel date.
On weekends through September, seek out a little fantasy at Story Land, a fairy tale-themed amusement park in Glen, New Hampshire. If you missed the park’s open season, don’t worry; there’s more magic to go around as the holidays approach. The White Mountains transform into a winter wonderland, equipped with Santa’s Village, Holiday Express train rides (via Conway) and plenty of opportunities to explore on skis too.
Make your home base the Suites at Attitash Mountain Village, a 60-acre resort in the heart of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley and White Mountains. The four-season resort features a variety of amenities and activities including an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding lessons, tennis, pingpong, and hiking and running trails.
Nearby, shop tax-free throughout Mount Washington Valley—in Settlers Green, North Conway and Jackson—at nationally recognized outlets, boutiques and specialty stores.
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**The White Mountain National Forest photo featured at the top of this article is by DenisTangneyJr. / Getty Images.
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