Fall Foliage in the White Mountains, New Hampshire

Fall Foliage in the White Mountains, New Hampshire

One of my favorite things about living in New England has been the fall season. Once September rolls around you can almost smell and feel fall in the air. The fall foliage in New England is second to none. Depending on when the seasonal weather begins determines when the colors begin to change until the leaves begin to fall. Peak season for fall foliage will last a couple weeks. This foliage season is generally from early September to early November.

White Mountains

The White Mountains in New Hampshire is a sight to behold, especially when the leaves change. I had the privilege of experiencing this area the past two falls seasons. In 2018, we came late October, toward the end of the foliage season. In 2019, we went early September, just as it was beginning. Both visits were so beautiful, I can only imagine how astonishing peak season would be.

White Mountains

What is there to do in the White Mountains?

The Kancamagus highway (Kank-ah-mah-gus) in New Hampshire is the scenic route through the White Mountains and is said to be one of the best fall foliage viewing areas in the country. However, you can take this route any time of the year, there is plenty to see and do. Along the route you will find plenty of stops along the way with hiking trails leading to waterfalls and crystal clear rivers, stunning lookout views and gorges. You can get a map at the visitor center to plan your day or just drive and got lost in the majesty of it all.

White Mountains

While you’re there you can find information on what there is to do in the White Mountain National Forest for any season; such as ATV riding, hiking, climb Mount Washington, skiing, white water rafting and zip-lining. If you’re more the laid back type, there’s camping, waterfalls, scenic railroad train rides, dining and shopping, just to name a few. Also, you don’t want to miss the Ice Castles in the winter.

White Mountains
Conway Scenic Railroad

Here’s how we spent our time:

Our first visit, we drove up the scenic route on a Saturday morning, spending the day stopping at most of the sights along the way. Sunday on our way out of town we did a little antique shopping, there is plenty around.

Our second visit we drove up on a Friday night and stayed at the North Conway Grand Hotel which is right next to the outlets. After stopping at the Conway Scenic Railroad to purchase our tickets for Saturday, we spent some time in the pool and had dinner. Saturday we spent the day in downtown Conway and enjoyed a historic train ride on the dining car “Chocorua” which included a 3 course lunch. Sunday morning we drove to the base of Mt. Washington. This may have been one of the most majestic drives I have ever taken in my life. The beauty is God’s masterpiece.

Make sure to visit some local farms in New England, fall is one of the best times to go! Check out some more ideas on what there is to do in New England here!

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