Top Choice State Park in Crawford Notch & Bretton Woods

Crawford Notch State Park

This pretty park maintains an extensive system of hiking trails. From the Willey House visitor center, you can walk the easy 0.5-mile Pond Loop Trail, the 1-mile Sam Willey Trail and the Ripley Falls Trail, a 1-mile…
Top Choice Museum in North Conway

Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center

If you don't have time to drive to the summit of Mt Washington, but you think wild weather is cool, take an hour to explore this small but fascinating weather museum instead. Shoot an air cannon, interrupt a mini-to…
Observatory in Mt Washington Valley

Mt Washington Observatory

Perched atop New England's highest summit, this observatory is staffed year-round by scientists who measure the mountaintop's extreme weather conditions; the world's second-highest wind speed (231mph) was famously r…
State Park in Great North Woods

Milan Hill State Park

How often do you get to spend the night in a purple yurt? Yep, that’s an option at this park, also known for its cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails. The 45ft fire tower provides expansive views of New Hampshir…
State Park in Great North Woods

Weeks State Park

Sitting atop Mt Prospect, this park is named for US senator John Weeks, a Lancaster native who introduced legislation in 1909 that helped to stem the degradation of local lands caused by unregulated logging. Weeks' …
Museum in Mt Washington Valley

Extreme Mt Washington

Housed atop Mt Washington in the Sherman Adams Summit Building, this museum, opened in 2014, gives visitors a hands-on look at Mt Washington's claim as 'home of the world's worst weather.' Exhibits show how Mt Washi…
Amusement Park in Great North Woods

Santa's Village

Just west of mountain-ringed Jefferson is this theme park. Look for Santa’s 26 elves as you enjoy the kiddie-focused rides, a Ferris wheel and the Jingle Bell Express train. Kids can even visit Santa himself, usuall…
State Park in North Conway

Echo Lake State Park

Two miles west of North Conway via River Rd and West Side Rd, this placid mountain lake lies at the foot of White Horse Ledge, a sheer rock wall. A scenic trail circles the lake. There is also a mile-long auto road …
Waterfall in Jackson

Jackson Falls

One of the best ways to spend a sun-drenched afternoon in Jackson is to take a swim in these falls on the Wildcat River just outside of town. You'll have marvelous mountain views as you splash about. To get there, t…
Amusement Park in Jackson

Story Land

This 30-acre theme and amusement park is aimed at the three- to nine-year-old crowd. The rides, activities and shows are small-scale and well done – a refreshing break from the mega-amusements in other places.