A few miles north of Franconia Notch State Park via I-93, Franconia is a tranquil town with splendid mountain views and a poetic attraction: Robert Frost's farm. Other nearby communities include the tiny, picturesque village of Sugar Hill (a few miles west along tranquil NH 117), and the small towns of Bethlehem (north along NH 142) and Littleton (north on I-93).
Littleton is the largest of the bunch, and doubles as the economic hub for the northwestern fringe of the White Mountains region and the Great North Woods. With a bustling small-town Main St and a pretty perch beside the Ammonoosuc River, it's an inviting place to explore. In fact, the entire area is perfect for whiling away an afternoon driving down country roads, poking into antique shops, browsing farm stands and chatting with the locals at divey diners.