Echo Lake Beach

White Mountains

Despite its proximity to the highway, this little lake at the foot of Cannon Mountain is a pleasant place to pass an afternoon swimming, kayaking or canoeing (rentals $20 per hour) in the crystal-clear waters. And many people do: the small beach gets packed, especially on weekends.

There's a lifeguard on duty from 9am to 6pm mid-June through early September.

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1. New England Ski Museum

0.61 MILES

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2. Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway

0.64 MILES

This tram shoots up the side of Cannon Mountain, offering a breathtaking view of Franconia Notch. You can also hike up the mountain and take the tramway…

3. Old Man of the Mountain Museum

0.97 MILES

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4. Old Man of the Mountain Profile Plaza

1.19 MILES

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5. Frost Place


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6. Whale's Tale Waterpark

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7. Clark's Trading Post

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8. Pollyanna Statue


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