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Appalachian Trail - New Hampshire- The white-blazed Appalachian Trail (A.T.) passes through 14 states, 8 national forests, 2 national parks and numerous state parks. The New Hampshire section of the A.T. spans about 160 miles from the Connecticut River in Hanover to the Maine state line.
Bedell Bridge State Park- Bedell Bridge State Park is the site of the historic second longest two-span covered bridge in the country. Destroyed by high winds back in the late 1970's, the site today offers a lovely spot for rest and relaxation along the Connecticut River.
Bretton Woods Mountain Resort- The legendary four season Mountain Washington Hotel & Resort welcomes the winter outdoor enthusiast to Bretton Woods Mountain Resort for a full slate of special events and activities. Romance, hospitality and charm surround this Grand Resort
Cranmore Mountain Resort- Today's growing family is Cranmore Mountain Resort's number 1 priority. When adults look back on their youth, Cranmore wants to be a person's first reflection on where they learned to enjoy sliding on snow.
Crawford Notch State Park- Crawford Notch State Park lies within the beautiful White Mountains Regions of New Hampshire.
Echo Lake State Park- Located just two miles from the shopping mecca of North Conway, Echo Lake is a great place to take the family for a swim and picnic.
Eisenhower Memorial Wayside Park- Eisenhower Memorial Wayside Park is open year-round offering an opportunity to picnic and hike along US 302 in the Crawford's Purchase, White Mountains area.
Franconia Notch State Park- Franconia Notch State Park is a spectacular park located in a mountain pass traversed by a unique interstate parkway which extends from the Flume at the south end to Echo Lake to the north.
Loon Mountain Resort- Tucked into the White Mountain National Forest, Loon Mountain is a favorite year-round family destination. Winter and spring, the slopes of Loon are blanketed with snow. Skiers and snowboarders enjoy Loon's abundant terrain and premium conditions.
Moose Brook State Park- Located in the White Mountains Region, just north of the Presidential Range, Moose Brook State Park is in an area of unparalleled scenery and offers a variety of outdoor activities. The park is ideally located for fishing in the Peabody and Moose rivers.
Mt. Washington State Park- Mount Washington State Park, a 59-acre parcel perched on the summit of the Northeast's highest peak, is surrounded by the extensive 750,000-acre White Mountain National Forest. On a clear day views from the 6,288-foot summit extend beyond New Hampshire as far as 130 miles to Vermont, New York, Quebec, Massachusetts, Maine and the Atlantic Ocean.
White Mountain National Forest- Cloaked with forests and laced with streams, the White Mountain rises in dramatic relief north of New Hampshire's central plateau. Among the ranges and ridges are the highest mountains in the Northeast.

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Description - White Mountain National Forest symbolizes this region offering spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities including downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, ice skating, trout fishing, mountain biking, alpine hiking, snowmobiling, scenic driving, camping and viewing some of America's most impressive mountains east of the Mississippi.

Attractions - White Mountains Travel Region is home of "the Great Stone Face," the Old Man of the Mountain. This natural carving handsomely juts out 1200 feet above Profile Lake in Franconia Notch State Park. Seven more state park facilities are in the region highlighting the beautiful waters and rolling mountains. Ski resorts, bed and breakfasts, fishing waters, multi-use trails and much more characterize the area.

Recreation - Visitors and residents alike enjoy viewing the spectacular scenery of White Mountains National Forest. State Parks abound with sights of unique rock formations including "the Old Man of the Mountain" found at Franconia Notch State Park. Fishing waters are abundant as well as multi-use trails. Downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and ice skating are enjoyed during the cold winter months.

Climate - New Hampshire residents experience four distinct seasons. Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.

Location - The White Mountains Travel Region lies in the mid section of New Hampshire. The western boundary is the state of Vermont, the eastern boundary is the state of Maine, to the north lies the Great North Woods Travel Region and to the south lies the Lakes and Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Travel Regions.


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New Hampshire, long recognized as the Granite State, was without its symbol as dawn broke over Franconia Notch. Estimated at five slabs of granite weighting approximately 700 tons and measuring 40 feet 5 inches from forehead to chin, the sacred symbol is mourned. Perhaps the profile's tumbling is best described by members of the Abenaki tribe, "When great ones turn themselves to stone, and the stone gives way, that is a release of spirit. Our chief has come home." Updated: 2003-05-06 13:18:00.0

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Contact Information:
New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism, P.O. Box 1856 , Concord, NH, 03302-1856, Phone: 603-271-2665

Additional Information:
New Hampshire Travel Regions - New Hampshire has seven different travel regions including: Seacoast, Merrimack Valley, Monadnock, Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee, Lakes, White Mountains and Great North Woods.

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