Gateway to the 780,000 acre White Mountain National Forest, this area of New Hampshire offers visitors the opportunity to explore a varied landscape, rich in the classic features of scenic New England. Waterfalls are plentiful due to the combination of mountainous terrain and the many clear, trout water, rivers and streams.
The highest point is 6,288 foot Mount Washington, and you can drive yourself or take a tour on the Mt Washington Auto Road or take the 19th century Cog Railway to the summit, either way, the journey up is a must do for visitors.
Our region boasts spectacular scenery, 1,200 miles of hiking trails and 700 miles of cycling paths, there are lots of places to explore, an abundance of outdoor activities for all seasons, and plenty of attractions to amuse all ages; We have great places to stay, whether you are looking for a cosy and romantic colonial inn, a hotel, motel, self catering accommodation, or a place to camp, and you will find some delightful dining establishments from pavement side cafes to a la carte restaurants for that special night out.
Mount Washington Valley is made up of North Conway, NH, Centre Conway and its surrounding villages of Jackson, Bartlett, Intervale, Gorham, Shelburne, Fryeburg, Chocorua, Tamworth, Glen, Snowville and Eaton. Here you will find a plentiful supply of New England's trademark white clapboard buildings, tall steepled churches, romantic covered bridges and good old general stores.
Late spring and summer offer a host of outdoor activities for visitors, scenic drives, picnics, camping, spending time by one of our rivers or cooling off in a lake; S'mores by the fire at night, and day trips to our many attractions. You might even spot a moose or a bear!
As long hot days cool off and the trees transform their colours to brilliant oranges and reds, leaf peepers come to see this spectacular display from mid September to late October, many of them also take time to visit our famous Fryeburg Country Fair.
With 7 ski mountains and miles of groomed Nordic trails, Winter brings cross country and downhill skiers to the valley. There are also sleigh rides, outdoor skating rinks, tubing parks, plenty of ice to climb and snow shoe trails to follow; Christmas time is especially exciting as here is the home of the original Polar Express on which the film was based and... don't forget, tax free shopping, which is fun at any time of year!
There is always something going on in the Mount Washington Valley and this website is designed to help you gain the most enjoyment from your visit. Use the menu to find out about things to see and do, travel directions, local events, restaurants and cafes, places to stay, hot holiday deals and more.
No packing and repacking needs to be done to explore three New England states after landing in Boston and spending a few days there to take in the history. A short 2 1/2 hour drive north on the Interstate Highway 95 or 93 takes you straight to Mt Washington Valley, NH to enjoy your vacation!
The Mt. Washington Valley is so close to these cities, making your New England vacation complete:
From Boston, Massachusetts
2.5 hours - 130 miles
1.75 hours - 60 miles
From Providence, Rhode Island
3.5 hours - 180 miles
From Hartford, Connecticut
3.75 hours - 225 milesFrom Manchester, New Hampshire2 hours - 120 miles