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Leaf Peeping Ten Ways in Mt Washington Valley

How many ways can you peep a leaf in Mt Washington Valley?  Let us count the ways....At least ten!


CONTACT: Marti Mayne, 207-846-6331, 

 Mt Washington Valley says “hail to the leaf!”                        

North Conway, NH - From the seat of a car, train, bike or chairlift, there's more than one way to peep a leaf in Mt Washington Valley, NH, New England’s headquarters for leaf peeping adventure. Already, we’re seeing the first wisps of color as trees go from green to colorful harvest hues. The good news about plenty of rain throughout the summer is that trees are healthy and therefore Mother Nature’s spectacle of fall colors promises to be brilliant this year. Therefore we “hail to the leaf” with some conventional and a few unconventional suggestions for viewing Mt. Washington Valley's fall foliage. Simply click on the links below or visit  and click on EVENTS for a complete list of fall events to augment your leaf peeping itinerary. Let this serve as your fall foliage guide to leaf peeping itinerary, tours, packages, scenic drives and ideas in Mt Washington Valley.

From The Seat of a Train: 
Mt. Washington Valley offers a host of train rides. Book your seat on the Cog Railway and take this famous train ride to the top of Mt. Washington or enjoy fabulous scenic tours to Conway, Bartlett and Crawford Notch on the Conway Scenic Railroad. And the younger set will enjoy their fall trip aboard train rides at Story Land or Santa’s Village. Go to  for a complete list of Mt. Washington Valley's trains and attractions.

From the Top of the Notch: 
Scenic drives through Crawford Notch to Bretton Woods or Pinkham Notch to Gorham offer everything from ridge top vistas and rock formations to moose sightings. Be sure to have the camera ready because around every turn there's a new surprise.  Spend a day on the 100-mile White Mountain Trail, the only scenic byway loop in the country.  For a beautifully illustrated itinerary for the perfect fall foliage drive, click here.

From the Moose Van: 
Take a ride along the picturesque Androscoggin River and into the 13-Mile Woods area or travel into "Moose Alleys" in other parts of the Valley on a choice of spectacular and scenic Moose/Wildlife Tour. As many as 23 moose have been spotted in one tour. Tours also includes folklore and historic features of the region. Choose from three different tours including Dan's Scenic Tours, Gorham Moose Tours and MWV Moose Bus Tours/Moose Safari. Raven Interpretive Tours focus entirely on nature.  For more information, go to

From a Gondola, Ski Lift or Zipline: 
Fall is the time of year to take in the spectacular vistas from Mt. Washington Valley's mountaintops. For those who'd rather not hike up, take the lift. A scenic ride on the Wildcat Gondola or the high-speed quad at Attitash or Bretton Woods offers fabulous picnic grounds and views into Mt. Washington's Tuckerman Ravine or over the whole Bartlett region. For a truly "zipalicious" view of foliage, try the zip line at Wildcat, the Canopy Tour at Bretton Woods, high ropes courses and ziplines at Monkey Trunks, open weekends through foliage season.

From the 26th Annual Pumpkin People or Scarecrow Tour: 
Each year, a highlight of foliage season is "The Return of the Pumpkin People". Businesses throughout Mt. Washington Valley create whimsical displays of pumpkin people; the only requirement being that the heads are made of pumpkins. Take a self-guided tour of the pumpkin people and vote on your favorite throughout October. Vote for your favorite pumpkin person.  Ballots available at participating businesses.  Info:

From the Seat of a Car: 
Mt. Washington Valley is renowned for its fall foliage scenic drives, including the Kancamagus Highway, the country's only scenic byway loop. Take a Sunday drive through the mountains any day of the week and discover picnic sites, swimming holes, wildlife and family attractions and plenty of photo opportunities along the way. For a complete list of scenic drives in Mt Washington Valley, click here.

From the tee of a golf course
Many of Mt Washington Valley's golf courses remain open throughout October, offering golfers picturesque holes and challenging courses. This is the most colorful time of the year to enjoy golf at Mt Washington Valley's ten courses, all within a 45 minute drive from North Conway, NH. Go to  and check out profiles of each course, including lists of the most picturesque holes on each golf course. Click here for a complete list of specially priced midweek and weekend fall golf packages.

From a room with a view
Mt. Washington Valley is well known for its wide variety of lodging. More than fifty country inns and B&B's offer cozy and romantic retreats, while the region's motels, hostels and campgrounds provide additional options for those seeking getaways on a budget. Family resorts, hotels, condos, vacation rentals and timeshare properties round out the offerings, so there's something for everyone. Many of these lodging properties have created packages and itineraries for fall foliage getaways. Be sure to visit Mt. Washington Valley's package page for a host of themed packages from last-minute specials to Flora and Fauna fun.

From the Seat of a Bike: 
Mt. Washington Valley offers ideal cycling terrain for those looking for gentle back roads taking them through covered bridges and past farms and meadows to extreme off-road slick track. In fact, New Hampshire was recently named among the most cycle-friendly states in the country. There are even inn to inn biking tours offered throughout the fall. For a list of great bike rides for maximum leaf peeping vantage points, click here. For more information on biking in Mt Washington Valley, including some great tips from the White Mountain Ride Guide, click here:  For information for our French-speaking cyclists, please click here.

From the table in the dining room: 
Mt. Washington Valley offers more dining with a view than any other New England destination. Whether it's overlooking North Conway with Cranmore Mountain front and center from the White Mountain Hotel's Ledges Dining Room, to a fabulous view of the Moat Mountains and Presidentials from Darby Field Inn, you'll find spectacular dining with a view throughout Mt. Washington Valley. Try the Omni Mount Washington Hotel at the base of the grand dame. You'll find plenty of choices for fine dining with spectacular foliage views when you visit .

Whether you put your foot to the pedal or the metal, don't forget to bring a camera, because the foliage in Mt Washington Valley is arguably the most exquisite in New England. Yankee Magazine rated North Conway and Jackson among the top 12 foliage towns in New England. Come see for yourself. For all your fall foliage planning information, visit or call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364) for advice on where to see the best foliage and where the leaf peeping packages are.  For more information on visiting New Hampshire, go to

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For fabulous fall foliage photos, contact Marti Mayne, 207-846-6331,  Pictured here:  Fall foliage at Attitash Mountain Resort.  Photo by Laura Tuveson.