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Six reasons to choose Mt Washington Valley, NH as your fall destination

Great News from Mt Washington Valley, NH – September 25, 2018

Contact:  Marti Mayne, 207-846-6331 or


From fall festivals to haunts and Halloween events to the most amazing leaf-peeping, Mt Washington Valley is New England’s number on destination for a fabulous fall getaway.  Here’s why.

North Conway, NH – Nestled into the shadow of Mt Washington, the tallest peak in the Northeast, Mt Washington Valley, NH is found in the heart of primo leaf-peeping country.  While it’s surrounded by 770,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest, this region is anything but white; alive in color throughout the fall months.  Yankee Magazine, prognosticators for fall colors, have already declared that the fall season will be filled with color in New England, and given earlier weather factors may even last longer than usual.  Already, we’re seeing the vestiges of color in Mid-September, and it just gets more and more brilliant from here.

But why Mt Washington Valley over all the other places in New Hampshire and New England for fall fun and leaf-peeping?  We’ve collected a wide range of resources – from family festivals and fairs to scenic drives and selfie-worthy overlooks – not to mention 15 ways to peep a leaf. Read on for links to all the fall foliage diversions in Mt Washington Valley.

More ways to peep a leaf!

From the seat of a car to the seat of a train, and on foot, above the canopy of the forest or from a chairlift, click here for 15 ways to peep a leaf in Mt Washington Valley, NH.  Come “Hail the Leaf” in ways you’ve never tried before!

Incredible Scenic Drives

From the 100-mile White Mountain Trail – the only Scenic Byway Loop in the Country – to quiet back roads with covered bridges and scenic overlooks, you’ll find a wide variety of amazing drives to view colorful fall foliage in Mt Washington Valley.  Click here for a list of ten selfie-worthy drives and scenic overlooks for the ultimate in Instagram-worthwhile photos. 

Fall Family Festivals, Fairs & Funland

From corn mazes to Blue Ribbon Fairs in Fryeburg, Maine and even a kid-oriented Oktoberfest, Mt Washington Valley offers up amazing fall festivals to add to the leaf-peeping adventure.  When harvest hues are not enough to wow the kids, consider enjoying one of these seven fall festivals and fun-lands in the Valley. 

Hundreds of miles of hiking

Get up close and personal with your peeping …of leaves that is! With hundreds of miles of hiking trails through woods and White Mountain National Forestland, the fall colors will surround you.  Click here for 15 fall hikes offering the perfect fall photo ops.

So many Halloween haunts to add to the color

Add to your fall foliage getaway with Halloween haunts offering up everything from “Scare your pants off” to family-friendly fun.  When the leaf-peeping isn’t enough for your teenagers, throw in a little zombie fun and they’ll be thrilled. Click here for a long list of Halloween hangouts for the whole family.

Pumpkin People Panorama

From more than 60 pumpkin people to Pumpkin Patch pickings, take a self-guided tour or train ride to experience this orange ball of fall. Now in its 34rd year, the Return of the Pumpkin People is a self-guided tour of more than 60 different locations hosting Pumpkin People on display throughout October. Look for creatively themed and designed Pumpkin People doing all kinds of things from flying across yards to deep sea diving, then vote for your favorite. Then, October 14-31, 2018, visit Jackson for the All Things Pumpkin Festival including open houses, pumpkin tasting tours on horse drawn sleighs, and the "New England & Jackson Invitational Pumpkin Carving Competition in Jackson Park held on October 19, 2018 when you can check out the amazing carved pumpkin sculptures created.  The younger set will enjoy riding the Pumpkin Patch Express when the Conway Scenic RR  will make a special run to the Pumpkin Patch to allow children to pick out their own pumpkins, October 26, 27 and 28th.  Costumes encouraged.

Take some time to explore all the options for fall getaways in Mt Washington Valley at or call vacation planners at 800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364). To learn more about a vacation in New Hampshire at any time of the  year, go to

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Photo attached:

Fall Foliage in Eaton, NH – The Little White Church – Photo by Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative

Professional photos available upon request or visit the online Flickr Photo Library for seasonal photos.

To request additional photos, contact Marti Mayne at or 207-846-6331.