Berlin & Gorham

FoliageRiverDuring the 1920s, the Brown Corporation’s papermaking complex along the Androscoggin River was the largest in the world, and Berlin became known as the “City That Trees Built.” Today, Berlin has an old-fashioned, walkable Main Street featuring an eclectic blend of small shops, restaurants and green spaces. Merchants offer everything from fine jewelry, gift items, antiques and collectibles, to a wide assortment of brand-name clothing and footwear for men, women and children. The Berlin and Coos Historical Society will appeal to anyone doing genealogical research, and the miles of trails in Jericho State Park are a destination for snowmobilers and ATV enthusiasts.

Surrounded by the tall peaks of the White Mountains, Gorham has long been a mecca for hikers and adventurers who come to explore the region. A lively mix of restaurants, accommodations, and small shops along Main Street make Gorham a good headquarters for visitors to the Mount Washington Auto Road, Great Glen Trails outdoor center, skiing at Wildcat Ski Area, and the AMC’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center — a departure point for many hikers climbing Mt. Washington and other peaks in the Presidential Range. Nightly moose tours are a popular draw, leaving from Gorham’s town common, June to October.

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