New Hampshire’s Grand North is home to world-class attractions that offer experiences you will only find here. We are home to family-friendly attractions and one of the best ATV trail networks in the world. You’ll find the northeast’s highest peak, Mt. Washington, which you can summit by train, car, foot, skis and more. We have world-class ski resorts, moose and wildlife tours and so much more. These activities are all located within close proximity of each other on some of New England’s most scenic roads, allowing you to easily enjoy multiple experiences on your visit. Come see all that northern New Hampshire has to offer!
The summer home of Santa and his reindeer. Family amusement rides, water park, live performances & theater shows, gift shops, flower gardens, and numerous dining options. A Trip Advisor 25 Top Amusement Park and Trekaroo.com has named Santa’s Village as one of the Top Ten Amusement Parks for Young Kids in the U.S.A.
For more information visit: http://www.santasvillage.com/
Bretton Woods Ski Area & Adventure Center
Bretton Woods is New Hampshire’s largest ski area with 464 acres of skiing and snowboarding on 63 trails and 35 glades and the state’s only 8-passenger Gondola. The year-round, 3-hour Canopy Tour descends 1,000 feet through the treetops, making it a perfect adventure for nature lovers and thrill seekers. Cross-country skiers have access to over 100 km’s of groomed trails that meander through field and forest. Add in sleigh rides, tubing, and the Omni Mt. Washington Resort’s luxurious spa and it’s easy to understand why Conde Nast has chosen Bretton Woods as the #12 Ski Resort in the World and #6 Ski Resort in the US and Canada!
For more information visit: http://www.brettonwoods.com
Mt. Washington Auto Road
The Auto Road is America’s Oldest Manmade Tourist Attraction. The road ascends through four climate zones to 6,288-foot Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeast. Hike, drive yourself or take a guided tour in an Auto Road van. Snow Coach tours in winter. Breath-taking vistas whatever the season!
For more information visit: http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com/
Mt. Washington Cog Railway
The first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world. Board the train for a spectacular climb up the three-mile long raised track to the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington. On top visit the Sherman Adams Visitors Center, Mt. Washington Observatory’s Weather Museum and the 1853 Tip Top House. Seasonal, from May to mid-October. Reservations recommended.
For more information visit: http://www.thecog.com/
The Rocks Estate
During the New Hampshire Maple Experience — weekends from mid-March through the first week in April — take a guided tour of The Rocks’ sugaring operation that features horse-drawn and tractor-drawn rides, tapping a maple tree, learning tree IDs and the history of maple sugaring, attending a chef’s demo about cooking with maple, touring the Maple Museum, and sampling maple syrup, pickles and donuts.
For more information visit: http://www.therocks.org/
Cannon’s Aerial Tramway is an all-season favorite, whisking visitors to the summit of the 4,080-foot mountain in under 10 minutes to enjoy scenic walking trails, an observation deck, restaurant and café. On a clear day, views expand into four states and Canada! Skiers and snowboarders choose Cannon for the diversity of its terrain — mellow to challenging — on 97 trails over 285 acres, with several terrain parks and 11 lifts.
For more information visit: www.cannonmt.com
Ride the Wilds
Ride the Wilds is the largest interconnected trail network in the Northeast, with more than 1,000 miles of trails to explore across northern New Hampshire, making it one of the largest in the country and a national destination for OHRV enthusiasts. Hop on the trail at any point for a day of great riding and access to restaurants, shops, gas, lodging and other destinations — all without trailering your rig from point to point.
For more information visit: https://ridethewilds.nhgrand.com
Every winter, thousands of people come to northern New Hampshire to snowmobile along the more than 1,500 miles of trails that wind throughout the region. The stately forests and snow-covered fields and valleys provide hours and hours of fun and the opportunity to explore the vast northern landscape, from the deep woods at the Canadian border; to the top of Jericho Mountain in Berlin; under the shadow of Mount Washington in Bretton Woods and Twin Mountain; along the wide open meadows of Jefferson and Lancaster; and the extensive trail system in Franconia Notch State Park, a portion of which passes by the Flume Gorge, Echo Lake and the Old Man of the Mountain memorial. Snowmobile trail conditions are updated each Thursday by NH State Parks.
For more information visit: https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/ohrv/where-to-ride.html
AMC High Huts of the White Mountains
Renowned for their unique mountain hospitality, The Appalachian Mountain Club’s eight high huts traverse the high peaks of the White Mountains and are spaced a day’s hike apart. Whether you are an experienced mountaineer or taking your children on their first hike, all of the huts are renowned for their unique mountain hospitality. Overnight accommodations include hearty home-cooked breakfasts and dinners. Self-service and full-service seasonal options available.
For more information visit: https://www.outdoors.org/lodging-camping/huts
Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel
Experience an exhilarating sled dog ride, on snow during winter and rolling sled dog rides – sleds on wheels – during the warm weather months. Whitewater river rafting adventures with Raft NH, from mild Class II to robust Class IV round out the summer schedule.
For more information visit: http://www.dogslednh.com/
Mt. Washington Observatory
Go behind the scenes of the famous mountaintop weather station and get a taste for what it’s like to live and work at 6,288 feet! The guided tours allow you to meet and interact with scientists, learn how they create forecasts, see the instruments they use to capture Mount Washington’s legendary extremes, and more.
For more information visit: https://www.mountwashington.org/
AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch
The Highland Center is the Appalachian Mountain Club’s outdoor education center, four-season lodge, family-style dining room and headquarters for hiking the White Mountains. Visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and programs for adults and kids, including daily Outdoor Exploration programs, Guided Adventures and evening programs.
For more information visit: https://www.outdoors.org/lodging-camping/lodges/highland
The Flume Gorge
Don a pair of good walking shoes to explore the Flume Gorge, one of northern New Hampshire’s natural wonders. Discovered in 1808, the Flume’s cascading waterfalls, glacial pools and boulders, covered bridges, and towering granite walls make it the perfect cool spot to explore on a hot summer’s day.
For more information visit: https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/park-sites/flume-gorge
Great Glen Trails
Great Glen Trails is a year-round destination experience. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, snow tubing, Snow Coach rides, fat biking and lots of family fun. During the warm weather months, take a wildlife kayak tour, and bike, run or walk our trails while you enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Great Gulf Wilderness and Presidential Range of the White Mountains. Learn more here. https://greatglentrails.com/