Top Ten Scenic Mountain Drives

Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire
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While fall is definitely the prime time to take a road trip in New England, you might not want to share that road with every leaf-lover in the Northeast. To explore the beauty of the White Mountains and avoid bumper-to-bumper traffic, try touring the Kancamagus Highway in the preseason (i.e. summer). Running along the flank of Mount Kancamagus and through White Mountain National Forest, the Kanc offers stunning alpine views, a wide array of wildlife, and access to numerous trails.

As you cross Kancamagus Pass (2,855 feet), watch for Mounts Hancock, Hitchcock, and Huntington on the left, and Loon Mountain and Mount Osceola on the right. Watch out for critters, too—you may turn a corner to find a moose mid-road, so drive carefully. Besides the many White Mountain moose, you'll find black bears, deer, and foxes in the forest.

For a good leg-stretcher, set your boots to the three-mile Boulder Loop Trail. Take in the view of the Passaconaway Valley from 1,000 feet up, and take a good look at ancient New England bedrock, scratched and scoured bare by glacial activity.

Just the Facts

Route: Lincoln to Conway via NH 112.

Length: 34 miles (one hour)

Season: May through October.

White Mountain National Forest


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