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 Swift River - White Mountains of New Hampshire

Where Should I Stay When Visiting the White Mountains?

February 01,2022 - By: D. Chandler - Where to Stay

The White Mountains region is over 800,000 acres touching several communities in northern New Hampshire.  The White Mountains is comprised of the White Mountain National Forest as well as several New Hampshire State Parks.

Places to stay when visiting the White Mountains include:

  • North Conway
  • Lincoln
  • Gorham
  • Twin Mountain
  • Littleton
  • Franconia

These communities nestled throughout the White Mountains offer lodging, restaurants, shopping and various attractions.  Each area has its own style and charm when it comes to a leisurely getaway in the mountains of New Hampshire.



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 Echo Lake & Cathedral Ledge - White Mountains of New Hampshire

North Conway

North Conway is the most popular spot to stay in the White Mountains.  It is positioned only a few miles from major attractions such as Mount Washington, Story Land, Crawford Notch State Park and the Kancamagus Highway.

North Conway has the most diverse selection of shopping, restaurants and lodging options.  Because North Conway is the most popular place to stay in the area, there can be traffic congestion and crowded sidewalks.

North Conway hosts Settlers Green which is a outdoor pavilion of name brand outlet stores such as Adidas, UnderArmor,  Maidenform, Polo, Jockey and many more. 

This region has a wide selection of restaurants including Pubs & Breweries, Thai, Chinese, Italian, Seafood, Indian as well as many cafes and breakfast spots.

Lodging in the are include chain hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, luxury resorts, and vacation rentals condos and cabins.

North Conway puts you in at the southeastern side of the White Mountains near the Maine border.   

Also see things to do in North Conway in July

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 Mountain Rivers - White Mountains of New Hampshire

Lincoln

Lincoln is another popular spot in the White Mountains to make your base of operations.  Lincoln is a located just off US93 on the southern portion of the White Mountains.  Lincoln is very close the Franconia State Park, the Flume Gorge and Kancamagus Highway. 

Although Lincoln does not have the huge selection of amenities, it has many hotels, motels and vacation rentals available.  They offer a variety of restaurants and some shopping opportunities as well. 

Lincoln is optimally located to the southwestern part of the White Mountains and the Kancamagus Highway but it’s over an hour from Mountain Washington and North Conway.

Also See Things to Do on the Kancamagus Highway

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 ATVing in the White Mountains

Gorham

Gorham is a quaint mountain village located in the northeastern portion of the White Mountains.  It is centrally located a wealth of hiking trails, the Mount Washington Auto Road, Appalachia Trailhead (the gateway to the Northern Presidential Mountains), Jericho Mountain State Park and Moose Brook State Park.

Gorham is only 8 miles from the entrance to the Mount Washington Auto Road and The Great Glen Trails recreation area.

The Mount Washington Auto Roads allows visitor to drive themselves to the summit of Mount Washington.  Or, they offer a guided tour with stout passenger vans where tour guides narrate the trip to the top of Mount Washington.

The Mount Washington Auto Road offers access the Mount Washington State Park located on the peak of Mount Washington.  The summit of Mount Washington offers spectacular views of the Presidential Mountain Range, views of all of the White Mountains, the Mount Washington Observatory and museum.

From 6288 feet above sea level, visitors can see into Vermont, Maine and Quebec. 

Gorham offers a decent collection of restaurants including Road Hawg BBQ, Jay’s Restaurant, Yokohama, Gorham Dynasty Chinese as well as Saalt Pub, Libby’s Bistro and Nonna’s Kitchen.

Activities in the Gorham area including exploring Mount Washington, hiking the White Mountain National Forest, Santa’s Village, ATV riding, whitewater rafting, kayaking, fat tire biking, e-biking, mountain biking, visiting waterfalls or simply scenic road trips throughout the region.

Gorham is the closest town to the White Mountain National Forest and the general outdoor activities in the White Mountains. 

Gorham is not as busy as North Conway or Lincoln and has a more laid back vibe as the quintessential mountains village would enjoy.

The are hotels, motels, vacation rentals and campgrounds around the Gorham area.

Also See Things to Do in Gorham

Twin Mountain

Twin Mountain is located at the north center part of the White Mountains.  This area is home to Crawford Notch State Park, the Mount Washington Hotel, the Cog Railway and Bretton Woods.

This part of the White Mountains is much quieter part of the White Mountains.  The area has some restaurants and limited shopping.  There is not a downtown or village area whereas the Twin Mountain region is mostly surrounded by several trailheads within the White Mountain National Forest.

If you’re looking for a quiet place to enjoy the White Mountains, Twin Mountain would probably be the place.

When it comes to lodging, there is the Mount Washington Hotel, some smaller motels, campgrounds, inns and bed & breakfasts.

There is a hand full of restaurants in this area.  If you are wanting more food options, you will have to travel to North Conway, Littleton or Gorham.

Littleton

Littleton is probably one of the prettiest communities in the White Mountains.  Located in the northwestern region from the White Mountains, Littleton enjoys a diverse downtown area.  The main street area of Littleton has many shopping opportunities, restaurants and a walk-about atmosphere.  There is the Ammonoosuc River which flows through Littleton and the Riverwalk Covered Bridge.  This area is a beautiful place to explore and explore the many facets of the town.

Restaurants in Littleton include chains such as Applebee’s, 99 Restaurant as well as Thai, Chinese, cafes, breweries, a diner and home-cooked food restaurants.

Little is a bustling mountain village that isn’t usually over crowded and very handy to many White Mountain activities.

There are chain hotels, motels, bed & breakfast and some vacation rentals in the area.  Littleton is an exit off US93 and visitors can easily get to Franconia Notch State Park and Twin Mountain within minutes.

Franconia

Franconia is located next to Littleton and has more of a country rural feel.  There are some restaurants and services but no major downtown area.  Franconia is adjacent to Franconia Notch State Park and Cannon Mountain.

There are hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts and vacation rentals available in the Franconia area.

If you are looking for a quieter setting within a rural atmosphere, Franconia may be the place for you.

These are the main communities located around the White Mountains.  Depending your need for amenities/services and activities you wish to engage in, the White Mountains has a variety of communities to meet your needs.

Also see Waterfalls in the White Mountains

 

State Parks in the White Mountains

The White Mountains includes the White Mountain National Forest as well as many New Hampshire State Parks.  The most popular of these state parks include Franconia Notch State Park, Crawford Notch State Park, Mount Washington State Park and Jericho Mountain State Park.

Franconia Notch State Park

This state park is the most dramatic areas of the White Mountains.  Franconia Notch State Park includes spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from many different vantage points.  The area includes a wealth of hiking trails, the Flume Gorge, the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, The Basin and Echo Lake & Beach.

Located on the western side of the White Mountains, route US93 travels through the notch and showcases great views of mountains.

Crawford Notch State Park

Crawford Notch State Park is positioned in the heart of the White Mountains.  This region is thriving with activity.  Visitors to this area can explore many waterfalls, hiking trails, scenic overlooks as well as many spots to stop along Route 302 to overlook the valley or check out the mountain rivers and streams.

This area is notorious for the Conway Scenic Train as the passenger train passes through this area after traveling the notch from North Conway.

Crawford Notch State Park is nearby to the Cog Railway and the Mount Washington Hotel.

Mount Washington State Park

The Mount Washington State Park is located at the summit of Mount Washington.  This park is a unique spot in the White Mountains with its rocky landscape and ever-changing weather conditions.

The park is 60 acres at the peak of Mount Washington and is at the convergence of the Mount Washington Auto Road, the Cog Railway line, the Appalachian Trail and many other hiking trails from the Presidential Range.

Jericho Mountain State Park

This park is located just outside of Gorham New Hampshire and is the mecca for ATV enthusiast throughout New England.  The park has over 75 miles of off road trails for ATV’s, UTV’s and dirt bikes.  

The network of ATV trails within Jericho Mountain State Park connect to a vast network of over 1000 miles of ATV trails north of the White Mountains.

White Mountains Campgrounds New Hampshire

Camping in the White Mountain is a great way to experience the area.  These campgrounds offer tent, RV and cabins available for rent.  If you do not have your own camper, these campgrounds offer RV’s within the campground so you can come and stay in a camper on your own campsite.  Campsites have your own fire pit area with a picnic table. 

Camping in the area offers an immersive experience in the White Mountains.

The Beach Camping Area (North Conway)

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Glen Ellis (North Conway Area)

Lost River Valley Campground (Lincoln)

White Birches Camping Park (Gorham Area)

Timberland Campground (Gorham Area)

Cedar Pond Campground (Gorham Area)

Fransted Family Campground (Franconia)

 



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