White Mountains National Park: Your Summer Bucket ListMay 29, 2019
Summer is here and hopefully, you have a bucket list of fun and adventure you need to complete. A trip to the White Mountains National Park is sure to be on your list, and we have some great suggestions that you do not want to miss.
Summit Mount Washington: The White Mountains is home to the Northeast’s highest peak, Mount Washington, which comes in at 6,288 feet. While there are many hiking trails to the summit, not every family has the means or the time to hike to the top. Thankfully, there are options!
The Cog Railway is considered the world’s first mountain climbing cog railway and has been in operation since 1869. This is a scenic, and historic trip for families. Another way up to the top is a drive up the Mt. Washington Auto Road.
Families can either drive their own car up the 5-mile road or can get shuttled up in an Auto Road Stage Coach. There are many scenic vistas and photo opportunities along the way. At the summit, check out the Tip Top House museum, the observation deck, and the Observatory Museum.
Explore Caves and Gorges: Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves takes you along a ¾ mile boardwalk which you can follow at your leisure, or detour through the various granite caves within the gorge.
Stop at Paradise Falls, a 35-foot waterfall that will leave everyone in awe. Kids will enjoy mining for gems and rocks at the mining sluice and will get a bird’s eye view of the White Mountains in the Giant Bird’s Nest.
Polar Caves Park has many caves for families to explore as well as a petting zoo, mining sluice, and an outdoor climbing wall.
Release Your Inner Child: Clark’s Trading Post has been family owned and operated since 1928. Their trained bear shows have been delighting and amazing generations of visitors.
Splash the day away at Whale’s Tale Waterpark! With multiple water rides, wave pool, lazy river, and the latest addition to the park, AKUA Beach surf simulator, there is a water adventure for every member of the family.
Story Land is a storybook themed amusement park that first opened in the 1950’s and offers over 30 whimsical rides, attractions, and musical shows to delight children and parents alike. Santa’s Village is “Pure JOY, Family Style”, and visitors will be surrounded by Christmas in the summer.
Ride a Train: The Hobo Railroad brings visitors on a 1.5-hour tour along the Pemigewasset River to explore the natural and historical beauty of the White Mountains National Park. The Conway Scenic Railroad offers tours in town through Conway and Bartlett, as well as through Crawford Notch. An old-fashioned railroading experience sure to please the whole family.
Get Airborne: Check out the gondola and tram rides, mountain coasters, ziplines, and adventure parks. Alpine Adventures has ziplining, the Off-Road Safari, the Aerial Thrillsville Park, and the Big Air Stunt Bag, so you can customize your day exploring 300 acres of fun.
Sleep Under the Stars: Some amazing memories are made over s’mores and a campfire at a perfectly selected campsite. The White Mountain National Park offers many different camping experiences for families and groups of all sizes.
Conquer a Peak or Two (Or Three): From a simple stroll in the woods to 48 4,000-footers, and everything in between, we have a trail for everyone in the White Mountains.
So take advantage of all that White Mountains National Park has to offer – you won’t be disappointed! And while you’re here, be sure to book a room at the Royalty Inn in Gorham NH. All rooms have a refrigerator, microwave, free Wi-Fi, restaurant, indoor/outdoor pools, Jacuzzi, sauna, health club, game room, and guest laundry. It’s New Hampshire’s best vacation home away from home!