Leaf Peepers come from miles away to enjoy the colorful scenery of the White Mountains. With temperatures changing and autumn coming early, the peak season occurs in early October. There are several routes around the North Conway area that are sure to provide the scenic colors of the season.
The Kancamagus Highway is one of the best routes to enjoy the beauty of the season. This 34 mile stretch through Northern New Hampshire connects Lincoln and Conway. Known as an American Scenic Byway, “The Kanc” is rich with beauty, history and culture.
This route winds through the White Mountain National Forest and offers scenic views of the White Mountains, the Swift River, Sabbaday Falls and Rocky Gorge. There is a reason the Kancamagus Highway is known for some of the best fall foliage in the country.
If you prefer a route less off the beaten trail, I-93 to Franconia Notch may be the perfect choice. Located in the heart of the White Mountains, this mountain pass extends from Flume Gorge to Echo Lake. This 8 mile path of I-93 winds between the high peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges.
Not only are there majestic views, but the area has several unique attractions. Ride the Cannon Mountain tramway, stroll through Flume Gorge or simply stop to watch the wildlife that surrounds the area. Franconia Notch guarantees to be one of the most beautiful highways you’ve ever driven.