North Conway is an outdoor-adventurer’s dreamland. It’s found at the base of northeast America’s largest mountain, Mt Washington, in White Mountain National Park. No matter which season you come, there’s plenty to do, including: hiking, mountain biking, skiing, sledding, canoeing, fishing, and swimming. Antique stores and factory outlets line Route 16, which is affectionately known as ‘the Strip’. No matter when you visit, you can experience winter carnivals or summer fiestas which reflect the town’s year-round jovial ambiance.
Things to see
Conway Scenic Railway is the grandest and most picturesque rail line in northeastern USA. Absorb the beauty of New Hampshire’s bucolic and untouched landscapes while feasting on local delicacies. Don’t forget to check out the 130-year-old railway station, too.
North Conway Depot Railroad Museum exhibits life along the railroad over the last century. From contemporary train models to historic transit artifacts, this museum is more than a ‘trainspotter’s’ delight.
Pick up the best bargains imaginable on a variety of clothing and accessories at Settlers Green Outlet Village. Over 60 tax-free outlet stores lure visitors and locals alike here.
Families in search of adventure won’t be disappointed by Echo Lake State Park. Many miles of hiking trails, relaxing swimming spots, fishing and picnic areas, and even rock climbing venues can be found here. Cathedral Ledge provides the best views, but don’t forget to keep your kids on a tight leash.
You don’t have to climb Mount Washington to understand why it has the world’s worst weather. Visit Mount Washington Observatory and find out all about one of America’s most dangerous mountains, and stay safe doing so.
Hotels in North Conway
Families and couples alike have a wide range of hotels to choose from. Some of the hotels in North Conway boast a romantic, heritage ambiance, while the more modern lodgings are comfortable and convenient.
Bed and breakfasts are a popular option, especially when it comes to romantic escapes. Remember that almost all lodgings in the town boast convenient services for guests, such as wireless internet, restaurants, majestic White Mountain Valley views, and 24-hour receptions.
Hotels in this neck of the New Hampshire woods cater strictly to vacationers. Outside the center of North Conway, you can find a list of nature retreats, ski resorts, and invigorating mountains resorts. Provided you have your own car, staying here is a nicer experience than staying downtown.
Where to stay
North Conway is a typical mountain retreat, which is why most visitors here are vacationers. The town is not overly large, so tourists are seldom inconvenienced wherever they stay.
If nature interests you less than bargain shopping, then staying near the Redstone district is recommended. ‘The Strip’, Northern Conway’s premier shopping spot, lines White Mountain Highway, within walking distance of Redstone.
A secluded holiday retreat is available just to the west of North Conway’s town center. The area around Echo Lake is bursting with natural treats, and some of New Hampshire’s most romantic resort hotels.
How to get to North Conway
Lanconia Airport, which is close to the town of Gilford, is about 50 minutes’ drive from North Conway. A better option is Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, which is further away but still within reach of North Conway. Renting a car here is the most practical option when flying to this part of New England.
Bus connections to North Conway run from Boston, with major coach companies, such as Greyhound and Concord, providing the service. Daily routes are available, and take about 3 hours to make the journey.
While in North Conway, driving a rental car is the main option for getting around. So, if traveling from Boston or another city, try driving through this pretty part of the East Coast United States.