Leaf Peeping in New Hampshire:
There are Many Ways to View Fall Foliage!

When it comes to leaf-peeping, don’t be fooled. There is more than one way
to peep a leaf. Hail to the “peep” this fall with a visit to Mt. Washington
Valley, located in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Offering
not only spectacular foliage but a wide variety of ways to enjoy the harvest
hues of Mother Nature’s artistry, there’s plenty of great ways to enjoy Mt.
Washington Valley’s fall foliage throughout this autumn. But remember, be
sure to book your reservation soon or forever hold your peep. The early bird
gets the best rooms!

Here are some conventional and a few unconventional suggestions for
viewing Mt. Washington Valley’s fall foliage.

From The Seat of a Train: Mt. Washington Valley offers a host of train rides.
Book your seat on the Cog Railway and take this famous train ride to the top
of Mt. Washington or enjoy fabulous scenic tours to Conway, Bartlett and
Crawford Notch on the Conway Scenic Railroad. Visit
Mt. Washington Valley’s trains and attractions.

From the Top of the Notch: Scenic drives through Crawford Notch to Bretton
Woods or Pinkham Notch to Gorham offer everything from ridgetop vistas
and rock formations to moose sightings. Be sure to have the camera ready
because around every turn there’s a new surprise.

From the Moose Van: Take a ride along the picturesque Androscoggin River
and into the 13-Mile woods area on this spectacular and scenic
Moose/Wildlife Tour. As many as 23 moose have been spotted in one tour.
Tours also includes folklore and historic features of the region. All tours start
from the Gorham information Booth, and continue through October 9, 2006.
Reservations are required. For more information, visit
Mt. Washington
Valley's Moose Van.

From a Gondola or Ski Lift: Fall is the time of year to take in the spectacular
vistas from Mt. Washington Valley’s mountaintops. For those who’d rather
not hike up, take the lift. A scenic ride on the Wildcat Gondola or the high-
speed quad at Attitash offers fabulous picnic grounds and views into Mt.
Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine or over the whole Bartlett region.

From the Pumpkin People or Scarecrow Tour: Each year, a highlight of
foliage season is “the Return of the Pumpkin People”. Businesses throughout
Mt. Washington Valley create whimsical displays of pumpkin people; the
only requirement being that the heads are made of pumpkins. Take a self
guided tour of the pumpkin people and vote on your favorite from Oct 1-21,
2006. From September 30-October 9, view dozens of scary, pretty, and just
plan fun scarecrows competing for more than $2500 in prize money as you
hunt for fall bargains at Settlers’ Green Outlet Village Plus. It’s all kicked off
with a free fall festival complete with hay rides, pumpkin carving and more
on September 30. Visit
Mt. Washington Valley’s most up-to-date online
calendar of events

From the Seat of a Car: Mt. Washington Valley is renowned for its fall foliage
scenic drives, including the Kancamagus Highway, the country’s only scenic
byway loop. Take a Sunday drive through the mountains any day of the week
and discover picnic sites, swimming holes, wildlife and family attractions
along the way.
Click here for a complete list of scenic drives throughout Mt.
Washington Valley.

From the Base of a Waterfall: With all the rain we’ve seen this summer, not
only will the foliage be lush, but the waterfalls will be rushing throughout the
fall. Whether you bask in brooks tumbling over rocks offering fabulous
swimming holes or take in New Hampshire’s highest single waterfall, there’s
no time like fall to capture the grandeur of Mt. Washington Valley’s “rock
concert”, as Yankee Magazine calls it.
Click here for a complete description of
Mt. Washington Valley’s waterfalls.

From a cozy B&B or family resort: Mt. Washington Valley is renowned for its
variety of lodging. More than fifty country inns and B&Bs offer cozy and
romantic retreats, while the region’s motels, hostels and campgrounds
provide getaways for those seeking getaways on a budget. Family resorts,
condos, vacation rentals and timeshare properties round out the offerings, so
there’s something for everyone. Many of these lodging properties have
created packages and itineraries for fall foliage getaways.
Click here for a host
of themed packages from last minute spcials to Flora and Fauna specials.

From the Seat of a Bike: Mt. Washington Valley offers ideal biking terrain
from those looking for gentle backroads taking them through covered bridges
and past farms and meadows to extreme off-road slick track. There are even
inn to inn biking tours offered throughout the fall.
Click here for a complete
list of suggested bike routes throughout the Valley.

From the table in the dining room: Mt. Washington Valley offers more dining
with a view than any other New England destination. Whether it’s
overlooking North Conway with Mt. Cranmore front and center from the
White Mountain Hotel’s dining room, to a fabulous view of the Moat
Mountains and Presidentials from Darby Field Inn, you’ll find spectacular
dining with a view throughout Mt. Washington Valley. Try the Mount
Washington Hotel at the base of the grand dame and finish it off with a
flaming drink at the 1785 Inn with a view over the Intervale to the
Presidentials.
Click here to find plenty of choices for  fine dining with
spectacular views.

Whether you put your foot to the pedal
or the metal, don’t forget to bring
a camera, because the foliage in
Mt Washington Valley is arguably
the most exquisite in New England.
For all your fall foliage planning
information, visit
www.mtwashingtonvalley.org or
call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364)
for a free vacation planning guide.
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