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Franconia Highlights

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     Beautiful views and sounds of nature 

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     Unpredictable Weather 

  • In a nutshell
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     A place to "get back to nature". 

Franconia Things to Do

  • Walk or ride the bike trails!

    Mile after mile of roads & trails thru this area of New Hampshire for cycling, walking or even rollerblading. And of course, the views are wonderful!The paved 9 mile Franconia Notch Bike Path is one of the most pictureque rides you can find on the East Coast.

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  • Flume Gorge

    As we only had a few hours to spend in Franconia and therefore couldn't exactly tackle the Appalachian trail, we decided to hike around Flume Gorge instead. Starting at the visitor center, the Flume Gorge trail is an easy 3 km loop that leads hikers (well, walkers really) through the 800 ft gorge that runs along the base of Mount Liberty. It was...

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  • Franconia Notch State Park

    Part of New Hamphire's White Mountains, Franconia Notch State Park is a beautiful area located roughly between the towns of Franconia and Lincoln, covering about 8 miles on I-93. The Old Man of the Mountain, a rocky outcropping on the side of a cliff that looked like a man's profile when seen from a certain angle, was the region's emblem until the...

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  • The Frost Place

    Upon his return from Europe in 1915, American poet Robert Frost bought a little farmhouse in Franconia, New Hampshire. He spent the next 5 years there, dedicating himself to teaching and writing, and some of his most famous poems were written while he lived in Franconia. Frost loved to write about rural life in New England, and he obviously found a...

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  • Attractions in the White Mountains ...

    The White Mountains offer many man-made attractions as well as natural. Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway takes you to high mountain summits with eye stretching views. (as long as the clouds don't move in). Other area attractions include Lost River Gorge, The New England Ski Museum, Whales Tale Waterpark, Clarks Trading Post, Cog Railway, Heritage NH,...

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  • The Basin

    Reputedly where the Old Man of the Mountain set his foot. From up high, the depression does sort of look like one made by a human foot, albeit one that's 50 ft. long.

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Franconia Restaurants

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    by gilescorey Written Jan 17, 2004

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    This was the first of the Elvio's in the North Country. Ask for "Sicilian Style" for the square pan pizza. It's the best. However, they often run out of this dough, and you can get by ordering "double-crust".

    Favorite Dish: Sicilian Pizza with Ham. Thick, saucy, and doughy. That's how I like it. But, where the Hell's the beer?!

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Franconia Transportation

  • Be prepared for closed roads in Winter.

    Unlike other parts of the U.S., there are few warnings in the White Mountain National Forest about closed roads or inclement weather. Even if a road seems to be maintained, it might only be plowed for the first few hundred feet, to allow snowmobile access. Locals carry chains, collapsable shovels, salt, use studded snow tires, and even weigh down...

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  • Drive! And take back roads...

    Drive! And take back roads because they are very scenic. I recommend the Kancamagus Highway (route 112) if you are travelling from the east or west. A lovely winding 2-lane road through the White Mountains with breathtaking scenery and plenty of rest areas where you can stop and enjoy the view. When you get to route 93, head north to Franconia.

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Franconia Warnings and Dangers

  • Going up...

    The hike to the top is only about 2 miles, but it's mostly uphill. So be sure to stretch well first, especially if you had been sitting in the car admiring scenery all day like we were :)

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  • Careful!

    I thought some of the surfaces we walked on were very slippery, so make sure your shoes have good traction. There were wet stones, wet wooden boards and also some freshly fallen snow. The gorge is quite deep and you want to be very sure of your step.

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Franconia Off The Beaten Path

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    by ymike2000 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Don't stop sightseeing when you come out of the gorge. The surrounding mountains are worth some attention too!

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  • Mountains, Trees and Fresh Air!

    The White Mountains have the most spectacular scenery in the East. The Franconia Notch State Park includes the Basin, The Flume, Boise Rock, The Watcher, Profile and Echo Lake, Eagle Cliff, Cannon Mountain, and the famed Old Man of the Mountains. And most of this is FREE for the viewer.Biking or walking along the trails while looking at mountain &...

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  • The Flume is GORGE-ous (sorry, couldn't...

    When we arrived at the Flume's Park Information Center, we were informed that admission was free for the day. I didn't ask why, who am I to question? Admission is only $8 for adults anyway and would have been well worth every penny.

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