North Conway Travel Guide

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    The Conway RR station in North Conway
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North Conway Things to Do

  • Local football good enough to play on...

    This "tongue in cheek" comment will probably only be understood by Americans, so let me explain....Sunday is generally the day in the fall that PROFESSIONAL football (the NFL) plays its games. When a college or high school player is very very good, it's often said "he'll play on Sundays" someday. So generally if you said you attended a Sunday...

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  • Be a leaf peeper....

    One of THE biggest tourist draws to New Hampshire and New England is the annual fall foliage explosion of colors. Huge dollars are made in the tourist industry, catering to what the locals call "the peepers", as in "leaf peepers". These are folks who slide into the area to "peep" at the lovely fall colors that precede winter's arrival.Leaf peeping...

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  • Take a hike

    A couple of my VT friends already know of my love affair with walking. I'm one of those psychos who wears a pedometer and keeps a record of my steps. My goals have changed (increased) over the years, and by the end of 2010, I will have logged about 7 million steps. (My original goal 7 years ago was five million steps) Anyway, I love to walk and...

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North Conway Restaurants

  • what a BBQ!

    Breathtaking BBQ in a simple but friendly ambience, very kind and attentive service, outstanding beers, as they brew by theirself. The choice of beers is really huge and BBQ was great. Moreover, the waiter suggested us to order just one portion because it was enough for both of us. As they get paid through the tips, it never happened to me in the...

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  • "Good food & good times" is their motto.

    After our day on the train we picked a place to go to eat that would be close to the condo and would be a short drive afterward. So looking thru the restaurant guide, we picked the Red Parka in Glen which was right down the street from Bartlett. We made a good choice. We were braught to the upstairs dinning room in an attacted Train Car . Felt...

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  • Fine dining just up the Kankamagus...

    I've already written an extensive "hotel" reservation for the Darbyfield Inn. I think they also deserve to have a special "restaurant" tip logged as well.There are quite a few decent places to eat in the Conway area, as well as in the surrounding towns and villages. But, if you're looking for a place a bit off the beaten path, a place that you can...

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North Conway Nightlife

  • Fight or flight at the Ghoullog

    On a cold night around Halloween time be sure to get your blood going into the world of the deathly horror of Ghoullog. It is a maze of rooms where all kinds of creatures, dead and alive, try to scare the living wits out of you. But stay strong and they will back off and you will emerge victorious feeling energized and ready to head out to the bar...

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  • Nightlife for the under 30 crowd!

    If you're looking for crazy dancing til the wee hours and looking to get a little crazy.. There's a few places that really get going after 10pm..There's The Club550 and The UpCountry Tavern right on the strip..they have billiards and dancing with great DJ music on friday and saturday nights Very Casual!

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  • Dinner Out!

    Many good places to eat around here. And eating is always one of my favorites things to do before or after dark, LOL! Causual dress is most places in all of New Hampshire! But they won't kick you out if you decide to "dress up."

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North Conway Transportation

  • Snow, Snow, Snow!

    Well, let's just say that it snows alot in New Hampshire. Please be prepared at all times to drive in snow. And remember even if you have 4 Wheel Drive, that doesnt mean you have 4 Wheel Stop! So be careful driving in snow.

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  • I suggest a Train Tour

    For a good afternoon of sitting back and enjoying the views along the north country hill sides & valleys, I suggest taking the Conway Scenic Railroad ride. I also suggest bringing your own lunch. The one they let you order when purchasing the tickets is rather "high" for what you get.Make reservations ... especially in the Fall!Enjoy the views!

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  • If you can't walk, drive!

    Lot's of traffic down the ONEmain street of this mountain town, but if you want to go further than just the shops along Route 16 for sight seeing, you need your own transportation. I saw no public transportation here.

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North Conway Shopping

  • Go and shop in New Hempshire!

    In New Hempshire, no taxes are to be paid on clothes until 176 usd, since it is considered "first necessity" item. Please note that, on North Conway main street, you can find a plenty of outlets, many of them similar to Freeport's and Kittery's ones. But you do not have to pay taxes in North Conway!

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  • Lots of local crafts

    There are many shops in and around North Conway that feature local craftsmen and artists' work. One of the most-well stocked would be the Handcrafters' Barn, just a bit south of North Conway village center. The barn is - in fact - one building with a basement, ground floor and 1/2 size upper floor PLUS another separate building which houses their...

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  • A well-regarded (by the industry) indy...

    Primarily in my life, I've been a healthcare professional. However, my post-retirement occupations have tended more towards the publishing industry. For approximately one year, I was marketing director for an up and coming independent publishing house, Behler Publications. Part of my job at that time included getting book signings for our authors....

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North Conway Local Customs

  • Real Yankees do Say "Ayuh"

    Yea, some people do actually say "Ayuh" - Ive been known to say it myself from time to time.Please dont tease us New Hampshire-ites because of the way we talk! I know it's tempting though!ha ha ha

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  • Penny Crunching

    This is something we didn't do because we didn't know about it.On the Notch Railroad trip the ride ends at Fabyan Station and everyone can get out and watch the Engine being brought around to the other end of the train to hook up & bring you back to North Conway. Well ... see those people in the picture looking down at the track while the Engine...

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North Conway Warnings and Dangers

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    by RhondaRuth Written Oct 21, 2003

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    When disaster strikes, the best protection is knowing what to do. Once you're lost or an emergency happens then it's too late to check your resources. It's best to become familiar and have proper planning .

    5 Basic Survival Skills

    Fire - Shelter - Food/Water - Signaling - First Aid

    Fire - Helps purify water, supplies heat and rescues signaling.

    Flints work in wind or rain - Best Option/

    Shelter - Protection from the elements

    Space Emergency bags - Mylar Sleeping Bags

    Tarps - Excellent source for variety of needs. Protecting against foul weather. Emergency stretcher.

    Lean To - Perfect structure against harsh weather.

    Water - Purify water from lakes, ponds or streams

    * Use water purification tablets
    * Pouring 5 drops of 2% tincture of iodine in clean water

    10 drops in cloudy water

    * Boil Water (1 minute)
    * Commercial drinking device (Filter)

    Rescue Signaling - In rescue the idea is to be seen or heard

    * Signal mirror & whistle are 2 best options because no need for batteries ...of course 2 way radio or cell phone.

    * Chem Lights 12 hour



    First Aid Kit - A well stocked 1st aid kit will help in emergencies, also a survival kit is a nice backup.

    Danger in those Hills
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    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking

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North Conway Tourist Traps

  • Route 16 Outlets

    Oh ya, the outlets along Route 16 can be considered a tourist trap as well. It's certainly a pain to drive thru in stop & go traffic all the way thru town! Park and walk from store to store along the way. Stop & eat while your at it, LOL.

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  • the Castle in the Clouds

    It basicly is a nice house with a mountain view, but not worth the $14 to go up and see it. there is a pond with giant rainbow trout you can feed and it is a crack up to watch them jump out of the water fighting for food. Don't bother paying the full admission to go tot the top, but it is only like $3 to go up the road and see the whole lakes...

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North Conway What to Pack

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    by RhondaRuth Updated Oct 21, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: I always bring an empty fold up bag to put my items I bought while shopping. And North Conway is a place to go shopping folks!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Extra sweat shirts and jacket in the Fall or Winter. Layering is the way to keep warm & if you get hot you can remove a layer.
    Also extra gloves incase one pair gets wet.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito Repellent in the Spring & Summer. They are AWFUL in New Hampshire. Many lakes & ponds for them the thrive in!

    Photo Equipment: I always bring my battery charger & an extra memory card & battery.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're a camper or hiking ... you know what to bring. If not ... check out the many website for the list of items to birng.

    Miscellaneous: Extra money & my credit card .... hahaha, don't leave home without it!

    This is Outdoor Country!
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    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Camping

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North Conway Off The Beaten Path

  • The mighty Tuckerman's Ravine

    Go to Mr. Washington, park you car and head up he trails to Tuckerman's Ravine. This has got to be the best skiing on the east coast. It may take up to 4 hours to climb up to the bowl, but once up there you will be rewarded with some great snow, year round, and some steep hills to ski. Be very cautious though as the hills are steep and the snow...

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  • Drive the Kancamagus Highway

    This is only off the Beaten Path because you have to drive down Route 16 thru Conway from North Conway or up Route 302 thru Bartlett to Bear Notch Road to get the the Kanc. If you're in North Conway, you HAVE to drive the Kanc and take in the BEAUTIFUL views!

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  • Black Mountain Ski Area

    A jewel located in Jackson (Rt. 16B), about 10 minutes north of North Conway. Cheaper and better than Cranmore Ski Area directly in North Conway. 4 lifts and 40 trails. Half day adult tickets for $23 and full day tickets for $32. Some pretty tough, narrow and twisting black diamond trails. But also nice beginner terrain. I had a great time at Black...

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North Conway Sports & Outdoors

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    by Bela_LUng Written May 7, 2004

    Wildcat can often be the victim of the cold weather systems which pound nearby Mt. Washington. Keep that in mind when you ski there.

    The mountain itself is great for skiing and has some good terrain to ski. I would however make sure that you are not skiing on a really cold day as the weather here can did very low and allow for frostbite.

    Equipment: ski's!

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North Conway Favorites

  • The summit of Mount Washington

    This July day began with sunny skies and a temperature of above 80 degrees. At the summit, the temperature registered somewhere in the 40s and light rain fell. When you hear that the conditions on Mount Washington can change dramatically, believe it.

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  • Tuckerman's Ravine

    This was supposed to be a shortcut and an easier way down. But the entire mountain is covered in those dreaded rocks. I know this is the granite state, but is it too much to ask for to find a dirt trail?Again, I am kidding. This little segue lead to a cool area within the ravine and past a steep slope where, I'm told, people ski in the winter.

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  • Hiking Mount Washington

    Mount Washington may seem like an easy hike, but there are a lot of factors which negate that conclusion. The hike to the summit is about 4.5 miles with an elevation gain of 4,500 feet. The first part of the hike is a pretty steep uphill trudge. And then you get to the large yet loose granite rocks which are a strain to climb and will test your...

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