Which one of these is a tourist trap? Answer: one of them is!
What does THAT mean??? I mean that there really is no need to see both of them - one or the other will do. I saw them both in one day, which, by the way, is very easy to do. Each has it's advantages and disavantages...
Pros - on the beaten track, more historical, the main gorge itself is pretty, although in some ways the pool and covered bridge area is more impressive. The flume is a great place to practice your photographic skills!
Cons - there are times when you will swear that, despite going in a loop, the trail is ALL uphill! Definitely more strenuous hiking.
LOST RIVER GORGE
Pros - much more entertaining, lots of cool little caves to explore with funny names, MUCH easier hiking thanks to the many staircases.
Cons - somewhat off the beaten track, no real impressive single place.
CONCLUSION - I'd give the slight edge to Lost River. Single hikers and couples will find Flume to be more romantic and naturally beautiful. Kids will definitely like Lost River more.
I've written individual tips on each in the must see category!
I wasn't too sure where to put this but decided on Tourist trap! We went to Six Gun City last week and I'll never go again. the Main Part of the park was extremely boring. They had a little cowboy type town set up. It could have been really cool if there were hired actors but they used Dummies. You look in the jail and see a store mannequin ... YAWN!
They had log boats and log race cars. The cars had one car on the track and the line took forever. They had mini horses that looked sick and miserable. The real Horses sat in a barn and you could peek in and see their backsides... Meanwhile the horse and carrige ride was a jeep with phony horses stuck on it. You could pan for "gold" but it cost $25 a bag!! The bathrooms were gross and The kids who worked their seemed less than happy about their jobs.
Unique Suggestions: They added a "Fort Splash" There were bumber boats, A waterslide,a kiddie waterslide, a kiddie pool and racecars. This new section of the park was the only fun part. they obviously added it so they wouldnt have to go out of business! My kids had alot of fun on the waterslide and my 3 year old was content to play in the kiddie pool. we should have just went to a water park!
rates $16.95 for 4 and up
3 and under is free
Fun Alternatives: Since the best part of the park was the waterslides. I would recommend Whales Tale in Lincoln NH. The kids had a lot of fun there and it didnt smell!
Cannon Mt...Ski resort by winter, Mt. Bike or hike by summer (ok you can do that too in the winter, but I'd not recommend it).
Unique Suggestions: Take the tram to the top; great views..Great skiing if the weather holds...if not, well, great boilerplate..
Fun Alternatives: So you don't like the mountain...there are many more alternatives (see more tips)...Flume Gorge, Clarks Trained Bears, Echo Lake. Check out www.cannonmt.com
One thing about New Hampshire is the outrageous forests that are here. For many of the adventurers this is a great bonus and reason for visiting the state. Outdoor sports ranging from leaf peeping to paintball are abound here. I am a big fan of paintball, and any small to large group can find hours of fun with this sport. If you do go to a paintball feild, I guarantee that you will have tons of fun, but watch your wallet and shop around first because many fields over charge you for the use of their facilities. Many places have package deals and offer discounts if you bring your own equipment or a lot of people.
Unique Suggestions: Watch your wallet and keep track of your expenses.
Fun Alternatives: I can't think of an alternative to paintball, perhaps misery?
The Flume Gorge. It's a really cool thing to see and experience, and is set up very well for a tourist trap, but it seems so wrong to have to pay an admission to enter an area of natural beauty. But it works for those whose idea of adventure involves a camera as essential survival gear.
On Rte. 3 near Franconia Notch there's a horrible place where they make bears stand on the top of very high platforms and haul up food that tourists have put in baskets attached to long ropes. At least, I think that's what's happening. It looked too mean to me, so I didn't stop.
And speaking of Franconia Notch, the view of the Old Man of the Mountain from the highway turn-out is pretty disappointing. I think I remember hearing that he'd lost part of his nose.
Hampton Beach is a great place, but if you are traveling with tiny companions you may want to go to one of the beaches just north or south of Hampton. The water is still great and they all have indoor plumbing and usually a snack shack. This way you will beat the traffic and there's room for the kids to run around without stepping on other people.
100 High Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801, United States
Good for: Solo
Stayed last psring and this summer and every time the service, accomodation and staff were amazing....more
21 Front Street, Manchester, New Hampshire, 03102, United States
Good for: Couples