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Families will love:

  • Beautiful mountain scenery
  • Easy access to outdoors and skiing
  • Family-friendly atmosphere

North Conway, New Hampshire has been a resort location since the 1870s, attracting railroad passengers up out of the cities for cooler mountain weather; starting in the 1930s, they were joined by skiers who flocked to the nearby peaks in winter.

The town is situated in a natural bowl, surrounded on three sides by mountains and on the fourth by the of the winding Saco ... more
North Conway, New Hampshire has been a resort location since the 1870s, attracting railroad passengers up out of the cities for cooler mountain weather; starting in the 1930s, they were joined by skiers who flocked to the nearby peaks in winter.

The town is situated in a natural bowl, surrounded on three sides by mountains and on the fourth by the of the winding Saco River, with the highest mountain east of the Mississippi, Mount Washington, lording over the valley like a benevolent sentinel. That proximity to nature makes the area an outdoor lover's dream, with hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, and horseback riding all within easy reach, and the unspoiled scenery of the White Mountain National Forest turning heads along ever curve in the road.

The village itself is unabashedly geared for families, with the central strip along Route 16 crowded with mini-golf courses, trading posts, family-friendly motels, and kids' menus at every restaurant. The atmosphere isn't exactly quaint, but it is innocent and mostly relaxing (when the traffic isn't backed up on the highway), calling to mind bygone family vacations of the auto touring era. That isn't to say there aren't modern attractions for grown-ups, too -- starting with the many outlet stores that line the highway at the foot of the hills, which reward those braving the hike between, say, Tommy Hilfiger and Eddie Bauer, with amazing deals.

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