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Families will love:

  • The highest peak in the northeast
  • Abundance of four-season outdoor activities
  • Old-fashioned family fun

In a region better known for its rolling hills and rocky coastline, the White Mountains thrust violently into the New England landscape. Young in geological terms, the cluster of craggy peaks was formed by an upwelling of magma that occurred only 100 million years ago. Because of that, their tops haven't been sanded down like, say, the much older Green Mountains or Berkshires ... more
In a region better known for its rolling hills and rocky coastline, the White Mountains thrust violently into the New England landscape. Young in geological terms, the cluster of craggy peaks was formed by an upwelling of magma that occurred only 100 million years ago. Because of that, their tops haven't been sanded down like, say, the much older Green Mountains or Berkshires nearby. They remain wild and wooly, fringed by pine trees and topped with snow even during springtime. The highest peak in the northeast, 6,288-foot Mount Washington lords over the surrounding landscape as a fitting tribute to the nation's first president, while around it other peaks more than 4,000-feet tall take the names of other familiar founding fathers -- Adams, Jefferson Monroe, and Madison among them. Not surprisingly, this is a land that lends itself to outdoor pursuits, with skiers flocking to test their mettle on some of the gnarliest trails in New England in wintertime; and hordes of hikers ascending the peaks come summer.

For all the wilderness feel of the area, however, the White Mountains is surprisingly friendly for families, feeling in many ways like a throwback to the good old days of auto-touring, with roadside attractions in the form of natural wonders, animal parks, and old-fashioned amusements parks seemingly around every corner. Even the state parks here go out of their way to cater to the more casual outdoor enthusiast. For every grueling summit approach, there are plenty of gentle nature trails meandering among the brooks and valleys. A recent crop of new zip line tours and back-road adventures will thrill even the most jaded teen. For the most part, however, the irony of such a stark landscape is how much the fresh air and wide vistas slow down the pace and lend themselves to an aura of peace and tranquility. It's been casting a spell on generations of visitors, seemingly impervious to the molten forces of the modern age.

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