Monthly Archives: October 2010

Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire

Last year we took a trip to White Mountain, NH to see the fall colors.  The trip was kind of last minute so I felt like I didn’t do my homework before going.  To make up for it, we decided to go up to New Hampshire on Friday after work and spend 2 nights in the Franconia Notch State Park area.

There aren’t that many decent hotels in the area, mostly motels and camping sites. Once of the nicer hotels I found was the Mountain View Grand Resort.  The hotel has a lot of history and they offer S’mores by a camp fire at night for hotel guests.  The grounds of the hotel was very pretty and has a barn and some farm animals.

On Saturday, our first stop was the famous Flume Gorge.  The line to buy tickets to get into the Flume Gorge was very long but we were rewarded with fall colors as soon as we entered the state park.

The fall colors along the way varied from red to orange to yellow to green.

As we walk further along the trail, we start to see the lower stream of the Gorge.

After about 20 minutes of hiking, we arrive at the bottom of the gorge with a great view up.

This is also when the foot traffic starts to get congested in the park.  Everyone wanted to take picture of the main waterfall.  This waterfall is probably the most iconic scene for Flume Gorge.

One more shot from the other side of the waterfall:

After the Flume Gorge, we decided to go to The Basin.  We weren’t sure what The Basin was all about but there were a lot of cars in the parking lot so there must be something to see.

The trail at The Basin was a very nice walk.  We found this rock formation:

Then we walked by this and thought it was The Basin as many people were posing by it:

On the way back to the car, we found a side trail and followed it.  This side trail finally lead us to the real basin:

Yes, the water is very nice but remember, No Swimming!

We had bought a combo pass when we were at the Flume Gorge to take a tram to go up Cannon Mountain to see the view from the top.  After lining up for the tram, we were greeted by this spectacular view:

We only saw this view for a very brief period of time because we were not prepared for the temperature on the top of the mountain.  The temperature felt like it was in the 20s.  All the pictures we took of each other showed purple lips and red faces.  We quickly jumped back into the tram and came back down for warmth.

Before ending the day, we had learned from the hotel brochure that Chutters, the world’s longest candy counter was located in Littleton, New Hampshire.  Out of curiosity, we had to check it out.

Yes, it was A LOT of candy and a very busy store.  I think this candy store brings in all the business for this tiny little town in New Hampshire.

This year’s trip to New Hampshire was great.  There are still more to see in this region so we plan on doing this again next year!