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Scenic drive from Bethel, Maine to Littleton.

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Scenic drive from Bethel, Maine to Littleton.

Coming over to New England from the U.K In June. We will be staying over in Bethel, then drive to Littleton NH, We like to take in the scenery, so a nice route would be good, so we can stop, take photo's etc. visit towns and places of Interest. Thanks.

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1. Re: Scenic drive from Bethel, Maine to Littleton.

I would say that just about any route you take would be an excelkent scenic route. But if you want to add an hour or two to your drive, take Rte 2 west, then 16 south through Pinkham Notch (if it is summer, drive or take a van to the top of Mt Washington as you pass through), then take 30w west through Crawford Notch and all the way to Littleton.

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2. Re: Scenic drive from Bethel, Maine to Littleton.

I love NextStopIs' suggestion! Small typo: it is Route 302 west through Crawford Notch, one of my favorite places.

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Would also add my vote to NextStops suggested routing -- US 2 West from Bethel, Maine to Gorham, New Hampshire; NH Rt 16 South from Gorham, NH to Glen, NH; US 302 West from Glen, NH to Littleton, NH --- should take you about two hours driving time not counting any stops along the way -- definitely more dramatic scenery and geography than simply following US Rt 2..... Once you leave Gorham and head south on Rt 16, places to watch for include: Mt Washington Auto Road (self-drive or ride a professionally-driven van as noted above -- Google it for more details and photos); if you're hikers, plan a stop at the Appalachian Mountain Club's headquarters in Pinkham Notch (right on Rt 16) -- fascinating place; after leaving the White Mountains National Forest (as noted by a roadside sign), watch for the left-hand turn onto Rt 16A and the village of Jackson, New Hampshire -- a nice little New England mountain village definitely worth a visit... watch for The Wentworh Hotel on your left and take the left turn immediately beyond the building (not crossing the little bridge), go up the hill and watch for a parking area on your right -- great spot to get out and walk along the stream (also some good photo ops). -- or -- before you turn left up the hill, cross the bridge, take your next left and go into the bake shop in the little commercial complex there for some "sweets" or a sandwich and beverage to take with you, then go back across the bridge and up the hill and enjoy your "snack/lunch" at one of the picnic tables or on the rocks along the stream. Then, come back down the hill, cross the little bridge and continue through the village, watching for the covered bridge just before Rt 16A dumps you back onto Rt 16....then Rt 16 south to the traffic signal in Glen, where you turn right onto US 302.

Some nice scenery headed up Rt 302 through Bartlett and on north. Watch for the railroad tracks on the mountainside to your left and the steep mountainside cliffs to your right. As you crest the-top-of-the-notch, the Highland Center on your left has some nice info on the local geography and environment. Continue on to the entrance road for the Mt Washington Cog Railway (another way up the mountain and an option to the Auto Road mentioned previously -- Google it for info and rates so you can compare the two). Further along, watch on your right for the Mt Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods -- and a nice scenic turnout to your left -- good spot for photos of the hotel and the mountain....

One word of caution though: If you're contemplating going up Mt Washington (either by the Auto Road or the Cog Railway) check with the folks at the autoroad/railway base station about weather conditions on the summit -- it can be warm and sunny at the base, but cold, cloudy and just plain miserable on the summit -- temperature differences of 20-30 degrees are not uncommon. If the summit is "in the clouds" you won't see anything after you get up there -- negating the entire purpose of the trip.

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4. Re: Scenic drive from Bethel, Maine to Littleton.

Thanks for all the feedback. The info given, gives us a really good choice of the things that we like doing, and given that we're on a driving vacation, we have plenty time on our hands to go do it. By the way, what type of weather are we likely to get mid to late June? We've been out west a few times, but this is our first visit to New England.

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5. Re: Scenic drive from Bethel, Maine to Littleton.

Weather should be great in June. Past mud season and rainy season, though June can still be rainy. Past Black Fly season, though maybe tail end in early June. Mosquitos will be out in June and they will be hungry. Tend to be worst at dusk and evening, but during the day you may stir them up walking in shady damp parts of the woods. Pick up some Deep Woods Off for when you encounter them. Wearing a hat keeps them out of your hair.

Back to the weather, it should be warm, but you can get a cool night. A couple of light layers or a sweater or fleece is mostly what you need to be prepared with. A windbreaker is good to have, too. Daytime temps can get warm and even hot. Short sleeves, for sure, and shorts are likely to be comfortable many days. But you can get a rainy day or a cool stretch when you will be glad to pants and a light layer or two on top.

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6. Re: Scenic drive from Bethel, Maine to Littleton.

Glad to hear it's warm when we come over. We're used to rain coming from the U.K., so will be prepared. From all the info given, we are really looking forward to coming over in June this year.

Thanks to you all for the info.

Charley.

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