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Best route from Boston to White Mountains?

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Best route from Boston to White Mountains?

Would appreciate suggestions on best route up to and around the White Mountains for 2nd week October starting at Boston for 7 days with 2 adults in 40s and no kids. We will not want much hiking and prefer classier hotels.

Wondering if a trip up the east coast to, say, Portsmouth, and then head north west OR up route 93 to Manchester then say Lincoln and then a route 302 for scenery.

From reading other posts this seems to be a good itinerary:

Pinkham Notch

north conway

White Mountain Trail

Kancamangus Hwy,

West Ossipee,

Wolfeboro,

Jackson

Boston

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1. Re: Best route from Boston to White Mountains?

I usually go up to Portsmouth and take a left(rt 16) to get to N. Conway. Others will go up 93 to the Kanc. Still others will get off 93 a little earlier and travel around the top of Lake Winni and then turn North. All are good options to get to NC. You are going for 7 days so don't worry about the scenery on the way there.

Now, we know that you don't want to do much hiking but what do you want to do? As for classier hotels, Mount Washington hotel is about the "classiest" around with great views and evening entertainment. Another classy joint is The Balsams in Dixville Notch which is further north. Also, lots of great B&B's for a little different experience. Or take a look at the various Inns in Jackson which are all very nice.

Not really sure what your itinerary without knowing what you plan to do when you get to a location.

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2. Re: Best route from Boston to White Mountains?

All the places you named are real close to each other, once you get to Wolfeboro. This would be the order heading north, starting from Boston heading up your list. They are all pretty much along Rte 16, except Wolfeboro, which is along Lake Winnipessaukee. I just don't know where White Mountain Trail is.

Pinkham Notch

Jackson

north conway

White Mountain Trail

Kancamangus Hwy,

West Ossipee,

Wolfeboro,

Boston

Once you go across the Kanc, you are on the other side of the mountains, which is Franconia Notch. Lots to see and do over there. But distance wise, a drive across the Kanc, up through Franconia Notch, across Rte 3 and 2 to Gorham and down through Pinkham Notch to Jackson and North Conway, is a typical day's scenic drive.

It will be very relaxing to spend a week in this area. Ther is lots to do, but if hiking is not part of the plan, you will be in no rush to do it all.

You might want to consider spending some time in another part of Northern New England. I would suggest Bar Harbor, ME; Portland, ME; or maybe the Burlington and Stowe area of Vermont. If classy is what you want, you might consider staying at the Trapp Family Inn, the beautiful home in Stowe of the von Trapp Family, of Sound Of Music fame, who settled there because it reminded them of there native Salzburg, Austria.

Bar Harbor is a beautiful place on the ocean, and Portland, also on the coast, is a fun city, very walkable, with arts, dining, shops, nightlife, and ready access to the many islands in Casco Bay. All of these are a reasonable drive from The White Mountains. Bar harbor is about 5 hours from Boston, Portland about 2, and Stowe about 4. So all of them are a reasonable drive back.

There are many other places that folks may suggest. These are three quick and easy winners.

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Thank you both!

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