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Family Road Trip to White Mountains

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Family Road Trip to White Mountains

I will be traveling with my sister, mom and 3 year old nephew to the White Mountain region during the last couple of weeks in July. We will be driving there from NYC. Does anyone have advice on the top things to do with a toddler? (He loves trains!) Also recommendations on kid friendly accommodation would be appreciated. We plan to stay up to 10 days so we have plenty of time to explore and can move to different locations/hotels. Our budget is moderate with some room to splurge here and there...Thanks!

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If your little nephew likes trains, he is in luck! The Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway http://www.conwayscenic.com/ will be a great place to start. Even if you don't take a ride on one of their trains, you can tour the station and watch the trains depart. Depending on when you are there, they also have a Day with Thomas the Engine, which are wildly popular with families.

Just outside North Conway in Glen, is a restaurant called Glen Junction

http://www.glenjunction.com/ which is a train-themed restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch daily. Check the reviews here on TA to see what other families think.

The Hartman Model Railroad Museum http://www.hartmannrr.com/ just outside North Conway may be of interest too.

For accommodations, there are plenty to chose from, depending on your needs. The Golden Gables Inn http://www.goldengablesinn.com/ is our favorite. Quiet, immaculately clean, with a small pool and playground area, away from the road. Also, the train tracks for the Conway Scenic Railway are at the back of the property and you may be able to see the trains go by!

The North Conway Grand Hotel at Settlers Greenhttp://northconwaygrand.com/ is also popular with families. There are also places like Attitash Mountain Village http://www.attitash.com/summer.html which have a variety of lodging choices, including some with kitchen facilities, for those days when you wish to cook your own meals....money saving and also quieter for those days you wish to just relax. There are playgrounds on site also. Attitash Mountain, across the road from the lodging has summer activities as well, some for toddlers, but not inexpensive.

You can always pack a picnic lunch from some of the restaurants like the Local Grocer, or even the Hannaford's grocery store and just find an area to relax in. visitwhitemountains.com/things-to-do/picnic.… One of our favorite spots to relax is at the Willey Slide where there are picnic tables by the water, ducks to feed and easy trails to walk. Across the road is a small museum and gift shop which also serves muffins, ice cream and other treats.

You won't be bored!

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Lots of great info from KC. I'll add a few.

Storyland is a Mother Goose themed amusement park that is perfect for your nephew, and all the adults will enjoy it, too. Reasonably priced, well kept, age appropriate rides and play spaces, If you enter after 3PM, you get the next day free. So it is a nice way to stretch the experience without feeling like you need to spend the whole day. Storyland is just a 1/4 mile up the road from Glen Junction on Rte 16.

Diana's Baths is a great place to swim/wade/sit in a delightful flowing stream. Everyone will love this. There are no changing places, or maybe a small bathroom, so plan accordingly to get wet. Diana's Baths is reachable and well marked from West Side Drive, which is a road that runs parallel to Rte 16 through North Conway.

Another place to get in the water is along the Kinsman Mtn Trail. You access this at The Basin in Franconia Notch. When you get to the Basin itself, you look for signs to the Kinsman Mtn Trail and a short walk along you will come to a stream that cascades down the mountain. There are many pools and gentle rapids and slides that you can sit in. You can follow this stream 1/2 a mile or more up the mountain. Beautiful spot.

There is also a proiminent stream(I dont recall the name) along the Kancamagus Highway that is very poppular for swimming/sitting and the other things that stream are great for. They even have changing houses there, I think.

By the way, there is another tourist train in Lincoln - The Hobo Railroad. I don't think its route is as attractive as the Conway Scenic, but it is good to know about.

A couple of other things that might be fun for all of you. Chutters Candy Store on Main Street in Littleton is in the Guinness Book for the longest candy counter. Fun place, if that sort of thing appeals. Littleton is also a nice town to walk around. Very nice Main Street.

Also, try to go to Polly's Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill. Do it on a weekday when the lines will be shorter. Sugar hill is up Rte 137 from the town of Franconia. Polly's sits at the top of the considerable hill, with one of the most spectacular views of the White Mountains, the Presidentials and more. Breathtaking, as are the pancakes. A bit pricey, but worth the money and the experience.

North Conway has the Mount Washington Weqather musem, which is a nice hands on science museum, great for kids.

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3. Re: Family Road Trip to White Mountains

WOW! Thank you both for all of the information! It is greatly appreciated! I will look into all of your suggestions since they sound so amazing! I am really looking forward to our road trip!

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