I’ve been writing a lot lately about our family vacation this summer in Mt Washington Valley lately. Truly, there’s just so much to talk about! But, as the days of summer wind down and teases of fall trickle in we find ourselves caught between squeezing in that last summer sojourn and pulling out the hoodies while sipping on a pumpkin spiced coffee. That said, summer’s not quite over, especially in the Mt Washington Valley! Here are five great ideas to help savor the last of summer in Mt Washington Valley, New Hampshire! PS, if you’re on a tight budget check out this post on Free Family Fun this summer in Mt Washington Valley! 

Go take a hike

Surrounded by 660,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest land, there are literally hundreds of fabulous hikes to be had in Mt Washington Valley.  Easy, moderate, challenging, scenic – they’re all here.  Click here for ten popular hikes in Mt Washington Valley.  Or better yet, consider a stay at the Joe Dodge Lodge, AMC Highlands Center or AMC White Mountain Huts for the ultimate experience.

 Get high

Whether its flying high on a canopy tour at Bretton Woods or on a zipline at Wildcat Mountain, Monkey Trunks or Cranmore Adventure Center, you’ll enjoy a gorgeous aerial view from these rides.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Try the trampoline and zipline at Attitash Mountain Resort or take a rock climbing class from Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School or International Mountain Equipment or a workshop or guided backcountry tour with Northeast Mountaineering, and climb high on ideal terrain in Mt Washington Valley.  How about going to the top of the highest peak in the Northeast via the Mt Washington Auto Road or the Mt Washington Cog Railway?  These are all great ways to enjoy Mt Washington Valley’s natural high.

Check out our experience on the Cog Railway here and our fun at Wildcat Mountain here

 Stock up

It’s back to school time, and when it comes to shopping for clothes, school items, housewares or dorm items, Mt Washington Valley offers 200 shops, outlets and boutiques.  Best of all it’s all tax-free. There’s no sales tax in New Hampshire.  Whether seeking outlet-priced merchandise, housewares, shoes or apparel at Settlers Green, or jeans, jewelry or gifts in North Conway Village, you’ll find it for the hardest-to-please, and hardest-to-fit family and friends in Mt Washington Valley.

 Tee off

Mt Washington Valley is home to 11 scenic golf courses offering up plenty of challenges for golfers seeking to play a different course each day.  With a long fall predicted due to warmer temps, plan on playing well into October, but the last two weeks in August offer up ideal conditions on warm summer days.

 Cool off

Between our man-made water parks at Kahuna Laguna, North Conway Hampton Inn and Attitash, and our natural swimming holes, lakes and rivers in Mt Washington Valley, there’s no shortage of options. Rent a kayak from Northern Extremes Canoe & Kayak or a canoe from Saco Bound Outdoors.  Or simply float your cares away while tubing down the Saco.  The last two weeks in August offer ideal conditions for spending time on the water in Mt Washington Valley. 


To plan your end-of-the-summer sojourn, go to www.mtwashingtonvalley.org for all the trip planning resources you need.  If you’d rather talk to one of the knowledgeable trip planners at Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, call 1-800-DO0-SEE-N H (800-367-3364).  And for all the info you need to plan a visit to New Hampshire, go to www.VisitNH.gov.


By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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