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Week in the White Mountains

State College...
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Week in the White Mountains

We are flying into Portland and driving to White's. We are planning a week in the area. Can we make the same rental our base for the week or is it best to divide up between two locations? Any don't miss day hikes recommended?? We have a list but happy to add to it! Thank you.

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Antrim, New...
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1. Re: Week in the White Mountains

You could probably go either way, based on where your lodging is. But it is not unreasonable to stay in one place and plan your day activities accordingly. Weather may turn out to be a big determine of what you do each day, than your lodging location. The only exception might be if you had a significant day long hike planned, there could be advantage to being near the trailhead.

As for day hikes, you might want to post your list and let others respond and add.

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2. Re: Week in the White Mountains

I agree with Nextstop, you could go either way.

I think for the most part, your options for the WHite Mtns might be:

- stay in one place, probably along the 112/16/302/93 loop. Most activities are along "the loop" or a short drive off it. The "loop" is about 90 miles, so driving some of that will be required multiple times, BUT it's ALL scenic.

- perhaps split your activities East and West. West would be Lincoln, Franconia Notch up to at least the Cog RR and Crawford Notch and/or west into VT for day trips and at least the western end of The Kanc. East would be around Jackson/N.Conway, up and down the valley, Auto Rd, maybe over into Maine, and at least the eastern end of THe Kanc. You can day trip down to Lake Winnipesaukee from either side. Accommodations available in and around Lincoln or N.Conway/Jackson.

- perhaps you'll want to split some of your time North and south. North would be anywhere around "the loop", staying in either N.COnway, Jackson, Lincoln. South would be to stay down around Lake Winnipesaukee, Laconia, Meredith, Center Harbor, etc... and visiting attractions down there AND possibly daytrips west into VT or east into Portland and Maine.

Worth noting is that depending on the route you take, Lincoln is only about 40 miles from N.COnway. Either is probably 50+ miles roundtrip from Lake W.

If you are heading up into the far north country around COlebrook, then maybe you spend some nights up there or even then still a nice day trip.

I'd make a list of all the activities you'd like to do, places to eat, etc... AND figure out how you'd want to group/sequence your activities AND weigh all that against driving vs. how pleased you are with your accommodations.

Personally, we always pick a spot and drive the loop.

As for day hikes, there are many to choose from and that may be a function of where you are spending the evening. Check out google for lots of hiking options. My favorite mountain has always been Mt. Chocurua. Very convenient to Conway/N.Conway on 16, as well as, trail heads on The Kanc. Most are about 8-9 miles roundtrip. Liberty Trail (up)/Brook Trail(down) wind up in the same place behind Lake Chocurua. Piper trail is off of 16 and Champney Falls Trail (? Champney something...) is off of The Kanc. There are a few others.

State College...
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3. Re: Week in the White Mountains

Thank you both. The majority of the hikes we are looking at are shorter driving distances from Franconia. Going to make that our base. Easily make a day trip to Stowe from there. The last day heading down to Squam to do Mt. Rattlesnake before going back into Portland. Thanks again!

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4. Re: Week in the White Mountains

While your in Squam try and visit the https://www.nhnature.org/

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