The Kancamagus Highway is a 26.5 mile scenic drive that runs through the White Mountain National Forest from Conway to Lincoln, New Hampshire. This drive is beautiful year-round, and is a particular draw during foliage season. In the summer, there are places to swim in the Swift River with natural water slides and pools. There is a small fee for parking along the Kanc, but all the money goes back into the maintenance of it. A particular favorite destination of mine is Sabbaday Falls. It’s a bit past Bear Notch Road on the left coming from Conway. A small hike in is rewarded with an incredible blue green pool and a beautiful small and accessible waterfall. Pack a lunch and picnic at any of the stops along the way. The whole drive, which climbs to just this side of a mile above sea level before descending back into Lincoln, takes a hour or so with no stops.
Be sure to bring a camera. There’s no end of photo ops.
Photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik