By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We're considering travelling through the White Mountain Trail. Any info on attractions and details would be much appreciated. Our plans are to visit before the kids finish school.

A: Not only did Backpacker magazine rank the White Mountains traverse third in their top 25 world's greatest hikes list a couple of years ago, but recently the Internet audience at rated the White Mountain National Forest in their top 10 category.

Mount Washington, part of the White Mountains Region, peaks at 6,288 feet, making it the highest point in the northeastern United States. Situated in New Hampshire, the beloved summit is designated as a state park.

With that said, there certainly is lots to see and do. The trail spans 100 miles and the state's slogan is "it can be driven in less than a day or spend a whole vacation exploring" its vistas. Don't be surprised if you see whitetail deer or moose grazing in the fields. Be sure to pack a camera for the ride.

Several campgrounds and scenic lookouts dot the mountain which was once frequented by the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers and various high society families from the gilded age. Many chose to stay at the Mount Washington Hotel & Resort at Bretton Woods. For reservations, contact: 1.800.258.0330.

What about a bit of nostalgia? An old steam engine ride through the panoramic vistas of Crawford Notch will take you back in time. And don't miss a chance to explore the beautiful scenery via the Cannon Aerial Tramway. One official highly recommends it as a good intro to the White Mountain.

This part of the trip gives one a bird's eye view into Maine, Vermont and Canada. At the summit, walking paths lead visitors to New Hampshire's "Old Man of the Mountain." The New Hampshire Visitors Bureau provides the official 2001 New Hampshire road map, called "White Mountains Map & Guide," as well as the "White Mountains Travel Guide, Spring, Summer & Fall."

For more travel-related information, call 1.888.944.8368 or visit


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