Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Road to North Conway, NH

We left Nashua, NH for a two-day road trip to North Conway, NH, IMG_4826which was about a 3-hour drive. Located in the White Mountains, North Conway is in the backdrop of the 700,000 acres of the protected White Mountain Forest which includes Mt. Washington, 6,228 feet, the tallest peak on the East coast.IMG_4512Our route took us along New Hampshire Route 112 (NH 112) which is a 56.39-mile long east–west state highway in northern NH. Winding across the state, NH 112 connects Bath to Conway by way of scenic and mountainous areas of the White Mountain National Forest. Part of this highway is better known as the Kancamagus Highway. Well known for its autumn foliage views, this is a popular drive for “leaf peeping” – which is why we took it.
highway views collage1The Kancamagus Highway is a 26.5-mile long two-lane road that runs east and west through the White Mountains and has been designated a National Scenic Byway by the U.S. Department of Transportation under the name Kancamagus Scenic Byway.
The highway is named after Kancamagus (Kank-ah-maw-gus), third and final Sagamore of the Penacook Confederacy of Native American tribes. Kancamagus ruled what is now southern NH. Wearied of fighting English settlers, in 1691 he moved north into upper New Hampshire and what is now Quebec, Canada.
This drive along the Kancamagus Highway through the White Mountain Forest is devoid of gas stations, restaurants, hotels or businesses – but it does have many scenic overviews.
highway views collage2leaves collage1018rocks collage1018


Sandra said...

first photo looks like the trees are on fire with glowing color. beautiful beautiful colors

Country Gal said...

Fantasic photos, looks like a beautiful place. Have a wonderful day !

Out on the prairie said...

I have done some camping and climbing in this beuutiful area.

Susie Swanson said...

What beautiful colors. Sure would love to drive through that place. Hope you have a wonderful trip..

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

Beautiful photographs! Such a beautiful road to drive at in autumn!
You do have more fiery colors on Your trees in autumn than we do, here it's mostly yellow and rarely orange.

Have a great continuing on Your trip!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks Sandra & Elaine (Country Girl) we have been lucky to see such wonderful and beautiful fall colors. Although we have been told by folks living here that the colors were even more spectacular last year - hard to imagine.

Steve, maybe another visit we will do some long walks, but not so much for camping except at a motel.

Hi Susie, maybe you will drive to NH one day soon.

Thanks Christer, from your photos you do have some beautiful fall colors as well. I owuld love to take early morning walks in the forest you and the boys go through almost daily.

Anvilcloud said...

You caught some good colour ... er ... I mean color.

Daisy said...

Beautiful collages, Beatrice. I love the one with the individual leaves.

Don't unplug your hub said...

Fantastic colours. The trees sure do put on a show.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks AC, the color/colour has been wonderful even if reportedly not as spectacular as last year's.

Daisy, I also like the individual leaf colors...more to come.

Thanks John, it's been a very enjoyable trip despite some rainy days.

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