How to “Peep” a Leaf – Let Me Count the Ways: Mt. Washington Valley, NH’s Fall Foliage Offers Leaf Peepers Ten Ways to Enjoy Spectacular Fall Foliage

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There's more than one way to "peep a leaf" in the exquisite White Mountains of New Hampshire. Just as no two leaves are alike, we know that there's more than one vantage point to seeing them. Here's a list of the top ten ways to view fall foliage in Autumn's premier vacationland, Mt. Washington Valley, New Hampshire.

the Return of the Pumpkin People

When it comes to leaf-peeping, don’t be fooled. There is more than one way to peep a leaf. Hail to the “peep” this fall with a visit to Mt. Washington Valley, located in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Offering not only spectacular foliage but a wide variety of ways to enjoy the harvest hues of Mother Nature’s artistry, there’s plenty of great ways to enjoy Mt. Washington Valley’s fall foliage throughout this autumn. But remember, be sure to book your reservation soon or forever hold your peep. The early bird gets the best rooms!

Here are some conventional and a few unconventional suggestions for viewing Mt. Washington Valley’s fall foliage.

FROM THE SEAT OF A TRAIN: Mt. Washington Valley offers a host of train rides. Book your seat on the Cog Railway and take this famous train ride to the top of Mt. Washington or enjoy fabulous scenic tours to Conway, Bartlett and Crawford Notch on the Conway Scenic Railroad. Visit for a complete list of Mt. Washington Valley’s trains and attractions.

FROM THE TOP OF THE NOTCH: Scenic drives through Crawford Notch to Bretton Woods or Pinkham Notch to Gorham offer everything from ridgetop vistas and rock formations to moose sightings. Be sure to have the camera ready because around every turn there’s a new surprise.

FROM THE MOOSE VAN: Take a ride along the picturesque Androscoggin River and into the 13-Mile woods area on this spectacular and scenic Moose/Wildlife Tour. As many as 23 moose have been spotted in one tour. Tours also includes folklore and historic features of the region. All tours start from the Gorham information Booth, and continue through October 9, 2006. Reservations are required. For more information, click here:

FROM A GONDOLA OR CHAIRLIFT: Fall is the time of year to take in the spectacular vistas from Mt. Washington Valley’s mountaintops. For those who’d rather not hike up, take the lift. A scenic ride on the Wildcat Gondola or the high-speed quad at Attitash offers fabulous picnic grounds and views into Mt. Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine or over the whole Bartlett region.

FROM THE PUMPKIN PEOPLE OR SCARECROW TOURS: Each year, a highlight of foliage season is “the Return of the Pumpkin People”. Businesses throughout Mt. Washington Valley create whimsical displays of pumpkin people; the only requirement being that the heads are made of pumpkins. Take a self guided tour of the pumpkin people and vote on your favorite from Oct 1-21, 2006. From September 30-October 9, view dozens of scary, pretty, and just plan fun scarecrows competing for more than $2500 in prize money as you hunt for fall bargains at Settlers’ Green Outlet Village Plus. It’s all kicked off with a free fall festival complete with hay rides, pumpkin carving and more on September 30. Visit Mt. Washington Valley’s most up-to-date online calendar of events at

FROM THE SEAT OF A CAR: Mt. Washington Valley is renowned for its fall foliage scenic drives, including the Kancamagus Highway, the country’s only scenic byway loop. Take a Sunday drive through the mountains any day of the week and discover picnic sites, swimming holes, wildlife and family attractions along the way. For a complete list of scenic drives throughout Mt. Washington Valley, click here:

FROM THE BASE OF A WATERFALL: With all the rain we’ve seen this summer, not only will the foliage be lush, but the waterfalls will be rushing throughout the fall. Whether you bask in brooks tumbling over rocks offering fabulous swimming holes or take in New Hampshire’s highest single waterfall, there’s no time like fall to capture the grandeur of Mt. Washington Valley’s “rock concert”, as Yankee Magazine calls it. Visit for a complete description of Mt. Washington Valley’s waterfalls.

FROM A COZY B&B OR FAMILY RESORT: Mt. Washington Valley is renowned for its variety of lodging. More than fifty country inns and B&Bs offer cozy and romantic retreats, while the region’s motels, hostels and campgrounds provide getaways for those seeking getaways on a budget. Family resorts, condos, vacation rentals and timeshare properties round out the offerings, so there’s something for everyone. Many of these lodging properties have created packages and itineraries for fall foliage getaways. Be sure to visit Mt. Washington Valley’s package age at for a host of themed packages from last-minute specials to Flora and Fauna specials.

FROM THE SEAT OF A BIKE: Mt. Washington Valley offers ideal biking terrain from those looking for gentle backroads taking them through covered bridges and past farms and meadows to extreme off-road slick track. There are even inn to inn biking tours offered throughout the fall. For a complete list of suggested bike routes throughout the Valley, visit

FROM THE TABLE IN THE DINING ROOM: Mt. Washington Valley offers more dining with a view than any other New England destination. Whether it’s overlooking North Conway with Mt. Cranmore front and center from the White Mountain Hotel’s dining room, to a fabulous view of the Moat Mountains and Presidentials from Darby Field Inn, you’ll find spectacular dining with a view throughout Mt. Washington Valley. Try the Mount Washington Hotel at the base of the grand dame and finish it off with a flaming drink at the 1785 Inn with a view over the Intervale to the Presidentials. You’ll find plenty of choices for fine dining with spectacular views when you visit

Whether you put your foot to the pedal or the metal, don’t forget to bring a camera, because the foliage in Mt Washington Valley is arguably the most exquisite in New England. For all your fall foliage planning information, visit or call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364) for a free vacation planning guide.

High resolution foliage photos available upon request.


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