The entire New England region is revered for its spectacular show of fall colors every year. New Hampshire, and specifically the White Mountains, are no exception. One of our favorite places to take in sweeping, colorful fall views is on the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway.
The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway is located inside Franconia Notch State Park, itself a renowned destination in the fall, popular for its Flume Gorge Trail, its ample hiking opportunities, and beautiful natural scenery. The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway is also pretty near the famed Kancamagus Highway, one of the most spectacular fall foliage drives in the entire country.
You could easily spend several days exploring New Hampshire's stunning White Mountains this fall. From hiking and biking to scenic drives and trips to the top of the mountain aboard things like the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, there's no shortage of ways to enjoy New Hampshire fall foliage. At the heart of your getaway will be a stay at one of our Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts.
Select Registry properties offer unparalleled access to some of the country's top getaway destinations. Moreover, choosing to Stay Select means choosing authenticity and dedication to the entire guest experience. Each property has passed an intensive inspection process, too, ensure you a high-quality stay and an experience you won't soon forget.
Get started on your New Hampshire getaway this fall by browsing our Select Registry properties, and booking your stay!
The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway is not only the only tramway of its kind in New Hampshire, but it was also the first one in the United States! You'll hop on board the cable car at the bottom of the mountain in Franconia Notch State Park, and in less than 10 minutes you'll reach the top of the 4,080-foot summit! It's the tallest lift-accessed point in the state, and worth every minute.
From the top of the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, you'll enjoy a truly breathtaking view of the White Mountains and the valleys below. In fact, on clear days, you can see the mountain ranges of 4 states (New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, & Maine) as well as Canada in the distance! While the view is beautiful any time of year, there's nothing that compares to seeing it alight with the colorful hues of fall.
Once you've reached the summit and unloaded from the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, you'll have access to a variety of walking/hiking trails, a 360-degree observation deck from which to enjoy the views, a cafe, restrooms, and more.
The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway is open from May - October 17, with peak fall foliage generally occurring between mid-September through early October. Advanced reservations for the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway are highly recommended, as walk-ins are only accepted when space is available, and this ride is very popular during the fall, especially on the weekends.
While we would certainly put the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway on our lists of "must-do" activities in the White Mountains, especially in the fall, there really are so many other incredible ways to enjoy this colorful season. You can stay up to date with how the foliage season is developing in New Hampshire's White Mountains here.
As you start planning your fall itinerary in the area, here are a few of our top recommendations:
As wonderful as the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway and the rest of these activities are, you can also just relax at our Select Registry member properties, and enjoy the fall foliage from these cozy accommodations.
Our Innkeepers will take great care of you, and leave you feeling refreshed and renewed, with lasting memories of a stunning fall. It's a popular season to visit the area, though, so make sure you book your getaway soon!
The good life is waiting for you at the romantic Sugar Hill Inn in New Hampshire. Couples only, no children. Surround yourself with amazing views, beautiful art, stylish rooms, and the best dining in the White Mountains. The Sugar Hill Inn is the place to unwind after hiking Franconia Ridge, zipping across Breton Woods, climbing Mount Washington, or photographing New Hampshire’s numerous waterfalls and covered bridges.
Each guest room is individually decorated with a focus on comfort, romance, luxury, and style. All rooms have Nespresso Espresso makers, robes, and slippers. Many rooms have gas fireplaces, mini-refrigerators, and whirlpool tubs. Get refreshed with a hot stone massage, a dip in the pool, or a cocktail on the front porch.
Down a long winding drive surrounded by rock walls, ponds, gardens, and 200 acres, sits the Adair estate, a New England country bed and breakfast. Relax in elegance at this White Mountain retreat. The Bethlehem, NH bed and breakfast offers spacious public rooms with fireplaces, comfortably appointed guest rooms, many with fireplaces, and all with air conditioning.
The restaurant features a diverse menu with exciting food in a casually elegant atmosphere. Enjoy wonderful views of the Presidential Mountain Range, stroll through perennial gardens, or curl up with a good book from the extensive library. Personal attention, cleanliness, flavorful food, and proximity to White Mountain activities are hallmarks of Adair. Recipient of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2013, 2014, & 2015.
Get away from it all, relax and rejuvenate at our comfortable granite manor house, completed in 1862, on a 100-acre estate within the White Mountain National Forest. Settle into one of eight spacious, romantic guest rooms, five luxurious suites or two pet-friendly cottages which offer couples or families a bit more independence. The guest spaces at our New Hampshire bed and breakfast are individually appointed and each has a working wood burning fireplace.
Here in Crawford Notch, we are spared both television and cell phone signals; however, you are only a click away from complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. A wonderful five-course dinner and full country breakfast are served in the fireplaced dining room overlooking the pond and gardens located on the grounds of our New Hampshire B&B. Visit with Bear, our Bernese Mountain dog. Secluded, yet near to all that the Mt. Washington Valley has to offer.
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