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Kancamagus Highway, North Conway

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A two-lane highway that attracts drivers for its seasonal colors, Kancamagus Highway runs through White Mountain National Forest. The route follows the river valley up the Kancamagus Pass, offering sporadic stops for photographers. The road meets with Interstate 93 and four other smaller highways that lead to larger cities. You'll find refreshments and gas stops located around these intersections. Put Kancamagus Highway into our North Conway tour planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Where to stay in North Conway

North Conway can get quite busy, especially in summer and the peak foliage period during early fall, so you'll want to choose a place to stay that allows you to head into the surrounding area without driving through town. If you plan to visit attractions to the north, like the White Mountains, stay on the north side of town. For easier access to attractions like the Kancamagus Highway, stay on the south side. Whichever part of town you choose, you'll find a healthy selection of inns and bed and breakfasts in historical houses as well as locally owned hotels, full-service resorts, and vacation rentals.
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  • I travel to North Conway via route 93 because its less travelled than route 16. We also stop in Plymouth, NH because there are nice lunch facilities. Most of all its the Kancamagus Highway. Beautiful ...  more »
  • This is a beautiful drive and very scenic. Lots of fun. My favorite spot for my entire life has been the lower falls (near the Conway end). Plenty of space to swim (be careful on the rocks and in swif...  more »
  • We drove this Highway while attending the Laconia Motorcycle Week. Great stretch of great views. Didn't realize we would drive by The Mount Washington Hotel that is located in Bretton Woods, NH. In hi...  more »