Mount Washington Valley New Hampshire is the perfect one tank trip and a park the car romantic getaway for travelers seeking family fun this summer and spring. Designed as a pedestrian and bike friendly area, Mount Washington is the place to park the car, and enjoy a gas-free vacation. Mount Washington Valley and the towns of Jackson and Glen are just 2 hours from Boston, a little over one hour from Boston-Manchester Airport, and 3 hours from Providence.
Mount Washington Valley is a fully-featured area with world-class skiing, golf, nationally-ranked tennis courts, a skateboard park, year-round ice arena, hiking, biking, water sports, boating, and cultural activities that range from bluegrass festivals to Shakespeare under the stars. Mount Washington Valley is a unique combination of historic town, and nature-lover’s paradise, with an emphasis on family and community that brings people back year after year.
In the 1800s, visitors came to the valley by stagecoach to escape the heat of the city and enjoy an abundance of natural beauty. These days, visitors arrive by car, winding their way along the picturesque highways on their way to a pristine 500 acres surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest. It’s a breath-taking experience–or perhaps “breath-releasing.” Time and again, visitors describe turning off the highway and heading to the valley as a letting go of the outside world and a deep-seated sense of heading home.
Arriving at Mount Washington Valley, many visitors park their cars and forget them. Activities there are, in abundance: year-round sports of every imaginable variety, for everyone from absolute beginners to experts; arts and education programs for children and adults; outdoor theater, gardening, and clubs. In Mount Washington Valley, the words “I’m bored” are rarely, if ever, heard.
Hikers have been exploring Mount Washington Valley since the 1800s, which range from easy walking paths to sweat-drenching ascents. Want a short jaunt to work off the fettuccine alfredo you just had at one of the Valley’s restaurants? Take a stroll down town or through some of the covered bridges Jackson has to offer. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Wander through the woods and wildflowers on the valley floor, or hike past the scenic waterfalls. Ready to work up a sweat? Head up the 6,000+ ft. summit of Mount Washington for stunning views of the entire valley and surrounding forests. There are trails for the brave, the bold, but certainly not the beginners at Mount Washington Valley.
If you prefer wheels to hiking boots, bring your mountain bike to the Valley, or rent one there. Once again, you can take it as easy or as hard as you like. Whether its a leisurely ride around town or a dirt-kicking expedition through the woods, you’ll find plenty of trails to suit your mood. Everything from meandering dirt fire-roads to gnarly single-track is available. With miles of marked, well-maintained trails, Mount Washington Valley is a Mecca for mountain bike enthusiasts.