Thanks to their accessibility from both Montréal and Boston, the enchanting WHITE MOUNTAINS have become a year-round tourist destination. It’s a commercialized region, with quite a lot of development flanking the main highways, but the great granite massifs retain much of their majesty. Mount Washington, at 6288ft the highest peak in the entire Northeast, claims some of the most severe weather in the world. Much of the region is protected within the White Mountains National Forest, established in 1918 and covering almost 1250 square miles today.
Piercing the range are a few high passes, called “notches”, and the roads through these gaps, such as the Kancamagus Highway between Lincoln and Conway, make for enjoyably scenic routes. However, you won’t really have made the most of the White Mountains unless you also set off on foot, bike or skis across the long expanses of thick evergreen forest that encircles them.