This is a guest post from Kevin Devoto. I’m a bit delayed in getting this up on the blog and it’s now winter but this gives you some great ideas for East Coast travel next fall season.
East Coast Fall Frenzy
While Aussies are just settling into the spring and summer, and some warm weather and sunshine, over in the United States the summer is winding down and the fall weather is sweeping in. Softening the blow however is the fact that one of the bes0t seasons is only just beginning. Autumn is the time for scarves and sweaters and pumpkin carving and eating pies, but one of the best parts about this season is the beautiful weather and changing colors in the natural landscape.
The United States has a beautiful fall, and nowhere is fall more beautiful than on the East Coast. Set across the backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains, it doesn’t get much better than the stunning deciduous beauty that covers the east side of the country. In particular, New Hampshire is a hub of this fall frenzy in large part thanks to the majestic White Mountains that cover the state. Whether it is as a stand alone trip, or as part of a longer trip to the United States of America, New Hampshire is a great place to have some outdoor fall adventures. I can tell you this because I spent a wonderful 10 days there last fall, and I am here to share with you the best parts of my experience so that you can enjoy a trip that will hopefully be just as good as mine.
Things to Do
The first thing that you have to work out before a visit to New Hampshire is what exactly you want to do, and where exactly you want to go. The main reason for this is that there is simply so much to do, and especially if you go during the fall, you will want to make sure that you do not miss out on many of the quintessential autumn experiences to be found in the granite state. The main attraction is obviously the White Mountains which are world famous, and if you are the outdoors type, you will probably spend most of your time exploring them. Other things to do include Ruggles Mine, Storyland, and Flume Gorge. Bonus tip: hike the Boulder Loop Trail, and you will be able to take your time on a moderately easy trail while enjoying the beautiful changing colors.
Places to Stay
Since you will be spending so much time in the White Mountains, your best place to stay will probably be the town of North Conway, or if you can I would stay as close to North Conway as possible. I stayed there on my trip at a gorgeous hotel located among the beautiful White Mountain scenery—there are plenty to chose from. I was impressed with the interesting activities that the city had to offer, including good shopping, a fun nightlife, and of course lovely scenery. It was also a great place to enjoy fine New England cuisine, but more on that in a little bit. As for the hotel itself, I had a very positive experience there. It was privately owned, so it had a friendly, personal touch, while being a secluded and picturesque. It was the perfect compliment to my days hiking and exploring nature in the area.
Where to Eat
Restaurants in North Conway New Hampshire are some of the best in the area. This came as a pleasant surprise to me, as I had heard plenty about swanky New York restaurants and even a lot about that New England seafood in Boston and Maine but very little about New Hampshire. However, there are a number of great options, both for those looking for casual fare (for example, breakfast all day at Peach’s), or some fine dining, such as the restaurants at White Mountain or Stonehurst. So if you are planning a visit to the States sometime soon, get some international travel insurance, stop by the area, and enjoy yourself—it’s hard not to!
My name is Kevin Devoto. I’m an outdoor enthusiast and freelance writer. I’ve traveled the world since my late teens. Being a military brat, I’ve lived in places such as Japan, Germany, and Turkey. I enjoy writing about my travel experiences, from local to world wide. I also have experience writing on topics such as sustainability, and the environment