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USA: New Hampshire: Castle in the Clouds, Kancamagus Highway, Lakes Region, Mount Washington, The Flume Gorge
Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire, USA: Nature’s canvas
by Prakash Bang, Editor in Chief
The Kancamagus Highway is a 27-mile-long two-lane road that runs east and west through the White Mountains and constitutes the eastern half of New Hampshire Route 112. It has been designated a National Scenic Byway by the United States Department of Transportation under the name Kancamagus Scenic Byway.
I was on a week’s visit to witness the fall foliage in the New England States. 6 States of the USA (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut and Rhode Island) form New England. Since I had only a week on hand and my timing in the first & second week of October was apt to restrict my travels in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. I did about 900 miles during my stay. My objective was to spend as much time as possible on State Roads and Scenic Byways than on the Interstates.
The night before I was hosted at The Eagle Mountain & Golf Club in Jackson, New Hampshire. Located in the heart of White Mountains on a scenic hilltop the property is a historic hotel of America built in 1879. After my breakfast I commenced my drive to Stowe via the Kancamgus Highway – a drive would leave any traveler spellbound especially in times when the leaves change colour. The landscape is painted in shades crimson, orange, yellow, green and white!
New Hampshire Route 112 (abbreviated NH112) is a 57-mile-long east–west state highway in northern New Hampshire. The highway winds across the state, connecting Bath to Conway via the scenic and mountainous area of the White Mountain National Forest. Part of this highway, which runs through the White Mountains, is known as the Kancamagus Highway. This highway is known for its views of autumn foliage and is a popular drive in September and October for so-called leaf peeping tourism.
Traveling almost entirely within the White Mountain National Forest, the highway follows the Swift River valley west and climbs to the summit of Kancamagus Pass at an elevation of 2,855 feet, then descends to the valley of the east branch of the Pemigewasset River, which it follows to Lincoln, the western terminus of the Kancamagus Highway.
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are 24 of them.
Kancamagus Highway Image Gallery Photo viewer
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