Most worthwhile touristy activity
New Hampshires White Mountains are known for the opulent foliage that blankets their many layers of peaks, and the best place to see all those bright colors is from the often-overlooked Cannon Mountain
aerial tramway at Franconia Notch State Park (603-823-8800, www.visitnh.gov/tram/index.html
, $13 round-trip). Each car holds 80 people and climbs up the 4,180-foot summit in about 10 minutes. If the weathers good, you can see all the way to Canada. After your trip, hike over to the Flume Gorge for a below-the-trees view, then spend the night in nearby Whitefield or Littleton. Both are good central locations for exploring the many hip and lovely towns and waterways nestled amid the mountains.
Photograph by Greg Keeler/Cannon Mountain