New Hampshire’s White Mountains, locally known as the Whites, have long been one of the region’s most iconic hiking destinations. Home to White Mountain National Forest, the Presidential Range (locally known as the Prezi’s), an extensive but system and a quintessentially New England spirit, it’s no wonder these peaks are beloved by locals and visitors alike. Though they’re worth visiting all year long, looking across a sea of brilliant red, orange and yellow leaves in the autumn from one of the Whites’ many summits is truly inspiring.
Gorham, New Hampshire, located 2 1/2 hours north of Boston, is the eastern gateway to the range. Whether you’re planning a weekend retreat or week-long backcountry trek, the quaint community serves as a perfect basecamp. You’ll find easy access to the 800,000-acre national forest, numerous state forests and some of the most scenic drives around. Plus, downtown Gorham offers plenty of restaurants and outdoor stoke to fuel your trip. Mt Madison Inn & Suites and Top Notch Inn are the best places to call base camp after a long day of mountain hiking. Relax in our headed pools and hot tubs or gather around their fire pits for good old conversation with friends.