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North Conway is in the White Mountains, with Mount Washington to the northwest. A year-round resort area, the rugged terrain became popular in the 19th century with artists. Their paintings were known collectively as White Mountain art, which in turn attracted tourists to the area, particularly after the Portsmouth, Great Falls & Conway Railroad extended service in 1872 to North Conway. In 1932, "snow trains" began carrying enthusiasts to its ski slopes in the winter wonderlands of the White Mountains.

Today, North Conway offers a four-season adventure. In autumn, leaf-peep on the Conway Scenic Railroad, drive the Kancamagus and enjoy New England's best fall foliage. Relive your summers at Storyland, glide down some mountain bike trails, and take a day trip to North Conway. In Winter, ride up Mt. Washington's auto road, experience the extremes of the summit, and ski down Tuckerman's ravine. Spring brings an exploration of the White Mountain National Forest, its mountain bike trails, and fishing in some of the best streams around.

In late September through early October, tourists arrive to see the autumn foliage on the surrounding mountains and forests. The Conway Scenic Railroad features train rides that leave from the village's Victorian station. In the winter, the village is the nighttime destination for skiers visiting the area resorts, including North Conway's own Cranmore Mountain as well as nearby Attitash Mountain Resort, Black Mountain, and Wildcat Mountain.

Enjoy true culinary experiences that focus on restaurants collaborating with local farms; distilling handcrafted gin and vodka made with Maine potatoes, and farm stands with vegetables that have been picked just 20 feet from the farm stand’s doors.

The area is a major rock-climbing destination in the northeastern United States, particularly Cathedral Ledge in Echo Lake State Park. The 500-foot (150 m) cliff overlooks Echo Lake and North Conway from the west. Unlike nearby White Horse Ledge, another rock-climbing site, Cathedral Ledge has an automobile road to the summit, which provides fine views of the Saco River Valley.

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