|Lakes Region Visitor Centers
New Hampton:Open daily, year-round.
Take Exit 23 off I-93, head east on Route 104. We're right off the exit ramp on left.
Alton Bay: Open May-October.
Route 11, on the bay next to the town docks in the old train station.
Stop by the New Hampton Visitor Information Center to purchase White Mountain National Forest Parking Passes. 1-7 day passes ($5); Annual ($20) and Household ($25) available.
Manchester Airport: www.flymanchester.com/
Strategically located in the heart of New England,
Manchester Airport is just twenty minutes from the
Massachusetts border and less than an hour's drive
from the region's most popular ski areas, scenic seacoast
beaches and peaceful lakefront resorts.
Easy access, competitive airfares, ample affordable
parking and a growing schedule of non-stop and direct
jet service make Manchester the airport of choice in
New England. Manchester Airport is served by: Air Canada,
Continental Airlines, Continental Connection, Continental
Express, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection COMAIR,
Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines,
United Express, US Airways and US Airways Express.
MOUNT WASHINGTON CRUISES.
Times have changed and so has the "MOUNT". What used to be basically a summer attraction now operates May through October, offering Daytime Scenic, Evening Dinner/Dance and Special Theme cruises. In 1987 a new home port facility was built at Weirs Beach. This new building included an on-shore kitchen, expanded gift shop and modern offices. For the past ten years the "MOUNT" has been owned and operated by local individuals.
With a capacity of 1250 passengers,
the MOUNT is a popular venue for school proms, college
gatherings, and large corporate celebrations, not
to mention all the tourists visiting New Hampshire.
The MOUNT is a true fixture in the Lakes Region making
the choice of where to get married an easy one. We
estimate that over 700 happy couples have tied the
knot on the MOUNT and many return to share the memories.
Covered Bridges in New HampshireCovered bridges represent a link with our past. They stand as monuments to builders who had the vision and the ability to design and construct engineering masterpieces of wood. Men such as Ithiel Town, Stephen Long, James Tasker, and more recently, Milton Graton have left a lasting impression on the landscape.
The romanticist might see that covered bridges represent a more relaxed time, free from the stress of modern age. These structures evoke images of a slow horse and buggy ride to church on a quiet Sunday, a stolen kiss under the cover of the bridge, or the peacefulness of fishing from a seat on the edge of the bridge, line in the water yet indifferent as to whether or not a fish bites. The historian might see in these spans the development of truss types still in use today, the original attempts to understand the strength of materials, and the analysis of stress on complex structures. Everyone can agree that these bridges were essential to progress by replacing dangerous ferry crossings, reducing the isolation of rural areas, increasing travel speed, and aiding commerce.
Because of their obvious antiquity and their visual
appeal, covered bridges have long been appreciated.
New Hampshire's wooden bridges were highlighted in
W. Edward White's 1942 booklet, Covered Bridges
in New Hampshire, and in any subsequent articles
and books. Because of such advocacy, covered bridges
became the first type of historic structures specifically
protected by state law in New Hampshire. The Laws
of the State of New Hampshire, 1963, Chapter 96 pertain
to the preservation of these bridges. The law recognizes
that wooden covered bridges are of historical interest
and are desirable to retain. These bridges are eligible
for state aid for their rehabilitation, and a public
hearing is required when such bridges are proposed
to be demolished.
Other attractions that make the Lakes Region Special