I'm Dreaming of a White Mountain...

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Famous for being the first colony to turn its back on the tyrant King George of England, New Hampshire's rugged spirit continues to manifest itself to this day. Though one of the smallest states, it boasts a rich history, a storied landscape and adventures for every season. And the White Mountains play a large part in this.

Covering about a quarter of New Hampshire and a small portion of western Maine, The White Mountains are some of the oldest on the entire planet, with peaks that once reached higher than Everest. Its current peak - Mount Washington - stretches 6,288 feet into the heavens and is home to the fastest wind ever recorded in history - 231 mph. Alas, there is no need to fret – it was recorded back in 1934; and during the summer the drive to the summit is packed with cars vying to earn the bumper sticker, "This car climbed Mount Washington."

Ironically, the White Mountains are most famous for their fall colors. And one of the best places to see them is the White Mountains National Forest. The ranger station in Laconia has volumes of information on hikes, drives, fishing spots and scenic overlooks. Then, venture over to Franconia Notch State Park and gaze off into rushing waters of the awe inspiring Flume Gorge or grab a fishing pole for a peaceful afternoon at Echo Lake.

And if skiing suits one's fancy, there are more than 10 resorts in the Whites, but a word to the wise, watch out for Bode Miller, the brash downhill skier who so honorably represented the United States at the 2008 Winter Olympic Games. Seriously, don't make him mad.

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Echo Lake, Franconia Notch

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Echo Lake, Franconia Notch

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