This historic village on the Maine border first attracted tourists in the late 1800s when a new rail line brought adventurous Bostonians north to take in the mountain air and the inspiring Mount Washington Valley views. Later, skiers arrived on “snow trains,” eager to try out the new sport at what were some of the country’s first lift-served ski areas. Long-distance passenger rail service eventually ended, but the arrival in the 1970s of the Conway Scenic Railroad, which operates vintage train tours in the valley, brought new life to the line’s grand old Victorian train station—and to the town.
Another major draw debuted in 1988, when a cluster of factory outlet stores called Settlers’ Green opened on the site of the defunct airport, just south of the village center. North Conway caught on as a shopping destination, and dozens more outlets popped up along Route 16.
Today, a backdrop of over 700,000 acres of protected White Mountain National Forest surrounds the Mt. Washington Valley. Boasting a stunning visual wonder, the tallest peak in the East; Mt. Washington, can be seen from many different vantage points. Visitors to North Conway village choose the area based on the limitless attractions available to them. Truly a four season destination, the area offers both alpine and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, fishing, golf, swimming, tax free outlet shopping, fine dining, sightseeing, and more.
While in the area visitors can see a play at one of the area playhouses, ride one of the area’s scenic train rides, visit one of the many area family attractions; including nearby Storyland, Santa’s Village, Attitash Mountain Recreation Area, Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park, and the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour. Whether you crave a thrilling outdoor adventure, a fun family getaway, or a quiet romantic stay, scenic North Conway, N.H. has exactly what you are looking for.