The other day as I was happily cruising down a deserted side street, bypassing the tourist-clogged main artery of North Conway, New Hampshire, it occurred to me that I might have finally earned the right to call myself a local here in the White Mountains. And it’s not just traffic short cuts that I’ve discovered; over the past two years I’ve stumbled on the best places to eat, the best places to drink, the best place to get cider donuts, and most importantly, the best places to hike.
The White Mountains have some of the top hiking in New England. I’m fortunate to have much of it right outside my front door. Remember that SNL skit when Tina Fey did a dead-on impression of a loopy Sarah Palin? She explained her foreign policy “credentials” like this: “I can see Russia from my house.” Well, on a clear day, I can see the East Coast’s finest hike from mine.
What are New Hampshire’s best hikes? Allow a local to answer.