New England is all about nature and simple pleasures. The Kancamagus Highway (known to locals as ‘The Kanc’) is a gorgeous scenic drive along Rt 112 in New Hampshire and people flock to this road, especially in summer and fall. The 35-mile drive will take you from Conway to Lincoln through beautiful spots that will draw you out of your car to take pictures. The word “highway” is misleading since it is more of a 2-lane road that winds back and forth next to a river bed, with mountains surrounding it and trees creating a canopy above you.
Here are some highlights of the drive:
New Hampshire has many special places to view the colorful change of foliage. At Castle in the Clouds, in Moultonborough, you will be transported back to the early 1900’s to the home of Thomas Plant. However, do not rush straight up to the castle, take your time and make a few stops along the way.
What is the first stop? Well…
I can’t believe I’m sharing this place because it is one of our favorite secrets in Maine. My daughter didn’t want me to share it. Her exact words were, “Mom…It’s like sharing where Smurf Village is. You don’t want everyone to know!” It is one of those places that you go to escape all the craziness of life and just BE… be part of nature, be surrounded by views, and be in the moment. Mackworth Island is about 100 acres and is connected to Falmouth, Maine by a causeway. The island is home to Governor Baxter School for the Deaf but you are not allowed to go on the campus. There are two main things that draw you here…nature and fairies.