When you think of highway driving, you probably don’t think of relaxation and breathtaking beauty. And yet, in New Hampshire that’s what you get on one of the state’s favorite highways, Route 112. Better know as the Kancamagus Highway, aka, The Kanc. Take this road to nowhere in New Hampshire to get way from it all.
The Kancamagus runs for 34.5 miles between Bath and Conway. Along the way, the highway cuts through the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, raising cars to 3,000 feet above sea level.
As you would expect, the views are amazing.
Even on days when the weather does not cooperate.
Once you enter the White Mountain National Forest, you are in for a treat.
Enjoying the Kancamagus isn't just about driving, although you will see beautiful views. Along the way there are numerous pulloffs what will lead you to waterfalls, vistas, and historical sites.
One of the most popular spots is Lower Falls in Albany, near the Conway end. Here, you can swim in the Swift River, and even enjoy natural water slides.
Another popular spot is Rocky Gorge. This area used to be popular for swimming, and the daring jumped from the cliffs. However, signs at the area now warn of the danger, and swimming is frowned upon.
However, it is still a gorgeous place to stretch your legs, and take a bridge over the Swift River.
All of the stops along the Kanc are well signed, and can teach even the most knowledgeable New Hampshire resident a bit about Granite State History.
But if you're just in it for the views, that's fine too.
After all, they are some of New Hampshire's best.
Perfect for a Sunday (or any day) drive!