Nature August 29, 2016
New Hampshire’s Longest Scenic Gondola Ride Takes You To Hidden Caves
Getting to the summit of a mountain in New Hampshire is always thrilling. The views are just so beautiful! But one summit in New Hampshire has a world of adventures – complete with hidden caves – just waiting to be explored above the clouds.
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There's something so romantic about a gondola ride. Climbing aboard and being whisked to the top of a mountain is magical.
Usually, the real treat when you reach the top is the amazing views from the summit. And at 2,733 feet high, the summit of Loon Mountain will not disappoint.
The views are spectacular. However, the summit offers so much more than just views! For example, there is the amazing mountain top lake, which is easily viewable from the cafe.
One of the most magical features on the top of Loon Mountain is the glacial caves.
The caves were formed more then 50,000 years ago by the glacier that shaped the white mountains. The granite boulders and narrow passageways are perfect for explorers.
Boardwalks guide visitors through the caves, a walk that is sometimes a tight squeeze! There are also plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten track and crawl through the smallest caves.
When you're done descending into the caves, you can get even higher than the summit by scaling Herbert's Observation Tower.
There is also a mountain top playground for little ones, and trails to keep the whole family happy.
Of course, riding in the gondola and enjoying sweeping views of the White Mountains can't be underestimated - on the way up or the way down!
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