This Scenic Drive Runs Straight Through New Hampshire's Franconia Notch State Park, And It's A Breathtaking Journey
By Ken MacGray|Published March 24, 2023
Hey! I'm a freelance writer and guidebook author. I've authored "New Hampshire's 52 With A View - A Hiker's Guide", serve as editor of Appalachian Mountain Club's "Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide", and and am co-editor of the "White Mountain Guide", also for AMC. I'm currently beginning work on the 6th Edition of AMC's Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide, which will be published in 2025. I live in southern New Hampshire and can usually be found wandering throughout the state's mountains and forests.
If you’ve driven the highways and byways of New Hampshire, chances are you’ve passed through one of the state’s famous “notches.” What’s a notch? It’s what we call mountain passes here. These notches are almost always scenic due to their very nature. This one scenic drive through Franconia Notch State Park is actually an interstate highway, but it sure doesn’t feel like it.