Bethel, Maine, home to Sunday River is also ground zero for some of the best hiking and whitewater rafting in the Northeast, paddle the Kennebec, or hike Grafton notch, then head west on Route 2.
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Turn the corner at Gorham and stop for a sandwich at the Moonbeam Cafe before heading south to North Conway.
North Conway is arguably the heart of New Hampshire skiing, but it has a lot going on in the summer, too. Go rock climbing at Cathedral Ledge, or hike to the Crawford Notch Hut on the Appalachian Trail. Have dinner at the Red Parka Pub, where you can get one of their famous PBR martinis, complete with a chicken wing.
Head west. In Lincoln, take a detour to Franconia Notch State Park to swim in the Basin, a series of natural pools and waterslides.
Head west-er, into Vermont and through the “metropolis” of Barre and Montpelier. Turn south on 100B, arguable one of the prettiest roads in the Northeast. Golf or mountain bike at Sugarbush, where they have downhilling and a bike terrain park. Get lunch at the Warren Store, an old school country story complete with a penny candy aisle. Sick of driving? Stick your feet in the stream out back and hang out for a while.