2 Best Sights in Littleton, The White Mountains

The Great North Woods

The collective name for New Hampshire's northern panhandle, which is reached from Littleton via Route 116 to U.S. 3, the Great North Woods covers about 1,800 square miles, an area slightly larger than Rhode Island. This sparsely populated expanse of dense woodland and mountains is hugely popular with fishing, hunting, hiking, and other backcountry recreation enthusiasts, but it's also appealing for a picturesque country drive, especially for moose viewing (drive carefully) and admiring fall foliage from mid-September through early October. The Canadian border is about 95 miles from Littleton and takes two hours each way without stops, but passes through interesting little towns—like Whitefield, Lancaster, Colebrook, and Pittsburg—and snakes along the shores of the upper Connecticut River and the three pristine Connecticut Lakes. From Colebrook, you can also detour east along a dramatic stretch of Route 26 to Dixville Notch, site of the famous former Balsams Grand Resort (which is currently being converted into a condominium development) and one of the first election districts in the nation to vote in presidential general elections. The area has a handful of popular businesses, like Black Bear Tavern in Colebrook, the Rainbow Grille in Pittsburg, and the Cabins at Lopstick and Glen at Bear Tree lodgings, both in Pittsburg.

Weeks State Park

A few miles north of Whitefield's famous Mountain View Grand Resort, this 446-acre park occupies the early 20th-century estate of conservationist and U.S. Senator John W. Weeks, whose 1911 Weeks Act enabled the acquisition of some 19 million acres of wilderness, including White Mountain National Forest. An auto road winds to the 2,037-foot summit of Prospect Mountain, where a stone tower offers astounding views of Vermont and New Hampshire. One-hour tours of the Weeks mansion are available, and a 3.4-mile loop hiking trail traverses the property.