White Mountains Kancamagus Highway Self-Guided Audio Tour

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A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

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About

Explore the beauty of the scenic Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountains with help from this self-guided audio driving tour from Woodstock or Conway. Enjoy the flexibility to travel at your own pace, hands-free functionality, and offline access, so you can use the app even in remote areas, too. Includes full itineraries, travel tips, audio guide, videos, and text.

Highlights

Explore the White Mountains National Forest at your own pace
Gain access to a self-guided audio driving tour of Kancamagus Highway
Convenient offline access, ideal for remote areas with limited service
A great value with entire year access to app and all of its data

Itinerary

Our drive down the famously scenic Kancamagus Highway begins at the White Mountain Visitor Center. Get ready to see all the best sights the majestic White Mountains have to offer, and hear about the land's history, the Native American tribes who lived here, and the legends about how this mountain range formed. We'll start by hearing about the famous Old Man of the Mountain, the story behind the highway's fabulous fall colors, and the legend of the celestial bear who created the Milky Way galaxy! Next, we'll get some tips about moose-spotting and bird-watching.
Note: This 35+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Kancamagus Scenic Byway in 2-3 hours.
Our drive takes us next to some broad, flat rocks that aren't just great picnic spots--they're also a favorite hangout of otters! Otters love to lounge on these rocks after the sun has baked them, so keep your eye out and you just might spot one.
As we drive, we'll fill you in on how the White Mountains actually formed, and why they continue to draw over a quarter of a million visitors every single year. Would you believe this mountain range began back when dinosaurs still walked the earth?
An optional detour will take us to Hancock Overlook, our first really excellent glimpse of the majestic mountains.
We'll continue driving until we spot Mount Osceola. This isn't just a picturesque mountain, but has plenty of history behind the name. We'll hear all about Osceola, the famous tribal leader and hero, who fought off colonial encroachment and resisted the government’s attempts to strip away his tribal lands.
Continuing along the road, we'll finally get a good look at Mount Washington, the most famous of the White Mountains and the highest peak in the entire Northeast. Here, we'll learn about the origins of the mountain's name, and how it fits into the Presidential Mountain Range. We'll also see Mount Hancock, another towering summit in that same range.
Another optional detour will take us to the Pemigewasset Overlook, which offers a stunning view of the sparkling Pemigewasset River. Here, we'll learn about the importance this lifegiving river once had to the tribes who lived here.
The next detour on our route brings us to the CL Graham Wangan Overlook, known to the local tribes as "The Wangan Ground" or "meeting place." At this beautiful overlook, we'll hear about the Native tribes of this area lived. We'll also get a close look at the famous Chief Passaconaway, who aimed to unite all 18 of New Hampshire's disparate tribes! Then, we'll hear the tale of Chief Kancamagus, Passaconaway's successor who found himself locked in a desperate struggle against the European colonists.
Our drive continues to the Sabbaday Falls, a series of picturesque cascades in a narrow flume. But you'll find more than just the falls enthralling here! Depending on the season, the pools below can take on a deep, enchanting emerald color.
As we resume our trip up the highway, we'll encounter to Russell-Colbath House and hear the spooky story of the family who once lived there. The husband, Thomas, simply went out on an errand one night and was never seen again. Rumors abound about what happened to him, but no one knows for sure.
The next stop on our drive is Mount Chocorua, another of the White Mountains' most awe-inspiring peaks. We'll learn not just about the mountain itself, but also about the chief for whom it is named, and the mystery which surrounds him.
We'll continue driving until we reach the Rocky Gorge Scenic Area, which features a beautiful, 15-foot waterfall tumbling into a gorge. While we're here, we'll hear the shocking, impossible true story about a young woman who vanished in the rapids, her friends' efforts to rescue her, and the totally unexpected outcome of all of it!
Our penultimate stop will be at Albany Covered Bridge, a humble piece of architecture that nonetheless proved invaluable to the settlers of the 1800s. We'll learn about how such a small structure can make a huge difference in the wilderness. Next, we'll get the truth about Wigwams and the revenge-driven Saco River Curse. Then, we'll hear the unlikely feud between one of America's richest families and a bunch of beavers, as well as the story of the last member of the Pennacook tribe.
We'll finally arrive in the Saco Ranger Station, which oversees an abundance of recreational activities to take your trip to the next level! The area features fantastic hiking, camping, biking, fishing, skiing, and much more. This is where our tour officially concludes, leaving you free to embark on whatever adventure awaits you next!

Inclusions

Easy-to-use app: download Action’s Tour Guide App onto your phone
Great value: purchase per car, not per person. More affordable than bus or guided tours!
Engaging storytelling: Uncover unique tales and thrilling history for a memorable journey!
Perfect narrator: nothing can beat listening to a great voice. Proven with tons of rave reviews!
Offline maps: no signal, no problem! Works perfectly without cellular or wifi.
Comprehensive route and stops: See it all, miss nothing, leave no stone unturned!
Go at your own pace: Start anytime, pause anywhere, enjoy breaks for snacks and photos freely!
Hands-free: audio stories play on their own based on your location. Easy to use!

Exclusions

Attraction passes, entry tickets, or reservations

Additional Information

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • How to access: Once you book a tour, you’ll get a confirmation email and an instructions email. Follow the instructions right away: • Download the app • Enter the password • Download the tour • MUST DO while in strong wifi/cellular
  • How to start the tour: Once onsite, open the Action's Tour Guide App: • If there is just one tour, launch it. • If there are multiple tour versions, launch the one with your planned starting point and direction. • Go to the starting point. (Note: no one will meet you at the start. This tour is self-guided). • The audio will begin automatically at the starting point. If you face audio issues, visit the FAQ. • Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience.
  • Amazing savings: • Driving Tours: Save money by purchasing a single tour for the entire vehicle, avoiding individual fees per person like on a bus tour. Connect your phone to the car speakers to share the audio.
  • Flexibility and Convenience: • Use the tour app anytime, on any day, and over multiple days. It's perfect for tailoring your exploration and revisiting your favorite spots on future trips. • Start and pause the tour whenever you like, taking breaks and exploring side excursions at your own pace, free from the constraints of a group.
  • Comprehensive Tour Experience: •The app provides a full itinerary, travel tips, narrated audio stories, scripts, images, videos, and recommendations for additional activities. • Enjoy a private experience without the crowds, ideal for personalized stops and photo opportunities.
  • Ease of Use and Accessibility: • The app is hands-free and activates stories via GPS, offering support through call, chat, or email. • There is no need for a continuous cell or Wi-Fi connection as the GPS map works offline.
  • Memorable Keepsakes: • Utilize the app’s images to create a photo book or share on social media, ensuring you have high-quality, crowd-free memories from your trip.
  • Preparation: • After booking, download the app and the tour using a strong Wi-Fi connection. • Review the tour at home before your trip for a better experience.
  • Starting the Tour: • Open the app upon arrival at your destination. • Select the appropriate tour based on your starting point. • Head to the starting location; the audio will begin automatically. • Follow the suggested route and adhere to the speed limit for an optimal experience. • By following these instructions and taking advantage of the app's features, users can enjoy a personalized, flexible, and in-depth exploration of their destination at their own pace and convenience.

Guide Languages

  • English

Cancellation Policy

  • A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

  • No refund is possible if you cancel less than 24 hours before the activity start time.