Aside from shopping, North Conway, which is located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, is known for a rich array of year-round recreation and activities for families, groups and couples on extended visits. North Conway was ranked 5th in Lonely Planet's 2015 Top 10 Best U.S. Destinations and it was also named Top 25 Ski Towns in the World by National Geographic in 2014.
North Conway is situated in a valley surrounded by mountain views including Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the northeast. The spring and summer months are perfect for hiking, mountain biking, water activities and scenic drives. The fall is an excellent time to see some of the world’s best foliage. In the winter, outdoor activities include skiing, ice climbing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
This page has tips on area travel, a list of our preferred lodging parters, as well as a list of absolute must-dos on your visit to North Conway. The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce and VisitNH.gov are solid sources for additional area information.
Visitor Must-Dos - Settlers Green Adventure Guide
There are countless scenic drives in the area that are great during any season, although some are closed during the winter months as indicated. Plug these sites into your GPS and enjoy the ride!
-Cathedral Ledge (access road closed to top in winter, base road open to gate)
-Hurricane Mountain Road (closed in winter)
-Presidential Loop: Crawford Notch and Pinkham Notch via Route 16 and Route 302
-East Conway Road to Evans Notch
Sometimes a great view or beautiful spot isn't at the top of a mountain or off in the woods. Here are a few spots to get great views by car, bike or bus.
-Intervale Scenic Vista (an official Visit New Hampshire Information site)
-Chocorua Lake in Tamworth
-The Flume at Crawford Notch
-The Conway Scenic Railroad and Moat Mountain Range in North Conway Village
-Echo Lake State Park
-Jackson Covered Bridge, Saco River Covered Bridge and Swift River Covered Bridge (the latter is closed in winter)
Summer and Winter Spots - Staff Picks
Click the map below and add it into your itinerary for your trip. Points of interest in red are warm season and blue are winter season.
Climate & Seasons
Spring and Fall are glorious with temperatures from the 50s to 70s Farenheit. Nights can dip into the 30s. Summer averages high 70s to low 80s with a sprinkling of 90 degree days. Nights are apt to be cooler. Winter weather can be extreme with lows in the teens and highs in the 30s.
Stay with one of our Preferred Lodging Partners when you visit, which includes a mix of bed & breakfasts, national brand hotels, family-operated motels and inns, and resorts. Many are within walking distance of the outlet shopping center. The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is a great source for additional lodging information.
North Conway has a variety of restaurants and cafes including locally-owned as well as national brands. The nationwide trend of locally-sourced food is popular amongst local restaurants with farm-to-table vegetables, local beef and dairy products as well as daily shipments of free seafood from Maine's nearby ports. Both Settlers Green and Settlers Crossing offer a variety of dining options including Black Cap Grille, Starbucks, Brandli’s Pizza Grille, Subway, Wrapsody ‘N Greens, Kaity’s Big Chill and White Mountain Cupcakery. Other popular area favorites include the Shannon Door Pub in Jackson, the Red Parka Pub and Margaritagrille in Glen, plus Delaney's Hole in the Wall, Horsefeathers, Taste of Thai and Vito Marcello's in North Conway.
Our Outlets & Area Shopping
Settlers Green opened in 1988 just as outlet shopping was taking off. The words North Conway and "outlet shopping" soon became synonymous in the New England region. Settlers Green is home to Coach Factory, Banana Republic Factory, Under Armour Factory, Nike Factory, J. Crew Factory and more. Settlers Crossing, which is our sister shopping center also has excellent outlets such as LL Bean Outlet and Clarks Bostonian. Other nearby outlets and stores are located along Route 16 leading into North Conway Village, where shoppers can find unique gifts, souvenirs and more at stores like Zeb's Country Store, The Penguin and The Funky Bubble.
Hiking, biking, sight-seeing and skiing are some of the most popular and well-known area activities. Rock and ice climbing, led by expert climbing guides from Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School, take place at Cathedral Ledge and White Horse Ledge, some of the country's most difficult climbing surfaces. River canoeing, kayaking, fly fishing, swimming and river tubing are highly popular in the summer months on the nearby Saco River.
Story Land and the Conway Scenic Railroad are very popular for young families in the warm months. There are also 11 area golf courses, cross-country and downhill mountain biking and more.
In the winter, there are ten ski areas located within an hour's drive including Bretton Woods, Loon Mountain, and Sunday River with many like Cranmore, Shawnee Peak and Attitash Mountain Resort just minutes from our outlets. Skiing is just the start of a winter vacation in North Conway, there’s also cross-country skiing, winter hiking, snowshoeing, snow tubing and ice skating. There is no better value in winter vacationing than North Conway.