We are approaching Opening Days for White Mountain attractions the family will want to visit this spring and summer. Thayers Inn in Littleton NH hopes to provide travelers with comfortable, affordable lodging in New Hampshire that is conveniently located near many of these adventure spots. Because you’re going to want to spend this precious time with loved ones actually enjoying the attractions instead of driving the whole time just to get there.

The late winter snow kept the NH ski resorts happy and busy, but we can count on the annual melt to clear the way for popular New England vacation destinations. Soon — weather permitting — some of the biggest White Mountain attractions will transition to summer mode, first on weekends, then opening to the public daily.

Here’s what to look forward to, according to Jayne O’Connor, President of the White Mountains Attractions Association, so you can plan your upcoming trip to the White Mountains:

Attitash Mountain Resort (Bartlett)

Summer activities begin on weekends May 26, then daily from June 16-September 3. The new ZipTour Adventure consists of two zip lines spanning across two mountain peaks. They host a Mountainside Summer Music Series on Saturday afternoons from July-September. – 775 Route 302, Bartlett 03812

Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway (Franconia Notch)

Daily summit trips resume May 25. They’ll wrap up the season on October 14. – Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway & Ski Area, 260 Tramway Drive, Franconia, NH 03580

Clark’s Trading Post (Lincoln)

Opening May 26-28 and June 2-3 and 9-10, then daily on June 16. Their summer season will wrap up on September 3. – 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Lincoln, NH 03251

Cranmore Mountain Resort (North Conway)

Summer activities start on weekends beginning May 26, then open daily from June 16-September 3. Scenic chairlift opens June 16. Rides include the Mountain Coaster, Summer Tubing, a Giant Swing, the new Knockerball, Spider Mountain, Bungy Trampoline, Climbing Wall, Kids Rope Course, and Soaring Eagle Zip Line. – 239 Skimobile Road, North Conway, NH 03860

Hobo Railroad (Lincoln)

Weekend trips along the Pemigewasset River start May 26 with daily trips resuming June 22-September 3. – 64 Railroad St, Lincoln NH 03251

Lost River Gorge (North Woodstock) and The Flume Gorge (Lincoln)

Open daily beginning May 8. Lantern Tours are held on Wednesdays and weekends throughout the summer. – Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves, 1712 Lost River Road, North Woodstock, NH 03262

Loon Mountain (Lincoln)

Summer mode on weekends starts May 26, then daily on June 16. Climb high in the Aerial Forest Adventure Park, zipline over the Pemigewasset River, or ride on the scenic gondola skyride. – 60 Loon Mountain Rd, Lincoln, NH 03251

Mount Washington Auto Road (Gorham)

Opening daily in early May with the road to the top expected to be fully open by mid-May, weather permitting. Special events may affect hours on certain dates so it is best to call ahead or check their website. Enjoy spectacular views into the Great Gulf Wilderness and the Presidential Mountain Range. – 1 Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham, New Hampshire 03581

Mount Washington Cog Railway (Bretton Woods)

Started opening weekends on April 21. Starting daily trips May 5, through November 30. Reservations are highly recommended. The juried 2nd Annual Handcrafted in NH Fest will be July 14-15, while the 3rd Annual “Railway to The Moon” Steampunk Fest is August 18. – 3168 Base Station Rd, Mount Washington, NH 03575

Santa’s Village (Jefferson)

Opening on weekends starting May 26, then daily starting June 16. Be sure to ask our Thayers Inn’s Santa’s Village Special! – 528 Presidential Highway, Jefferson, NH 03583

Story Land (Glen)

You’ll be able to visit weekends starting May 26, then on weekdays beginning June 18. Meet your favorite story book character, pedal a bike to make a smoothie, and even food truck weeks! – 850 NH Route 16, Glen, NH 03838

Whale’s Tale Water Park (Lincoln)

Opens daily on June 6. – 481 Daniel Webster Highway, Lincoln, NH

Wildcat Mountain (Pinkham Notch)

Opening daily June 30, with the daily open schedule lasting through September 3. Upcoming events include Cinco De Gato on May 5 (weather permitting) and the 5th Annual Trail Race on July 7. – Route 16, Pinkham Notch, NH

For updated operation dates and more details on each of these attractions, visit the White Mountains website. When planning your upcoming trip, you might also want to consult our Calendar of Events page. Dates and Times are subject to change, so please call ahead or check their websites.

Of course, you’ll also love the charming shops and attractions within easy walking distance of our White Mountain Valley Hotel. You can hunt for antiques, sample local micro-brews, take in a movie, or grab a bite at Grille One Eleven.

Thayers Inn offers four different room types. The Family Suites and Kitchenettes are great for families or couples traveling together. When you’re ready to book, use the Reservation Tool on our website or call 603-444-6469 if you have a question for our Front Desk Staff. You can also reach us via email at info@thayersinn.com.

We Want to Know: What is your family’s New England tradition when it comes to spring and summer fun?

Written by Steven Stiefel

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