The Kancamagus Highway ~ Fall foliage in New Hampshire

Tuesday September 23 ~ Driving through New Hampshire

Driving the Kancamagus Highway

Driving the Kancamagus Highway

Kancamagus Highway

“The Kancamagus Highway is a 34.5 mile scenic drive along NH’s Rt. 112 in Northern New Hampshire that is well-known as one of the best Fall Foliage viewing areas in the country. The Kancamagus Highway is now designated an American Scenic Byway for its rich history, aesthetic beauty and culture.” ~ Kancamagushighway.com

Todays route is shown in orange

Todays route is shown in orange

Where that strange name came from...

Where that strange name came from…

The leaves are turning rapidly now and we managed to be crossing one of the most scenic highways in America during prime time. This section of the highway is only 34.5 miles long and I allowed an entire day so we could explore to our hearts desire.

We started in Conway, heading toward Lincoln. Here are some of the highlights of our day:

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On the Swift River. One of the first stops along the way

Covered Bridge

Albany Covered Bridge

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Rocky Gorge

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Rocky Gorge

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Locust?

Homestead

Russell-Colbath Homestead

Bedroom of house with authentic furnishings

Bedroom of house with authentic furnishings

Falls

Sabbaday Falls

Joanne

Joanne

Vista Point

Sugar Hill Scenic Vista

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Near Lincoln Woods

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Near Lincoln Woods

Overlook

Overlook

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Swiftwater Bridge

And here is a collage of Tim’s artistry for the day:

Joanne at the bridge

Joanne at the bridge

Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful that my husband is the proverbial boy scout, “always prepared”. It seems like no matter what I need, he manages to pull it out of the hat. Whether it is something to eat, nail clippers, flash light, battery charger, napkin, or ????, he can come up with something that will work.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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22 Responses to The Kancamagus Highway ~ Fall foliage in New Hampshire

  1. Great shot of Sabbaday Falls! I had to wait so long to get mine, there were so many people milling about and climbing over to try to dip a toe in the top of the fall (eeek!) Enjoyed your recap 🙂

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  2. This is really beautiful!

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  3. Fall colors or no, this looks like a great way to spend a MONTH, all in 35 miles! I appreciate the map and the sign. Tim’s art is a unique addition of personal flavor and talent usually not seen in travel or nature blogs — probably nearly never. I bet if a woman wore that dress today she’d be the belle of the ball. Looks just like Mom’s sewing machine, but for an electric motor. Does look like a locust of one type or another. A final thought: Joanne can pat herself on the back for wisely choosing a proverbial boy scout to keep around!

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    • Hello Balsamean and thank you for your comments. I totally agree that one could spend a month there and never get bored. The colors were beautiful, but I think any time of the year the drive would be very special. I’m sure Tim will appreciate your compliment on his artistry and “Boy Scout” preparedness. And YES, I plan on keeping him around!

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  4. Maya says:

    It is, indeed, one of the most beautiful roads to tour during the fall colors!

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  5. johnhadden says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Yes, the “Kanc” is a stunning drive this time of year (so long as you don’t mind the roar of Harleys…) My wife and I were at the northern end of the Presidential Range just last week and it was in peak foliage!

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  6. Dale says:

    Beautiful pics!!!

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  7. Danny James says:

    I was there about 2 months ago. Spend the summer in East Burke, VT. wish I was there now for the fall colors.

    DJ

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  8. shungphotography says:

    You article reminds me the beautiful NH we used to visit a lot when we live in Northern New York State. I like the way you present your travel log and looks like you are world travelers and would like to start visited the sites that we have been. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Gone Wild says:

    Thanks for sharing your neck of the woods – so absolutely different than the badlands of Wyoming. Artsyberger

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  10. My Dad took me on this awesome highway in childhood. Loved it; No such beauty where we’re heading.

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    • Talk about timing – I was just reading one of your posts when this came in. Your recollections of the San Francisco earthquake reminded me of our experiences in the San Fernando Valley after the Northridge Earthquake in 1994. I will look forward to reading more about your preparation and move to Malasia next year. From our own experience of selling our home, and many of our possessions to free us up to travel the world, I’m betting that you will have a LOT of work ahead and many mixed emotions will come up. It will also lead you off to an amazing opportunity to do what many others only dream about. Best wishes!

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  11. Hi Tim and Joanne
    Thanks for the encouragement; I’ve had mixed emotions from the day I got laid off especially since I’ve not worked in one year now and Diane continues to work for 6 more months. Most guilt has subsided but I am still not sure it’s the right thing to do. But then I see all these young people’s blog profiles with their “online income” jobs who somehow travel the whole world and never seem to work or worry. We have a chunk in retirement accounts thanks to years of saving and prudent living but the kids of this generation do all don’t want to work as I know it so we’re doing this because we deserve it. We are counting on the cash from the house to get us through 12 to 15 years before we’d be “retirement age” and hopefully by letting the investments grow we’ll be fine by then. Yes we paid too much for the house but the market rebounded so we will break even or even make a small profit.
    Best wishes to you also

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    • Yvonne Jasinski says:

      It must be scary thing to be laid off, but there are things you can do to travel on a budget or even for free. I am a new travel blogger and I write about my travels (off the beaten path, hiking, national parks – just a few post for now but much more to come) but I have one page titled, How to travel for free. It is a step by step guide how it could be done. I would not be able to travel any other way. You might find some helpful hints there. I would gladly answer any question if you find something not clear.

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  12. Love your photos. I felt like I was riding along with you.

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  13. Yvonne Jasinski says:

    Absolutely love this area. From your post, I see how beautiful it is in the fall but it is also a wonderful summer destination. It is a natural playground almost any way you turn. Kids of all ages love it!

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