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The Bethel area offers a good blend of what makes New England most attractive to travelers: mountain landscape filled with natural wonders, remote wilderness and outdoor sports opportunities combined with a pretty village clustered around its central green. More than 60 buildings make up Bethel’s historic district, which visitors can identify with the help of a walking tour map from the Dr. Moses Mason House, beautifully restored as a museum. Gould Academy, a well-regarded prep school, adds a nice year-round cultural element, as does Deertrees Theatre in the summer. But most people come to revel in the great outdoors where the eastern end of ...

The Bethel area offers a good blend of what makes New England most attractive to travelers: mountain landscape filled with natural wonders, remote wilderness and outdoor sports opportunities combined with a pretty village clustered around its central green. More than 60 buildings make up Bethel’s historic district, which visitors can identify with the help of a walking tour map from the Dr. Moses Mason House, beautifully restored as a museum. Gould Academy, a well-regarded prep school, adds a nice year-round cultural element, as does Deertrees Theatre in the summer. But most people come to revel in the great outdoors where the eastern end of New Hampshire’s White Mountains spills across into Maine, traversed by the Appalachian Trail. South of scenic Grafton Notch, the Bear River plunges in waterfalls where it has carved deep gorges and potholes into the granite bedrock at Screw Auger Falls and Mother Walker Falls. Ponds and rivers provide outstanding fishing, canoeing and kayaking and local outfitters rent equipment and provide guides. These watery and low areas are the best places to spot Maine’s favorite animal, the moose. Autumn colors paint the hills in September and October, and the Chondola ski lift at Sunday River carries passengers to the top of North Peak for panoramic summer and fall views. It also carries bikers to the 15 trails of Sunday River Mountain Bike Park, whose terrain ranges from work roads to single tracks. Also at the resort is the Sunday River Golf Club.

Barbara Rogers
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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Late May through mid-October are the best seasons; foliage usually peaks mid-September through early October.