Art and literature have always exposed people to new places and ideas. They were particularly responsible for the quick rise in popularity of the White Mountains in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Writers like Nathaniel Hawthorne increased public fascination with the White Mountains through stories like “The Great Stone Face” and “The Ambitious Guest” based on The Old Man of the Mountain and the 1926 Willey Slide respectively. The region’s premier lodging establishments kept artists-in-residence whose works traveled across the country and even the world, exposing people far-and-wide to the allure of the White Mountains. Even those who had never visited the White Mountains became intimate with their majestic image. When the forests of so many famed paintings fell under attack from logging companies, public outcry was passionate. Sites marked with this icon have a special significance in the history of art and literature in the White Mountains.
 Artists Bluff (view on map)
Half-mile hike to a dramatic view of Franconia Notch.
 Kancamagus Highway (view on map)
National Scenic Byway through heart of White Mountain National Forest.
 Cathedral & White Horse Ledge and Echo Lake State Park (view on map)
Preserved areas of recreation including Echo Lake, White Horse Ledge and Cathedral Ledge.
 Route 302 Visitor Center at Intervale Overlook (view on map)
 Visitor Center at Intervale Overlook Information center with views of Mount Washington popular with 19th Century artists.
 Crawford Notch State Park (view on map)
Willey Slide Historic Site, hiking trails, children’s trout pond and waterfalls.
 Mount Willard (view on map)
Easy hike to excellent view of Crawford Notch. Popular with turn-of-the-century painters.
 Saco and Ammonoosuc Lakes (view on map)
Scenic lakes with easy walking paths and rich heritage.
 AMC Highland Center (view on map)
AMC’s Crawford Notch recreation and lodging facility.