Make day trips part of your agenda while enjoying a stay at Newry rentals. From scenic byways to coastal vistas to family fun, use our recommendations to make your stay a memorable one.
1. Great Scenic Railroad Journey
When the whistle blows, climb aboard to take a nostalgic ride through New Hampshire's beautiful countryside on vintage rail cars. Powerful diesel electric locomotives pull away from historic North Conway station on scheduled runs year-round. The Valley Train travels south toward Conway, and then continues on to Bartlett. Round trips are 55 minutes, and an hour and 45 minutes respectively. Passengers head to the White Mountains, passing through Mount Washington Valley and chugging across Moat Brook, and the Saco and Ellis Rivers. Five-hour journeys on The Notch Train take passengers through Crawford Notch with incredible views of bluffs and steep ravines, before crossing Frankenstein Trestle and Willy Brook Bridge. The train rolls into Crawford Station for an hour's layover before continuing to Fabyan Station.
2. Maine Lighthouses
Set aside a few hours to take in some of Maine's more than 60 lighthouses, strategically placed along the rugged Atlantic coastline. Maine's oldest lighthouse, Portland Head, is found at Cape Elizabeth, where it's been warning mariners since 1791. Originally standing 72 feet, the tower has been lowered and raised by 25 feet four times over the years. From here you can view the 72-foot high granite tower of the Ram Island Ledge Light in Casco Bay. It was constructed in 1905 to steer mariners clear of the narrow rock ledge it sits on. The 1828 Cape Elizabeth Light houses the strongest beacon on Maine's coast, a powerful, flashing, brilliant light that's visible from 27 miles at sea. Spring Point Ledge Light, erected in 1897, is a brick tower station that casts its light from South Portland.
3. Grafton Notch State Park
Located between Newry and Upton, this 3,000 acre park offers short and long-distance hikes on trails edging the majestic Mahoosuc Mountains. Park features include interpretive trails leading to the spectacular Screw Auger Falls and Mother Walker Falls, and a quarter-mile loop trail to Moose Cave's Narrow Gorge. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are favorite winter activities.
4. Old Speck Mountain
For the more adventurous, climb to the summit of the third tallest mountain in the state. Access to the four-mile long trail is from the southwest section of Grafton Notch, about three miles north of Screw Auger Falls. If you're looking for less of a challenge, marked side-trails are offered from the main path, including Eyebrow Trail which leads to incredible views of Grafton Notch Wall.
This small lakeside community is an ideal place for family fun. Shop for antiques and visit art galleries along the downtown causeway, or play miniature golf at one of two courses. Rent a kayak or jet ski to explore the lake or take a cruise on a Mississippi River paddle wheeler replica. For an old fashioned good time, pop some corn and watch a movie under the stars at the Bridgton drive-in.
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