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Road Trip: New Hampshire Outdoor Adventure

October 27, 2010 12:36 AM

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Alpine Adventures

(credit: Alpine Adventures)

Alpine Adventures

(credit: Alpine Adventures)

Many people would agree that lying on the beach and soaking up the sun, can only be done so many times before it becomes a bore. So why not change it up a little? How about a vacation that involves a lot of moving and shaking?

Up north in New Hampshire, there are several adventures for the thrill-seeker in all of us — weather it be taking a mountain bike off a huge jump,or  gliding hundreds of feet down a zip cord .  This vacation will keep you active and satisfy any adventure-lover.

So buckle up and get ready for a vacation you will not soon forget!

Highland Mountain Bike Park

Northfield, New Hampshire

Are you a daredevil? Does your idea of fun include catching some serious air? If so, then the Highland Mountain Bike Park is just the place for you.

Highland Mountain Bike Park was created in 2003 by a group of guys who say they are focused on “building a world class bike park that will change the way East Coast riders perceive lift accessed mountain biking.”

Highland Mountain Bike Park has tons of trails ranging from easy to difficult to make sure every biker’s skills are accommodated.

It is important to note that anyone under 18-years old must have a waiver to ride at Highland Mountain Bike Park. The waiver must be signed by a legal guardian in the presence of a Highland Mountain Bike Park employee.

Every rider must bring an id with them as well. Their policy is, if you do not have a photo id proving you are 18 or older, you will be regarded as being under 18.

Alpine Adventure Outdoor Recreation

Lincoln, New Hampshire

Just a short trip north of the Lakes Region, there’s a place called Alpine AdventureOutdoor Recreation, where people can climb and glide through the treetops of New Hampshire. Guests are taken to the edge of the Barron Mountain where majestic pines and hemlocks exist. Amongst the trees are a series of platforms for guests to walk along. And here’s the best part — to get from platform to platform, adventure seekers use a zip-line.

The platforms are 15 feet to 65 feet high in the trees and guests zip along lines that rand from 100-700 feet long.

The tour is two hours long and offers breathtaking views of Franconia Notch and the White Mountains. The tour starts at an elevation of 1,600 feet, and visitors make their way down the mountain from there.

Before you embark on your adventure, there are a few items you are suggested to wear and bring. These include, walking or hiking shoes and long shorts and pants. You can find a list of the requirement by visiting the “What to Wear/Bring” section of Alpine Adventure Outdoor Recreation’s web site.

There are also age and weight requirements that have to be met. Visitors should be at least 10-years old and should weigh between 70 and 240 pounds. Alpine Adventures strictly follows these rules so they are able to ensure the safety of their visitors at all times.

Café Lafayette Dinner Train

North Woodstock, New Hampshire

To go along with your action-packed adventure, why not have a dinner date on the move? The Café Lafayette Dinner Train offers just that. The dinner train is made up of three restored dining cars that travel along the Pemigewasset River, forests and vast fields in the Lake Winnipesaukee region. It is not uncommon to spot moose, deer and bears while on your dinner adventure.

The Café Lafayette Dinner Train has been running since 1989 and is one of only 20 dinner trains in operation in all of North America.

The dinner train offers its guests a five course meal, a breathtaking view of the sunset and a first-hand view of how many people used to travel.

The dinner train experience lasts for about two hours and cost between $77-$90 for adults and $57-70 for children between the ages of 6 and 11. No children under 6-years old are allowed on the train. Reservations are preferred and cannot be made via email or regular mail. You are asked to call ahead to book your spot.

It is also important to note the tables on the dinner train seat parties of four, but tables for two can be requested for an additional fee.

Here are some other places to visit while on your New Hampshire adventure:

- Go canoeing or kayaking in the White Mountains.

- Get In a little golf at the Mount Washington Resort.

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