The 10 Best Things to Do in Gorham, United States

February 6, 2018 Marlin Saiz

Gorham is a town in Coos County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 2,848 at the 2010 census. Gorham is located in the White Mountains, and parts of the White Mountain National Forest are in the south and northwest. Moose Brook State Park is in the west. The town is crossed by the Appalachian Trail. Tourism is a principal business. It is part of the Berlin, NH–VT Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Restaurants in Gorham

1. Mount Washington Auto Road

1 Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham, NH 03581 +1 603-466-3988
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Mount Washington Auto Road

Since 1861, a spectacular, steep eight-mile scenic road that leads to the top of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. Drive yourself or take a 2 hour guided tour in company vans. Mt. Washington State Park and the Mt Washington Observatory are at the summit.

Reviewed By danthepoet - New Hampshire

There is a reason that so many cars in the Northeast have a bumper sticker that says, "This Car Climbed Mt. Washington". A chance to have a look from the summit of the second highest mountain in America east of the Mississippi. Spectacular!

2. Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center

Rt 16, Pinkham Notch, Gorham, NH 03581 +1 603-466-2333
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4.5 based on 138 reviews

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center

Family outdoor recreation center in the middle of the White Mountains. Cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing and SnowCoach rides up the Mt Washington Auto Road and a ski shop to outfit you for the fun in the winter; private carriage road type trail system for biking, running, birding and nature study in summer along with kayak and canoe trips and an outdoor shop.

Reviewed By jjsemail759 - Tampa, Florida

First, let's start with Lanette.

I arrived early for my 9am tour (first tour of the day).
People were already leaving on a tour. "WTH?, I'm supposed to be first - I gotta catch a plane".

When I told Lanette, "Hey, I think my family is supposed to be on that coach. We paid for the first coach.".

Her exact words and I kid you not, "NO! You signed up for the 9am tour".
Her tone was a bit aggressive for a front counter person.

THIS IS COPIED FROM THEIR WEBSITE:
Want to make sure you have a seat?
We offer advance reservations for the FIRST tour of the day (9:00am).

****

Needless to say that I wanted to get in Lanette's face and say, let's look at your website. And that I didn't appreciate being called a liar.
But there was a minor with me and didn't want him to see a confrontation on his vacation.

I wanted the zip up fleece jacket from there, $60, but I was sooo pissed off at her, I didn't want to give them the extra money.

Now on to Patrick.

If you go, I hope that you get him. He really is awesome and loves his job.

My Advice,
Don't buy the 9am tickets thinking that you are going to see the fresh snow.
Someone walked in right after me and got two tickets.
And we had to take the 3rd coach out that morning.

Just ask for the Patrick Coach.
Thanks, Patrick.

I was the one with the b/f who kept talking to you at the top, on Presidents Day, and I kept trying to pull him away. :)

3. Raft NH

196 Main St, Gorham, NH 03581-1509
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4.5 based on 111 reviews

Raft NH

Raft NH specializes in summertime whitewater rafting adventures. With trips ranging from family-friendly class II to wild class IV there is a trip for everyone! All of our rafting adventures are all inclusive and include: safety gear, an experience guide(s), transportation to and from the river from our convenient raft base in Gorham, a light riverside snack and lunch! No experience necessary, ages 6+ welcome, reservation required. Be sure to ask about our "Paws & Paddles" package which combines a daytime whitewater rafting experience and evening rolling dog sledding adventure all into one adventure packed day. Proceeds generated from our summertime adventures help provide for the 100+ amazing sled dogs that call us home (many of which are rescue and second chance).

Reviewed By runnergirl1123 - West Hartford, Connecticut

First of all, as others mentioned, there is a lot of downtime. The email says 1:30-5:30 for the Pontook Dam afternoon departure. The 30 minutes ahead of bus departure (to 'get your gear' is the start. Then the 30-40 minutes on the bus (they call it 20). We were told an hour and a half on the river. We literally spent less than 45 minutes rafting. The rest was playing games in a life jacket and helmet in the river. And we were back at the gorham company by 4:20. We never did receive a river side snack, which it stated in several places was included. And we heard all about how our guide was so young and how it's her first season doing this. Doesn't really gain your confidence. Regardless, the trip was fair. I'm glad my kids got to experience it,but I would not choose this company again for the price we paid.

4. Northeast Snowmobile & ATV Rentals

325 Main St, Gorham, NH 03581-1117
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5 based on 26 reviews

Northeast Snowmobile & ATV Rentals

Northeast ATV Rental is located at the southeast portal of the “Ride the Wilds” trail system. Conveniently located in Coos county, in northern NH, Ride the Wilds is the nation’s best interconnected summer time ATV trail system. Complete with the best views, marked trails, and the most friendly locals. We Snowmobile in this location and Fryeburg Maine as well. From the Maine location our snowmobiles will travel up ITS 19 and to the top of Black Cap Mountain with spectacular views of the Mount Washington Valley. Make sure you bring a camera. All rentals include safety instructional video's, Helmets and GPS trackers.

Reviewed By OZONKZ - Nanuet, New York

I rented an ATV for 2 hours and the ATV route was in a 7000 acres land with amazing views and trails that was worth it especially with the rate that was very fair and affordable with very friendly staff and great ATV's. Recommended

5. Moose Brook State Park

30 Jimtown Rd, Gorham, NH 03581-4824 +1 603-466-3860
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Moose Brook State Park

Reviewed By chloeWisconsin - Wisconsin

Moose Brook State Park is a nice park. This is a lovely part of a lovely state. Unfortunately, we did not see any moose, though.

6. Gorham Moose Tours

69 Main St, Gorham, NH 03581-1653
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4 based on 62 reviews

Gorham Moose Tours

Join us as we take you on a 3 hour tour (yes, just like Gilligan's Island) in one of our comfortable tour buses. Enjoy a moose / wildlife tour on the North Country's longest-running tour with experienced wildlife guides that know just where to search and find MOOSE! It is illegal to shine lights in order to spot moose or other animals, but we have permission from the state of NH, so our buses are equipped with spot lights to find and view MOOSE after dark. Night time is the ideal time to view moose, but also the most dangerous as they blend in with their surroundings and dark backgrounds. That's why we recommend letting us do the driving and searching for you! When possible and safe, we allow visitors to disembark the bus and get a closer look at these beautiful animals. Our success rate for 2013 was 96% and in one tour we were fortunate to see 23 MOOSE! Our tours run from the end of May until the end of September in order to increase our chances of seeing our wonder friends, the MOOSE. Please understand that MOOSE like all animals can be unpredictable and there is no guarantee of seeing a moose, but we will make every effort to make your trip enjoyable! So make Gorham a destination on your next trip and take a MOOSE TOUR! Remember to bring the appropriate clothing for the weather and don't forget your camera or video to capture your adventure. We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed By FSUWizard - Port Orange, Florida

Although very briefly, we did see moose. We also saw fox and raccoon. I have been onnever wildlife tour tours but not like this one, and I was disappointed. This tour simply traveled on the highway at night with a spotlight looking for moose along the road. As soon as you stop to see them, they usually take off. The tour starts at 7:00pm even though they know that you aren't likely to site anything until dark. They show a video at the beginning that was good, and the guide had interesting information. We were supposed to return at 10:00, but didn't get back until 11:00pm. Wouldn't do it again.

7. Dan's Scenic Tours - Private Tours

Main Street, Gorham, NH 03581
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Dan's Scenic Tours - Private Tours

Reviewed By William A - Albany, New York, United States

We found Dan to be very friendly, personable and passionate in looking and finding moose. We saw (5) moose including a mother and two day old baby. He is knowledgeable about the wild life in the area and the history the area. We learned a lot about the logging and paper industry which was once a major employer around Gorham.
We stayed in North Conway, but the trip to Gorham was well worth our drive. We would recommend Dan's Scenic Tours for anyone traveling to the area. It would have been worth the price we paid even if we had not seen a moose.

8. White Mountain ATV Rental

299 Main St, Gorham, NH 03581-1115 +1 603-466-5211
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5 based on 8 reviews

White Mountain ATV Rental

Reviewed By Flyeguy - Atlanta, Georgia

Went with a large group for 4 hour ATV guided tour. The machines were amazing and everyone had fun. The ride is rough and dusty...so be prepared. The scenery is breathtaking. Well worth it if you are visiting or staying in the area.

9. Gorham Historical Society & Railroad Museum

25 Railroad St, Gorham, NH 03581-1638 +1 603-466-5338
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Gorham Historical Society & Railroad Museum

Reviewed By RAM1017 - Clearwater, Florida

Word of mouth led me to treat the family to a visit to this Historical Society and Railroad Museum. The well preserved 1907 train Depot that serves as the museum was clean and well lit. The personnel were very pleasant and interesting to listen to. There was something to interest literally every age. How such an interesting place can operate on simple donations is beyond me. Our two boys were delighted to see the model railroads in the two remodeled Grain box cars. The 1940's replica of Gorham, Cascade Flats and Berlin, NH made our jaw drop! Touted as the "Gateway to the White Mountains", Gorham's storied history under-scores the importance of this town to the area tourism industry. We look forward to future visits. Two thumbs up.

10. Imp Trail Loop

Gorham, Gorham, NH
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Imp Trail Loop

Reviewed By walkwoman - Jackson, New Jersey

Probably the best views of the Presidentials I've seen. We were blessed w/a clear day, too. However (and it's a big however), in retrospect, I would have made this an out and back instead of a loop. Went down the south trail. After it intersects w/N.Carter trail the remaining decent is on nothing but a bed of small-medium, moss-covered, slick rocks/boulders. Fell horribly. If you go either do it in reverse or as I said, as an out and back from the northern trailhead.

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