The White Mountains
are a fabled district-America's first tourist playground- and boasts the highest peaks in the Northeast along with the world's worst weather. Rising above the forests, lakes, and rivers of northern New Hampshire
and western Maine
, this storied range is the centerpiece of the 770,000-acre White Mountain National Forest. These mountains have witnessed centuries of change, from Native Americans through early European settlers, the arrival of railroads and automobiles, and the rise of the grand hotels during the region's heyday.
The White Mountains are a continuation of the Appalachian system, extending across north-central New Hampshire into west-central Maine. New Hampshire is a northern New England state that was one of the thirteen colonies that rebelled against British rule and formed the original United States. Maine was still part of Massachusetts at the time of the Revolution, but soon separated and was admitted as a state.