North Conway, NH – Surrounded by the 770,000-acre White Mountain National Forest, residents have long known North Conway is among the very best year-round small towns for adventure, but now the rest of the world will know.  After nearly a month of voting, North Conway is included on USA TODAY’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Travel Awards list for the Best Small Town for Adventure 2018, announced today.

A panel of expert travel and adventure journalists partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees for the Best Small Town for Adventure designation, then the top 10 winners were determined by popular online vote. In describing North Conway, 10Best experts said, “Set amid the sprawling White Mountain National Forest, North Conway offers visitors access to Mount Washington (the tallest peak in the northeast) and the accompanying four seasons recreation. During the snowy months, the area boasts some of the region’s best skiing and snowmobiling, while summer is excellent for hiking, golfing, fishing and camping. Fall leaf peeping is some of the best in the country.”

After some communication with USA Today editors, the initial forest photo used to depict North Conway was replaced with one from Wiseguy Creative Photography of kayakers on the Saco with Cranmore Mountain and Kearsarge Mountain in the background.

The top 10 winners in 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Small Town for Adventure are as follows:

  1. Marquette, MI.
  2. Florence, OR
  3. Watkins Glen, NY
  4. Sedona, AZ
  5. Jim Thorpe, PA
  6. Everglades City, FL
  7. North Conway, NH
  8. Blowing Rock, NC
  9. Bar Harbor, ME
  10. Jackson Hole, WY

Only one other New England town – Bar Harbor – made it on to this esteemed list.

“We couldn’t be happier that the panel of experts nominated North Conway among the top small towns for adventure,” commented Janice Crawford, Executive Director of the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.  “Yet we’re not surprised that it ended up on the top ten list because so many people are drawn to North Conway and the surrounding Mt Washington Valley for the fabulous recreational opportunities available here. The 10Best editors know North Conway from being the #1 Reader’s Choice Travel Awards for Best Ski Town, and now for adventure. We couldn’t be more humbly delighted,” she finished.

To learn more about North Conway and Mt Washington Valley’s year-round recreational opportunities and to plan your next getaway here, visit or call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH). To learn more about New Hampshire’s additional recreational opportunities, please go to

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