Omni Mount Washington Resort – Carroll, New Hampshire

The Mount Washington Hotel was constructed between 1900 and 1902 at a cost of $1.7 million (approximately $59.8 million today) by Joseph Stickney, a native of Concord, New Hampshire who had made a fortune before the age of 30 as coal broker. The hotel was one of several resorts that served as a luxurious getaway for urban dwellers looking to escape the city.

Prospect Mountain – Lake George, New York

Prospect Mountain in Lake George, New York is one of the most popular hiking spots in the area, but if you are not able to hike to the summit, you can still experience the amazing views. A short drive up Veterans Memorial Highway leads to scenic outlooks along the way and a large picnic area at the top of the mountain. There are three overlooks on the way up the mountain, the first two of which offer the best views. Once you reach the top there are two ways to the summit a foot path and a paved road. The foot path is extremely steep so I suggest the paved road to the top.

Town of Lake George

Parking Area near the summit

Take the paved road to the summit

Achadas da Cruz Cable Car – Achadas da Cruz, Madeira

The Achadas da Cruz cable car takes you down from a high precipice to the tiny village Fajá da Quebrada Nova. This is the steepest cable car in Europe with a trip length of 600 meters and a vertical drop of 450 meters.

The Calhau Snack Bar is at the top of the precipice where you will get into the cable car.

Fajã da Quebrada Nova at the bottom of your descent.

The cable car ready to take you back up the cliff.

Franconia Notch Bike Trail – Franconia State Park (Franconia, New Hampshire)

Franconia Notch Bike Path is a 8.8 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Franconia, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. The path is within Franconia Notch State Park.

The trail is in the mountains so there is some ups and downs along the route

Scenic views of mountains and lakes