Franconia Notch is a great hiking spot that has multiple trails for beginners to experienced hikers. It is littered with beautiful views year round from the lower elevation waterfalls to the higher elevations above tree line. The best time to travel to the area is undoubtedly late summer and early fall when the temperature is higher and the days are longer. Access to the area is right off of the Kancamagus highway with multiple trail heads that have ample parking. Packing a lunch for the top of any of the peaks of the notch is absolutely required as enjoying the gorgeous view for as long as possible is recommended.