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New Hampshire's Kancamagus Highway, a stretch of breathtaking road that winds 26.5 miles through the White Mountain National Forest, is known as “the Kanc” to locals.
Sounding more like an infectious disease than the National Scenic Byway it has been deemed by the United States Department of Transportation, it shouldn’t be judged on name alone. Pronounced "Kank-ah-MAW-gus," this stretch of N.H. Route 112 is dotted with some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Northeast, including towering mountains, cascading waterfalls and wooded hikes. The name comes from the Native American who ruled over what is now southern New Hampshire during the 17th century. It translates to fearless one.
Seeing the best of the Kanc is as easy renting a car, hitting the road and following the signs along the way marking the scenic areas and places of interest, but there are a few not-to-be-missed spots along the way:
After the journey along the Kanc, there are a few other famous New Hampshire landmarks just a short drive away from the western end:
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