North Conway, N.H.
Though many Americans turn west for the best mountain climbing landscapes, North Conway, N.H. stands out as one of the best places to climb on the East Coast. Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast at 6,288 feet (1,916 m), is located here, along with some infamously unpredictable weather. In fact, the highest wind gust ever recorded -- 231 mph (371 kph) -- breezed through Mount Washington on April 12, 1994 [source: MWO].
If you're a mountain climbing enthusiast, North Conway could be a nice home for you. The Appalachian Trail crosses Mount Washington's summit. Hiking, ice climbing, kayaking and rock climbing are popular activities in this area of North Conway. The Tuckerman Ravine Trail, a popular hiking spot, is about 4 miles (6.4 km) long with an elevation of over 4,000 feet (1,219 m). In the winter, the Tuckerman Ravine is a hotspot for skiing, featuring 45-degree slopes. When you're not hiking the trails or skiing the slopes, you can paddle your canoe down the Androscoggin River.
North Conway is located in the heart of the Mount Washington Valley and is home to more than 700,000 acres of protected land. With a population of about 2,000 people and a median home price at just under $200,000, it has a small-town feel with a big adventure quotient.