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Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway

Not everyone can hike to the top of a mountain and see the beautiful views from the summit. Those that ski or snowboard get to take chair lifts, gondolas, and aerial tramways to get up the mountains in the winter. For the non-skier and non-hiker some mountains offer a summertime option of taking a lift up to the summit. One such place is Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire.


Cannon Mountain was once the home to the iconic Old Man of the Mountain until May 3, 2003 when his rocks gave out and he tumbled down the mountain side. While the Old Man is no longer there many tourists flock to Cannon Mountain to take the 10 minute Aerial Tramway up to the summit.


If you would like to explore there is some easy walking to get to the observation tower. No hiking equipment is required and you are rewarded with a 360 degree view. On a clear day you are able to see east to Maine, north to Canada, and west through Vermont and into New York. You also have a stunning view of the entire Franconia Notch including Mt. Lafayette and Mt. Lincoln.


Take your time and enjoy the view at the summit. There is a cafeteria and restrooms or pack your own picnic lunch and sit outside on one of the picnic tables. Weather permitting the Tram runs every 15 minutes. The Tram has room in the summer for 80 passengers so be prepared to stand if it is a busy day. There are two benches where a few people can sit. If you have the time pair your trip up Cannon Mountain with a visit to the nearby Flume Gorge which is at the southern end of Franconia Notch State Park.

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