Leave the White Mountains' tourists behind on the 165-mile Cohos Trail, which stretches from the edge of the Whites through the Dartmouth, Pliny, and Pilot ranges to Canada. Stay at the Stark Village Inn; owner Nancy Spaulding will shuttle your car to Dixville Notch and drop you at the trailhead near Stark, the beginning of your 25-mile hike. There's plenty to see: high alpine meadows, waterfalls, a 700-foot cliff, and a natural pool in the Nash Stream near mile ten. Spend your last night at the Baldhead lean-to at mile 17, overlooking the Presidential Range.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Manchester, 2.5 hours.
EXPENSE REPORT: One night at the Stark Village Inn (603-636-2644): $55. Tip for shuttle: $20. Camping provisions: $75. Flask: $10. Post-hike seafood platter and poutine at Northland Restaurant and Dairy Bar in Berlin (603-752-6210): $40. Total: $200