NORTH CONWAY NAMED AMONG THE BEST IN THE U.S. 2015 BY LONELY PLANET GUIDEBOOKS

00North Conway, NH – Each year, Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel media company that has published over130 million guidebooks since 1973, gathers their expert authors and US-based editorial team to determine their Best in the US list. This year, North Conway, NH was named to the Best of the US 2015 list.  The Best in the US 2015 destinations are ten places in the US that Lonely Planet authors and travel experts think travelers should add to their wish lists for the coming year. Each year travelers await this important list to plan their bucket list vacations. According to Lonely Planet, some of these destinations are emerging or up-and-coming, others are perennial favorites but have a new or timely angle that makes them prime for visitors in 2015.

“We chose North Conway for our Best in the US 2015 list as it offers up some of the best year-round activities in New England for all ages and skill-levels – from skiing and rock-climbing to hiking and leaf peeping,” says Rana Freedman, Director of Marketing-US for Lonely Planet. “This year also marks the 250th birthday of the town of Conway’s charter, making it a fantastic time to go and celebrate this quintessential New England village.”

Lonely Planet had this to say about North Conway in describing destinations on its Best of the US 2015 list.  All recommendations for places to visit or enjoy came directly from Lonely Planet authors’ recommendations:

If you find yourself in New England, and two roads diverge in a yellow wood, take the one that leads to North Conway, the picturesque village celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2015 along with several neighboring villages. North Conway is quintessential New England, with covered bridges, quaint B&Bs, and lazy canoe rides. In autumn, when the town is ablaze with color, visitors can take in the dramatic foliage either on the famed Kancamagus Highway or rail fans can hop aboard the Conway Scenic Railway.

Once you’ve had your fill of apple cider donuts and maple syrup, North Conway will help you work it off: it also has New England’s best skiing, miles of hiking trails, and premier climbing destinations in the White Mountains. Never rock climbed before? No worries – North Conway is the perfect place to learn the ropes. Pros scramble for the cliff face of Cathedral Ledge, but local outfitter International Mountain Equipment (www.ime-usa.com) welcomes newcomers with instruction and popular summer climbing camps for kids.

North Conway came in in the #5 spot for top destinations in the US, according to Lonely Planet, and the only New England destination. Here’s the list of their 2015 picks:

1.       Queens, NY

2.       Western South Dakota

3.       New Orleans, LA

4.       Colorado River

5.       North Conway, NH

6.       Indianapolis, IN

7.       Greenville, SC

8.       Oakland, CA

9.       Duluth, MN

10.   Mount Shasta, CA

“We could not be more honored that Lonely Planet chose North Conway for their Best of the US 2015 list knowing how travelers await this prestigious list each year,” said Janice Crawford, Executive Director of the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.  “As we spend the year celebrating the Town of Conway’s 250th Anniversary, we will welcome Lonely Planet visitors with open arms to Mt Washington Valley, NH with events, scenic beauty and a wide range of attractions, ski resorts and XC Centers, golf courses, tax-free shopping, lodging and dining options and so much more,” added Crawford.

To learn more about visiting North Conway and the 27 towns and villages that make up Mt Washington Valley, NH visit www.MtWashingtonValley.org.  Here you’ll find links to the many recreational offerings referred to in Lonely Planet’s description, plus a full calendar of Conway’s 250th Anniversary events, and plenty more info about planning your bucket list trip to Mt Washington Valley.  To talk with a vacation planning concierge, simply call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH or 800-367-3364.  To learn more about planning a vacation to New Hampshire, visit www.VistNH.gov.

About Lonely Planet:

Lonely Planet is the world’s leading travel media company. Started in 1973, the company enables curious travelers to experience the world and get to the heart of a place via guidebooks to almost every destination on the planet, an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet has number one market share for guidebook sales in both the US and globally; Lonely Planet has published over 130 million guidebooks in its history. LonelyPlanet.com is the second most-visited English language travel media website in the world; Lonely Planet has over 1.2m fans on Facebook (facebook.com/lonelyplanet), over 1.8m on Twitter followers (@lonelyplanet) and almost 200,000 Instagram followers (Instagram/lonelyplanet). More information can be found at www.lonelyplanet.com.

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Please contact Marti Mayne at 207-846-6331 or PR@MtWashingtonValley.org for photos, videos and B-roll.

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