New Hampshire, 3 Nights, From $485
Pack lighter and aim higher on this hut-to-hut hiking trip in the White Mountains.
The Real Deal This backpacking adventure, which sets out from the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center at Crawford Notch, includes one night in shared rooms at the Highland Center and two nights in heated bunkrooms in remote, high-altitude huts in White Mountain National Forest; three breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners; services of professional guides with guided hikes in the White Mountains; from $485 per person—including all taxes and fees.
When Depart July 21, Sept. 1, 2011 (Presidential Range); Aug. 11, 25, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13 (Pemigewasset Wilderness).
The Fine Print The starting rate is for REI members; add $40 for nonmembers. The price is the same for those traveling solo or with a group. Lifetime REI membership is $20 per person. The closest commercial airport is in Manchester, N.H., 115 miles away. Transfers from the airport are not included (REI recommends renting a car). Average group size ranges from four to 10 participants. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By No deadline; based on availability.
Contact REI Adventures, 800/622-2236, rei.com.
Why It’s a Deal The cost of this trip breaks down to about $162 a night and includes all meals, three nights' camping, guided hikes, and all taxes and fees.
More Optional activities are not available outside of the scheduled itinerary. While extra camping nights cannot be added, you can book pre- or post-trip nights in the area independently, provided that you have your own mode of transportation. To give you an idea, nightly rates at the nearby Bartlett Inn start from $99 per room, based on double occupancy. A night in Bretton Woods at Omni Mount Washington Resort starts from $199 per room in September.
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