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"M" is for Moose Tours in New England

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Moose are the largest members of the deer family, and they are really big: an average moose's height at shoulders is 6.5 to 7.5 feet. Horse-sized, in other words.

Mount Washington Valley, NH
In the New Hampshire White Mountains, Scenic Moose and Wildlife Tours are offered by the Gorham, NH Chamber of Commerce. These 3-hour journeys set off in the evening in a 21-passenger van along the Androscoggin River. While spotting an animal in the wild can never be guaranteed, the tours have a 97.3% success rate in finding moose, and as many as thirteen moose have been sited during one tour. Other wildlife-- such as bald eagles-- may be spotted too.

Tours run from the end of May to early October; rates approx. $20/adult, $15 for ages 5 to 12, $5 for under-5's. Call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364), or visit the Gorham Village site (-search for "Moose").

Moose Alley, NH
About's Guide for New England tells you how to spot moose on your own, when you drive on the stretch of Route 3 that runs from Pittsburg, New Hampshire, to the Canadian border.

Maine: Katahdin and other areas
In Maine -- where the moose is the official state animal-- the New England Outdoor Center offers several moose trips and wildlife tours, by kayak, motorboat, and/or vehicle; other wildlife commonly seen in addition to moose includes bald eagles, great blue heron, Canada geese, whitetail deer. Best chances for moose viewing are May, June, Sept. and October. Cabin rentals, too.

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photo courtesy of Town of Gorham NH.

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