South from the foot of the Mount Washington Auto Road, Route 16 passes through Pinkham Notch, a mostly undeveloped stretch of the White Mountains lined by forests and a few ski areas. About four miles south of the Auto Road is the area’s outdoorsy Grand Central Station: the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. Operated by the venerable Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), the year-round trailhead facility offers topographical maps, guidebooks, weather updates, and precautionary advice, as well as limited gear. The camp also offers snacks, a dining hall, a 24-hour hikers’ pack-up room with restrooms and showers, scheduled shuttle van service, and the Joe Dodge Lodge (603/466-2727, about $63 and up per person for bed and board), a modern hostel with shared bunk rooms, a few private doubles and family-rooms, and great views from the library.