Though many out west scoff at the mountains of the east, I think the Whites are a special place. There's tons of history in this region and I have had some unforgettable adventures here. Plus, there nothing like the mountains of the northeast during fall foliage.
I live in Boise, Idaho now, but the Whites (and Adirondacks) will always have a special place in my heart. If you can hike here, you can hike anywhere!
The Whites were my home away from home, for a while (and by 'home', I mean my lab). Summitted all 48 of the White Mountain 4000 footers in a year and went back to most of them for seconds, thirds, fourths, ...
"As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls."