Planning a vacation, but wondering where to go?
New Hampshire is one of the top vacation destinations beloved by families and kids and attracts backpackers to hikers. The endless beauty, rugged terrain has inspired America’s greatest artists and poets. Travelers often find this place as cultured and enlightened and the perfect escape from office space to hang out and relax.
While visiting New Hampshire must include a walk through the White Mountain National Forest, you will also find countless other options throughout the state. Get to know some of it’s interesting cultural and natural history, surf at the beach in the summer, learn skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, in the winter- New Hampshire offers a variety of activities and sports. Here are the top four attractions you can visit in New Hampshire:
1. Fall Foliage
New Hampshire delivers beautiful fall foliage during September and early October. Any route you take, you will find breathtaking views, whether it’s a tree-lined country lane or mountain vistas. You can take sideways into the village and a drive along the Kancamagus Highway between Lincoln and North Conway.
When you go further north, you will find magnificent vistas at the Crawford Notch and Franconia Notch state parks. You will spot Moose at the Great North Woods region. Take a helicopter tour from Manchester to view the foliage ever more beautiful and serene.
2. Squam Lake
Surrounded by towering White Mountains and pristine wilderness, Squam Lake is a serene vacation spot for families and kids. From swimming, kayaking to exploring remote islands, the lake offers something for all ages. Take out a canoe and ride along the shoreline. Kids will love to see coyotes, mountain lions, river otters, bobcats, and other wildlife at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. You can explore the lake if you know sailing.
The entire family will surely enjoy the walking path around the Bowman Island. You can give yourself a delicious treat by buying fresh strawberries at Moulton farm or can go for swimming during summer. You can also take a self-guided tour through the historic Lucknow mansion furnished with historic furniture and old appliances.
Do not forget to pick up some cones and ice cream in the Clouds before heading back to Squam Lake Cottage rentals. Kids will surely enjoy the pony ride outside the castle. You can take 28 miles of a hiking trail that passes by waterfalls.
3. Lost River Gorge
Lost River Gorge is one of the greatest natural wonders of New Hampshire. During the Ice Age, the White Mountains are covered with a thick sheet of ice. When the ice melted, the combination of melted water and moving ice created deep potholes into the stones and tore massive boulders. It is a combination of these only that carved this natural wonder.
Explore the nature’s blissful beauty on a self-guided adventure along the wooden boardwalk trail, cascading waterfalls and glacial boulder caves. Explore the Lost River Gorge at night by taking a lantern tour and headlamps. The mystery of the Lost River Gorge and the astonishing rock formations become more dramatic under the lantern light.
4. Mt. Monadnock
The ease of climbing this mountain by people of all ages has made this mountain range popular. Most hiking fanatics use one of the five trails, but there is also an alternative route for those who want to climb in solitude. As the mountain stands alone, the views from it are beautiful, wide-reaching, and unobstructed, especially when fall foliage covers the surrounding forests with red and orange hues.
As the name of the mountain, it is called as the Monadnock region and also called “Currier & Ives Corner” for its wonderful villages with covered bridges and white church spires. Postcard villages include Jaffrey Center, Fitzwilliam, Harrisville, and Hancock.
Whether its ice fishing, skiing, Squam lake cruises, mountain trail, hiking, delicious food, or unforgettable stay, New Hampshire features some of the exciting activities to fill your stay with endless fun!