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8 Unique Ways to Experience Foliage

See the Colorful Sights From A Different View

A scenic drive along the Kancamagus Highway or the Connecticut River Scenic Byway promises front-row views of the stunning foliage displayed around New Hampshire. But if the first thing that comes to mind is “been there, done that,” then you might be interested in a different foliage experience this season. Here are 8 unique ways to put a fresh spin on your leaf-peeping adventures!

Zip-Line Tours

Zip-Line Tours

There’s nothing quite as magical as soaring in the air through a kaleidoscope of fall color, taking in the foliage from a birds-eye view. The scenery is unparalleled, and it’s guaranteed to deliver sights you’ll never forget. Check out this list of some of the most breathtaking zip-line tours in New Hampshire.


Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Crisp fall air keeping you cool, a rush of incredibly bold colors flying past you, and calm, easy paths laid out in front of you are just some of the benefits of fall biking in New Hampshire. Trust us, there’s plenty more magic where that came from. So pick a trail and get to pedaling—you won’t regret it!
 

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

What could be better than riding along winding, scenic trails atop a friendly horse? Even if you’ve never ridden a horse before, there are plenty of reasons to give it a try this fall. For one, it’s an effortless way to take in the bold hues and colors decorating the landscape as you gallop along. And you’ll get to explore exclusive trails and unique vistas you can’t see any other way. Plus, there are a variety of scenic farms and riding trails accross the state so you'll have no shortage of options! 
 

Couple hiking overlooking fall foliage

Hiking

Fall hiking is arguably one of the best ways to experience New Hampshire’s dazzling fall foliage. As you meander along scenic trails, you’ll be totally immersed in the thick canopy of foliage that covers the state as you conquer New Hampshire’s diverse trails. With over 4,000 miles of hiking tracks and 48 4,000 foot mountains—there are endless opportunities to see the autumn sights this season. For some inspiration, check out these 7 Perfect Leaf Peeping Hikes.  


Someone Kayaking on a lake

Kayaking

Few things in life are more soothing than drifting downstream through sun-dappled waters, surrounded by crimson-colored leaves. Opportunities to do just that abound in New Hampshire, where you can choose from 944 lakes and 41,800 miles of rivers and streams, lined with trees streaked with that rich, autumn glow. So rent a kayak, get paddling and experience quintessential New England fall from the water!


Arial view of lake and hills full of fall foliage

Fall Foliage Cruises

If you’d rather skip the paddling, you can still enjoy all the autumn splendor from the water on a lake, river, or harbor cruise! There are incredible options all over the state to choose from, in addition to classic options such as Portsmouth Harbor Cruises’ Inland River & Fall Foliage Cruise and Mount Washington Cruises’ Sunday Dinner and Fall Foliage Cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee.


Someone driving an ATV in front of mountains of fall foliage

ATVing

Head out into the wilderness on a vast network of off-roading trails, where you’ll be exposed to raw, uninhibited forests which display some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state! Thick woodlands mean dense canopies of color with shining amber, crimson, and bronze hues. Rent an ATV and explore over 1,200 miles of well-maintained trails. You won’t be disappointed!
 

Scenic Railways

Scenic Railways

For well over a century, trains have been chugging through New Hampshire valleys, winding along ridges and climbing mountain peaks, steeping visitors in the exquisite beauty of the state’s natural wonders. So this fall, consider sitting back, relaxing and enjoying fall foliage from one of the many scenic train rides, some of which feature five-course meals, snacks and family-friendly entertainment.
 
So—are you ready to plan your fall getaway? Be sure to check out our foliage tracker to make sure you hit your destination at justtt the right time.

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