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How to Have a Laid Back NH Summer

New Hampshire’s wide-open spaces and serene landscapes are the perfect setting for a laid back vacation. Where you can finally take time to relax, unplug, and recharge on your own terms. With plenty of private spaces, tranquil settings, and easy activities to choose from—you’ll have no trouble planning a perfectly relaxed summer getaway in the Granite State!

Pick a Lake, Any Lake

New Hampshire is dotted with 944 lakes, which means you’ll have no problem finding the perfect place to soak up some sun and dip your toes into cool waters. The state’s largest lake—Lake Winnipesaukee—is a summer hotspot with over 170 miles of shoreline to kick back and relax by. Nearby Newfound Lake is said to be one of the cleanest waterbodies in the world, fed by 8 springs and featuring 22 miles of beautiful shoreline. Up in the Great North Woods, you'll find pristine waters that are stunning, quiet and remote. Explore other lakeside escapes and decide which waterfront destination is right for you. But if you’d prefer the remote serenity of a cozy cabin in the woods to clear your mind—there are plenty of breezy cottages and cabins that can offer you the perfect restful retreat.

Relaxing Road Trip Destinations

Once you’ve had plenty of time to unplug, breathe in the fresh New Hampshire air and settle in—why not hit the road and explore. Head up north to experience the humbling grandeur of the White Mountains where plenty of hiking, biking, and floating opportunities await. Or, you could journey east towards the Seacoast to enjoy a lazy afternoon on the sands of Hampton Beach and a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk. In the western part of the state, the Monadnock Region is an oasis of inspiring landscapes, rural environments, and a peacefully slower pace of life. No matter where your journey to relaxation takes you—one of the best ways to cap off a summer day is by sipping and sampling a locally made craft beverage, from one of the state’s craft breweries, cideries, distilleries, or wineries!

Art, Culture and Delicous Eats

Visit the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region to stroll quaint streets and shop local handmade goods, antiques, plus plenty of gifts and treats! Catch a perfectly dramatic performance at the New London Barn Playhouse for some laughs or a good cry. Or head north to Hanover where you can discover works of art in Dartmouth College’s worldly Hood Museum. Afterwards, you’ll want to hit up Lou’s Restaurant & Bakery or Murphy’s on the Green for a great meal.

Discover New Hampshire Adventures After Dark

Here in New Hampshire, we do ‘night life’ a little differently. With moonlight walks, sunrise hikes, ghost tours, and more, you’ll have no trouble finding an unforgettable experience after hours.
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Summer Theatre in the Sun

The perfect recipe for summer fun? Sunshine, laughs, and a good show. Check out these 5 outdoor productions and grab your ticket to summer fun!
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New Hampshire Live and in Concert

What better way to kick-off summer than with an epic concert in the Granite State? Check out these 6 concert venues around the state, pick a show, and start your summer in style!
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Sky High Adventures

Whether you’ve always dreamed of taking an epic helicopter ride, lifting off from the water in a seaplane, or feeling the wind in your face on a daring hang glider…NH’s got you covered.
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Unique New Hampshire Experiences

Check out a sampling of some of New Hampshire’s most unique experiences to inspire your summer bucket list!

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Exploring the Lakes Region

This summer, influencer Jessica Olm spent some time exploring New Hampshire. Follow along as she shares travel tips for things to see and do on your next getaway to the Lakes Region!
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Exploring the Seacoast Region - Part I

Influencer Jessica Olm visited New Hampshire for a summer getaway.  Follow along on her adventures as she discovered the charm and history along the Seacoast.
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Exploring the Seacoast Region - Part II

Influencer Jessica Olm took her summer adventures to New Hampshire’s Seacoast. Check out her experience and all her travel tips for helping you plan your next getaway!
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Road Trip Packing Essentials

We’ve compiled the ultimate packing list for your summer road trip in New Hampshire so you can focus more on the adventure and less on the planning!
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Snacks to Pack for your NH Road Trip

There’s just something about a road trip that screams snacks. Here are some must-have NH made treats that are sure to satisfy on your travels around the state.

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The Ultimate Summer Bucket List

This bucket list is your roadmap to a classic Granite State summer! No matter where your travels take you, you’re never more than a stone’s throw away from the perfect adventure.
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Must See Blooms This Season

From springtime daffodils to summer fields full of sunflowers, there are plenty of reasons to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Be sure to include these four events on your road trip through New Hampshire this season.
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Wild New Hampshire Hikes

Discover something new on your next hike through the Granite State! These 6 wild hikes will take you off the beaten path and into the state's most biodiverse landscapes.
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Kayak With a View

See some of NH’s spectacular scenery this summer from the water. From rapids to leisurely kayaking, paddle your way at these 6 spots. Don’t forget to enjoy the views!   
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Mountain Biking Trails to Try

Rugged terrain or easy riding New Hampshire offers riding for all levels and abilities. Here are 9 mountain biking trails to try this summer.
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Benefits of Kayaking

Paddle your way around NH’s waterways for adventure, scenic views and, did we mention kayaking has a whole lot of physical and psychological rewards too! Learn more now.
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Refreshing Lakeside Escapes

There’s nothing quite like heading to the lake during the summer in New Hampshire. So we’ve rounded up 7 lakeside escapes where you can relax and refresh.
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Kayaking for First Timers

Ready to try kayaking for the first time? Here from our local kayaking expert what you need to know to get started paddling in New Hampshire this summer.
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Epic Summer Adventures

For the adrenaline-seekers, the fun-lovers and the bold—New Hampshire is the perfect playground for absolutely epic summer adventures. So get ready to gear up and make unforgettable memories that will leave you with one word to sum it all up: EPIC.

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Summer Biking Showdown

Trade riding on city streets for mountain bike trails this summer. Here’s what you need to know to start exploring New Hampshire’s mountain bike trails this season.   
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Essential Summer Craft Beers

Summer in New Hampshire is a great time to explore the state’s craft beer scene. With dozens and dozens of craft breweries, the state has solidified itself as a bona fide craft beer destination in the heart of New England.
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5 Reasons to go ATVing

There's no reason to be intimidated by ATVing! Pull back the curtain a bit and take a peek at all that this exciting sport offers. Here are five reasons you should give it a try this summer.

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Summertime on the Seacoast

Beautiful beaches, a bustling boardwalk, entertainment, outdoor activities, history and a phenomenal food and drink scene too! Get your summer on NH’s Seacoast started here!
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5 Ways to Stay Entertained on the Seacoast

Just because the sun sets doesn’t mean the fun stops on NH’s Seacoast. Fireworks, outdoor movies and live performances are a few ways to stay entertained after hours.  
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A Blast From the Past: Drive-in Theatres

Get friends or family together for a night out at the Drive-In! NH has 3 drive-in theaters offering a great way to see movies and a little nostalgia too!   
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