Explore a Season:
Nature lovers will be blown away by the unrivaled scenery and countless opportunities for wildlife viewing in the Great North Woods.
Choose from five spectacular driving tours; the Kancamagus Highway, a national scenic byway, is the granddaddy of them all.
Spend a half-day or longer driving the Sunapee Loop and you'll see one of the most photogenic town greens in America.
The Lakes Loop circles Lake Winnipesaukee, the perfect introduction to this vacationland.
Drive the Monadnock Region Loop to explore some of the most quintessentially New England towns in New Hampshire.
Choose from 10 scenic drives and byways in this historic region.
Along a shoreline drive in coastal New Hampshire, you’ll experience both the region’s Colonial history and its scenic beauty.
Jericho Mountain State Park provides opportunities for miles of trail riding for ATV, UTV, trail bike, and snowmobile enthusiasts alike.
Throughout the park, visitors are treated to a number of scenic outlooks. The park also includes a 20 site ride-in/ride-out campground,
cabins, a bathhouse and Visitors Center. Learn More
The fire tower at hilltop Milan Hill State Park offers a complete view of the mountain ranges in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Canada. The park is home to a primitive camping area with four yurts and six campsites. Learn More
Built in 1862, the Stark Covered Bridge is one of the most beautiful covered bridges in New Hampshire. The bridge is set in picturesque Stark village next to the historic Stark Union Church. It spans the Ammonoosuc River, with covered pedestrian paths on either side.
Set at the very top of Mt. Prospect in Lancaster, Weeks State Park provides a 360-degree panorama of mountain splendor, including the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Kilkenny Range, the Percy Peaks, and the upper Connecticut River Valley. Visitors can climb the old stone fire tower for even better mountain views. Learn More
A scenic trail around Echo Lake provides great views of sheer, 700-foot Cathedral Ledge which towers over the lake. A mile-long auto road and hiking trails lead to the top of Cathedral Ledge where views across the Saco River Valley to the White Mountains can be enjoyed. Learn More
The Lincoln Woods Trail is one of the easiest and most heavily used trails in the White Mountain National Forest. Leaving the parking lot on the north side of the Kancamagus Highway, the Lincoln Woods Trail immediately crosses the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River via a very scenic 160’ long suspension bridge. Learn More
Lower falls is one of the most popular stops along the Kancamagus Highway. The falls is a beautiful spot where the Swift River drops many feet over smooth granite rocks into a large pool. It is an ideal place to picnic, sunbathe, and swim in warm weather. Learn More
Bear Notch Road can be accessed from Route 302 in Bartlett. This road connects Route 302 to the Kancamagus Highway and has many scenic stops and overlooks with spectacular views as it climbs through the White Mountains. Please note- this road is closed during the winter.
Mount Sunapee State Park is a major recreation area offering year-round activities at beautiful 4,085 acre Lake Sunapee. A picturesque lakeside beach, a vast network of well-marked hiking trails, and a secluded group campground make it the perfect place to spend a day or entire weekend. Learn More
Located in downtown Hanover, the green is the focal point of the Dartmouth College campus. This beautiful lawn on the iconic campus is a stunning spot for visitors and students alike to meet up, ride bikes, play sports and relax. From the green, visitors can easily access the many shops and restaurants on Main Street, Hanover. Learn More
Visitors drive up a 3-1/2 mile scenic auto road to the parking and picnic areas of Rollins State Park. From there, hikers can climb a one-half mile trail to the summit of Mt.Kearsarge. Views stretch from Mt. Monadnock to the coastal plain. The summits of Pack Monadnock, Crotched and Uncanoonuc Mountains, the hills of central MA, and the Boston skyline are visible on the horizon. Learn More
Located at the southern tip of Lake Winnipesaukee, these colorful houses sit on a small inlet of Alton Bay where Route 11 crosses the water. The combination of vibrant fall foliage and the colors of the homes reflecting in the water makes for a perfect fall photo. Continuing to head west on Route 11 allows for sweeping vistas of the lake and mountain ranges beyond.
This iconic 1914 Arts & Crafts mansion is perched on a stunning 5,500 acre mountaintop estate with 28 miles of trails, waterfalls, giant trout pond, and breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee. Activities include castle tours, hiking, seasonal events, art gallery, dining, horseback riding and gift shop. Learn More
Located just off the road, behind the police and fire station in Gilford is the Tannery Hill Covered Bridge. It is a foot traffic only bridge with beautiful latticework openings, spanning Gunstock brook. It was built to link the town hall with the rest of the town center and is named for the tannery that once stood in the area.
Ellacoya State Park is located in Gilford on the southwest shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire's largest lake. The 600-foot long sandy beach, with views across the lake to the Sandwich and Ossipee mountains, is a great place to spend a full day of lake fun and picnicking. Learn More
Monadnock State Park is located in and around the 3,165-ft. Mount Monadnock. The park is surrounded by thousands of acres of protected highlands and offers year-round recreational opportunities. Scenic views of Monadnock can be found from a number of regional roads and highways, especially Route 124 in Jaffrey. Learn More
Stonewall Farm is home to 23 acres of pastures, hiking and biking trails, gardens, wetlands and forest. Children will enjoy splashing in the brook and playing in the nature playground. Visit the farm animals, stop in the farm store and be sure to check out the extensive events calendar of seasonal activities. Learn More
Washington is a scenic small town in southwestern New Hampshire, with a population of about 1100. Washington is a rural town with a hilly, rugged, and forested landscape. It’s picturesque village contains examples of stunning early architecture, including the Town Hall, built as a meetinghouse in 1787, and the Congregational Church built in 1840. Learn More
Canterbury Shaker Village is a National Historic Landmark and museum nestled among the rolling hills of wooded central New Hampshire. With nearly 700 acres of forests, nature trails, gardens and ponds, as well as 25 original and 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings, the Village is a must see for any visitor to New England. Learn More
The 76 foot tall tower in Garrison Hill Park is one of the best places to take in the entire seacoast region, with dramatic 360 degree views. From the 298 foot elevation of Garrison Hill, visitors can see both the Isles of Shoals and the White Mountains on a clear day. Learn More
Odiorne Point is the largest undeveloped stretch of shore on New Hampshire’s 18 mile coast. Visitors can enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and rocky shore, and an extensive network of trails traversing the park. Large stone walls bound open fields, remnants of formal gardens and wildflowers grow side by side, and historic man-made military bunkers lie hidden under mounds of earth. Learn More
In the Great North Woods, many of the brilliant leaves have embarked on their graceful descent to decorate the forest floors. Hikers now overlook a sampling of barren trees from the mountaintops, signaling the end of a foliage season. Gentle winds stir up remnants of the foliage, where crisp fall leaves rustle along sidewalks and beautifully confetti the landscapes. As the tail-end of fall is upon us in the north, Mother Nature will start gearing up with cooler temperatures to deliver snow that will support a host of exhilarating winter sports. Between alpine and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice-fishing and more, there is plenty to get excited about in the coming season!
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As the White Mountains come down from the high of an incredible peak full of lively fall colors, the leaves are beginning to fade and slowly shed from the treetops. The brilliant red and orange hues which abundantly decorated the landscapes are now fading away, leaving those tenacious birch trees to show off the last of their persistent yellow leaves. Muted tones of bronze, sepia, and russet shade the landscapes, along with a sprinkling of barren trees who have already lost their leaves. While sparse pops of color can still be spotted around the region, especially in southern areas near Waterville Valley or Conway, the foliage has reached its highpoint. After rough winds and rain passed through this week, stripping away the weaker leaves from the treetops, a small second-wave of color is transforming the last green trees into brilliant foliage, so not all hope is lost! Hit the road following Route 1, 175, or 112 to spot some of the last colors this weekend!
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The rolling hills and sloping valleys of the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region are ablaze with an autumn glow. The Sunapee area in particular is simply shining with deep red hues and bright orange splashes. From the peak of Mount Sunapee, sweeping views of stunning foliage rewards hikers. And the sparkling Lake Sunapee is made even more magical when framed by bold foliage. Following west along Interstate 89 will afford unique vistas of rolling waves of foliage and impressive landscapes to boot. Or, you can check out some of the region's many covered bridges; including the Waterloo Covered Bridge in Warner or the world-famous Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge which is the longest two-span bridge on the planet! And let's be real— what could be more beautiful than a quintessential New England Covered Bridge framed by foliage in its peak state? Not much if you ask us!
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The Lakes Region is currently teeming with decadent fall leaves draped across the landscapes. As it stands, the most vibrant colors are crowding around the central lakes, including Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam. Spend an afternoon exploring the southern shores of the big lake in Alton Bay or Weirs Beach. You're bound to find brilliant foliage, and you can enjoy the charming lakeside towns with dazzling colors framing it all. The drive along Interstate 93 north will guide you through a variety of fall colors, with early transitional yellows spotted near Bristol and a collage of orange, red, and burgundy leaves by Ashland and Plymouth. Or, travelling northwest along Route 11 may also grant some fabulous foliage views, so hop in the car and hit the road this weekend!
The quaint small towns and soft hills of the Monadnock Region are painted with a palette of truly romantic autumn hues! Near Keene's charming downtown, the colors have brought a magic to Main Street where the treetops don bright leaves and the sidewalks bear the evidence of fallen foliage. With the region's natural scenic beauty, it's no surprise that autumn only enhances the landscapes and makes this area a little extra special in the fall months. Drive anywhere along Routes 9, 10, or 124 for amazing scenic views right from your car. Or, climb to higher elevations this weekend to capture the foliage in all its marvelous glory! Pitcher Mountain in Stoddard is an easy climb that's less than a mile roundtrip, featuring views at the summit that stretch for miles on end. And with the foliage blotting the forests with rich color, the views are even more spectacular!
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In the Merrimack Valley, it seems the colors shine brighter and more foliage appears amongst the landscapes every day. Rich colors of burgundy, orange, and gold have warmed up the forests, delightfully shading the region in traditional autumn hues. Most areas in the valley are at or near peak, so leaf-peepers can spot incredible color no matter the location. A great way to see the foliage in all its colorful glory is to pedal your way through it! A portion of the Manchester/Lawrence Recreational Rail Trail stretches 5.4 miles from Windham to Salem and affords some fantastic views of quiet forests and charming towns. Hop on at Depot Road in Windham and work through some or all of the trail to see the amazing foliage! Otherwise, a drive along Route 101 from Bedford to Amherst may be a great alternative for a scenic drive touring the foliage.
The Seacoast continues its fruitful transition into the season, and the foliage is developing beautifully. Normally, the coast doesn't see peak foliage conditions until late October, but the colors are coming along quickly this season as a result of both dry conditions and fluctuating temperatures. It's really a delight to see the region showing off colors so early– giving the coast a fabulous fall-feel! Driving east along Route 111 or heading north on I-95 from Hampton Falls to Portsmouth, you'll see the evidence on the trees; where beautiful fall colors have started to abundantly emerge. For a more active option, why not explore the Adams Point Trail in Durham? The trail stretches less than a mile in length and may offer some exciting pops of color along the way!
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