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
Another foliage season has come to a close in the Great North Woods, with the colors of fall moving past peak and the majority of leaves decorating the ground and roadways rather than the trees. Don’t let that discourage you from a trip up to this beautiful part of the state where recreation and wildlife watching are just a couple of the amazing activities you can experience year round. To learn more about the Great North Woods region, click here.
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The White Mountains region has moved well into the past peak phase of foliage. Many leaves have fallen now, with probably close to 80% on the ground. However, there is a bit more color remaining towards the southern part of the region. Below Pinkham Notch, our leaf peepers are reporting golds, oranges, rusts and browns still decorating some trees. Try the Campton area around Waterville Valley for a final White Mountain leaf peeping trip. Though many leaves have fallen, the color that remains still makes for a pretty drive. As the foliage season wraps up, be sure to start planning now for your winter mountain adventures! Click here to learn more.
Another foliage season has just about wrapped up in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region. The leaves are definitely past peak, with what remains looking rusty, brown and dark yellow. You will find pockets of brighter color here and there- try near Sunapee or further south in the region for your best bet at what remains for foliage right now. And despite the leaf drop and duller tones, it is still a beautiful time of year to drive the many back roads up around the Hanover area. The remaining leaves add a nice colorful backdrop to the beautiful country roads. There are lots of great country inns and hotels in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region- start planning your next trip today, click here.
In the Lakes region, most of the trees have become muted yellows and oranges, signs that the foliage is past its peak. However, with all of this rain that fell this week, the drive from Farmington to Belmont is beautiful, lined with the pretty, paler colors that remain. If you’re headed up for the weekend, you’ll probably still find some foliage throughout many of the towns surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee and the views of the big lake are stunning no matter what season you visit, so plan your next getaway today! Click here to get planning.
After a longer than usual peak foliage season, the Monadnock region is just starting to head past peak. Heavy rain and wind earlier in the week brought down quite a bit of leaves, but the color that remains is still quite pretty and there are spots that are still hanging onto nice bright red, orange and yellow. Try a scenic drive on Route 101 heading from Peterborough through Dublin, to Marlboro and Keene. Route 63 from Chesterfield to Westmoreland is a nice drive, too. There are lots of great upcoming events, plus year round recreation and activities in the Monadnock region, so be sure to visit again even after the leaves have fallen. Plan your trip, click here.
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A series of rainy, windy days brought down leaves quickly in the Merrimack Valley and the region has now moved a bit past peak. Many roads are still quite pretty- you’ll see one tree covered in bright yellow leaves next to a tree that is surrounded by bold reds and oranges on the ground below. The state capital of Concord still has quite a bit of color to be found, even with many trees now starting to drop their leaves. This weekend should provide leaf peepers with a decent bit of color from the Massachusetts line up through Manchester, Milford and Amherst. It won’t be the bright show of weekends past, but now is still a great time to get in the car and take a scenic ride with a stop for lunch and shopping in one of our bigger cities like Manchester, Nashua or Concord. Learn more about visiting the Merrimack Valley region year round by clicking here.
The Seacoast is where you want to be if you’re still looking for peak color in New Hampshire. The area is still at the beginning stages of peak right now. It’s been an unusual season of color here. Some hills and roadways are still very green while others are just starting to turn orange and yellow. Still other spots are full peak with bright orange and red. This will be a quick peak season for the region- the heavy wind and rain of the past few days has stripped a significant amount of trees already. So take advantage of the color now, because it probably won’t last long. Some recommended drives for the upcoming weekend will be Routes 33, 108, 101, 85 and 88. Even after the leaves have fallen, plan to visit the Seacoast region later this fall and winter. The Portsmouth area has wonderful holiday events and our coastal town are beautiful year round. Learn more here.
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