From Bristol, Manchester is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) to the south, and Portland is 75 miles (121 kilometers) to the east.
Savvy travelers often use Bristol as a jumping off point for further adventures. This much-loved region possesses a wealth of great attractions. Plymouth State University and Polar Caves Park which you'll find in and around Plymouth, are interesting places to visit. Plymouth, is approximately 12 miles (19 kilometers) away from Bristol. If you feel like more, travel to Laconia and see the Belknap Mill Society Museum and Winnipesaukee Playhouse (Winni P). Laconia is roughly 14 miles (23 kilometers) from Bristol.
Rent a vehicle and spend half a day in Concord, a major city for the region, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Bristol. The city has a range of tourist attractions, for example Walker-Woodman House, Beaver Meadow Golf Course and Bear Brook State Park. Plausawa Valley Country Club, Ragged Mountain Ski Resort and New Hampshire State House are some other places worth checking out for those who find themselves with time to spare.
If the sun is shining while here, explore Central New Hampshire's watery side. Rafting and tubing are two local options. The Central New Hampshire area offers a wide range of relaxing pastimes, such as camping and bird watching.
If you intend on traveling by air, take into account that the handiest major airport is Lebanon Municipal Airport, 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the west of Bristol.