New Hampshire offers an intoxicating combination of charming, old-world towns and breathtaking, adventure-filled landscapes. The “Granite State” has attracted travelers for centuries, initially those mining its rich resources and now people seeking scenic New England escapes. Enjoy a vacation mix of culture, nature, history and hiking.
Discover New Hampshire’s colonial legacy in cities such as Portsmouth, where European settlers landed in 1623. In 1775, the colony was among the first to declare independence from Britain. In the following years New Hampshire thrived as an industrial and manufacturing state.
Wander around Portsmouth’s historic sites. Learn about the town’s mercantile history in the Moffatt-Ladd House. The Strawbery Banke Museum features a collection of 40 period buildings, including an 18th-century tavern.
Ride the Mount Washington Cog Railway into the mountains for a relaxing way to view the scenery. This 19th-century train takes you to the summit of Mount Washington, where on a clear day you can see neighboring states of Vermont, New York and Massachusetts and the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore the surrounding region of the White Mountains. Hike and cycle along spectacular trails or come back in winter for skiing on some of the highest peaks in northeastern America.
Kayak through the tranquil Lakes Region in central New Hampshire. Paddle between hundreds of islands on Lake Winnipesaukee or ramble along the shorelines of peaceful Squam Lake. This region also features several picturesque towns such as Wolfeboro and Moultonborough. Visit historic sites such as the Castle in the Clouds and the Clark House Museum Complex.
Fly into Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and drive through the state to appreciate its diverse and dazzling scenery. Visitors flock to New Hampshire in the fall for its famous autumnal foliage, but the state offers delights in every season. Spring promises quieter attractions and clear weather, while summer has bright warm days to spend near beaches and lakes. Visit in winter for snow sports and landscapes covered in a blanket of glistening snow.