Summer Vacation Ideas

Summer's the season when New Hampshire lakes and rivers sparkle, attractions are all operating at full tilt, beaches beckon, and long sunshine-filled summer days seem made for only one thing: vacation! Whether you're planning your one and only summer getaway or you're one of the lucky folks who retreat to a New Hampshire summer home every weekend, these vacation ideas may inspire you to try something new in New Hampshire.

Your summer adventure can be as blood-pumping as a whitewater paddling journey or as low-key as finding your way to New Hampshire's newest nanobrewery. Did you know we were the first state to distinguish artisanal breweries that produce fewer than 15,000 barrels annually from larger microbrewery operations? Whichever summer itinerary captures your interest, remember: In the "Live Free or Die" state, your own sense of adventure is always the best tour guide.

Androscoggin River Adventure
This active three-day itinerary combines hikes and paddling trips in and around wild and scenic Errol, New Hampshire. It's designed for serious paddlers, so if you're not experienced at navigating a canoe or kayak, consider hiring a local guide, who can also lead you to the best spots for fishing and wildlife viewing.

New Hampshire's Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Trails
Vineyards, dairies, and chocolatiers in New Hampshire craft palate-pleasing treats that were made to be paired. Use this map to plot your own summer sampling adventure. Three suggested routes will inspire you to plan food-themed day or weekend trips.

New Hampshire's Grand Waterfall Watching
A waterfall’s cooling mist sure beats indoor air conditioning in the summertime. This itinerary will introduce you to a half-dozen of the most photogenic cascades in northern New Hampshire.

Covered Bridges
New Hampshire has 54 historic covered bridges, and this driving tour will take you to the bridges of Coos County. They may not be as famous as the bridges of Madison County, Iowa—the setting for Robert James Waller's romantic novel and its movie adaptation—but this cluster of spans along the Connecticut River enchant visitors to New Hampshire's North Country.

New Hampshire's Brewery Map: Live Free and Savor
Craft brewing has exploded in New Hampshire, and this map will help you find fresh beer wherever you roam this summer. We're also proud to be home to a team of Budweiser's world-famous Clydesdales. You can visit these impressive horses daily at the Anheuser–Busch Brewery in Merrimack, New Hampshire.