Summer in New Hampshire

Summer in New Hampshire is lively and languid: Action and inaction coexist blissfully. The sun, however, has no license to be lazy. It climbs out of the Atlantic early each morning, casting a golden sheen across the wet sands of Hampton Beach. Then it sinks behind White Mountain peaks in a blaze of pink that signals the day's activities need not come to a hard stop.

New Hampshire's summer-vacation spots offer something for everyone. Swimming, boogie boarding, whale watching, hiking, mountain biking, moose spotting, summer tubing, watersliding, whispering wishes to Cinderella or Santa Claus … All of New Hampshire's attractions are open, from underground caves to ATV trails to a mountain-climbing train. And NASCAR races draw fans to New Hampshire's largest sports facility, New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  With New Hampshire considered the birthplace of youth summer camps, it’s no surprise generations of families have sent their kids here for camp to experience the fresh clean air, rugged wilderness, and beautiful natural landscapes.

If "it all" sounds potentially exhausting, rest assured. Relaxation has been attracting summer tourists to New Hampshire since Colonial governor John Wentworth built a summer-vacation home in Wolfeboro in 1771. Learn to fly-fish. Golf a historic course. Choose a rocker on the porch of the grand and enduring Omni Mount Washington Hotel. Take a leisurely sky ride on Cannon Mountain’s Aerial Tramway. Spread your towel on warm beach sand and read the book you've been neglecting. Visit a brewery, winery, or meadery, and discover new potions to love. Venture no farther than the private wooden hot tub in your romantic room.

On New Hampshire summer days, you have complete license to do whatever makes you happiest.