COLONIAL NEW HAMPSHIRE SEACOAST RIDE (approx. 40 miles )
Start your ride in Portsmouth
, one of the greatest port cities of the 18th and early 19th century, which still has a working waterfront, along with a vibrant and historic downtown.
Take Rt. 1B, which begins in Portsmouth's historic district, over the causeway to New Castle
. This narrow route winds around the island, past the grand Wentworth-by-the-Sea
and tow early military fortifications, Fort Stark and Fort Constitution; the latter was the site of the first aggressive act of the American Revolution.
When Rt. 1B connects with Rt. 1A, turn south through Rye
and North Hampton
; along the way you'll find Odiorne State Park
and a series of State Parks with oceanfront beaches. In Hampton Beach
, take Rt. 101 to Rt. 1 through Hampton Falls
and Rt. 84, one of the region's earliest roads. It will take you through Kensington
to Rt. 150 and Exeter
, one of the four original towns in colonial New Hampshire and the state capitol during the Revolutionary War. From there, follow Rt. 27 along the original 18th century route back to Hampton
American Independence Byway
Front Street, Exeter to left on Pine Street to Rte. 150, Kensington to Rte. 84 east through Hampton Falls; Rte. 1 north to Hampton; Exeter Road (Rte. 27) to Exeter. Explore historic Exeter and Hampton, early colonial settlements, and Kensington with its Georgian and early Federal farms.
Rte. 1A from Portsmouth to Seabrook. This byway is unique as it runs along New Hampshire's coastline while highlighting many historic sites.