A summer in New Hampshire is like no other. Our small state is jam-packed with once-in-a-lifetime experiences you just can’t find anywhere else. From summiting the tallest peak in the northeast to sampling signature NH craft beer—you’ll find perfectly unexpected adventures around every corner. Check out some of some of New Hampshire’s most unique experiences to inspire your summer bucket list!
Conquer the Tallest Peak in the Northeast
There are three ways to summit this one-of-a-kind towering mountain, and three magnificent ways of experiencing its grandeur. The brave can conquer the climb on foot, the daring can reach the summit aboard the historic Cog Railway, and the bold can ascend the mountain by car via the Auto Road!
Take a Moose Safari Tour
Ever seen a moose in the wild? In New Hampshire, local guides know the best spots to seek out these wild beasts and can practically guarantee a sighting for you. Book a tour with Gorham Moose Tours, Pemi Valley Moose Tours, or North Conway Moose Safari Tours this summer!
Set Sail aboard a Historic Gundalow
In the 1600s, gundalows were used as cargo barges to transport goods up and down waterways in Maine and New Hampshire. These vessels are unique to the Piscataqua Region, and the Gundalow Company in Portsmouth offers sunset sails and narrated tours aboard an authentic gundalow replica!
Master a World-Class Golf Course
At the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, you can tee off and challenge an award-winning 18-hole or 9-hole championship golf course with the dramatic view of Mount Washington as the backdrop to your game. With such inspiring scenery and grandeur, how could you possibly have a bad game?
Explore NH’s Craft Beverage Scene
The Granite State is home to more than 160 craft beverage makers. Whether you’re looking for locally brewed beer, world class wines, award winning hard ciders or creative craft spirits, New Hampshire producers have something to please just about every palette.
Cruise on the Oldest Floating Post Office in the U.S.
On Lake Winnipesaukee, you have a rare opportunity to cruise aboard the Oldest Floating Post Office in the Country! A two hour cruise aboard the Sophie C. will guide you along calm waters as the boat makes her stops to local islands and the crew hand-delivers mail to summer residents!
Stay in a Grand Resort Hotel
New Hampshire has three grand hotels unlike any other. The Omni Mount Washington Resort is tucked away at the base of Mount Washington, offering a luxurious retreat in the mountains. The Mountain View Grand Resort delivers elegance and comfort with a first-class spa on-site and dazzling views of the White Mountains. On the seacoast, Wentworth By the Sea is an oceanfront oasis where the hotel’s stunning views of the Atlantic are simply unparalleled.
Visit America’s Stonehenge
America’s own version of Stonehenge is located right here in Salem, New Hampshire. This enigmatic site features cryptic manmade rock formations and caves that date back over 4,000 years. To this day, those responsible for its construction and why remains a mystery…
Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride
The dream of gliding through the air in the weaved basket of a hot air balloon can be more than just a fantasy. A&A Balloon Rides in North Salem has been lifting off for over 25 years, introducing passengers to the joy of ballooning and making dreams come true! Liftoff at sunrise for an ethereal view of the sky, feel the roar of the burners and listen to the serene silence of the open air.
Here in New Hampshire, you can ride the rails in a whole new way. With Scenic Rail Riders in Concord or Laconia’s new Rail Bike Adventures from the Hobo Railroad, you can pedal a lightweight, 2-4 person rail bike along decommissioned railroad tracks that wind through scenic landscapes and beautiful vistas!