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Nature lovers will be blown away by the unrivaled scenery and countless opportunities for wildlife viewing in the Great North Woods.
Choose from five spectacular driving tours; the Kancamagus Highway, a national scenic byway, is the granddaddy of them all.
Spend a half-day or longer driving the Sunapee Loop and you'll see one of the most photogenic town greens in America.
The Lakes Loop circles Lake Winnipesaukee, the perfect introduction to this vacationland.
Drive the Monadnock Region Loop to explore some of the most quintessentially New England towns in New Hampshire.
Choose from 10 scenic drives and byways in this historic region.
Along a shoreline drive in coastal New Hampshire, you’ll experience both the region’s Colonial history and its scenic beauty.
Jericho Mountain State Park provides opportunities for miles of trail riding for ATV, UTV, trail bike, and snowmobile enthusiasts alike.
Throughout the park, visitors are treated to a number of scenic outlooks. The park also includes a 20 site ride-in/ride-out campground,
cabins, a bathhouse and Visitors Center. Learn More
The fire tower at hilltop Milan Hill State Park offers a complete view of the mountain ranges in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Canada. The park is home to a primitive camping area with four yurts and six campsites. Learn More
Built in 1862, the Stark Covered Bridge is one of the most beautiful covered bridges in New Hampshire. The bridge is set in picturesque Stark village next to the historic Stark Union Church. It spans the Ammonoosuc River, with covered pedestrian paths on either side.
Set at the very top of Mt. Prospect in Lancaster, Weeks State Park provides a 360-degree panorama of mountain splendor, including the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Kilkenny Range, the Percy Peaks, and the upper Connecticut River Valley. Visitors can climb the old stone fire tower for even better mountain views. Learn More
A scenic trail around Echo Lake provides great views of sheer, 700-foot Cathedral Ledge which towers over the lake. A mile-long auto road and hiking trails lead to the top of Cathedral Ledge where views across the Saco River Valley to the White Mountains can be enjoyed. Learn More
The Lincoln Woods Trail is one of the easiest and most heavily used trails in the White Mountain National Forest. Leaving the parking lot on the north side of the Kancamagus Highway, the Lincoln Woods Trail immediately crosses the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River via a very scenic 160’ long suspension bridge. Learn More
Lower falls is one of the most popular stops along the Kancamagus Highway. The falls is a beautiful spot where the Swift River drops many feet over smooth granite rocks into a large pool. It is an ideal place to picnic, sunbathe, and swim in warm weather. Learn More
Bear Notch Road can be accessed from Route 302 in Bartlett. This road connects Route 302 to the Kancamagus Highway and has many scenic stops and overlooks with spectacular views as it climbs through the White Mountains. Please note- this road is closed during the winter.
Mount Sunapee State Park is a major recreation area offering year-round activities at beautiful 4,085 acre Lake Sunapee. A picturesque lakeside beach, a vast network of well-marked hiking trails, and a secluded group campground make it the perfect place to spend a day or entire weekend. Learn More
Located in downtown Hanover, the green is the focal point of the Dartmouth College campus. This beautiful lawn on the iconic campus is a stunning spot for visitors and students alike to meet up, ride bikes, play sports and relax. From the green, visitors can easily access the many shops and restaurants on Main Street, Hanover. Learn More
Visitors drive up a 3-1/2 mile scenic auto road to the parking and picnic areas of Rollins State Park. From there, hikers can climb a one-half mile trail to the summit of Mt.Kearsarge. Views stretch from Mt. Monadnock to the coastal plain. The summits of Pack Monadnock, Crotched and Uncanoonuc Mountains, the hills of central MA, and the Boston skyline are visible on the horizon. Learn More
Located at the southern tip of Lake Winnipesaukee, these colorful houses sit on a small inlet of Alton Bay where Route 11 crosses the water. The combination of vibrant fall foliage and the colors of the homes reflecting in the water makes for a perfect fall photo. Continuing to head west on Route 11 allows for sweeping vistas of the lake and mountain ranges beyond.
This iconic 1914 Arts & Crafts mansion is perched on a stunning 5,500 acre mountaintop estate with 28 miles of trails, waterfalls, giant trout pond, and breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee. Activities include castle tours, hiking, seasonal events, art gallery, dining, horseback riding and gift shop. Learn More
Located just off the road, behind the police and fire station in Gilford is the Tannery Hill Covered Bridge. It is a foot traffic only bridge with beautiful latticework openings, spanning Gunstock brook. It was built to link the town hall with the rest of the town center and is named for the tannery that once stood in the area.
Ellacoya State Park is located in Gilford on the southwest shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire's largest lake. The 600-foot long sandy beach, with views across the lake to the Sandwich and Ossipee mountains, is a great place to spend a full day of lake fun and picnicking. Learn More
Monadnock State Park is located in and around the 3,165-ft. Mount Monadnock. The park is surrounded by thousands of acres of protected highlands and offers year-round recreational opportunities. Scenic views of Monadnock can be found from a number of regional roads and highways, especially Route 124 in Jaffrey. Learn More
Stonewall Farm is home to 23 acres of pastures, hiking and biking trails, gardens, wetlands and forest. Children will enjoy splashing in the brook and playing in the nature playground. Visit the farm animals, stop in the farm store and be sure to check out the extensive events calendar of seasonal activities. Learn More
Washington is a scenic small town in southwestern New Hampshire, with a population of about 1100. Washington is a rural town with a hilly, rugged, and forested landscape. It’s picturesque village contains examples of stunning early architecture, including the Town Hall, built as a meetinghouse in 1787, and the Congregational Church built in 1840. Learn More
Canterbury Shaker Village is a National Historic Landmark and museum nestled among the rolling hills of wooded central New Hampshire. With nearly 700 acres of forests, nature trails, gardens and ponds, as well as 25 original and 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings, the Village is a must see for any visitor to New England. Learn More
The 76 foot tall tower in Garrison Hill Park is one of the best places to take in the entire seacoast region, with dramatic 360 degree views. From the 298 foot elevation of Garrison Hill, visitors can see both the Isles of Shoals and the White Mountains on a clear day. Learn More
Odiorne Point is the largest undeveloped stretch of shore on New Hampshire’s 18 mile coast. Visitors can enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and rocky shore, and an extensive network of trails traversing the park. Large stone walls bound open fields, remnants of formal gardens and wildflowers grow side by side, and historic man-made military bunkers lie hidden under mounds of earth. Learn More
What a beautiful season it's been in the Great North Woods! Mother Nature put on an amazing show this fall, and while many areas are starting to move past peak, there is still some nice color hanging on. Sure, you'll definitely see plenty of bare trees, but those brightly colored leaves that have dropped only add to the beauty of the town greens and classic New England villages. And mixed in among those trees that have already past are quite a few that are still holding strong to their deep reds and golden yellows. Consider a scenic drive on any of the following Routes: 3, 16, 110, and 145. Route 3 near the Connecticut Lakes is a lovely drive as is Route 16 along the Androscoggin River. And if you're in Berlin on Saturday, stop by RiverFire Festival, a day filled with fall fun for the whole family and capped off with spectacular fires on the river at night!
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Leaf peepers visiting the White Mountains this past weekend were rewarded with an absolutely amazing show of color. Entire mountainsides were ablaze in fall color with barely a spot of green in sight! There is definitely still time left to check out this stunning display of fall- but get up here fast, because it won't last long! Up north of Franconia Notch, some leaves have begun to drop and some colors have turned a bit more muted- but that's not to say it isn't still pretty. Try a drive through the notch and up into Franconia and Sugar Hill during late afternoon when the sun filters through the leaves. This particular lighting turns the leaves translucent and reflective, making a sunny day even brighter. The Lincoln/Woodstock area has been gorgeous lately. Try Route 112 out of North Woodstock headed west for a truly magnificent drive- you'll be surrounded by all shades of bright yellow, gold, orange and bronze with a bit of red mixed in too. A great day trip is Lost River Gorge, where you can follow a meandering series of boardwalks along waterfalls and boulder caves, all while surrounded by stunning leaves. The I-93 corridor is a sea of bright yellow and orange as far as the eye can see, with the stretch from exit 23 to 28 reported to be especially beautiful. Try meandering down Route 175 through Thornton and Campton. The foliage is hanging on strong in this area of the region, so take some time during the next few days and enjoy it!
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Wow, what a stunning few days it has been in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region! Full peak color is covering the region and it's still hanging on strong. Our leaf-peepers are reporting brilliant reds, golden yellows, and bright oranges lining the hillsides and valleys. There is still a lot of beautiful color around the Sunapee area and up and down the I-89 corridor. Consider adding extra time into your weekend travels to explore one of the many covered bridges or historic sites you'll find in this region. Travel down Route 10 and 12A along the Connecticut River for a look at the lovely scenery. Or try Route 4 and 4A through Enfield and Canaan and around Mascoma Lake. Other routes to try this week include Route 103 to Newbury, Route 103 B and A from Newbury to New London, Route 114 Bradford to Henniker, and Route 114 to Sutton.
It's here! Peak foliage is finally arriving in the Lakes region. Every road and route you'll travel in this region is bathed in gorgeous shades of yellow, orange and red. One of our veteran leaf-peepers is reporting to us that the views right now are "simply spectacular!" If you've been waiting for just the right time to explore this area, then you've timed it just right! Newfound Lake is reported to be right at peak color. Head into Bristol and take a ride up 3A towards the lake for quite the show. You can then take West Shore Drive up along the western side of the lake right up to Wellington State Park, where the views across the water are jaw-dropping. Route 25 from Meredith to Center Harbor and up through Moultonborough is drenched in color. The show continues on Route 113 through Tamworth, where you'll have a breathtaking view of Mount Chocorua. Route 3 through Holderness and around Squam Lake is a beautiful sight right now too. With rain and wind forecasted for the week ahead, now is the time to come check out the fall show- so head for the lakes region now!
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The Monadnock region has truly had a magnificent year for foliage- it seems like peak color started early and just keeps hanging on and on around here! Yes, there has been a bit of leaf drop in many of the trees, but those that are starting to bare are still surrounded by others that are bold and brilliant. There is foliage everywhere you look: along any roadway; surrounding ponds, swamps, and marshes; and dotting hillsides and mountainsides. You cannot take a wrong turn in seeking foliage right now! Route 9 between Keene and Brattleboro, VT is still absolutely beautiful. Routes 119 and 12 through Winchester, Richmond, Fitzwilliam, and Troy is a gorgeous drive as well. Other suggested routes are Route 119 from Fitzwilliam through Winchester and Route 101 from Keene through Marlborough, Dublin, and Peterborough. Don't miss out on the spectacular show, head up here now!
Nearly the entire Merrimack Valley region has now hit peak or very near peak! The past weekend was absolutely stunning here, with all the fall colors on full, bold display. Route 101 from the Bedford Village Inn in Bedford through Amherst to the Milford line is filled with an abundance of orange and red. There is especially beautiful color in the low or swampy areas. Color behind the Meadowview Cemetery in Amherst is picture perfect right now with foliage at peak in this spot. Route 127 from Salisbury through Webster is a lovely ride with pops of color lining the roadside. The scenic drive continues on Route 103 into Hopkinton and onto Henniker, where you can expect to see bright yellows and oranges all along the way. A good hint for the entire region is to get off the main roads for extra special views of the beautiful fall colors.
It's starting to look more and more like fall in the Seacoast region. The leaves in this coastal region are looking brighter and prettier by the day. Views across the marshes are popping with brilliant colors. Route 1, all the side roads, and even I-95 are all looking good- though there is still quite a bit of green, the reds, oranges and yellows are starting to become more dominant. Route 4 from the Seacoast to Durham is also nice and Routes 101, 85 and 88 are all showing a nice mix of fall color as well. Visiting a farm or enjoying an ocean cruise are fun ways to take in the fall colors in this region.
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