How to Have an Epic Summer in New Hampshire

Gather your friends and gear up! You’re in for the most memorable summer ever. New Hampshire is just a fun road trip away loaded with thrilling excursions, stunning scenes and must-see shows. So get inspired, share with your friends and choose your summer adventures.

Live Free

Bear Brook State Park, Allenstown, NH

Nope, “Live Free” isn’t just a motto. It’s a way of life in New Hampshire. And it sounds like you and your crew are amped up to embrace it. Good thing too, because adventure abounds across all the regions of Granite State. Start up all the action with ATVing in the Great North Woods for a few days, then head down to the White Mountains for a little high-flying ziplining and hiking. Take the scenic drive down through the Monadnock Region, and hit a few mountain biking trails like Beaver Brook, Bear Brook, Drummer Hill and Goose Moose.

Paddle It Out

Ledyard Canoe Club, Connecticut River, Hanover, NH, Photo by: @kathleensed

Up for exploring some more? Make your way to the delightful Dartmouth/Sunapee region. National Geographic’s “Digital Nomad” Robert Reid spent some time there the last summer and recommends renting a canoe or kayak on the Connecticut River then grabbing some food in Hanover.

Clean Up, Head Out

If you like to weave a little arts and culture into your summer vacations, you’ll find what you’re looking for in historic Concord and Manchester in the Merrimack Valley. Visit the Currier Museum of Art or take in a show at the Palace Theater. This area has anything you want to enjoy, from theatre and museums to sports events, concerts and a stellar culinary scene. Then of course there’s always Portsmouth for more shows, locally-brewed beer and fresh seafood food.

The above recommendations are from the VisitNH Social Media Communities that provided their favorite New Hampshire hot spots.