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American Independence Byway

Length: 21 miles
Communities: Exeter, Hampton Falls, Hampton, Kensington
Highlights: Classic New England Villages, Colonial architecture, sweeping ocean views, fresh seafood, apple orchards, farmers markets, and the American Independence Muse-um, where you’ll see one of the three original Purple Hearts awarded during the Ameri-can Revolution as an original Dunlap Broadside copy of the Declaration of Independence.
Website: www.nh.gov/dot/programs/scbp/tours/independence.htm


The American Independence Byway is a State Scenic & Cultural Byway that winds through the heart of two of New Hampshire’s four original towns -- Exeter (1638) and Hampton (1639) - and two of the smaller towns that were later divided from them—Hampton Falls and Kensington. The 21 mile roadway loop, which takes about 1 hour to drive, affords sweeping views of fields and woodlands, marshes and the Atlantic Ocean; as well as a sampling of life and architecture from colonial days to the present at every turn.

Whether you’re a history buff or nature lover, enjoy expling unique ships and restaurants, or are simply looking to experience the quintessential beauty of a New England autumn, the American Independence Byway will draw you in!