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Lakes Region

Your winter road trip itinerary for the Lakes region.
From frozen waterfalls to sled dog races and breathtaking beauty of a wintry landscape. This road trip through the Lakes Region checks all the boxes for a great winter getaway.

Rainbow Falls, (1035 Cummings Hill Road, Plymouth) Located in a nature preserve, this is a great winter hike through the woods that clocks in at about 1.2 miles round trip.  A great way to see a waterfall in winter.  A reminder to be prepared with winter gear.

48 Main Café & Creperie (94 Main Street, Meredith) Sweet and savory is the specialty at this Lakes Region local favorite. Serving up creative crepes and cupcakes, along with coffee, espresso and teas, there’s surely something to satisfy your craving at this café.

Skijoring at Gunstock (719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford) Hit the trails with your favorite four-legged friend for an afternoon of skijoring. Gunstock offers everything you need for this truly unique experience that pairs you with your pup while skiing.  

Lakeport Opera House (781 Union Avenue, Laconia) Enjoy a myriad of live entertainment at this recently restored local landmark.  Enjoy live music, theater and much more in a historic setting with a modern vibe.     

World Championship Sled Dog Derby (Laconia) Cheer on teams of mushers at a weekend of racing in Laconia. The World Championship Sled Dog Derby is a Lakes Region tradition that dates back to the 1930s. Check the Lakes Region Sled Dog Club for race dates and the best spectator spots along the route.

Alton Bay Seaplane Base and Ice Runway Photo Opp (46 Mount Major Highway, Alton Bay) Head to Alton Bay this winter to see aircraft taking off and landing on frozen Lake Winnipesaukee. Weather permitting, it’s usually open January to March, and is a great place for a cool winter photo opp.   

Tanger Outlets (120 Laconia Road, Tilton) Be sure to factor in time on your road trip for retail therapy. Tanger Outlets is the perfect place to get your fill, offering brand-name and designer outlet stores. And a reminder, shopping is sales tax-free.

If your winter road trip involves visiting prospective colleges and universities, NH is home to a diverse mix. Click (HERE) to explore schools in the region.

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