New Hampshire offers visitors the opportunity to explore a varied landscape, rich in the hallmarks of Scenic New England. The valley is a gateway to the 780,000-acre White Mountain National Forest with 1200 miles of hiking trails and 700 miles of cycle paths. Waterfalls are a frequent sight thanks to the terrain. Another unique attraction is the wealth of historic covered bridges and over 50 of these can be found throughout the countryside. Along the way, white clapboard houses and churches stand prominently over charming village greens.
Jackson and North Conway are scenic gateway villages to the many attractions of the Mount Washington Valley. North Conway is theregion’s liveliest town and has become a major shopping destination with scores of factory outlet stores as well as one-of a-kind shops. A train ride aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad provides an unusually pleasant way to view the splendour of this magnificent mountain reg -ion through the spectacular Crawford Notch.
The Lakes Region is another aspect of the state’s natural appeal with the centrepiece Lake Winnipesaukee, one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in the United States, and Squam Lake which became known as Golden Pond ever since the movie of the same name was
filmed here. The seacoast region comprises just 18 miles with the historic city of Portsmouth, one of the original Pilgrim settlements, at
its centre. Elsewhere in Southern New Hampshire is the Merrimack Valley which includes Manchester with fine arts, new performing arts
venues, interesting museums, and restored textile mills. Concord is a delightfully walkable small city with its Planetarium dedicated to Christa McAuliffe who died in the space shuttle Challenger. Just to the north is the Canterbury Shaker Village, a community founded more than 200 years ago by Shakers and now a living history museum with several buildings, indoor and outdoor exhibits, costumed interpreters, and many interesting programs for children. Also near Concord is Bear Brook State Park, offering hiking, bicycling, picnicking, swimming, and a great natural history museum.
- See the famous covered bridges
- Drive through Franconia Notch and Mount Washington National Park
- Hike to beautiful waterfalls
- Shop at the North Conway outlets
- Take a trip on the Conway Scenic Railroad
- Stroll through Jackson Village and the nearby falls.
- Cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee
- Picnic on Squam Lake
- Visit the Anheuser-Busch brewery
- Explore the Millyard Museum and hands-on See Science Center in Manchester
- Visit the Canterbury Shaker Village