8 Best Things to do in New Hampshire

Situated in the New England, the US state of New Hampshire is like a breath of fresh air. Exploring New Hampshire’s nature and wildlife in its large expanses of wilderness is, without a doubt, one of the best things to do. But wait, there is more! You can go wine tasting followed by a catered lunch or enjoy an afternoon of whale watching at Cape Cod, or maybe enjoy a picnic lunch on an afternoon cruise on Squam Lake. 

Here are some of the top things to do in New Hampshire

1. Take a ride up the Mount Washington Cog Railway

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Also called the Cog, this vintage coal-fired steam locomotive with its modern biodiesel engines has been taking people up the highest peak in the Northeast since 1868 with no signs of slowing down. World's first mountain-climbing Cog Railway, this is must and one of the best things to do in New Hampshire. The Cog, something that looks straight out of children’s book, will carry you to the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington, and treat you to marvellous views along the way. After your special ride to the top, you can enjoy a tour of Mount Washington Observatory and also watch a documentary at the nearby Omni Mount Washington Resort. This 3-mile rail ride will be an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

2. Experience pure joy at the Santa's Village

This North Pole-themed fun park is located in Jefferson, New Hampshire and is a family favourite! Their rides have Christmas-themed names too which makes this place even more fun. Come, check out their 23 rides, including the “Rudy's Rapid Transit Coaster" and "The Great Humbug Adventure". Apart from the rides, this theme park also includes three theatres and Santa's home. Some of the other attractions at the Santa’s Village include Antique Cars, Christmas Ferris Wheel, Reindeer Carousel, The Skyway Sleigh, and Ho Ho H20. 

3. North Conway and Mt. Washington Valley Ski Resorts

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New Hampshire’s White Mountains are home to some of the world’s best cross-country trails. What’s more? The scenery here is fantastic. Featuring more than a thousand kilometers of tracked and skate-groomed trails, everyone from beginners to experts can enjoy skiing here. 

4. Hampton Beach

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Hampton Beach is a village district and beach resort in the town of Hampton in New Hampshire. Rated in the top 3 cleanest beaches in the United States, this beach along the Atlantic Ocean is also one of the most visited beaches in New Hampshire. Apart from making a splash in the water, there are many attractions along the beach. This includes New Hampshire Marine Memorial, Hampton Bridge, and the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. Events like Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, the Hampton Beach Sand Sculpture Competition, and fireworks on the 4th of July are a few more attractions here. 

5. Kancamagus Highway

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A drive along the Kancamagus Highway is one of the best things to do in New Hampshire. This 34-mile scenic highway that runs between Lincoln, NH, and Conway, NH. Often called "the Kanc," this road is thickly treed and is especially attractive during the fall season. Offering many Instagram-worthy opportunities along its way, driving along this highway without any stops is free. Some of the highway attractions include Albany Covered Bridge, Lower Falls Scenic Area, Rocky Gorge Scenic Area, Russell-Colbath Historic Site, Sabbaday Falls, and Upper Lady's Bath.

6. Castle in The Clouds

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Castle in the Clouds is a 16-room mansion that is spread over 5,500-acre mountain top estate in Moultonborough in New Hampshire. Overlooking New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, this mansion was originally named Lucknow. This site opened to the public in 1959 and since then has been one of the best places to visit in New Hampshire. Visitors must check out this architecturally fascinating home but also make sure you enjoy a meal at the Carriage House Restaurant. You can also check out the art gallery, a gift shop, and an ice cream stand here. 

7. America's Stonehenge

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One of the most popular places to visit in New Hampshire, America's Stonehenge is an archaeological site within the town of Salem. Often called America's oldest archaeological site, here you can check out a maze of man-made chambers, walls and ceremonial meeting places that are scattered around 30 acres of land. Apart from the rock and stone structures, you can enjoy the snowshoe trails and an alpaca farm as well. 

8. Snowmobiling in the Great North Woods

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The Great North Woods of New Hampshire have more than 700 miles of snowmobile trails where thousands of locals and out-of-staters gather during winter months to make the most of the region’s pristine groomed trails. Hear the purr of your snowmobile engines as you make way through the miles long trails of the region. The accompanying wildlife and mountain views only add to the view. 

 

Come and let nature spoil you! Plan a trip to New Hampshire today.

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