Overview

Whether it’s gliding down winter ski slopes or splashing in the surf of the Atlantic coastline, New Hampshire offers four distinct seasons and adventures in every region. Indulge in an easy-going day by the water, or if a more action-packed trip is calling your name, explore New Hampshire’s wildlife by bike or ATV. Experience a quintessential fall filled day with leaf peeping, or or visit in the springtime and learn about maple sugaring. You’ll never be at a loss for things to do in New Hampshire. Not to mention, New Hampshire is tax-free all year long.

TOP ATTRACTIONS

  • Scenic Trains: Mount Washington Cog Railway, Conway Scenic Railroad, Hobo Railroad, Winnipesaukee Railroad, Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train
  • Scenic Cruises: Mount Washington Cruises, Lake Sunapee Cruises, ELC Outdoors on Lake Umbagog, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Portsmouth Gundalow Sail, Portsmouth Harbor Cruises, Isles of Shoals Steamship Cruises, Whale watching
  • Aerial Rides: Cannon Mountain Tramway, Loon Mountain Gondola, Wildcat Mountain Gondola, Lakes Region Seaplane Tours, Seacoast Helicopters, White Mountains Helicopters, dozens of ziplines and canopy tours
  • Amusement Parks: Canobie Lake Park, Water Country, Whale’s Tale Water Park, Clark’s Trading Post, Story Land, Santa’s Village
  • Main Streets: Market Square Portsmouth, Concord, Elm Street Manchester, Littleton, Hanover, Keene, Peterborough, North Conway, Wolfeboro, Meredith, Warner
  • Historic Sites: Strawbery Banke, Castle in the Clouds, Canterbury Shaker Village, Fort at No. 4, Dartmouth College (Orozco Mural), Saint Gaudens National Historic Site, Manchester Millyard, Remick Country Doctor Farm, covered bridges, historic grand resorts
  • Natural Attractions: White Mountain National Forest, Flume Gorge, Hampton Beach, Madison Boulder, Mount Washington, Sculptured Rocks Natural Area
  • Extreme Adventure: Appalachian Mountain Club’s Hut to Hut hiking, Highland Mountain Bike Park, Tuckerman’s Ravine extreme backcountry skiing, RaftNH, Team O’Neill Rally Driving, International Mountain Climbing School, Eastman’s Deep Sea Fishing, Bear Rock ATV Adventures, Northern Extremes Snowmobile Tours

BEST EATS

  • New Hampshire Flavors: lobster, clam chowder, maple syrup and pancakes, fresh apples and pie, cider doughnuts, ice cream, whoopie pies
  • Fine Dining: Moxy, Black Trumpet, Colby Hill Inn, Inn at Pleasant Lake, Cotton, PINE at Hanover Inn, Stages at One Washington, Massimo, Hanover Street Chophouse, White Mountain Cider Company, Sugar Hill Inn, Dancing Lion Chocolates & Cafe
  • Roadside Favorites: Red Arrow Diner in Manchester, Gilley’s Diner, Tilt’n Diner, Petey’s Seafood, Sandwich Depot in Concord

TOP EVENTS

Winter
  • Vintage Christmas & Candlelight Stroll, Portsmouth
  • New Hampshire Snow Sculpting Competition, Jackson
  • Mount Washington Valley Chocolate Festival, North Conway
  • Wentworth by the Sea Winter Wine Festival, New Castle
Spring
  • New Hampshire Maple Month, statewide
  • Winnipesaukee Fishing Derby
  • Wildquack Duck Race, Jackson
  • New Hampshire Lupine Festival, Sugar Hill
Summer
  • Laconia Motorcycle Week, Laconia
  • Prescott Park Arts Festival, Portsmouth
  • League of NH Craftsmen Fair, Sunapee
  • North Country Moose Festival, Pittsburg
Fall
  • New Hampshire Highland Games, Lincoln
  • Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, Hampton
  • Laconia Pumpkin Festival, Laconia
  • Return of the Pumpkin People, Jackson
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