Visit New Hampshire

This small New England state offers a variety of destinations and experiences through its diverse regions. Enjoy classic New England charm by stopping by one of the rural villages for a cup of apple cider. Take a romantic drive through lush forests to enjoy the state’s breathtaking fall foliage. In the winter, visitors can experience world class skiing at one of the 33 alpine and cross country ski resorts. In the summer, the more adventurous can walk along a boardwalk that wraps around Flume Gorge, a 243-meter gorge walled with granite located at the base of Mount Liberty.

 

The Granite State is great for travelers with kids, too. The family amusement park Story Land has been offering rides and entertainment since 1954. The small coastal towns of Seabrook, Rye, and Hampton along the state’s 13 miles of Atlantic shoreline offer fresh seafood, quaint Inns and breathtaking views.

 

With easy access to neighboring Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine, the Birthplace of America is a popular tourist destination for those looking to experience what New England has to offer.

Best Places to Visit in New Hampshire

Manchester

The state’s most populous city lies on the Merrimack River in southern New Hampshire.

  • Zimmerman House: Tour the famous Frank Lloyd Wright designed house run by the Currier Museum of Art.   

  • Millyard Museum: Housed in an old fabric mill, this museum traces how the nearby Amoskeag Falls shaped the city’s textile industry.

  • Derryfield Park: Take a hike through the sprawling 76-acre park to the Weston Observatory, a 19th century building on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Cities in New Hampshire

  • Portsmouth: Take a tour of the Strawbery Banke Museum, an outdoor living history museum, located in this port city that sits on the banks of the Piscataqua River.

  • Concord: The state’s capital is home to the State House, a gold-domed building from 1819 and the Capitol Center for the Arts.

  • Keene: In the winter, visitors enjoy skiing and snow tubing at the Granite Gorge Ski Area located in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region. 

New Hampshire State and National Parks

  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail: 161 miles of the famed trail winds through rugged terrain offering stunning views along the ridgeline of the famed White Mountains.

  • Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park: Visitors can experience the park grounds where the 19th century American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens lived until 1907.

  • Hampton Beach State Park: The 50-acre park is a popular summer destination for its RV campground and camping right on the New Hampshire coast.

  • Franconia Notch State Park: Located in the heart of the White Mountains in northern New Hampshire, this park straddles 8 miles of Interstate 93 as it passes Franconia Notch, a spectacular mountain pass. 

  • Mt. Washington State Park: This 60-acre park is perched on the summit of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern U.S.

Popular Tourist Attractions

New Hampshire’s Lakes Region

The popular New England summer retreat boasts 273 lakes and ponds, which offer activities year round. 

  • Lake Winnipesaukee: This lake offers more shoreline than the seacoast of any state in the Northeast. Stop by the town of Wolfeboro, a resort area situated along the Lake.

  • Apple Picking: A popular Fall activity, Lakes Region features a handful of orchards including Surowiec Farm in Sanbornton.

  • Winter Sports: Though most think of the Lakes Region as a summer destination, Gunstock Mountain Resort between Lake Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam Lake offers 92 acres of ski slopes.