This New Year, make your resolution to visit as many amazing New Hampshire places as possible. Our state is bursting with amazing natural wonders, adventure tours and restaurants just waiting to be discovered. Here are the 13 best places we discovered in 2016, that you should definitely without a doubt visit in 2017.
1. The Ice Castles, Lincoln
The Lincoln Ice Castles open in January, so this should be one of the first places you visit in 2017. The amazing ice structures grow every day, and visitors can walk through and even slide down the frozen village.
2. Sculptured Rocks, Groton
It's not quite the grand canyon, but sculptured rocks natural area is absolutely stunning.
3. The Bretton Woods Canopy Tour
New Hampshire has quite a few zip line and canopy tours, but this one is great because it is open year round, meaning you can soar high and enjoy gorgeous views of the White Mountains any month.
4. The Cathedral of the Pines, Ringe
This national war memorial is an amazing cathedral set into the hills of the Monadnock Valley. Their views are spectacular and the space is somber and reflective, with little details that will amaze you.
5. The Andres Institute of Art, Brookline
This art museum is entirely outdoors, and is home to some truly amazing (and massive!) sculptures. Best of all it's free for anyone to visit year round.
6. Dixville Notch
Dixville Notch is come to some of the most dramatic views in New Hampshire. Plus, to get there you have to drive some pretty stunning back roads, where you're likely to see moose, bears or other wildlife.
7. The Isle of Shoals
New Hampshire's very own set of rocky islands is just a few miles off of Portsmouth, but few New Hampshire residents have made the journey. Let's change that in 2017!
8. Sugar Hill
Each summer, the mountain town of Sugar Hill explodes into a sea of purple lupines. The result is absolutely stunning scenery. For added fun be sure to check out the Lupine Festival, which usually happens in June.
9. The Mount Washington Auto Road, Glen
It's a classic New Hampshire activity, but summiting the highest mountain in the North East never gets old. For added adventure, check out the sunrise trips in June, July and August. These allow you to summit the mountain in the dark and watch the sun rise over New England and beyond.
10. Castle In The Clouds, Moultonborough
This estate rests high in the mountains over Lake Winnipesaukee, and the views are absolutely stunning. The castle itself is gorgeous, but the real treat is the views over New Hampshire from the stunning gardens.
11. Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site, Cornish
The home and studio of famed sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaurdens is a work of art in and of itself. Stroll the ground, taking in the sculptures and the views of Mount Ascutney in neighboring Vermont.
12. Diana's Baths, North Conway
During the summer this series of waterfalls is perfect for swimming and splashing. During the winter it's a beautiful frozen scene, just a short walk from the trail head.
13. Mollidgewock State Park, Errol
One of New Hampshire's most under appreciated states parks might also be its most beautiful. The park is full of moose and birds of prey, and it perfect for exploring by kayak or canoe.