New Hampshire has plenty of well-known attractions that both tourists and locals love. We’ve probably all visited Mount Washington, enjoyed a trek through historic Portsmouth, or had a dip in our favorite lake. However, there are tons of hidden gems in New Hampshire that you may not know about, but that are certainly worth a visit. Here are 10 to get you started:
1. Frost Point, Rye
The backside of Odiorne State Park is a stretch of sandy beach tucked between the Gulf of Maine and a beautiful small harbor. The hidden beach is usually quiet and calm, and because of its positioning is the perfect place to watch the sunset.
2. Andres Institute of Art, Brookline
This outdoor art museum is perfect for enjoying man-made beauty amid natural wonder. The gorgeous spot in the Monadnock Valley is full of hiking trails bursting with amazing sculptures.
3. Madison Boulder, Lincoln
New Hampshire may be known as the Granite State, but this is one truly impressive rock. The Madison boulder, which is 23 feet tall, 37 feet wide and 85 feet long, is thought to be the largest boulder deposited by a glacier in North America. It weighs about 12 MILLION pounds!
4. Distant Hill Gardens, Walpole
Distant Hill Gardens is actually someone's home, the labor of love of a husband and wife team. However, the property looks like a professionally curated garden, which also happens to be buzzing with wildlife. The garden opens up to the public once a month so everyone can enjoy its breathtaking beauty.
5. The Yurts at Milan Hill State Park, Milan
When you think about camping in New Hampshire, you probably don't think of yurts. Not only does Milan Hill State Park provide unique camping experiences, but the yurts in the park have truly amazing views over New Hampshire's northern woods.
6. Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site, Cornish
At the turn of the 19th century, Cornish, a small town on the New Hampshire-Vermont border was a thriving artist's colony. One artist in residence was Augustus Saint-Gardens, a famed sculptor. His homestead is positively inspiring!
7. Mount Kearsarge Native American Indian Museum, Warner
Have you ever wondered about New Hampshire's original inhabitants? If so, you'll want to visit the Mount Keasarge Native American Indian Museum. Here you can learn about the lives and beliefs of Native Americans from New England and beyond.
8. King Ravine, Randolph
King Ravine is often overlooked in the White Mountains, but not for lack of beauty. The view is spectacular, as are the mossy stream beds that run along the trail. Because it is not well known you're likely to have the place to yourself.
9. Fuller Gardens, North Hampton
Most people who drive through North Hampton have their eyes turned toward the sea. However, there is another hidden gem if you look the other way. Fuller Gardens is a beautiful turn-of-the-century estate garden that is well worth a visit.
10. Shelburne Moriah Mountain, Shelburne
This often forgotten mountain will give you unforgettable views of both New Hampshire and Maine. Be prepared, however. It's about 10 miles round-trip to the summit!