There are many beautiful places in New Hampshire, but some are extra amazing. In The Granite State there are any number of beautiful lakes to swim in and mountains to ski down, but some places are so uniquely New Hampshire that everyone must visit them. Add these 10 extraordinary places to your bucket list.
1. The Isle of Shoals
This rocky string of islands off the coast of New Hampshire was reputedly a hiding place for the pirate Blackbeard, and was the scene of a grisly double murder in 1873. Now it is a quaint daytrip destination where your imagination can run wild. Take the ferry from Portsmouth Harbor.
2. The Mount Washington Summit
Whether you hike, drive the auto road or ride the Cog Railway, you’ll feel like you’ve landed on the moon when you reach the rocky summit of Mount Washington. The view, however, will quickly remind you that you’re in New Hampshire.
3. The Kancamagus Highway
The Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire Route 112, is a 34-mile drive through the heart of the White Mountains. The drive offers sweeping views and pull-offs where you can dip your toes in a mountain stream, if you dare. The highway is open year-round, but you’ll want to check the weather if you’re driving during the winter!
4. The Currier Art Museum
Not all of New Hampshire’s best sites are outdoors. The Currier Art Museum in Manchester boasts a world-class collection, and is a perfect rainy-day destination.
5. The Balsams Resort
The Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch is way up in Northern New Hampshire, but the picturesque resort is well-worth the drive. Whether you are a visitor or a native of New Hampshire, be sure to spend the night here at least once.
6. Moose Alley
While you’re up North, take time to drive the stretch of Route 3 in Pittsburg that has become known as Moose Alley. It’s said to be the best place in the state for spotting moose, like this mom and calf.
7. Your Local Sugar Shack
New Hampshire is known for Maple Syrup, and it’s never better than when it comes fresh from the source.
8. The New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Whether you’re a NASCAR fan or not, anyone who loves New Hampshire needs to experience the Loudon track at least once.
9. The Fort at No. 4
This reconstruction of a colonial fort is impressive any time, but especially neat during war reenactments, which take place at the Charlestown site regularly.
10. The Anheuser-Busch Brewery
Did you know that Budweiser, one of the most popular beers in America, is brewed right in your backyard? During a free tour of Anheuser-Busch’s Merrimack facility you can even see the Budweiser Clydesdales up close and personal.