New Hampshire September 25, 2019
Here Are The 8 Best Places In New Hampshire To Visit On A Long Weekend
What do you do with all your unused vacation days near the end of the year? Easy! You start taking long weekends from now through December to make sure nothing goes to waste. The only problem is that you’ll need to find airfare, rent a car, find a hotel and then spend the money. Or, do you? In a place like New Hampshire fun lies just around the corner and you can enjoy a long weekend without even leaving the state. Here are a few options for places to visit!
This one is a bit of a no-brainer if you love the outdoors. One of the state's most beloved (and highly visited!) parks is a great way to see the state in all four seasons. Stay in a nearby hotel or arrange for some comping and you'll remember all over again why you love living in New Hampshire.
Address: 421 Main Street, Franconia, NH 03580.
Considered one of the best places to experience New Hampshire, this town also has the distinction of being the country's "Oldest Summer Resort." In addition to the shopping and summertime water spots here, history lovers will want to visit the Wright WWII Museum and the New Hampshire Boat Museum.
Address: 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.
We all know that Portsmouth is a tourist destination, but it takes on a whole new allure when you're able to dedicate a long weekend to appreciating like an out-of-stater. Time your visit for some of the great cultural activities, such as a concert or a play. Or, simply eat your way through town by having every meal at a different restaurant. Summer is a great time to shop, but remember that November through December in the city is enchanting.
Address: 1 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801.
4. Squam Lake and the surrounding area
You don't need to wait for summer to visit New Hampshire's lake, though summer on the water is surely beautiful. Visit in the fall for access to some of the best fall foliage views in the state. Whenever you visit, make sure visiting the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is part of your plan. Here visitors can take the Gephart Trail for great wildlife viewing.
Address: 23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245.
If you love history, a visit to this town is for you. Most of the building here in town date back to the 1800s and there are quite a few pieces of architecture to appreciate. If you're here for a total immersion into the state's history, you'll want to stay at the Hancock Inn, which is the oldest in the state!
Address: 33 Main Street, Hancock, NH 03449.
6. Sugar Hill
There are plenty of ways to enjoy Sugar Hill, New Hampshire's oldest town. But one of the best is by visiting Polly's Pancake Parlor every day of your visit. Of course if you get full you can always ski in the winter or take the nearby cog railway to the top of Mount Washington. We'll leave the prioritization up to you.
Address: 672 Sugar Hill Road, Sugar Hill, NH 03586.
7. Bretton Woods & the Omni Mount Washington Resort
While you don't
have to stay at the Omni in order to enjoy the sight and sounds of the Bretton Woods, we do love the idea of making it a part of the weekend. Perhaps consider saving this one for a special occasion and then going all out at one of New Hampshire's oldest places to spend the night! Address: 310 Mount Washington Hotel Road, Bretton Woods, NH 03575.
8. Hampton Beach
While certainly a notable summer destination, there are still a few spots here that stay open throughout the year. And, the tourists all head home after Labor Day making this a great place to come if you'd like to enjoy New Hampshire with a little peace and quite.
Address: 100 Winnacunnet Road, Hampton, NH 03842.
Another great weekend trip is the annual Milford Pumpkin Festival. Learn more about it here so you can plan your visit!