1. America's Stonehenge
America's Stonehenge, 105 Haverhill Rd, Salem, NH 03079, USA
This astonishing and outstanding site is home to ancient rock structures. These rocks were placed here around 4,000 years ago. Quite possibly the oldest known structure here in America, America’s Stonehenge will grip you with the mystery of it all. The structures were laid down long ago by ancient people who accurately mapped out astronomy with their stones. Interestingly enough, this site perfectly lines up with one of the structures across the pond at Stonehenge. How exactly did these ancient people know to map these stones out so perfectly? It’s a mystery that is still waiting to be discovered.
2. Blue Job Mountain
Blue Job Mountain, Farmington, NH 03835, USA
Blue Job Mountain is a quick and easy hike with a great payoff. The trail is a 1.9-mile loop with nearly 500 feet of elevation gain. You will start with a fairly steady incline to the top of Little Blue Job Mountain, where you will find one of the best views along the way. At the top, there's even a fire tower you can climb to enjoy a panoramic view of the landscape. Once done, you can head down to complete the loop.
After trying to wrap your mind around the mysterious America’s Stonehenge and hiking up Blue Job Mountain, stay at the Best Western Plus Executive Court Inn & Conference Center or the Best Western Concord Inn & Suites, both conveniently located near the route!
3. Mount Major
Mount Major, Mt Major, Alton, NH 03810, USA
Next up on the list is another wonder of New Hampshire: Mount Major. This 2.8-mile out-and-back trail has 1,092 feet of elevation gain and is considered moderate. Once up the steep climb, you will be greeted with incredible views of Lake Winnipesaukee. Don't forget your camera!
4. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, 23 Science Center Rd, Holderness, NH 03245, USA
You can easily spend a better part of the day at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. With plenty of natural beauty surrounding you, walking the grounds is just like taking a walk in any classic New Hampshire woods. The nature center houses many different native animals to the state like mountain lions, bears, various birds, and many more. Each section has a plethora of interactive activities to help learn about the majestic wildlife. This is a place you will want to take kids as they explore the massive nature-themed playground. Opportunities to learn, explore, and just have fun abound!
For nearby places to rest your head for the night, check out Best Western Plus Landmark Inn or the Best Western Plymouth Inn-White Mountains.
5. Sabbaday Falls
Sabbaday Falls, Waterville Valley, NH 03259, USA
The Kancamagus Highway may be a popular area for people looking for sweeping views of mountains and the real crown beauty of New Hampshire. However, as well traversed as this road is, many don't stop to take advantage of the wonderful hidden wonders awaiting only minutes from the road. The Rocky Gorge and the Albany Covered Bridge are favored by most but don't forget Sabbaday Falls. To get there, follow a simple 0.7-mile out and back trail. Make sure to view the bottom of the pool before heading up the stairs to see the multiple tiers of this stunning waterfall.
6. Arethusa Falls
Arethusa Falls, Livermore, NH 03812, USA
Arethusa Falls is the biggest waterfall in New Hampshire, but it will take a little work to get to it. Located right off of route 302, this is a must-do trail. Start at the top of the hill near the private residence and take a left after the railroad tracks. Shortly into the hike, the trail forks, and you will be given a choice. Either path you follow you will meet up again on one trail and continue to the falls. After a long steady incline, you will find the Arethusa Falls sign pointing you down to the left. Once you see that you are very close to the biggest waterfall in all of New Hampshire. It is well worth the hike; this waterfall will blow you away!
7. Ripley Falls
Ripley Falls, Hart's Location, NH 03812, USA
Ripley Falls is the next-door neighbor to Arethusa Falls and a logical next stop on our journey. If you wanted to connect the two you can easily do that by spending more time in the woods and less time in the car. If you choose to drive up, then you will follow a 1-mile out-and-back trail with 305 feet of elevation gain. Once at the base of this massive and impressive waterfall, you may be tempted to sit down with a snack or picnic lunch to take it all in.
8. Glen Ellis Falls
Glen Ellis Falls, Jackson, NH 03846, USA
Glen Ellis Falls is a popular trail but is often missed because it's so hidden. There is no sign, so be sure to be on the lookout for a turn-off on Route 16. You’ll know you’ve gone too far if you get to Pinkham Notch. Once you are in the parking lot, head down through the tunnel to start the trail. Continue down this 0.4-mile trail to get down to the falls. Along the way, you'll notice the beautiful stone structure overlooking the top of the falls before you descend the large stone stairs. This waterfall is breathtaking any time of the year and is very easy and accessible to most.
9. Pinkham Notch
Pinkham Notch Road, Pinkham Notch Rd, Jackson, NH, USA
The next stop promises two unique hidden wonders all accessible from the same parking space. Once you park at Pinkham Notch, you will first want to head up the Tuckerman’s Ravine Trail. After a steep climb, you will reach Crystal Cascades. After just ten minutes of hiking, you will be greeted with another massive and beautiful waterfall. Snap a picture and head on down the trail once again to the parking lot. Across the street, you will find another trail that will take you to the Lost Pond. The Lost Pond Trail takes you through a dense forest that feels like a backdrop to a fantasy story. Then you will come to a clearing, where you'll find a solitary pond seemingly in the middle of nowhere. The entire scene is quiet, peaceful, and beautiful.
10. Artist Bluff
Echo Lake, Franconia, NH 03580, USA
We've made it to the last stop on our amazing tour of New Hampshire, and it just so happens to be the most beautiful view in the whole state. Artist Bluff promises an astounding view, although it's a bit tricky to reach the top. If you park at Echo Lake Beach and head down the road towards I-93, you will see a small guardrail on the left. Past that is a small opening into the woods and is a great place to start the Artist Bluff Trail. Once in, it's a very steep half-mile hike up to the top. However, those that make it to the top are rewarded with the most stunning views of Echo Lake and the Franconia Notch. This truly is a wonderful way to end a long, epic road trip journey.
One last place to stay after all this hiking is Best Western White Mountain Inn not far from Artist Bluff.