New Hampshire June 08, 2021
Drive To 9 Incredible Summer Spots Throughout New Hampshire On This Scenic Weekend Road Trip
We spend all winter looking forward to the warmer months and when they arrive we’re always looking for the best way to maximize our time. Lucky for us, there’s never a shortage of attractions, places to eat, and ways to beat the heat. Day trips are fantastic, but this year we’re looking to have double the fun, and that means hopping in the car for a weekend away. While you might not have a chance to get to everything on this road trip, it sure will be fun to try. Check out the full driving directions
here. Remember that you can edit each stop to make this trip your own.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Odiorne Point State Park, Rye
Let's get ready for a fun summer weekend in New Hampshire by heading to Portsmouth! Grab some morning snacks and a beverage before setting off for this beautiful state park on the coast. You can enjoy the sights or take in some education by visiting the Seacoast Science Center. You can learn about both
2. The Cannoli Stop @ The Candy Shop, Concord
Sure, you can load up on sweet treats any time of year, but we think making your way to Concord for a box of cannoli is the perfect way to kick off this summer journey. Believed to have some of the best around, this place offers a variety of flavors that you'll want to try. Learn more
3. Brookford Farm, Canterbury
We love this farm for their
varieties of cheese, but it's also a great place to pull over for some farm time. Kids will enjoy meeting the happy, healthy cows that make all things dairy on this farm possible. Check it out
4. Weirs Beach Boardwalk, Laconia
One of the most quintessential experiences you can have in New Hampshire is visiting Laconia. Plan on spending about an hour or two here to walk the 1,300-foot boardwalk, pop into the shops, and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants. If you love it, you can always plan on making this more of an all-day stop. But we think you'll want to see what else is in store. To learn more about the boardwalk check out
5. Profile Falls, Bristol
If you didn't hop in the water at your last stop, you'll be glad that this next one offers a fun swimming opportunity. The 25-foot drop keeps the water churning, making for a clear (and cool!) natural pool. You'll find it just off the road, along with picnic benches and restrooms. Learn more about it
6. The Basin, Franconia Notch State Park
Just another reminder of the natural wonders that exist here in New Hampshire. This stop, featuring rock smoothed for eons, is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state. Visiting also means access to the rest of Franconia Notch State Park, so plan on spending some time here. Learn about how it was made and how to visit
OVERNIGHT: Franconia Inn, Franconia
You can spend the night camping if you reserve a spot in Franconia Notch State Park, or you can cozy up in this lovely bed and breakfast. After seeing the adorable rooms and riding stables, you might actually want to make this an extended stay.
7. Arethusa Falls, Livermore
Considered the Grand Canyon of New Hampshire, this massive waterfall is an impressive site to see. You'll need to take a bit of a hike to reach it, but the 140-foot drop will make you forget all about the effort. And, along the way you'll be able to take in a few other beautiful falls. Learn more about the waterfall and the hike
8. Echo Lake State Park, North Conway
Your next stop for the day is another beautiful natural area to take in the best of the state's landscape. Echo Lake is one of the clearest you'll find. The trail circling it is a great way to take it in from multiple vantage points. Check it out
9. Wolfeboro, Carroll County
Your last stop is one that you might want to enjoy for a while. This small town offers tons of things to do including fun on the lake, restaurants, and even a boating museum. Come without a set plan, and you might be surprised at just how much there is to do. For now, learn more about the
, which should definitely be on your list to check out.
From here, you can head back to where you started or see what else the state has to offer. Whatever you choose you're sure to have had a weekend full of memories.
If you could add anything to this weekend, what would it be? Let us know in the comments!
If your idea of summer fun is staying in one place, we’ve got a great option for you.
These quaint cottages on the banks of the Pemigewasset River in New Hampshire will make your summer splendid! Address: Odiorne Point State Park, 570 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH 03870, USA Address: The Cannoli Stop @ The Candy Shop, 239 Loudon Rd, Concord, NH 03301, USA Address: Brookford Farm, 250 W Rd, Canterbury, NH 03224, USA Address: Weirs Beach, Laconia, NH 03249, USA Address: Profile Falls Road, Profile Falls Rd, Bristol, NH 03222, USA Address: The Basin, Lincoln, NH 03251, USA Address: Franconia Inn, 1172 Easton Rd, Franconia, NH 03580, USA Address: Arethusa Falls, Livermore, NH 03812, USA Address: Echo Lake State Park, 68 Echo Lake Rd, North Conway, NH 03860, USA Address: Wolfeboro, NH 03894, USA