Take This Quirky Road Trip To Visit New Hampshire’s Most Unique Roadside Attractions
Anyone who has lived in or visited New Hampshire knows that this place has so much to offer, you could enjoy a different activity each weekend. Most people think of outdoor activities like hiking and swimming, but we think there’s something special about simply driving through the state to see what stands out. And, we promise, there’s
a lot that stands out! This is especially true if you’re a lover of all things unique. See some of our favorite unique sights on this road trip to the state’s best roadside attractions. You can follow the exact directions by checking out this Google map.
1. U.S.S. Albacore, Portsmouth
We'll be starting our trip in Portsmouth with one of the best roadside attractions in the state. The U.S.S. Albacore was commissioned in 1953 and soon traveled up and down the east coast before retiring in 1972. She spent her time helping the Navy test Cold War technology. Inside you'll find things just as they were when the crew lived aboard. You can learn more by checking out
2. The Yankee Siege Trebuchet, Greenfield
This trebuchet sits at the side of the road on a farm looking like a weapon. In reality, it was built by a farmer to use as a pumpkin tosser to get people to come visit the farm. Not a bad idea if you ask us! You can learn more about the strange apparatus and the farm
3. Granite State Candy Shoppe, Concord
The oldest candy store in New Hampshire has been around since 1927! In 1909 Peter Bart arrived in Massachusetts from Greece. After learning the candy making trade he made his way to Concord where the shop still sits. It's still run by the same family and visiting means tasting candy made with the same recipes created by Peter way back when. Learn more by checking out
4. Memorial Arch of Tilton, Northfield
After seeing the dazzling architecture in Rome, Charles Tilton was inspired to create this 55-foot beauty. It was initially meant to be his final resting place, but that assumed the town of Northfield would be incorporated as part of Tilton which never happened. That's why the Tilton Arch isn't
in Tilton. Check out more
5. The Redstone Rocket, Warren
Part of what makes roadside attractions so much fun is the total feeling of surprise we feel when we see them. Of all those on this list, this one might just be the most unique! This Cold War missile was referred to as the “Army’s Workhorse” due to its versatility. Today, it sits in the town square.
7. Polly's Pancake House, Sugar Hill
And finally it's time to eat! You'll need to make a bit of a detour to visit Polly's, but it's definitely worth it. Freshly made maple-everything is a great reason, but their meals are hearty and huge, arguably two of the most important things when it comes to a good meal. Plan out what you'll do while you're there by checking out
6. The Betty & Barney Hill Abduction Site, Route 3
Perhaps the strangest addition to this list is the marker noting the famously reported alien abduction that took place in 1961. Betty and Barney Hill report driving their car near the town of Lincoln on Route 3 when they noticed something strange in the sky. From that moment on, time disappeared and two hours of their memories were erased. The event has since been studied by scientists and while many experts do believe their story is accurate, others enjoy the sign for the sheer novelty of seeing something celebrated that can't possibly be true. Not sure which side you're on? Check out
for more information to help you decide.
8. Clark's Trading Post & Florence Murray Museum, Lincoln
It wouldn't be a trip through New Hampshire without a stop at a trading post! This one comes with its very own museum. While the museum
does hold some history, its real draw are the oddities. Have you ever see a two-headed calf? Visit this museum and you will!
9. Madison Boulder Natural Area, Madison
Sure, the Madison Boulder is "just a rock," but those who enjoy nature and a good hike might feel differently about it. The boulder is actually a "glacial erratic," which means it was deposited here by moving glaciers during the Ice Age. And, at 12 million pounds it's believed to be the largest of its type in the
What are some of your favorite unexpected roadside stops? From restaurants to historical markers, we know there are plenty we didn’t include so go ahead and share your picks in the comments so we can check them out!
After you’ve taken this road trip, you’ll want to start planning your next. If you have time in June we have the perfect outing!
Take this road trip to the 3 most eye-popping lupine fields in New Hampshire.
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Address: USS Albacore Museum, 600 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, USA Address: Yankee Siege, 171 Forest Rd, Greenfield, NH 03047, USA Address: Granite State Candy Shoppe, 13 Warren St, Concord, NH 03301, USA Address: Memorial Arch of Tilton, 5 Memorial St, Northfield, NH 03276, USA Address: Redstone Rocket, Water Street, Warren, NH, USA Address: Polly's Pancake Parlor, 672 Sugar Hill Rd, Sugar Hill, NH 03586, USA Address: Betty and Barney Hill Historical Marker, Lincoln, NH 03251, USA Address: Clarks Trading Post Road, Clarks Trading Post Rd, Lincoln, NH 03251, USA