Story by Megan Smith
“Megan loves traveling and writing about her experiences so others can learn from them.”
New Hampshire is a gorgeous place to spend time, no matter what the season, and it offers something for just about everyone, making family trips easy to plan. With beautiful stretches of beach, scenic highways, and some of the most breathtaking views in the country, New Hampshire might just pull you in and make you want to pack up and move there.
It’s a state known for beautiful foliage and friendly people, but it’s also well-known for the beaches and parks that fill several cities and give visitors plenty of options to choose from when planning a trip. Here are some of the best places to check out during a visit to New Hampshire.
Hampton Beach is home to the famous Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom–a historic landmark–as well as a boardwalk packed with fun attractions for all ages. In the summer months, you can watch (or take part in) a giant sandcastle-building contest that draws artists from all over the world.
Mount Washington Auto Road
If heights don’t bother you, take a trip down this mountain path that will have you literally driving in the clouds. As New Hampshire’s highest peak, you’ll get the best view possible on a guided tour and see parts of the state you wouldn’t get to otherwise.
Polar Caves Park
If you have kids, they’ll love a trip to Polar Caves Park, where they can get up close with animals in the petting zoo and even hand-feed them. However, there are plenty of things to see and learn here, even for the adults, including granite caves, a rock garden, and a climbing wall.
The Kancamagus Highway
If you’re looking for those classic New Hampshire foliage views, check out “The Kanc”, a nearly 35-mile drive filled with gorgeous New Hampshire scenery. There are even places you can stop and pull over for a lovely picnic with the family.
Little ones will have a blast at this amusement park featuring rides and attractions based on fairy tales. The owners get creative with the way they present each attraction, weaving in local customs and turning modern-day equipment into something Cinderella would enjoy.
Isle of Shoals
Located on the New Hampshire/Maine border, this group of 9 islands is best seen from a guided boat tour. You can find several in the area that will take you around to see these beautiful spaces.
New Hampshire has its share of history and comes with more than a few ghost stories. There are several locations to check out if you’re visiting in the fall, when the atmosphere is just right for spooky adventures, including Dover Mills, Toll Hill, and the Philbrick House, all of which have had reports of unexplained lights turning on and off and strange, unexplained noises.
Did you know there are more than 34 wineries in New Hampshire? Take an intimate tour with your partner or make it a group outing with friends. It’s a great option for birthdays and other special occasions, as well as a great way to spend a day during the weekend.
However you decide to spend your time in New Hampshire, you can’t go wrong. From family vacation options to romantic getaways, it’s a little state with a lot of personality!