Small towns and unspoiled villages are boarded by snow-capped mountains, island-dotted lakes and white pine forests in this laid-back state.
Blanketed in alpine peaks and mountainous hardwood forest giving way to peaceful valleys, island-sprinkled lakes and petite villages, New Hampshire speaks to lovers of the Great Outdoors. Basing yourself in one of the White Mountains National Forest’s small-towns like Bretton Woods or Jackson, you can climb New England’s highest peak — Mount Washington — or walk across its surrounding rocky terrain. Alternatively, take to the water to discover the Lakes Region’s hidden coves and inlets or swim in Mount Washington Valley’s bracing mountain streams and creeks.
But you don’t have to exert yourself to explore the state: many scenic drives, such as the mountain-framed Kancamagus Highway, span New Hampshire. The route glows in autumn, when the leafy landscapes shift to vivid shades of red, orange and yellow. You can even effortlessly summit Mount Washington on a cog railway. The five-and-a-half-hour round trip gives you panoramic views of White Mountain Forest Park and is often referred to as New England’s most scenic railway journey.
Whether you wish to hike, drive or kayak through the region, our specialists can design a trip for you. Using their first-hand knowledge of the area, they’ll showcase New Hampshire’s highlights, less-visited lakes and quintessential villages.
Places to visit in New Hampshire
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting New Hampshire, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itinerary featuring New Hampshire
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in New Hampshire, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of New Hampshire
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Places in and around New Hampshire
- Bretton Woods New Hampshire
- Lincoln/North Woodstock New Hampshire
- North Conway New Hampshire
- Sugar Hill New Hampshire
- Bennington 32 miles away
- Woodstock 51 miles away
- Kennebunkport 56 miles away
- Vermont 72 miles away
- Boston 75 miles away
- Manchester 77 miles away
- Sturbridge 92 miles away
- Lake George 108 miles away
- Burlington 112 miles away
- Lenox 112 miles away
- Saratoga Springs 114 miles away
- Provincetown 116 miles away
- Stockbridge 117 miles away
- Albany 122 miles away
- Maine 130 miles away
- Newport, Rhode Island 132 miles away
- Cape Cod 132 miles away
- Lake Placid 136 miles away
- Falmouth 136 miles away
- Hyannis 137 miles away
- Camden 138 miles away
- Chatham 143 miles away
- Martha's Vineyard 147 miles away
- Nantucket 164 miles away
- Bar Harbor 182 miles away
- New York 221 miles away
- New York State 222 miles away
- Ithaca 258 miles away
Photos of New Hampshire
Accommodation choices for New Hampshire
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit New Hampshire. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
With its intimate dining room and picturesque perennial gardens, this faithfully-restored property offers a cozy place to get away from it all. From elegant decor to the finely-preserved woodwork, the attention to period detail is evident throughout.
Dating back to 1902, the Mount Washington Resort enjoys an illustrious history, having played host to three American presidents as well as great names including Thomas Edison, Babe Ruth and Joan Crawford.