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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.

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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.

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    Places in and around 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.