The tallest mountain in the Northeast provides not only great views of the surrounding White Mountains, but also an adventure ascending it. Visitors can hike, drive, or take the century-old cog railway. Information is available at ranger stations throughout the White Mountains National Forest.
Beyond Mount Washington, the White Mountain National Forest spreads out for thousands of acres of wilderness abounding with opportunities for hiking, camping, skiing, swimming, biking and all varieties of outdoor activities. Consider driving the 35-mile scenic Kancamagus Highway; hiking part of the Appalachian Trail, or visiting Franconia Notch, former home of the “Old Man of the Mountain.”
Portsmouth is the third-oldest city in America, and you can relive its history at the Strawberry Banke Museum where costumed actors re-enact the early settlement. Later, take a harbour cruise and try the fresh local seafood.
New Hampshire’s largest lake is a magnet for summer vacationers from all over New England. Swimming and boating are popular during the summer, and fishing goes on year-round, including an ice fishing derby every winter. Arcades, go-carts, mini golf, drive-in movies and a lakeside boardwalk are all available in Weirs Beach.
Arriving in New Hampshire in the winter does not mean missing out on the outdoors. Several popular destinations for skiing and snowboarding include Cannon Mountain, Loon Mountain, Wildcat, Waterville Valley and Bretton Woods. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also popular.
Every fall New Hampshire turns into a kaleidoscope when the leaves change colour; join the pilgrimage of “leaf peepers” from around the country who flood the state to see the show. Local newspapers publish foliage reports about when the view is best in different parts of the state.