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Must See “Bucket List” Places in NH
Vacationing in New Hampshire this year? Looking for something to do? We have been asked many times: Where are best places to go in New Hampshire? So here is our list of “Must-See” places in New Hampshire:
Mt. Washington Auto Road
The Mount Washington Auto Road is definitely at the top of our list! This 8-mile drive up to the highest point in New England will get your blood pumping as you ascend the 6,288′ tall mountain in the comfort of your car. Be sure to have a back-up plan in the event of bad weather at the top of the mountain. Bring your camera! No New Hampshire vacation is complete without a ride up the Mt. Washington Auto Road! For more information, see our Mt. Washington Auto Road Information.
Isles of Shoals
The Isles of Shoals is a group of islands on the New Hampshire / Maine border in the Atlantic ocean. There are many boats and ships that make the journey to see the islands and offer guided tours of the 9 islands included in the Isles of Shoals. For more information, see our Isles of Shoals Information.
Deep Sea Fishing
There are many ships and charter boats in NH that offer deep sea fishing. These boats will take you to the best fishing areas in New Hampshire’s Atlantic Ocean. To find the best ships to jump aboard, it is best to take a drive down the NH seacoast and take a look at the boats and ships for yourself to see which one best suit your needs for the best NH deep sea fishing experience.
NH whale watching can be very exciting. There are many whales off the New Hampshire coastline and the whale watching ships in NH offer some of the best chances to see whales. Many of the docks in NH that offer deep sea fishing also offer whale watching charter boats.
Take a drive on the scenic Kancamagus Highway! The Kancamagus Highway is a 34 mile road right through the 800,000 acre White Mountain National Forest. There are spectacular views along the Kanc which includes rest areas, hiking trails, waterfalls and the 3,000 foot high Mt. Kancamagus. This stretch of scenic highway is a great place to view the Fall Foliage! The Kancamagus Highway is a lot busier during Fall Foliage season, so be sure to plan accordingly. Check out our Information About The Kancamagus Highway.
The Flume, located in Franconia Notch NH is a great way to cool off on a hot day or check out the Fall Foliage. Either way you chose to spend your time here, the views of the Flume from the walking path are unlike any other place on Earth. The Flume offers a clear mountain stream, pools and beautiful NH waterfalls all courtesy of an ancient glacier.
New Hampshire Waterfalls
There are many waterfalls in NH. Be sure to check out a few of them while you’re vacationing in NH. Some waterfalls are right along the side of the road while others you have to hike a few miles. A couple waterfalls we recommend are Glen Ellis Falls which is a very short walk on a formed trail and even has stairs with railings to reach the base of the falls.
The Basin is another very short walk on a paved walkway. It is handicap accessible and definitely makes the “Must See Places in NH” with it’s magnificent beauty and accessibility. Check out our Information on The Basin.
Diana’s Baths is an easy walk, a little longer than the NH waterfalls above, but the trail is mostly stone dust and an easy hike. Check out our Information on Diana’s Baths.
Sabbaday Falls is another short hike on a well-maintained trail. This waterfall is right along the Kancamagus Highway, so if you’re visiting the Kancamagus Highway during your NH vacation, be sure to check out the Sabbaday Falls waterfall! Information about Sabbaday Falls.
Rocky Gorge is also a very short hike on a paved pathway and also right along the Kancamagus Highway. So if you’re visiting the Kanc and Sabbaday Falls, you might as well add this one to the list! Information About Rocky Gorge.
Lake Winnipesaukee is almost hard to miss if your on vacation in New Hampshire. There are many things to do around the lake. If you do nothing else along Lake Winnipesaukee, be sure you take a cruise on the MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship! We have information about Lake Winnipesaukee and information about the MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship.
The beach in New Hampshire is a must see if you’re not from the New England area. New Hampshire’s rocky seacoast is a great place to explore. Even on a rainy day the ride along Ocean Blvd (NH Rt. 1A) will still offer some great views. We’ve seen the beaches along the East Coast and while we don’t have the deep blue glowing ocean here in New Hampshire, we do have a beautiful and historic coastline.
Cathedral Ledge Lookout
Cathedral Ledge Lookout may leave you a bit queasy but it is absolutely worth the trip! You can watch rock climbers, or just take in the view of the valley and Echo Lake. No, you won’t have to climb Cathedral Ledge, on this journey you can take your vehicle right to the top of the ledge! Just park, and a very short walk later you are standing on top of Cathedral Ledge!
Other Things to Do and See in NH
Also, be sure to check out our complete list of Things To Do in NH!
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