New Hampshire Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by machomikemd
  • Things to Do
    by machomikemd
  • Things to Do
    by machomikemd

New Hampshire Things to Do

  • Explore Antique Alley

    Between Concord and Portsmouth there is a road known as Rte. 4 / Antique Alley. It is touted as the oldest antiqueing route in New Hampshire with more than 500 dealers in 20 miles of shops.We started on the west end of the shopswith Coveway Antiques where I found an antique calibrator from Brown & Sharpe, where my son in law works. I'll clean it up...

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  • NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE VETERANS CEMETERY

    This definately isn't a tourist attraction by any means, but I have to admit that this cemetery is particulary close to my heart due to the fact that we recently place my Uncle Paul to rest here. There is a walking path located near the administration building that has marker points of interest. I know I'll be coming back to visit my Uncle's grave,...

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  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - A TRULY PRESIDENTIAL...

    Apex of the Appalachian Range, Mt Washington is the crowning peak of the White Mountains at 6288 feet. Atop the peak, an array of attenae and a large weather station/cogtrain station/visitor center/museum/parking lot sits. You can drive the toll road from the east, you can take the slow chugging train up the western slopes or you can walk up the...

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  • MT WASHINGTON SUMMIT

    Drive up, take the train or hike up to the highest point in the northeastern part of the US - 6288 feet. The first recored ascent was in 1642. Atop the peak, there is a visitor center with rest rooms, food service, a souvenir shop, a post office, a museum, a radio transmitte and powerhouse and the cogtrain station.

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  • The New Hampshire State House

    The New Hampshire State House was completed in 1819, just 11 years after Concord had officially been designated the state capital for its central location. Designed by Stuart Park, the Greek Revival state capitol building was constructed of local granite, quarried at the Swenson Quarries, located just north of Concord. The granite blocks were cut...

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  • The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

    The McAuliffe-Shephard Discovery Center was built by the state to honor New Hampshire natives Christa McAuliffe (the first American teacher in space, and one of the people who died in the space shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986), and Alan Shepard (the first American in space). Visitors can participate in the interactive exhibits, learn about the...

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  • The Museum of New Hampshire History

    The Museum of New Hampshire History chronicles over four centuries of the state's history, with exhibits about New Hampshire's landscape, people, and traditions. The museum contains exhibit galleries; a library with an extensive collection of books, documents, and archives; and a gift shop where visitors can purchase books and gifts relating to New...

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  • Profile Lake

    There is a well-maintained trail from the parking area to the lookout point where the Old Man of the Mountain could be viewed before it collapsed. The trail continues to Profile Lake, visible in the distance. Its name comes from the fact that the profile of the Old Man of the Mountain could be seen from the lake and its surrounding area. Since it...

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  • The White Mountains

    The White Mountains are one of the prime vacation destinations on the East Coast due to their proximity to Boston and New York City. The White Mountains cover about one-fourth of the land area of New Hampshire, and most of that area is public land, including White Mountain National Forest and several state parks. There are numerous natural sights...

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  • The Old Man of the Mountain

    It is difficult to see in this picture, even when enlarged, but this is the Old Man of the Mountain, the iconic symbol of New Hampshire. The rocky profile is featured on the state's license plates and the new commemorative New Hampshire State Quarter. The Old Man of the Mountain was formed from a set of five granite ledges that looked like the...

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  • McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

    The Discovery Center, dedicated to two of New Hampshire’s astronauts, is a two-story facility full of interactive exhibits designed to engage kids in science generally and space exploration in particular. You can land a space shuttle, steer a Mars land rover, or take an online quiz to see whether you have what it takes to be an astronaut to Mars...

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  • Conway Scenic Railroad

    North Conway, a very busy resort town (with a traffic jam almost always from one end of town to the other) has a nice sight/activity to offer: the Conway Scenic Railroad. There are actually two trains running: The Notch Train which runs along the Saco river through Crawford Notch to Fabyan near Bretton Woods and the Valley Train which makes a much...

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  • Mt. Washington Cog Railway

    First this: I didn't ride the cog railway. The weather turned cloudy and it started drizzling (later it rained cats and dogs) so there had been no views from the summit of Mt. Washington. Too bad.This is a *must* for railway aficionados. It is the world's oldest cog railway. It opened in 1869 and since then the steam locomotives and cars have...

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  • Mt. Washington Hotel - Bretton Woods...

    Did you know that the base for the current financial system of the world was laid out in the Mt. Washington Hotel? Many people know about the "Bretton Woods Conference" and after learning that the hotel's address is "Route 302, Bretton Woods" you can make the connection.For three weeks in July 1944 world leaders and financial experts including...

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  • Mt. Washington Hotel

    Even if you cannot afford to stay in this hotel you can still see it and enjoy the ambience of grand old days. It is the last remaining of the magnificent Grand Hotels in the White Mountains, a landmark that makes an impressive sight from US 302 with the mountain of the same name towering up behind the large hotel structure.It was built in Spanish...

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  • Crawford Notch

    Crawford Notch links the villages in the Eastern White Mountains like Glen, Jackson, Bartlett with those in the Northwest, like Bretton Woods and Fabyan. It is one of the earliest explored valleys in the White Mountains - thanks to Timothy Nash in 1771. It is a beautiful (but not as much as Pinkham Notch IMO), relatively wide valley which offers...

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  • Mt. Washington Auto Road

    First one thing: I did not drive this road. It was too late in the day when we arrived at Glen House (the foot of the road) to really take enough time to enjoy the views from along the road and the top of Mt. Washington. Besides, I was torn whether the rental car was technically ok for the drive - my car at home seemed to have much better brakes...

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  • Wildcat Mountain

    Less than a mile north of the AMC Visitor Center on Pinkham Notch Rd. (NH 16) at an elevation of about 2,000 ft. you'll see Wildcat Mountain to your right. Main attraction in summer is the gondola that takes you up to 4,062 ft. From there you can do some serious hiking or just enjoy the gorgeous views of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range to...

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  • Pinkham Notch

    Pinkham Notch is the most frequented transverse from South to North in the Eastern White Mountains. The Road (NH 16) runs from North Conway via Glen and Pinkham Notch to Gorham. The road is very scenic, similar to Kancamagus Highway. To the West the Presidential Range with Mt. Washington tower up above the road, to the East the slightly lower...

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  • Jackson and its Covered Bridge

    Jackson is one of those picturesque, quintessential New England villages. It is located right off NH 16, on the way to Pinkham Notch, east of Ellis River. The perfect way to visit Jackson is to drive over the historic red covered bridge, which is one of the most beautiful covered bridges I have seen anywhere. No wonder it is also called 'Honeymoon...

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  • Kancamagus Highway

    Kancamagus Highway (NH 112) links Lincoln with Conway. It is one of the most scenic roads I've driven in New England. We were very fortunate to be there in early October when foliage was at its peak. And the weather was perfect. The road is well maintained (but not quite a highway, thank god) and offers stunning views of the vast maple- and...

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  • Hanover: Rollins Chapel

    Rollins Chapel, on the northeast corner of the Green (College Street) is a fine example of Richardsonian (Neo-Romanesque) architecture and a peaceful place to collect your thoughts. It was consecrated 1885 and has served as the College's spiritual center ever since. It is used by several religious populations on college.I liked the interior a lot....

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  • Hanover: Hood Museum of Art

    From the start of collection art in the 18th century to the current time this collection has expanded to about 65,000 pieces of art. The collection is particularly strong in American art, including Native American art, but also has interesting works from other parts of the world on display. A highlight is the set of Assyrian reliefs from the Palace...

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  • Hanover: Baker-Berry Library

    One of my fondest memories of the whole trip is the visit of this library. I had read about it in a guide book and since I am a huge fan of those old libraries I put it on my 'to-do-list'. I am glad I did. The building is located on the North side of the Green, not to miss. We entered it from College Street, coming from Rollins Chapel, and exited...

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  • Hanover: Dartmouth College

    Dartmouth College was chartered in 1769 primarily for the 'education and instruction of Youth of the Indian Tribes'. However, it was soon attended almost exclusively by colonists. Daniel Webster (1782-1852) is probably the most illustrious alumnus of the College.The Green is the focal point of the Campus - you cannot miss it coming from I-91. Short...

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  • Hanover

    Hanover, NH has to be my (and my parents') favourite town of those we visited. Granted, we only spent about 3 hours there but immediately fell in love with Hanover. It is a very charming College town, authentic New England, large enough so that it feels lively but small enough to not get on one's nerves. The reason for all that is Dartmouth...

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  • North Conway

    North Conway offers an opportunity to explore the White Mountains via the Conway Scenic Railroad. This railroad uses steam locomotives or old-fashioned diesel engines to pull passengers up Mount Washington or through the Crawford Notch. North Conway is well located as a base for exploring the White Mountains and offers lodging and other services...

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  • Crawford Notch

    The Crawford Notch is a steep, rugged gorge through the heart of the White Mountains. It is accessed by Highway 302, which runs right through this scenic valley. The highway through Crawford Notch offers spectacular views. Pullouts are provided along the way where you can stop and take in the view or shoot some pictures. Time this trip right, and...

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  • The Very, Very, Very, Very Crowded Beach

    If you don't mind sharing the beach with a gazillion other people, then this beach is for you. Look how packed it is!!

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  • Sunsets

    Everywhere I go, I always try to capture a sunrise and sunset. I was too lazy to get a sunrise, so you'll have to settle for the sunset. :-)

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  • Unbelievable Sand Sculptures 2

    Are you ready for these pictures??? Every summer in New Hampshire, contestants come from all over the country (and various parts of the world) to enter this sand sculpture contest. I believe you have to be invited to participate. They import special sand for this contest. Only one person can work on the sculpture at a time. Sand and water are the...

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  • Unbelievable Sand Scultpures

    Are you ready for these pictures??? Every summer in New Hampshire, contestants come from all over the country (and various parts of the world) to enter this sand sculpture contest. I believe you have to be invited to participate. They import special sand for this contest. Only one person can work on the sculpture at a time. Sand and water are the...

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  • Gawking at Beautiful Houses

    While we were walking along the ocean, I took some pictures of lovely homes located on/near the water.

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  • The Ocean....ahhhhhh!!

    The ocean....need I say more??? There is something so calming to me about being near the water. My cousin and I went for a walk along the beach each evening. It was gorgeous!!

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  • Day Hikes

    One of the best activities in New Hampshire is hiking in the White Mountains. Many of the hikes are very rigorous and can take a very long day. There are several that can take just a few hours and are extremely rewarding. In my opinion, the best short hike is the Welsh-Dickey trail. It takes no more than 2 hours, it is a circuit so you do not have...

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  • Lake region

    In the center of New Hampshire, enclosed by mountains lies the Lake region. This region contains several lakes of which Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest one with more than 200 small island in it. It's a popular place during summertime. Make sure to have a stop in Wolfeboro, the oldest vacation resort and also the biggest and most lovely town on...

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  • Mt. Washington Auto Road

    Drive to the top of Mount Washington. You can take a guided tour in a van or drive your own car and receive an audio tour on CD or cassette and a bumper sticker "This car climbed Mt. Washington"The road to the top is small, windy and loopy. At the foot there is wood and lots of green. The higher you go, the rockier and less greener it gets. Be...

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  • Pumpkin people

    During the first three weeks of October you should visit Jackson and surroundings for the pumpkin people. Local people make funny and colourful displays of pumpkins. You can ask for a map to make a tour of the displays. At the end of October a winner is choosen.

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  • Bretton Woods -- Mount Washington Hotel

    Opened in 1902, the Mount Washington Hotel is in Carroll, NH, but the area is generally known as Bretton Woods after the local ski resort of the same name. The list of famous guests this hotel has hosted is long and distinguished, including President Warren Harding, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, , oil magnate John D. Rockefeller,...

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  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

    The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a small zoo and nature center located in New Hampshire's lake district. It features a number of exhibits of animals and birds native to New Hampshire that are shown in their natural habitat. The exhibits are connected by hiking paths that allow your kids to burn off some energy and get some exercise in...

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  • Glen-Ellis Falls

    Glen-Ellis Falls is a 64-foot water fall in the White Mountains. Along a relative busy route, this area has a large parking lot and a well-established 1/4 to 1/2 trail leading to the base.

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  • Fall in the White Mountains

    The White Mountains are a favorite destination for people from across southern New England to see the leaves change each fall. One of the favorite drives is the Kancamagus Scenic Byway across the southern end of the park. 34. miles of scenic road wind along the Rocky Gorge and over a 2,855 foot high pass offering stunning views.

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  • Franconia Notch & the Old Man of the...

    The old Man of the Mountain. Where to begin? Little known outside of New Hampshire, somehow this great state thought it was important enough to include on their state quarter. I'd love to know how many people saw the quarter when it was first issued and had no idea what the image was...I'd bet close to 90% of the country. Even today people still...

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  • Mount Washington

    Mount Washington is certainly New England's mount famous mountain, standing at 6,288 feet it is the tallest mountain in the northeast US. Mount Washington is known for having some of the worst weather ever recorded in the world including winds of 231 mph in 1934 and hurricane-force winds an average of 110 days each year. The peak of the mountain...

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  • Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth

    Strawbery Banke is a open-air museum in Portsmouth depicting the life of the first settlers in this area. You can wander along the historic houses and period gardens dating from 1695. A couple of the houses are on their original sites. Some were moved to the site to save them from demolition. In some houses people in costumes will tell you the...

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