The website for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation is well done. It is easy to navigate and has a wealth of information that a tourist wants. (see the website below).
They provide information on accidents, detours, construction and places where traffic statistically problems often occur. There is a webpage about toll roads and EZpass to get you going with less delay.
They provide regional and city weather forecasts and weather-related road conditions.
There is a phone number you can call to get audio information while you are traveling.
They provide a link page to get information about buses and trains and planes.
There is a tourist guide and travel planner with point-to-point route instructions. You can order maps or see them online. There are special interest pages also (hunting, fihing,skiing, hiking).
I used some of these features to plan a return trip to the area (which we will hopefully be taking in the near future).
You can fly directly to Manchester which has a nice little airport. US Airways serves it, I believe. It's much more satisfactory than flying to Boston and then driving north.
You have to have a car. Gas up in the major cities -- Concord, Manchester, Keene -- or it gets pretty expensive.
Drive your car and then you have easy access to the hiking trails and attractions. I put 2530 km on my car on this trip. If you plan on doing a lot of long hikes, buy a pass that will allow you to park your car for extended periods of time.
A dry car is also a welcome thing at the end of a long, wet hike, and you can crank up the heater to dry your clothes!
Driving is the best way if you are less than 500 miles away. Great scenic routes. Logan International Airport (Boston, MA) is about 1 hour away. Manchester Airport and Pease Internatioal Airport (both in southern NH) offer great alternatives to the city and Boston traffic. The Down Easter train service also stops in NH at Exeter and Dover with routes to Maine, Boston and connections to NY, etc.
I-93 Exit 20 (Laconia). Take a left onto 3 North. Go approximately 5 miles to traffic light (Bay Road) Turn left onto Bay Road. Go approximately 1 mile and turn right onto Upper Bay Road. After 2 miles, turn left at the white church onto Steele Hill Road and follow signs directly to the Resorts.
To get to BRETTON WOODS Mountain Resort - (from Providence, RI; Boston, MA; Manchester, NH take I-93 through Franconia Notch Parkway to Exit 35; Route 3N to Twin Mountain, NH, Route 302E to Bretton Woods); (from Portsmouth, NH take Route 16N to Route 302W to Bretton Woods); (from New York, NY; Hartford, CT take I-95N, I-91N, I93S, exit 40, Route 302E to Bretton Woods); (from Montreal, PQ take Auto Route 10E, Auto Route 55S, I-91S, I-93S, Exit 40, Route 302E to Bretton Woods)
Sometimes the only answer is to walk. This February day followed a day of rain and ice. One could walk on the crust of the snow. It was impossible to ski, snowshoe, or drive a car on this road. This is not a public road that is maintained.
I imagine that you can get there anyway that you wish, but it useful to have a car when you are there.
You should really drive around once you are there since the greatest scenery is along isolated roadways. If you are really keen it would be nice to bike on the roads, but it would be challanging. Motorcycling would also be really great to get the full effect of the scenery. We saw lots of bikers when we were there and they were all having a great time.
There are two large airports Manchester and Pease in Portsmouth, NH, but the one in Portsmouth only has one airline covering it, Pan Am Clipper Connect.
Several bus lines go into NH: Concord Trailways, C and J Trailways, Dartmouth Coach, Vermont Transit/Greyhound, Coach Company. Concord Trailways goes from South Station Boston, MA and Logan International Airport in MA to Manchester, Concord, Londonderry, Tilton, New Hampton, Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonboro, W. Ossipee, Conway, N. Conway, Jackson, Pinkham Notch, Gorham, Berlin, Littleton, Franconia, Lincoln, and Plymouth, NH. Concord Trailways also goes to ME and it offers connections to Amtrak from Concord. Dartmouth Coach goes from Logan and South Station to New London, Lebanon and Hanover, NH. C and J Trailways goes from South Station/Logan to Newburyport, MA to Portsmouth and Dover, NH. C and J Trailways offers connection to Amtrak's Downeaster from Dover, NH. Greyhound/Vermont Transit goes to Berlin, Center Harbor, Concord, Conway, Dover, Franconia, Gorham, Hanover, Jackson, Keene, Lincoln, Littleton, Manchester, Manchester Arpt, Meredith, Moultonborough, Nashua, New Hampton, North Conway, Pinkham Notch, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Tilton, West Ossipee. The Coach Company goes between Downtown Boston, MA and Plaistow, NH.
There are several airport shuttles including Hampton Shuttle, Mermaid Shuttle.
Amtrak is the only passenger train service. There's the downeaster that goes from Portland, ME, Old Orchard Beach, ME, Saco/Biddeford, ME, Wells, ME, Dover, NH, Durham, NH (at University of NH), Exeter, NH, Haverhill, MA, Woburn, MA and North Station, Boston, MA. There is a proposal to extent Mass. Bay Transit Authority's Commuter Rail to Nashua, NH, Manchester, NH and Concord, NH but that isn't planned until 2010.
Bottomline, if you want to get any where, get a car!
On busy Friday or Sunday nights, there is no reliable way to get around the toll backups on 93. Too many people know about the immediately adjoining roads. You can skirt 93 to the west via Rte 13 out of Concord (take 89 to Exit 2), or Wallace/Wire Rd in Bedford, but these will only save you aggravation, not time. They are attractive in daylight.
Secondary highways (numbered) are reliable bets for good scenery. Because these are usually the older road between locations, there are stone walls, larger trees overhanging the road, town centers, small restaurants, and eccentric attractions.
Not that the children will appreciate it.
If you're flying in, consider flying into Manchester. It's fairly central to most of New Hampshire and there are some real nice airfares to be found if you're flying into there. Not to mention the fact that you'll avoid the hassle of dealing with Boston's Logan and associated traffic and parking problems.
If you fly into Manchester Airport, I suggest you rent a car. It's the only way to see New Hampshire!
to get to the summit of mt Washington u can drive ur car (16usd for car and driver, 6 usd for each additional passenger)
or take the steam train going up there - 50 usd per person or so
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