1. Slide into this serene surf town for a swell time
Images of New Hampshire recall mountains, valleys, and lakes. But did you know the state has about 18 miles of shoreline? While most travelers flock to Hampton Beach—a classic boardwalk experience—serious surfers head up the coast toward Rye. Whether or not you’re on board for the rocky break (which surfers frequent through snow or shine) the town has plenty of ways to experience its salty Atlantic perch. Wake up early for a third-wave brew at the Colombian La Mulita Coffee, soak up views of the Isles of Shoals from Wallis Sands Beach, and sample oceanside flavor (and a raw bar!) at The Carriage House. And if you’re staying the night, head to Rye Motor Inn, a reimagined 1950’s motel that recently made a major upgrade: its pool is now heated.