The highest peak in New England is known for unpredictable weather and record-breaking wind speeds (230-plus mph) at the summit, but it affords spectacular 360-degree views from the top. The hike to the summit is rewarding, but you know you’d rather drive, and fortunately, there’s the 7.5 mile Auto Road. Drive yourself or book a tour and enjoy stunning scenery on the way up. In winter, consider a SnowCoach tour for a sub-arctic adventure.
No matter where your interests lie, you can always find fun in the Granite State. The best things to do in New Hampshire range from thrilling to relaxing, fun to educational. Some say the state is defined by its quaint towns and delightful small cities, while others point towards the state’s natural beauty, accessible year-round and on full display during Fall foliage season. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the many lakes and forests—including White Mountain National Forest, home to the region’s highest peak—while culture and history enthusiasts can enjoy New Hampshire’s many museums and historic sites. Beautiful scenic drives tie everything together, making a trip around New Hampshire a top destination in all seasons.
Note: many NH attractions are seasonal, so plan accordingly!
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