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1. Boston to Kennebunkport with Optional Lobster Tour

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2. Meet the Winemakers - Seven Birches Winery Tour

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3. WW2 Small Arms Experience

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4. Public|NH Coastal & Seaside Bike Tour Along the Atlantic |3.5-4hr

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5. Self Guided Haunted Walking Tour in Portsmouth (APP/GPS)

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6. Portsmouth Scavenger Hunt: Pretty Portsmouth

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7. Full-Day Tour from Boston with Lost River and Flume Gorge

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8. Kancamagus Scenic Byway Audio Driving Tour Guide

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9. Tea Blending

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10. Public|Explore the Islands & Harbor Must See Hidden Sites|2-2.5hr

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11. 3-Hour Private Sightseeing Outdoor Escape Game in Littleton, NH

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12. Superman Zipline Tour in Morningside

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13. Colonial Flintlock Musket Experience

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14. Public | Explore and Discover Portsmouth, NH | City Tour |1.5-2hr

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15. Embark & Explore The Area with Your Private Tour Guide | 2-2.5hrs

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16. New Hampshire White Mountains Autumn Foliage Tour from Portland

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17. Public | Self-Guided 21-Speed Hybrid Rental Portsmouth NH | 3-hrs

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18. Kancamagus Highway: Audio Driving Tour

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19. Murder Mystery Detective Experience Concord, NH

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20. Self-Guided Walking Tour of Benson Park, Hudson, NH

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21. Lively Laconia Scavenger Hunt

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22. Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in Portsmouth

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23. Gardens of Portsmouth Walking Tour

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24. Pedal, Paddle & Hike New Hampshire

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25. Private Shopping Tour from Boston to Merrimack Premium Outlets

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26. Lake Tarleton Guided Paddle

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27. Fun City Scavenger Hunt in Manchester by Zombie Scavengers

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28. Manchester to Manchester–Boston Regional Airport - Departure Private Transfer

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29. Vacation Photographer in Portsmouth

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30. Mountain Top Zipline Tour in Morningside Flight Park

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15 Best Things to Do in New Hampshire

By Hannah Selinger

New Hampshire

The Granite State might be small, but it's also geographically diverse. From ocean beaches to lakes, mountains to quaint cities, this state has pretty much everything you can ask for in terms of activity. Whether you’re heading to New Hampshire for a weekend away or for a quick, one-day excursion, there’s something for you. Here are the 15 best things to do in New Hampshire while you’re there.

Mount Washington New Hampshire

Drive to the top of Mt. Washington

Mount Washington, the Northeast’s highest peak, is known for its particularly erratic weather patterns (and, among the daring, for its hike-in ski slope known as Tuckerman Ravine). Drive to the top via the Mt. Washington Auto Road , a steep and narrow 7.6-mile summit on winding roads that yields views all the way to New York (on clear days). No auto summit of Mt. Washington would be complete, however, without the obligatory “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington” bumper sticker every car summiting since the 1950s has received.

Lake Winnipesaukee New Hampshire

Get out on the water on Lake Winnipesaukee

New Hampshire’s largest lake, Lake Winnipesaukee , occupies 69 square miles in the state’s east. Enjoy everything the lake has to offer at the Ekal Activity Center , in Meredith, which offers antique boat rides, private charters, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboard rentals.

LaBelle Winery Amherst New Hampshire

Go wine tasting in Amherst

LaBelle Winery produces a line of award-winning wines for visitors to sample on site. The tasting room offers 35 different wines, as well as curated tours of the property, which opened in 2012. LaBelle also operates two restaurants, in Amherst and Derry , with food designed to pair with its signature wines.

Kancamagus Highway New Hampshire

Hike off of iconic Kancamagus Highway

New Hampshire’s famed Kancamagus Highway offers 34.5 miles of trails with scenic views within the state’s White Mountains Region . Over 25 hiking trails sprout from the Kancamagus, from the challenging, nine-mile Moat Mountain Trail to the easy, half-mile Rail and River Trail . Both seasoned hikers and novices can enjoy the unspoiled beauty of New Hampshire through this trail network.

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Shop for antiques on Route 4 

Route 4 is known as New Hampshire’s Antique Alley , home to the state’s oldest antiquing district, with more than 500 dealers spread across the towns of Lee, Northwood, Epsom, and Chichester. Antique Alley has been a premier destination for New England antiquing for more than 40 years.

Glen Ellis Falls at Pinkham Notch New Hampshire

Visit a waterfall in Pinkham Notch

New Hampshire is home to more than 100 waterfalls, but Glen Ellis Falls, a 64-foot-high waterfall on Pinkham Notch’s Glen Ellis Falls trail , is a spectacular beauty. The waterfall is off-limits to swimming, but still provides some of the state’s most sought-after photographs.

Conway Scenic Railroad New Hampshire

Ride the Scenic Railroad in North Conway

Take a ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad, a trip that departs from North Conway Village’s 1874 rail station. The Railroad offers several different experiences, ranging from the one-hour leisure ride to the five-hour Crawford Notch Mountaineering train, which climbs up through New Hampshire to explore stunning vistas. First-class cars, outfitted with lounge chairs and screening rooms, are also available for those seeking an upgrade.

Castle in the Clouds New Hampshire

Visit the Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough

This 1913 mountaintop estate sits on more than 5,000 acres of magnificent land. Visitors can tour the property, take advantage of hiking and walking trails, dine at the estate restaurant, and even feed the ducks at Shannon Pond. Originally owned by shoe manufacturer Thomas Plant, the property has a dedicated exhibit to the history of its ownership on-site.

Shaker Village Canterbury New Hampshire

Dive into history at Canterbury Shaker Village

This national historic landmark consists of 24 original Shaker buildings, four reconstructed Shaker buildings, and 694 acres of conserved land. The village was established in the late 1700s and remained an important part of New Hampshire’s religious history until 1992, when the final practicing Shaker in residence died. Today, visitors can tour the homes and grounds for a sense of how the Shakers lived.

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Enjoy the sand dunes at Seabrook Beach

New Hampshire’s slim coastline runs about 18 miles from the Massachusetts to Maine borders. Still, the state is home to unblemished beaches, with tufted dunes, soft sand, and a bit of a surf break. Seabrook Beach , New Hampshire’s southernmost ocean beach (it’s known, familiarly, as “The Line,” since it’s adjacent to the Massachusetts border), offers plenty of space for sunbathing, and close proximity to the area’s famed competing beach pizza vendors. Cristy’s Pizza and Tripoli Pizza Bakery make sweet, square, and optionally Provolone-topped slices of pizza that are legendary among locals.

Canobie Lake Park New Hampshire

Test your nerves on the Yankee Cannonball

Canobie Lake Park , in Salem, has been open since 1902, when it was established as a lakeside trolley park. Thirty-four years later, the amusement park welcomed the addition of the Yankee Cannonball, a wooden roller coaster that was built in 1930 for use at Westbury, Connecticut’s Lakewood Park. (It was later relocated.) The historic ride, in all its rickety splendor, is one of New Hampshire’s most iconic activities.

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Ride Attitash’s Alpine Slide

In winter, Attitash Mountain Resort , which abuts the White Mountain National Park, draws expert skiers from all over the Northeast. In non-ski season, the resort operates two alpine slides that wind passengers down the ski mountain. Take the Flying Yankee chairlift to the top and enjoy the scenic ride down from the 1,750-foot mountain.

Portsmouth New Hampshire

Stroll down Portsmouth’s State Street

Located on the Piscataqua River (and just a bridge away from Kittery, in southern Maine ), Portsmouth, a traditional New England city, is marked by Colonial and Federal architecture. The city’s beating heart is the historic downtown area, where shops and restaurants draw visitors from all over. State Street, downtown’s main thoroughfare, offers a walkable view of the city, as well as plenty of nearby shopping and dining options.

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Reach for the stars at Concord’s McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

The name Christa McAuliffe is legendary in New Hampshire: the 37-year-old teacher from Concord was aboard the doomed 1986 mission of the Space Shuttle Challenger . In 1990, this space center —dedicated not only to McAuliffe, but also to astronaut Alan Shepard, a New Hampshire native—opened to the public. The museum offers educational experience for kids and adults alike, and features a state-of-the-art planetarium with rotating shows.

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Experience farm-to-table dining in Manchester

The Foundry Restaurant is tucked into Manchester’s Millyard District , an area of historic brick buildings and former textile factories. The restaurant, which opened in 2015, is the city’s largest certified farm-to-table operation, with produce, dairy, and protein representing The Granite State’s local farms.

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Mount Washington Cog Railway crossing a stream on a bridge during the fall

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From traveling on the Mount Washington Cog Railway to posing in front of Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach at Story Land, New Hampshire has something for everyone to enjoy.

New Hampshire may be a small state, but it's packed full of attractions and activities for visitors. From its 18 miles of coastline to its centrally located Lakes Region to the looming White Mountains up north, New Hampshire offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Then there are the amusement parks, historic sites and thought-provoking museums to explore while vacationing in the Granite State.

With skiing in the winter, summer fun by the lakes and leaf-peeping in the fall, this state is a year-round destination. Here are some of the best things to do and see in New Hampshire.

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves

The Lost River Gorge tops the list of what to see in New Hampshire for those looking for a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience. Open seasonally from early May to mid-October, this attraction has a self-guided, 1-mile boardwalk loop trail with more than 1,000 stairs. Make sure to dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear.

Along the way there are scenic spots to stop and admire the Lost River and its cascading waterfalls in the gorge. If you're limber and not too claustrophobic, you might choose to maneuver through nearly a dozen boulder caves, including one particularly tight spot called the Lemon Squeezer. Visitors to this attraction in the White Mountains appreciate that any of the cave crawls can be bypassed. Lost River Gorge is around 5 miles from North Woodstock's Main Street, where The Wilderness Inn Bed & Breakfast welcomes overnight guests in a craftsman-style 1912 home.

Address: 1712 Lost River Road, North Woodstock, NH 03262

Mount Washington Cog Railway

Mount Washington Cog Railway going downhill with mountains in the background

Ascend to the summit of the highest peak in New England aboard the Mount Washington Cog Railway. Onboard one of the specially designed biodiesel locomotives, you'll pass through steep grades and three climate zones to reach the Mount Washington summit at 6,288 feet in elevation. When you book your tickets online, you can also choose to take a historic steam locomotive at certain times of the year.

Schedule and pricing may vary based on weather and train excursion selection; check out Mount Washington Cog Railway's website for more information. The Cog Railway makes multiple daily trips in the warmer months to the summit, with its visitor center and rooftop observation deck. From late October to early spring, the railway operates shorter trips to the Waumbek Station, at about 4,000 feet in elevation. Past travelers appreciated the onboard live commentary that covers the history, flora and fauna of the area. The Mount Washington Cog Railway is located in the White Mountains near Bretton Woods, home to the majestic Omni Mount Washington Resort with its relaxing spa and multiple dining options.

Address: 3168 Base Station Road, Mount Washington, NH 03589

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Lake Winnipesaukee

Autumn foliage reflection along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, New Hampshire

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The largest lake in the state at 72 square miles, Lake Winnipesaukee is one of New Hampshire's most popular summer vacation spots. Families flock to the lake to go boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing on the clear water surrounded by thick forest and looming mountains. A popular excursion is a scenic boat ride on the historic M/S Mount Washington ship. The resort towns that ring the lake are chock-full of fun things for families to do, including old-fashioned arcades, go-karting and mini-golf.

Lodging abounds in the area, from vacation homes and lakeside cottages to budget motels and small inns. Church Landing at Mill Falls in Meredith has a convenient and scenic location right on the lake, within walking distance of several restaurants and shops in town.

North Conway

Street buildings of North Conway, New Hampshire, in the evening

In the heart of New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley, North Conway is a fabulous vacation destination for fans of scenic railroads, historic covered bridges and outdoor adventures. The village is an especially popular spot in the winter months, as it's been ranked among the best ski towns in North America, with more than a dozen ski areas within a short drive of the village.

Outside of winter, the easy hike to the waterfalls at Diana's Baths is on a fairly flat gravel path, but the small parking lot can get quite busy in the summer, so recent hikers advise you try to go early or late in the day. Visitors flock to North Conway's many shopping outlets and malls, with no general sales tax charged on goods in New Hampshire. For a glamorous place to rest your head, consider a night at Stonehurst Manor , a beautiful 19th-century hotel with mountain views and wood fireplaces.

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Hampton Beach State Park

Hampton Beach State Park sign

Hampton Beach State Park is packed with people in the summer, especially on hot, sunny weekends. Walking the wide sandy beach or picnicking under an umbrella for the day is free at this coastal state park. You'll need to pay to park your car, and recent visitors suggest making parking reservations ahead of time online at the New Hampshire State Parks website; otherwise, you'll likely have to hunt for a first-come, first-served metered space around town.

Across the street from Hampton Beach sits the legendary Hampton Beach Casino, which dates back to 1899. Not so much a popular place to gamble (though there are a few games of chance), this historic strip is filled with family-friendly arcade games, small amusement rides, snacks and souvenir shops. If you want to stay overnight, check out the oceanfront Ashworth by the Sea, the only full-service beachfront hotel here.

Houses along street of Lincoln, New Hampshire, on a sunny day

Lincoln is a great home base for exploring New Hampshire's White Mountains. The small town is home to Loon Mountain Resort for skiing, tubing and snowshoeing in the winter as well as zip lining, gondola rides, biking and hiking in the summer. Other local attractions for warm weather visitors include Whale's Tale Waterpark, Hobo Railroad and Flume Gorge. If you're trying to keep things affordable on your getaway to the White Mountains, consider booking a room at the Notch Hostel, a dog-friendly spot with fire pits, camping spaces, cabins and more.

Hood Museum of Art

Exterior of Hood Museum of Art with visitors walking toward it

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Home to a wide range of art and artifacts, including Indigenous Australian contemporary art and a major archive of photojournalism, the Hood Museum of Art is located on the campus of Hanover's Dartmouth College. The collection is vast, with more than 65,000 pieces of art in the museum's care, though only a portion are on display to the public at any given time. Recent museum enthusiasts note that with free admission, the museum is certainly worth an hourlong stroll through the exhibits; there are also free guided tours on occasion. Right next door to the Hopkins Center for the Arts and the Hood Museum is the elegant Hanover Inn, the oldest continuously operating hotel in the state.

Address: 6 E. Wheelock St., Hanover, NH 03755

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Rocket outside McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in New Hampshire

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Concord's must-visit McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center honors two New Hampshire residents: Alan Shepard, who in 1961 was the first American to travel into space, and Christa McAuliffe, a teacher who was aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger that tragically exploded just after it launched in 1986. Visitors to this family-friendly attraction can learn about space travel and science through hands-on exhibits, demonstrations and planetarium shows.

Concord, the capital of New Hampshire, has plenty of hotel chains and budget-friendly lodging, but if you're looking for something different and historic, consider The Centennial Hotel, located in a 19th-century Victorian mansion.

Address: 2 Institute Drive, Concord, NH 03301

Prescott Park

Late afternoon in formal gardens at Prescott Park in Porsmouth, New Hampshire

Visitors to Prescott Park in the seaside city of Portsmouth rave about the beautiful flowers and waterfront views, commenting on what a great job the gardeners do with the landscaping in the summer months. The 10-acre waterfront park makes for a lovely place to stroll and take in the sights and smells of the serene space; there are also benches for rest and reflection. Admission to the park is free. In the summer, concerts, movies and theater productions take place in the park as part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival.

If you're looking to stay overnight in the city, Ale House Inn is housed in an 1880 former brewery warehouse and located within walking distance of the park.

Address: 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth, NH 03801

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Canobie Lake Park

Aerial over Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire on a cloudy day

Canobie Lake Park has been delighting visitors since it opened in 1902 with its botanical gardens, swings, canoes and penny arcade. Today it's a fun-for-the-whole-family amusement park filled with exciting rides, a water park and carnival-style midway games – plus dining venues that serve quintessential New England favorites like lobster rolls and fried dough. Thrill rides at this amusement park include the spinning, strobe light-filled Psychodrome and a roller coaster called Untamed that sends riders on a beyond-vertical drop of 97 degrees.

The amusement park is open seasonally, generally from Memorial Day weekend through Halloween. Check the website calendar for specific days and hours of operation (early and late in the season it's open on weekends only). Canobie Lake Park is located in Salem, in the southern part of New Hampshire. The closest hotel is the basic, budget-friendly Red Roof Inn Salem, which gets props from past travelers for its convenient location next to Interstate 93.

Address: 85 N. Policy St., Salem, NH 03079

Russell-Colbath Historic Site

The Russell-Colbath Historic Site sits in Albany, New Hampshire, along the Kancamagus Highway between the towns of Lincoln and Conway in the White Mountains. Built in the 1830s by the Russell family, a simple home on the property serves as an example of what living quarters were like for original settlers of the area. Guided tours are offered from July to September, and recent visitors praise the on-site staff, who can explain some of the home's history and preserved household items on display.

Operated by the U.S. Forest Service, this historic site also includes an accessible half-mile trail with interpretive panels about the logging and railroading industries here in the 19th century. The Russell-Colbath Historic Site is open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Outside of Conway along the Kancamagus Highway you'll find the Kancamagus Swift River Inn, with 10 quaint rooms and daily continental breakfast.

Address: Kancamagus Highway, Albany, NH 03818

Flume Gorge

River flowing under pedestrian bridge, Flume Gorge, New Hampshire

Part of Franconia Notch State Park, the Flume is a scenic gorge with a 2-mile loop trail that allows visitors to admire the looming granite walls, rushing Flume Brook and even a classic New England covered bridge. The boardwalk trail at this attraction in the White Mountains does include many steps, so you'll want to make sure to wear sturdy shoes to traverse it safely. Admire plentiful mosses, ferns and flowers along the way.

Recent visitors note that the optional one-way Wolf's Den path, which involves crawling on hands and knees through boulders, is especially fun for kids. Make your reservations in advance to ensure that you'll be able to access the trail (and get a reduced entry fee) via the New Hampshire State Parks website. Nearby lodging includes Indian Head Resort in Lincoln, with resort rooms, cottages, bungalows and rustic houses.

Address: 852 Daniel Webster Highway, Lincoln, NH 03251

Guests sit in boat on river at Story Land, New Hampshire

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For small children or nostalgic adults, this attraction is probably one of the most fun places in New Hampshire to spend the day. Story Land is located in Glen, east of the White Mountain National Forest, and dates back to 1954. It features classic attractions that celebrate children's nursery rhymes and fairy tales, including a giant Humpty Dumpty and Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach – both make great photo opportunities.

Young children like to visit the petting zoo with animals right out of favorite storybooks like the "Three Billy Goats Gruff." Older kids can pilot Swan Boats on a calm pond. More thrilling attractions include Dr. Geyser's Remarkable Raft Ride (be prepared to get splashed) and the Roar-O-Saurus wooden roller coaster. Nearby Nordic Village Resort in Jackson gets rave reviews from past travelers for its spacious accommodations that include studios, condos and townhouses, as well as pools, hot tubs and saunas for relaxation.

Address: 850 state Route 16, Glen, NH 03838

Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park

This National Historical Park honors Augustus Saint-Gaudens, a prominent American Renaissance sculptor who spent his later years (1885 to 1907) at this estate in Cornish. Visitors to this historic site can see his home, tour his studio and walk the grounds where his sculptures are on display. Recent parkgoers say they were in awe of the beautiful gardens.

Travelers should note that some areas are only open seasonally, with most indoor areas like the galleries closed from November to Memorial Day. In addition, there are wooded hiking trails up to 2 miles long on the 100-acre property, if you're looking to get a little exercise amid nature while visiting Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park. Cornish is located in central New Hampshire, near the Vermont border. Some of the closest budget lodging can be found to the north in the Connecticut River Valley, including the Fireside Inn & Suites West Lebanon – admire the hotel's impressive atrium filled with trees while you're there.

Address: 139 Saint Gaudens Road, Cornish, NH 03745

Santa's Village

Kids play at a water playground at Santa's Village in New Hampshire

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Just as the name suggests, Christmas-themed Santa's Village is a celebration of the jolly old fellow himself, as well as all things that make this winter holiday special, from elves and reindeer to sleighs and sweet treats. Family-friendly rides at this amusement park in Jefferson include the Reindeer Carousel, Christmas Ferris Wheel, Santa's Express Train and Yule Log Flume. There's also a water park that's open in the summer, with slides, splash pads and water sprays.

Visitors have noted how clean and charming this amusement park is. Typically Santa's Village is open daily in the summer, with limited weekend hours in the late spring and from Labor Day through Christmas. Be sure to check the website for operating hours before you visit. One inexpensive option for overnighting nearby is the Coos Motor Inn in Lancaster, located 6 miles north.

Address: 528 Presidential Highway, Jefferson, NH 03583

Strawbery Banke Museum

Interior of historic Strawbery Banke Museum in New Hampshire

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Set on 10 acres in downtown Portsmouth, Strawbery Banke Museum brings centuries of U.S. history alive with costumed role-players who share what life was like in New England's past. Visitors can tour historic buildings and interactive exhibits to learn about the people who once made their homes in this waterfront neighborhood. Past travelers say a highlight of their visit is chatting with the craftspeople in period dress, such as barrel makers and boat builders.

As an outdoor history museum, Strawbery Banke is typically open daily from May through October. In the winter months, try out outdoor ice skating on Puddle Dock Pond. Tickets can be purchased online or in person. If you're with kids, consider getting a family admission ticket to save some money. Just around the corner from Strawbery Banke is The Sailmaker's House, an intimate and historic boutique hotel with just 10 guest rooms.

Address: 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, NH 03801

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Whale's Tale Waterpark

Aerial over red, blue and yellow waterslides at Whale's Tale Waterpark in New Hampshire

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Cool off during New Hampshire's hot and humid summer months at Whale's Tale Waterpark in Lincoln. Thrill rides include the Plunge body slides, where you might reach up to 40 miles an hour, as well as the Banzai Pipeline, which is a speedy tube ride that shoots you into a quarter pipe. Other attractions include Whale Harbor with short slides and gentle water sprays for toddlers; Shipwreck Island with its massive bucket dump; and Willie's Wild Waves, billed as the only wave pool in the White Mountains.

Past travelers consistently praise the friendly staff at Whale's Tale Waterpark, which is generally open mid-June through Labor Day. Located less than half a mile away on U.S. Route 3 is the Days Inn by Wyndham Lincoln, which has an indoor and outdoor pool and a kids playground.

Address: 481 Daniel Webster Highway, Lincoln, NH 03251

Castle in the Clouds

Exterior of Castle in the Clouds in New Hampshire on a sunny day

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This unique seasonal attraction in Moultonborough offers a variety of things for visitors to do. You can tour a historic, 16-room, mountaintop mansion that was built in 1913 and features some modern technological advances of the time, including a central vacuum system. Take a self-guided mansion tour of the first two floors from late May to late October; guests can also opt for a guided basement tour of the mansion for an additional charge.

Spend the day hiking more than 28 miles of scenic trails, including gentle paths to waterfalls and more strenuous summit hikes. Trails in the Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area are free to access for summer hikes as well as winter snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. There is a gift shop, cafe and restaurant on-site with outdoor seating offering sweeping mountain and lake views. You won't find many hotels near Castle in the Clouds, as it's located in a rural part of the Lakes Region. One of the closer options is Center Harbor Inn, set right on Lake Winnipesaukee and featuring a sandy beach plus kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals for guests.

Address: 455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough, NH 03254

Polar Caves

Walkway through Polar Caves in New Hampshire

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The Polar Caves in Rumney were formed by a moving glacier 50,000 years ago. Visitors can pass through nine distinct boulder caves on a self-guided tour, while enjoying the cooler temperatures on a hot summer day. The granite spaces are all named: Shimmy through Orange Crush and walk the narrow path of Devil's Turnpike. The caves are linked by a series of trails and wooden boardwalks, and all cave entry is optional.

Be prepared to crawl, twist and get a little dirty if you choose to make your way through the natural obstacles, say past travelers. Visitors can also feed the fallow deer and ducks at the on-site animal park. Polar Caves is open seasonally, from mid-May through mid-October. Nearby Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Plymouth White Mountains offers daily hot breakfast.

Address: 705 Rumney Route 25, Rumney NH 03266

Kancamagus Highway

Kancamagus Highway lined with colorful autumn foliage

The Kancamagus Highway is a 34.5-mile National Scenic Byway that stretches from Lincoln to Conway in the White Mountains. This portion of state Route 112 is a wildly popular scenic drive in the autumn for its plentiful vistas of colorful fall foliage . Many pull-off points allow for stretching legs along this curvy, wooded highway, where you can take in views of mountains, waterfalls and rivers.

Along the highway, there are also parking lots at trailheads that allow you to traverse through the woods on foot. Past road-trippers and leaf-peepers note that cell service is very limited in this remote area. You won't really find any motels or hotels along this stretch of rural road that reaches 2,855 feet in elevation, though there are six White Mountain National Forest campgrounds.

Gunstock Mountain Resort

Snowboarder jumping at Gunstock Mountain Resort in New Hampshire

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This ski area in the Lakes Region welcomes outdoor enthusiasts in the winter with its 49 downhill ski and snowboard trails, around 17 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails, and a tubing hill. You can also hike or snowshoe up the mountain, practice tricks in the terrain park, and even ski or snowboard under the lights at night.

Gunstock Mountain Resort also shines in the warmer months with its activity-packed Adventure Park. Go zip lining amid the trees up to 70 miles an hour, zoom through the forest on the Mountain Coaster, or walk along swinging bridges on an aerial obstacle course. If you're looking for a more mellow activity, consider a scenic lift ride. Tent and RV campsites are available at Gunstock Mountain Resort. Further afield is The Margate on Winnipesaukee in Laconia, which past travelers have praised for its sandy beach and indoor and outdoor pools.

Address: 719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, NH 03249

Currier Museum of Art

Exterior of Currier Museum of Art, with red sculpture at the front, in New Hampshire

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Manchester's Currier Museum of Art has a collection of 15,000 art objects, with a focus on painting and sculpture from the 14th through 17th centuries as well as contemporary works. Rotating gallery exhibits and special exhibitions showcase the varied collection. The Currier also offers access to two Frank Lloyd Wright homes, the only houses designed by the influential architect that are open to the public in New England.

Guided house tours are offered on Thursday evenings as part of "Art After Work," and the Currier Museum of Art is open year-round. For accommodations nearby, the Ash Street Inn is a bed-and-breakfast located in a 19th-century Victorian home with all the modern comforts you need. It's a couple of blocks from the museum and within easy walking distance of downtown shops and restaurants.

Address: 150 Ash St., Manchester, NH 03104

Arcade games at Funspot

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A popular attraction for all ages in New Hampshire's Lakes Region, Funspot in Laconia houses the world's largest arcade with more than 600 games, including classic video arcade games and pinball machines, a 10-pin and candlepin bowling alley, indoor mini-golf, and rides for young children. Kids love playing games of skill to earn tickets to redeem for prizes, or you can spend a couple of hours playing old favorites like Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Asteroids. With Funspot's plethora of classic games, past travelers applaud the attraction for its nostalgic factor, while others say it's a good value for game tokens. Laconia's Summit Resort has two-bedroom suites, making this lodging option a good fit for families.

Address: 579 Endicott St. N., Laconia, NH 03246

Jenness State Beach

Smaller, with fewer bells and whistles than nearby Hampton Beach, Rye's Jenness State Beach is popular among families especially on sunny summer weekends, when you'll need to arrive early in the day to snag a metered parking spot, according to past visitors. Beachgoers will likely appreciate the bathhouse with restrooms, changing rooms and showers. Lifeguards keep watch as kids frolic in the waves in the summer months. Dogs are not allowed on the sandy beach in the summer, but leashed pets are permitted in the off-season. Dunes Motor Inn, with rooms under $200 a night, is right across the street.

Address: 2280 Ocean Blvd., Rye, NH 03870

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Bear Brook State Park

Lake at Bear Brook State Park in New Hampshire

If you're looking to immerse yourself in nature on your trip to the Granite State, you can't go wrong with Bear Brook State Park, the largest developed state park in New Hampshire. Hiking, biking, camping, fishing, kayaking and swimming are a few of the activities you can enjoy in the warmer months in this recreational area. The park sits in the southeastern part of the state, near Manchester and Concord.

This is a heavily wooded area, and cell service may be limited – so come prepared with insect repellent and perhaps a paper map for navigation. Primitive campsites are available for RVs and tents at Beaver Pond Campground, with advance reservations available online. The closest lodging outside the park is near Concord and Manchester, including Tru by Hilton Concord, which is just off I-93 and offers free hot breakfast.

Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden

Exterior of Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden

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This Georgian-style mansion at the heart of Portsmouth has been open as a museum for more than a century. Built around 1760, the Moffatt-Ladd House is brimming with history, having housed General William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. With original furniture, the house feels like a time warp; visitors have complimented the house's tour guides for their intimate and intriguing knowledge of the house's history.

Don't forget to check out the flower-laden garden while you're there. The house is open seasonally from spring to fall. Given the downtown location of this attraction, you'll find plenty of chain hotels in the area, but for something more special, consider staying at The Inn Downtown, a boutique apartment-hotel with chic rooms in an early 19th-century building.

Address: 154 Market St., Portsmouth, NH 03801

Mount Washington Auto Road

Aerial of the Mount Washington Auto Road going up the mountain

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It's more than just a 7.6-mile road: The Mount Washington Auto Road bills itself as America's oldest continuously operating attraction. It opened in 1861, allowing visitors to take a four-hour carriage ride to the frigid summit of Mount Washington. Nowadays, you can do it a lot faster in your own car – just drive to the base of the road, pay the fee (you have to pay on a per-passenger basis) and start your ascent.

You'll want to download the Auto Road app to get an audio tour as you go up. For safety reasons, there are restrictions on certain vehicles as well as weight limits, so be sure to check them on the Auto Road website before heading out. If you don't want to drive, there are also guided tours available; in winter, the only option is to take the company's Snowcoach up, as private cars aren't permitted from December to March.

Address: 1 Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham, NH 03581

USS Albacore Museum

If you or your family loves all things motorized, the USS Albacore is a fascinating place to visit. Built right nearby in Portsmouth, the USS Albacore was a state-of-the-art submarine that set a world record for speed in the 1960s. With the vessel now decommissioned, you can hop aboard and learn about how it works at this location just outside downtown Portsmouth – there's also a museum and memorial garden on-site. Take note: Children younger than 2 cannot go into the submarine, and the attraction is closed from around mid-December to mid-February each year.

Address: 600 Market St., Portsmouth, NH 03801

Wright Museum of World War II

If you're faced with a rainy day while visiting New Hampshire's Lake District, this museum is a formidable indoor alternative (and hard to miss, thanks to the tank poking out from one of its exterior walls). The museum has a collection of 14,000-plus items sourced both from the U.S. and the front lines of World War II as well as fully operational military vehicles. The museum aims to help visitors understand the role that Americans played in the Allied victory in 1945. Visitors have praised the Wright Museum for being thoroughly informative and for showing what happened in the U.S. during the war, not just focusing on the battle zones. If you're hoping to stay nearby, the historic Wolfeboro Inn with a New England-style pub on-site is one solid option.

Address: 77 Center St., Wolfeboro, NH 03894

Echo Lake State Park

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This small but mighty state park is home to two stunning viewpoints. White Horse Ledge and Cathedral Ledge both require a little effort to get to, but they offer stellar views over Echo Lake and the surrounding forests. The trail up to Cathedral Ledge is shorter, at 1.2 miles, compared to 4.2 miles for White Horse Ledge. If hiking isn't your thing, you can swim and picnic by Echo Lake. Visitors praise the beautiful reflective waters of the lake and the easy walking trail that goes around it. The park is also easy to get to, located just outside the town of North Conway.

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21 Gorgeous New Hampshire Covered Bridges To Visit (+ Tour Itinerary!) 2024

If it’s beautiful covered bridges you’re after during your next trip to New England, you’ve come to the right place. I’m equally as fascinated by them as I am lighthouses, so whenever I’m able to stop and visit one during my travels, I do it. So, welcome to my guide on the best New Hampshire covered bridges!

While Vermont wins for the most covered bridges in New England, New Hampshire also has quite a few, and many of them can be found in popular tourist areas, too. If you’re looking to check out the best ones to see on your road trip, you’ll definitely want to keep reading. And stay tuned until the end for a helpful guide on a covered bridges road trip through the state.

Flume bridge is one of the most iconic New Hampshire covered bridges you can visit.

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How Many Covered Bridges Are In New Hampshire?

New Hampshire is home to the second largest number of covered bridges in New England at around 60 as of 2023. That’s a lot of opportunity to see them on your trip! And since they’re scattered all over the state, it’s pretty easy to find one regardless of where you’re heading.

Best Covered Bridges In The White Mountains To Visit

Since many people head straight to the White Mountains when visiting New Hampshire, I’ve created this section on the best covered bridges in this region to help you plan. And great news, some of the best in the state are here, meaning you can also enjoy everything the White Mountains have to offer while looking for the bridges, too 🙂

1. Swift River Covered Bridge

Location: North Conway

Swift Rivered Covered Bridge in New Hampshire is a really cool one to visit.

Swift River is such a cool covered bridge in New Hampshire to visit because it’s closed off to street traffic, and has picnic tables inside that welcome you to sit and stay a while.

This bridge was originally built in 1850, but it was destroyed in 1869. Heavy rainfalls flooded the river, and quite literally lifted the bridge, and sent it floating down the river, where it crashed into Saco River Covered Bridge. Pieces of the bridge were recovered and some of them were used to reconstruct the bridge in 1890.

The inside of Swift River covered bridge is perfect for enjoying a picnic!

Pro Tip: The Saco River Covered Bridge is just a few minutes away. In fact, you may drive across it on your way to Swift River!

2. Flume Covered Bridge

Location: Inside Flume Gorge (entrance fee required) in Franconia Notch State Park

Flume Covered Bridge is one of the most magical things to do in New Hampshire in the winter.

Flume Covered Bridge might be one of the most iconic covered bridges in the state. Its bright red color and picturesque location in the woods just make it so idyllic, and it’s so worth seeing in person.

Built in 1871, this bridge is at the beginning of the Flume Gorge Trail, which is most definitely one of the best things to do in the White Mountains region (so it’s a win-win for sure!). You’ll need to pay an entrance fee to walk the Flume Gorge trail, but no need to pay more than that to enter the park.

To get to the bridge, you’ll walk down a steep switch-back, so good shoes are definitely recommended.

Pro Tip : Take in the views of the bridge from high up before you walk down the switch-back!

3. Sentinel Pine Covered Bridge

Sentinel Pine Covered Bridge at Flume Gorge is one of two covered bridges you'll see on the trail.

Also inside the Flume Gorge area is Sentinel Pine Covered Bridge, so your entrance fee gets you two covered bridges for the price of one (plus, walking through Flume Gorge, which is super fun).

I honestly think Sentinel Bridge is just as beautiful as Flume Covered Bridge, and this one can be found toward the end of the trail. There are a lot of great overlooks near the bridge, too, so be sure to wander a bit to find the best views of the bridge both close-up, and from a distance.

4. Allen Hollis Covered Bridge

Location: Inside Lost River Gorge (entrance fee required), in Lincoln

The covered bridge at Lost River Gorge is one of the best parts of the trail.

Inside the very fun Lost River Gorge, you’ll be rewarded with Allen Hollis Covered Bridge toward the end of the walk through the gorge. Even though this one also requires an entrance fee to the gorge, it’s well worth it to discover amazing boulder caves along the way.

While this bridge was built in 1981 and is relatively new compared to the historic covered bridges around the rest of New England, it still feels charming and special to see in person.

5. Albany Covered Bridge

Location: Albany, along The Kancamagus Highway (Route 112)

Albany Covered Bridge is one of the most fun stops to make on the Kancamagus Highway, even in the winter season!

Along one of the most scenic routes for fall foliage and mountain views in the region, Albany Covered Bridge is one of the best stops you can make on the Kancamagus Highway. It’s also a short walk from the parking area, making it easy to see.

Originally built in 1857, the bridge was damaged a year later in 1858, and rebuilt shortly after. It went through a few structural upgrades in the early 1980s, but overall, still maintains the original look from its rebuild in 1858.

Pro Tip: Even if you park just to see the bridge for a few minutes, you have to have a day-use pass to the White Mountains National Forest displayed on your windshield. If you didn’t get a pass before visiting the bridge, there is an easy-to-use kiosk at the parking lot to quickly pay. There’s also a restroom here.

6. Honeymoon Covered Bridge

Location: Jackson

Another iconic covered bridge in the White Mountains region is Honeymoon Covered Bridge. This bright red bridge allows vehicle traffic to cross Ellis River to get to Jackson Village, where many of the shops and hotels in Jackson are found.

Built in 1876, the bridge was named Honeymoon Bridge (and is sometimes referred to as Kissing Bridge) because people would smooch under it for good luck. I mean, it’s worth a shot, right? 😉 There’s also a pedestrian sidewalk for people to easily cross the bridge, which was added in 1930.

Pro Tip : This bridge actually gets quite a bit of vehicle traffic, but is still easy to visit. Once you cross the bridge from Route 16, you’ll see parking on your left, near Flossie’s General Store.

7. Ellis River Covered Bridge

Location: Jackson, on the Wentworth Golf Course

Ellis River Covered Bridge is one of the cutest in New Hampshire.

Ellis River is such a cute little covered bridge to visit in the area, but because of its location on the golf course, it may require a bit more planning to walk across it than just swinging by. But, if you’re able to visit, it’s a great one to add to your list.

During golf season, the best way to see it is to play a round of golf. If golf isn’t your thing, you can actually park close to Honeymoon Covered Bridge, and walk about 5-10 minutes (depending on your pace) to the bridge, which you can see from the road. Lastly in the winter, you can get a cross-country ski or snowshoe pass and cross the bridge that way (which is what I did).

8. Riverwalk Covered Bridge

Location: Littleton

The Riverwalk Covered Bridge can be found right in the downtown area, and is definitely one of the best things to do in Littleton, NH.

In my personal favorite town in the White Mountains region, you’ll find the Riverwalk Covered Bridge, which has allowed pedestrians to cross the Ammonoosuc River. It’s also right off Main Street in Littleton, making it very easy to visit.

Built in 2004, the bridge is another newer addition to New Hampshire’s covered bridges, but at over 300 feet long, it’s one of the longest! It also offers wonderful views of the river and the old grist mill, which is now Schilling Beer Co.

9. Blair Covered Bridge

Location: Campton

Blair Covered Bridge is especially scenic from the river.

In the southern foothills of the White Mountains, you’ll find the cute little Blair Covered Bridge. And the reason this one is especially worth seeking out is because the Covered Bridge Farm Table restaurant is right there, which is an awesome place to eat in the area!

This bridge also has an interesting backstory. It was originally built in 1829, and was burned down in 1868 by a man who claimed God told him to do it. He was later found innocent of the charges, even after confessing to the crime, because there were no witnesses. The bridge wasn’t rebuilt until 1977.

At 292 feet long, this bridge is also one of the longest in the state.

10. Bartlett Covered Bridge & Gift Shop

Location: Bartlett

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For a very unqiue covered bridge experience, you’ll want to be sure to have Bartlett Covered Bridge on your itinerary. Why? Well, because it’s also a gift shop. Yep, the gift shop is on the covered bridge!

I actually stumbled upon this little gem when I was driving from Jackson back to Littleton via Crawford Notch State Park, and pulled over immediately to check it out because it was almost too cool to even believe.

Originally built in 1851, the bridge became independently owned in 1966, and that’s when it became a store. In 1990, it underwent some renovations to upgrade the arches, as well as lighten the overall weight of the bridge to further accommodate the foot traffic and merchandise.

11. Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge

Location: Bath/Woodsville Village

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Only about 30 minutes from Franconia is the beautiful Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge. Built in 1829, it’s also the oldest covered bridge in New Hampshire that’s still in use. And while it’s undergone some repairs over the years, including in 1980 when it underwent some ice damage, most of the structure remains from the original build.

Pro Tip: Also in Bath, you can visit the Swiftwater Covered Bridge, and Bath Covered Bridge!

12. Groveton Covered Bridge

Location: Groveton

Groveton Covered Bridge is worth the drive out to while visiting the White Mountains.

About 40 minutes northeast of Littleton, you’ll find the Groveton Covered Bridge. And even though it’s a bit more secluded than the other bridges on this list, I think it’s well worth a visit. For me, there’s just something really special and beautiful about white covered bridges, especially in New Hampshire when most of them are natural wood or red.

Crossing the Upper Ammonoosuc river, this bridge was built in 1852 and offers really beautiful views of the river, with the mountains in the background.

The inside of Groveton covered bridge in New Hampshire.

Pro Tip: This bridge is also only about 10 minutes from Stark Covered Bridge, which is especially magical around Christmas when they hang lights on the bridge, and throughout town.

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More Covered Bridges In New Hampshire To See

Alright, now that you know all about the best covered bridges in the White Mountains region, let’s jump over to the rest of the state. Here are all my favorite New Hampshire covered bridges to visit outside of the White Mountains.

13. Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge

Location: Cornish

The Cornish-Windsor covered bridge is the longest in New Hampshire and all of New England.

The longest covered bridge in New Hampshire, and also all of New England, is the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge. This bridge connects New Hampshire to Windsor, VT (hence, the name 🙂), and is one of the most impressive bridges to see because it’s over 440 feet long.

Prior to the bridge that we have now, there were actually 3 other bridges built in the same place that were all destroyed by flooding. Thankfully, this one remained in tact after it was built in 1866, but it has undergone some repairs for ice and flood damage over the years.

Aerial view of the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge after a snowfall.

Because of its historical significance, it’s also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

14. Prentiss Covered Bridge

Location: Langdon

The Prentiss Covered Bridge in New Hampshire is also the smallest.

At only 26 feet long, the adorable Prentiss Covered Bridge is the shortest in New Hampshire, and likely the shortest in all of New England. For that reason, there’s something really fun and special about seeing this little guy in person.

I haven’t been able to find confirmed dates when Prentiss Covered Bridge was first built – some historians claim it dates as far as back as the 1790s, which would technically make it older than the Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge. But I’ve also found that many people agree it only dates back as far as the 1870s.

But regardless, the unique size makes it one that should be on your list!

15. Henniker Covered Bridge

Location: Henniker

Henniker Covered Bridge is conveniently located by New England College.

This bridge looks like it dates back to the early 1800s, but in fact, it was only built in 1972. Pretty cool, right? The lattice design makes this one especially beautiful to photograph.

Located very close to the New England College campus, its main purpose today is to allow students to cross the Contoocook River to access the town and rest of the campus.

Currently, the bridge is closed to vehicle traffic, and is only open to pedestrians.

16. Corbin Covered Bridge

Location: Newport

Corbin Covered Bridge in New Hampshire is surrounded by gorgeous color in the fall season.

Crossing Sugar River, the Corbin Covered Bridge is another scenic one to check out during your trip. Originally built in the 1840s, it was sadly destroyed in a fire in the 1990s (especially sad news as it lasted for so long up until that point). It was then rebuilt a few years later, and that’s the structure you’ll see when you visit.

And what I personally like about this covered bridge is that it’s surrounded by beautiful scenery. There’s a park right at the bridge with picnic tables, so it’s a great place to just sit and relax for a few hours. It’s lovely year-round, but fall is especially pretty here!

17. Denman Thompson Covered Bridge

Location: Swanzey

One of the best New Hampshire covered bridges to visit is the Denman Thompson bridge!

Also known as the West Swanzey Covered Bridge, the Denman Thompson is a beautiful red, lattice-style covered bridge that makes for great photos. It also has a nice little park with benches where you can sit and admire the views, and listen to the sounds of the flowing river.

Fun fact about this bridge: In the early 1970s, only empty school buses were able to cross the bridge due to weight limitations. Before the bus crossed the bridge, students would have to get off the bus, cross the bridge separately, and then re-board the bus on the other side. It wasn’t until the late 1970s when the bridge underwent structural updates that buses full of children were allowed to cross.

18. Old Stage Road Covered Bridge

Location: Hampton

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Originally built in 1825 as a convenient way to cross the Taylor River on the Boston to Portsmouth route, the Old Stage Road Covered Bridge was condemned, and also closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic in 1998. But thankfully, it was rebuilt in 2009 to the structure we see today.

Now, the bridge is an idyllic structure in a peaceful setting that’s open to pedestrians. There’s a nice small waterfall nearby, and makes for wonderful photos!

19. Packard Hill Covered Bridge

Location: Lebanon

Another gorgeous lattice-style covered bridge in New Hampshire is Packard Hill. And since this one is only a 10-minute drive from Hanover, which is home to a charming town and Dartmouth College, this is a great one to have on your itinerary.

Since the late 1700s, there have been bridges (although, not covered) on this site, and many of them have undergone either reconstruction or repairs since then. But the structure you see today was built in 1991, and is surrounded by peaceful walking paths and beautiful scenery.

Location Tip : Not only in this bridge close to Hanover, it’s also only about 30 minutes from the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge.

20. Ashuelot Covered Bridge

Location: Winchester

Ashuelot Covered Bridge in New Hampshire is especially photogenic because of it's white and red coloring.

In southern New Hampshire very close to the Vermont border, you’ll find the beautiful Ashuelot Covered Bridge. The contrast between the white painted wood and red roof makes this one especially photogenic. Add in the lattice style truss, and you’ve got yourself a postcard-worthy moment.

Ashuelot Covered Bridge was built in 1864, and it’s great for visitors because there’s a pedestrian walkway on both sides, allowing you to take in all the different views of the Ashuelot River. This bridge is also right along the scenic Ashuelot Rail Trail, making it an easy stop if you’re taking a bike ride in the area.

21. Wentworth Covered Bridge

Location: Wentworth

Sometimes referred to as Friendship Bridge, Wentworth Covered Bridge is the focal point of Wentworth Village, making it easy to enjoy when visiting. Crossing the Baker River, there are beautiful mountain views to be had from this pedestrian-only bridge.

This bridge is a newer addition to New Hampshire, as it was only constructed in 2016 to replace a condemned bridge that was built years prior.

New Hampshire Covered Bridges Road Trip Tour

If you’re looking to plan a pretty awesome covered bridges driving tour or road trip through New Hampshire, I’ve put together a quick little itinerary to help you plan. This won’t take you to all the covered bridges in the state, but it factors in the prettiest bridges and the best towns to visit, to create a well-rounded road trip that showcases the best of New Hampshire.

A few things about road-trippin’ through New Hampshire to find covered bridges:

  • If you only have 1-2 days, I think the White Mountains is your best bet for epic things to do AND covered bridges. There are so many covered bridges in that region, and all are close to amazing things to do like Franconia Notch State Park, cute towns and The Cog. My personal favorite town to stay in is Littleton, but North Conway and Jackson are also great (especially in the winter).
  • If sticking to the southern region of the state works better for your itinerary, Keene is a great home base, as it’s less than 2 hours from about 7-8 covered bridges on this list.
  • 4 days (basically, a long weekend) would be perfect for this kind of trip to see the bridges in both the White Mountains and southern region, but you could also easily adapt this into a 2-7 day trip if you wanted to tack on lots of fun activities. It just depends on your schedule 🙂

Begin in the Eastern White Mountains , staying in Jackson or North Conway

In this region, you can see Honeymoon, Swift River, Bartlett, and Ellis Covered Bridges. Here are some other fun things to check out between touring the bridges:

  • The cute shops in North Conway and Jackson.
  • Side-excursion to Bretton Woods to ride The Cog.
  • Nestlenook Farms for sleigh rides and ice skating if visiting in the winter.
  • Waterfalls in Jackson.
  • North Conway Scenic Railroad.

Drive to the Western White Mountains, staying in Littleton

Drive the Kancamagus Highway to see Albany Covered Bridge on your way to this region (the drive is only about an hour without stops). In this area, you can see Riverwalk, Flume, Sentinel, Allen Hollis, and Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridges . Littleton is my favorite town in this area to stay in because it has a great Main Street, an awesome brewery, sits along a nice river, and also has a covered bridge right in town.

If you’re only exploring the White Mountains region, you can also take a 40-60 minute drive (depending on where you’re staying) to Groveton and Stark Covered Bridges . If you want to venture about 20-40 minutes south (again, depending on where you’re coming from), you can check Blair Covered Bridge off your list, too.

Drive south toward Keene

On your way to Keene from the Littleton/Franconia area, you’ll be able to see Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge (if you haven’t already) , and also swing by Wentworth, Packard Hill, Cornish-Windsor, Corbin, Henniker, Prentiss and Denman Thompson Covered Bridges .

Once you arrive in Keene, here are some fun things to do:

  • Explore the cute shops and cafes downtown.
  • Visit Stonewall Farm.
  • Tour the local breweries.
  • Enjoy Otter Brook State Park.

If you have time to continue East toward Portsmouth (which I highly recommend!), you’ll be able to also see Old Stage Road Covered Bridge in Hampton, which is 20 minutes south of Portsmouth.

Best Time Of Year To See New Hampshire’s Covered Bridges

Honestly, I think touring covered bridges anywhere in New England is wonderful year-round. I’ve visited some of them in the winter, too, and they’ve been beautiful in a whole new way. If I had to pick the best season, I would say fall since the foliage color adds a little extra magic to the landscape, and you won’t have to worry about inclement weather (maybe just a bit of rain).

Spring is also a nice time to see the covered bridges, and the only note I would have for you is to prepare for mud by wearing rain boots or something similar if you’re visiting in early spring after the big snow melt.

Summer will bring the longest days and best weather!

And winter, as mentioned, allows you to see the bridges after a snowfall, which is honestly stunning. The only thing to consider is the weather, of course, as New Hampshire can be pretty snowy. The choice is really up to you and what your preferences are.

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That’s A Wrap On The Best New Hampshire Covered Bridges!

Now you’re ready to plan the perfect trip to tour the beautiful New Hampshire covered bridges! Whether you’re hoping to just see a few during an excursion to the White Mountains, or you’re planning your entire itinerary around these little cuties, one thing’s for sure – it’s going offer so many postcard-worthy pictures that you may need to add some extra storage on your phone 😉

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