25 Best Things to Do in New Hampshire

The state of New Hampshire packs a lot of mountains and wilderness into its small frame. The state, which shares a border with Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts as well as a small Atlantic Ocean coastline and Canada to the north, offers visitors a chance to experience the very best that Mother Nature has to offer. The vast White Mountain National forest is home to the regions tallest peak, Mount Washington along with many other features sculpted by nature of many thousands of years.

Aside from the spectacular natural beauty of this state, New Hampshire has a history to be proud. It was one of the original 13 states that founded the United States of America and produced America’s thirteenth president, Franklin Pierce. Many of this history can be explored today in museums and along the scenic rail routes.

Visitors to New Hampshire will be mesmerized by its awe-inspiring natural beauty and entertained by its quirky man-made attractions. Here is our list of the top 25 things to do in the state of New Hampshire.

1. Mount Washington

Mount Washington, New Hampshire

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Mount Washington, New Hampshire

Mount Washington in New Hampshire stands at a colossal 6,288 feet, making it the highest peak in northeastern USA.

The mountain offers a challenge for even the most seasoned hiker.

2. The Lost River Reservation

Lost River Gorge

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Lost River Gorge

Also known as the Lost River Gorge, the Reservation is a series of caves located in the White Mountains, roughly 5 miles from North Woodstock. The Lost River gets its name from the brook in the southern part of the river, which disappears into a steep glacial gorge filled with immense chunks of granite. The river emerges again to join the Pemigewasset River after taking its subterranean shortcut. The river is a great location for hiking and has a series of purpose built walkways that allow easy access to the caves.

3. Franconia Notch State Park

Franconia Notch State Park

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Franconia Notch State Park

Franconia Notch State Park is one of the many beautiful state parks in New Hampshire and is located in the epicenter of the White Mountain National Forest. The park is ideal for a great deal of outdoor pursuits such as cycling, fishing and hiking as well as being the home of the famous “Old Man of the Mountain”, the exciting Cannon Mountain Aerial tramway and Flume Gorge which extends for around 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. The park is also home to many natural wonders such as a fifteen-foot deep pothole formed around 25,000 years ago and the Eastern Brook Trout that thrive in the cold, clear waters.

4. The Conway Railroad

Conway Railroad, New Hampshire

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Conway Railroad

New Hampshire is home to many scenic railroad routes and the Conway Railroad is arguably the best. The old-fashioned train rides allow visitors to experience the Golden Age of railroad travel and depart from North Conway Village. The trips can last from anywhere between one hour and five hours and allow passengers to admire some of the most beautiful landscapes on offer in New Hampshire. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the railway offers a Polar Express service that is guaranteed to delight young children. Early booking for this seasonal service is highly recommended.

5. Story Land

Story Land

Adored by children and adults alike; Story Land in Glen is a unique attraction that brings fairy tales to life. Take a ride in Cinderella’s pumpkin coach, take an antique car for a spin or relax on the lake in a swan boat. Story Land has plenty of charm and continues to add new and unique attractions every year. This family run attraction makes for a great day out and is a must for travelers with young children.

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