New Hampshire Top 10 Attractions

Heading to New England for a vacation is a great way to guarantee a good time, especially if you include New Hampshire on your list of destinations. Visitors can go east to the Atlantic Ocean or head north to visit Quebec.

New Hampshire is home to a long history, and was even the first colony to create a government that was independent from Great Britain. Today, you can see that history in historic sites or take advantage of the beautiful landscape.

Winter is an especially popular time to visit the state, particularly for skiers and other lovers of winter sports. State parks, lakes, and the ocean are open year round, however, offering attractions for visitors any time of the year.

1: Mount Washington Auto Road

Mount Washington Auto Road

Take your family to an adventure that will lead you literally close to the sky. New England's highest peak offers you and your family fun, informative and educational guided tours about its history.

You can also have a fantastic winter adventure aboard their 4-track Mount Washington's Snow Coach and see some of the most breathtaking views along the way.

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

2: Conway Scenic Railroad

Conway Scenic Railroad

The iconic 1874 station in the center of North Conway Village has been home for over 40 years to the Conway Scenic Railroad, which began operations in 1974. In the beginning, there were 5 miles of track between North Conway and Conway villages and only Coach seating in converted box cars.

Today, in addition to the original line, there are roundtrip excursions to Bartlett and through Crawford Notch on tracks that once were part of the famed Mountain Division of the Maine Central Railroad.

The Conway line is owned by Conway Scenic, and the Mountain Division line is owned by the State of New Hampshire. Train excursions range from 1 to 5 hours roundtrip with all three routes offering seating choices of Coach, First Class, and First Class dining.

Address: 38 Norcross Cir Conway, NH 03860

3: Castle in the Clouds

Castle in the Clouds

Tom and Olive Plant's mountain top estate is now one of the most visited attractions in New Hampshire. Built in 1914, this architectural beauty has witnessed many romantic weddings and family gatherings over the years.

Go on an exciting trolley ride through the same paths that the founders took in the 1900's and visit the art gallery to stand in awe in front of some of the most beautiful works of art.

Address: 455 Old Mountain Rd, Moultonborough, NH 03254

4: Hampton Beach

Hampton Beach
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This will probably be the highlight of your New Hampshire vacation but it is best to visit the beach during the summer season. Here you can enjoy some fun in the sun, you can take a dip in the clear blue waters, help your kids build sandcastles by the shore then at night, you can have fun dancing with your friends along the shore.
Address: 115 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH 03842

5: Lakes Region

Lakes Region
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This is one of the most beautiful and most romantic New Hampshire vacations that you can take. This gorgeous lakeside community has its hands full with preparations for some of the most exciting holiday events such as The Gift of Lights and the Kellerhaus Yuletide Open House.

From exquisite dining opportunities to great places to shop, this is the best place for you and your family to relax and unwind throughout the holidays.

Address: 61 Laconia Rd, Tilton, NH 03276

6: Mount Monadnock

Mount Monadnock

If you are after a thrilling adventure, make sure to visit Mount Monadnock for the best hiking experience of your life. They have over 40 miles of clearly marked foot trails leading all the way up to the rock summit.

Once you find yourself on top of the mountain you will come face to face with a view of the entire Southwestern New Hampshire region that will totally take your breath away.

Address: Jaffrey, NH 03452

7: Polar Caves Park

Polar Caves Park
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If you are thinking of giving your kids a vacation that they will never forget then make sure to take them to the Polar Caves Park. Take them to the petting zoo where they can get up close and personal with some of the animals.

They will even get to feed them corn and biscuits right from their hands. Take them through the nature trails, caves and to the Maple Sugar House and Museum where they will get explore and discover about New Hampshire's plants and animals.

Address: 705 NH-25, Rumney, NH 03266

8: Kancamagus Highway

Kancamagus Highway

More popularly known as The Kanc, this 34.5 mile drive provides you with some of the most charming views throughout Northern New Hampshire. This is one of your must-do activities while you are in the area because it was recently designated as an American Scenic Byway.

Discover the area's rich history as well as its aesthetic beauty and have a fun little picnic with your family along the campgrounds.

Address: Route 112, North Conway, NH

9: Santa's Village

Santa's Village
This is another extremely exciting activity to do with your children while in New Hampshire. Santa's Park provides you with a charming little Christmas village complete with a reindeer barn, a reindeer shoe shop and most importantly, a place for your children to take pictures with Santa to sit on his lap and to whisper into his hear their Christmas wishes.
Address: 528 Presidential Hwy, Jefferson, NH 03583

10: Loon Mountain

Loon Mountain
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For the extreme adventurers, Loon Mountain provides a one-of-a-kind skiing experience. Beginners can enjoy skiing lessons from their friendly and professional ski instructors while the more advanced skiers can snow board and ski through some of the most thrilling terrains that only Loon Mountain can offer.
Address: 60 Loon Mountain Rd, Lincoln, NH 03251

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