There’s a lot of history and nature packed into the compact “Live Free or Die” state. Learn about New Hampshire’s vibrant past as you drive through its lush woods and breathtaking beaches; don’t forget to visit one of The Granite State’s 93 state parks.
It’s easy to overlook New Hampshire’s short stretch of coastline on the state’s southeast corner. Hampton is the state’s premier resort town, and its beautiful shore consistently lands on lists of the top beach destinations in the United States. The summer brings a weekly display of fireworks and movie nights on the beach, and June hosts the Master Sand Sculpting Classic, where sand artists showcase their skills. Stroll the Hampton Beach Boardwalk and grab a lobster roll at one of the many beachfront restaurants.
Drive 52 miles, 51 minutes
History lives in New Hampshire’s capital city of Concord. Start at the state house, dating back to 1819, then tour the 19th century Shaker community at the Canterbury Shaker Village. There’s Pierce Manse, the home of President Franklin Pierce, and the space museum and planetarium at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. Afterward, pack a picnic and head to Clough State Park for some swimming.
Drive 40 miles, 43 minutes
Finish your trip in Meredith, home to the famous Lake Winnipesaukee. Take a boat out and explore one of the lake’s 262 islands, like Bear Island and its St. John church. Go swimming or fishing, and if it’s fall, enjoy the spectacular foliage that fringes the state’s largest lake. When you’re ready to wind down, head on over to Hermit Woods Winery for a wine tasting.