New Hampshire attractions run the gamut from spectacular scenic beauty and
outdoor recreation to water
parks and Atlantic Ocean beaches.
Attractions in New Hampshire include just about everything in between as well.
This state has a rich and deep history as one of the original thirteen colonies of the United States. A number of New Hampshire tourist attractions have the word “oldest” or “first” in their descriptions. These include prestigious Dartmouth College in Hanover, the naval shipyard in Portsmouth, several of the state’s historic and picturesque covered bridges, and the little town of Exeter, with dozens of historic homes and structures that are National Historic Landmarks.
Many New Hampshire tourist attractions that chronicle this history are world-class museums located throughout the state. The Canterbury Shaker Village in Concord has preserved the unique traditions of this religious society within a complete village. In Dover, you will find the Woodman Institute, created in 1915 and comprised of three lovely Federal-style brick buildings. The oldest dates from 1818 and contains a fascinating collection of Native American and Colonial artifacts.
Also in Concord is the internationally-respected Currier Museum of Art, with an extensive collection of American and European paintings as well as the only Frank Lloyd Wright house in New England that is open to the public. You can ride vintage trains, like the Conway Scenic Railroad in the White Mountains, and steamships like the venerable Mount Washington in the Lakes Region that evoke the Golden Era of turn-of-the-century grand resorts.
New Hampshire attractions also include unparalleled natural wonders. Chief among these are the beautiful White Mountains that cover most of the northern part of the state and provide fabulous skiing, and hundreds of lakes, rivers, and streams for fishing and water sports. Nearly seventy state parks are also attractions in New Hampshire as well as a national forest and numerous community parks. These tourist attractions in New Hampshire offer more outdoor recreation, from camping and hunting to hiking and cycling. In Mount Washington State Park, you can drive to the more than 6,000-foot summit of the highest peak in the northeast, or take the scenic cog railway instead, for incredible views of the surrounding mountains.
Even the autumn season is one of the New Hampshire attractions and one of the most popular times for vacations that drive through the state, admiring the brilliant foliage as it turns colors over the course of September and October. This is also the time to visit the state’s farms to pick your own fresh produce and attend harvest events and festivals. Some of these are working farms that also serve as New Hampshire hotels where you can participate in as many (or as few) of the daily chores as you like, and find the product of your labor on your dining table.
Eighteen miles of ocean coastline provide more attractions in New Hampshire in the form of long, sandy beaches dotted with resorts, water parks, historic lighthouses, and many more things to do. This little New England state is a year round vacation paradise, and there are plenty of New Hampshire tourist attractions to fill your vacation time.