Hiking in the White Mountains amid fall foliage
Sunrise over the water in Portsmouth
Winter hiking in the White Mountains
Admiring the view in Franconia Notch State Park
Snow-covered houses in Portsmouth
The ultimate outdoor-lover’s destination
This state has New England charm in spades and knows how to show it off. In fall, a scenic drive over hill and dale takes you through rural villages and farms just when the leaves are aflame. Sugar houses invite you to come tap maple syrup, pumpkin patches beckon from the road and mills serve up steaming mugs of freshly-made cider.
The New Hampshire Colony was settled in Portsmouth in 1623, and there are traces of the state’s vivid Colonial history everywhere, from living history museums that recreate life as it was on the colony to towns that seem unchanged by time. Given its cozy scale, it’s not hard to cover a lot of ground in this state, and you won’t want to miss much of it anyway. There are beaches, snow-capped mountains and dreamy forests to see, and just as many ways to see them: from sleigh rides, skiing and dogsledding to tubing, climbing and even moose safaris.