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TOP 25 ATTRACTIONS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE


view of Franconia Notch State Park from Artists Bluffs Arethusa Falls, New Hampshire Mount Washington Cog Railway

Welcome to the Bigroads.com guide to the top 25 attractions in New Hampshire!

New Hampshire is an outdoors-lovers paradise. Many of the country's finest scenic drives, hiking trails, waterfalls, and swimming holes are found here, primarily in the enormous White Mountain National Forest in the northern half of the state. There are also more than a dozen ski resorts, several excellent breweries, delicious pancake houses, and many quaint towns in New Hampshire. Near the southeastern corner of the state, Portsmouth is the culinary hub of New Hampshire and is undeniably one of finest small cities in the USA.

The list below represents our opinionated selections for the top 25 attractions in the state of New Hampshire. Please take note that this list is sorted alphabetically (and not by quality or rank).

This list is part of our top 25 USA attractions series.

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ATTRACTION NAME ATTRACTION TYPE TOWN / CITY WHAT MAKES THIS ATTRACTION SO GREAT?
Arethusa Falls Waterfalls Hart's Location perhaps the finest waterfall in New England
Bretton Woods Ski / Snowboard Resort Carroll the largest ski resort in NH; extremely family-friendly
Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway Aerial Tramway / Gondola Franconia best aerial tram in New Hampshire (perhaps New England)
Canterbury Shaker Village Living History Museum Canterbury live exhibits & demonstrations by costumed interpreters
Clark's Trading Post Animal Shows / Railroad Lincoln live black bear shows and other tourist attractions
Crawford Notch State Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Hart's Location beautiful state park with amazing hiking trails
Flume Gorge & Visitor Center Geologic Attraction / Waterfalls / Hiking Trails Lincoln boardwalk & hiking trails through gorge & past waterfalls
Franconia Notch State Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views / Bike Path Multiple towns another beautiful state park with amazing hiking trails
Glen Ellis Falls Waterfall Jackson one of the most scenic waterfalls in New England
Kancamagus National Scenic Byway Scenic Drive / Scenic Views Multiple towns NH's most scenic drive (NH 112 from Conway to Lincoln)
Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge Canoeing / Kayaking / Outdoor Activities-Lakes Multiple towns some of the best lake canoeing/kayaking in New England
Lake Winnipesaukee Outdoor Activities-Lakes Multiple towns boater's paradise; many quaint towns found along its edge
Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves Boulder Caves / Hiking Trails North Woodstock extremely fun 0.75 mile trail passes several boulder caves
Madison Boulder Geologic Attraction Madison supposedly the largest "glacial erratic" in New England
Market Square / Downtown Portsmouth Shopping / Dining Portsmouth quaint downtown area with excellent shops & restaurants
Mount Monadnock State Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Jaffrey climb the most hiked mountain in New England; min. 4.4 miles
Mount Washington Auto Road Scenic Drive / Scenic Views Gorham drive to the very top of New England (in season)
Mount Washington Cog Railway, The Cog Railway / Scenic Railroad Bretton Woods one of the steepest cog railroads in the world
Santa's Village Amusement Park / Holiday Attraction Jefferson one of the best Christmas-themed amusement parks in US
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Zoo Holderness part zoo, part hiking trail
Story Land Amusement Park Glen excellent family-friendly throwback amusement park
Tuckerman Ravine Backcountry Skiing / Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Sargents Purchase famous backcountry skiing/hiking spot; visit in springtime
USS Albacore Museum Submarine Museum Portsmouth tour a historic submarine near downtown Portsmouth
White Mountain National Forest Hiking Trails / Scenic Views / Waterfalls / Skiing Multiple towns one of the USA's finest national forests; 100s of things to see
Zeb's General Store Shopping / General Store North Conway excellent general store full of New England-based goods

Franconia Ridge Trail / Mount Lincoln, Franconia Notch State Park
Franconia Ridge Trail / Mount Lincoln, Franconia Notch State Park

Galehead Hut
the AMC's Galehead Hut (one of 8 AMC huts in the White Mountain National Forest)

Arethusa Falls, Crawford Notch State Park, Harts Location
Arethusa Falls, Crawford Notch State Park, Harts Location

Glen Ellis Falls, White Mountain National Forest
Glen Ellis Falls, White Mountain National Forest

Bretton Woods ski/snowboard resort
Bretton Woods ski/snowboard resort

Franconia Notch State Park from Artists Bluffs
Franconia Notch State Park from Artists Bluffs

Mount Washington Cog Railway
Mount Washington Cog Railway

Madison Boulder, Madison
Madison Boulder, Madison

Ice Castles, Lincoln
Ice Castles, Lincoln

hiking trails on Mt. Adams, White Mountain National Forest
hiking trails on Mt. Adams, White Mountain National Forest

USS Albacore submarine museum, Portsmouth
USS Albacore submarine museum, Portsmouth

RUNNER-UPS: ATTRACTIONS THAT ALMOST MADE THE TOP 25 LIST



Here are a list of other great attractions in the state of New Hampshire that we considered for the top 25 list above. Please email us @ gparsons66@hotmail.com if you think there are any other attractions of this quality that we should be considering, either for this runners-up list or for the top 25 attractions list itself.

ATTRACTION NAME ATTRACTION TYPE TOWN / CITY
AMC White Mountain Huts Backcountry Lodging / Huts Multiple towns
Café Lafayette Dinner Train Scenic Railroad Lincoln
Canobie Lake Park Old-Fashioned Amusement Park Salem
Cardigan Mountain State Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Orange
Castle In The Clouds Scenic Views / Waterfalls / Hiking Trails Moultonborough
Conway Scenic Railroad Scenic Railroad North Conway
Crystal Cascade Waterfall Pinkhams Grant
Diana's Baths Waterfalls / Swimming Hole North Conway
Downtown North Conway Shopping / Dining North Conway
Ice Castles Ice Castles Lincoln
Hampton Beach Beach Hampton
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation Cross-Country Skiing Jackson
Lower Falls Waterfall / Swimming Hole Albany
Omni Mount Washington Resort Grand Resort Bretton Woods
Sabbaday Falls Waterfall Waterville Valley
Strawberry Banke Museum History Museum / Living History Museum Portsmouth
Wildcat Mountain Ski/Snowboard Resort Gorham
Wright Museum of WWII History Military Museum / History Museum Wolfeboro

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