New Hampshire is a beautiful, tranquil state that offers much more than an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate. As one of the most industrialized areas in the entire United States, the state of New Hampshire is a perfect location for anyone either looking to start a life or just someone wanting to retire after a fulfilling career.
There really is no shortage of things to do in New Hampshire. The state is a home to people of different backgrounds and walks of life, and with a makeup of accommodating, welcoming citizens, anyone who moves around will feel more than welcome in this haven.
So, for those who are just moving in and would like to get some wholesome, family fun, we have just the fix for you. Below are some of the most significant landmarks and tourist attractions that you just have to visit within your first few weeks. Rest assured that a visit to any of these places will be well worth your while, and you will have much more fun than you bargained for:
Mt. Washington Cog Railway
Mount Washington remains the highest elevated point in the northern Appalachians. Standing at a colossal 6,288 feet, the only way you get to the top of it is by passing through the steep Cog Railway, which has been ferrying tourists since it opened back in 1869.
On a clear day, you can catch a glimpse of about four states from the top of Mount Washington. On a cloudy day, you get to look down and wonder at how little the clouds look to you.
There is absolutely no way you could come to New Hampshire and not visit Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in the entire state. The lake remains one of the most popular lakes in the entire United States, and it is a tourist attraction that gets visited by thousands on an annual basis.
Lake Winnipesaukee is a great location to relax and unwind with your family members. You could enjoy a quiet picnic, some light swimming, or even rent a boat and see where the open water takes you. Be one with nature!
The Conway Railroad
New Hampshire is home to a wide array of beautiful railroad routes, and there is arguably none better than the Conway Railroad. The trail rides give visitors the opportunity to experience just how beautiful railroad travel can be, with trips that can last between one hour and five hours. As you travel, you get to admire some of the beautiful landscapes that New Hampshire has to offer.
In addition to that, the railroad also offers a Polar Express service between Thanksgiving and Christmas that will undoubtedly be fun for the whole family.
The Squam Lakes
Little and Big Squam are fed by springs, and they are connected to each other by a single channel. Big Squam measures six miles in length, and it stretches to depts. As low as 98 feet. With such dimensions, Big Squam is the second largest lake in the entire state of New Hampshire.
When you visit the two lakes, you will find quite a lot of lovely attractions to accompany the rustic surroundings. You can get awesome views of the National Science Centre, and the 157-acre Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest.
The Reservation River
The Reservation (also known as the Lost River Gorge to some) is a series of caves which are located in the White Mountains, about 5 miles from North Woodstock. The name of the river comes from a brook in the southern part of the river, which disappears into a glacial gorge that contains quite a lot of granite.
The river comes out once more to join the Pemigewasset River, and it is a generally great location for hiking. Easy access is also assured, thanks to a series of walkways.
Franconia North State Park
Up until now, there is an argument to be made that the Franconia Notch State Park is the most beautiful state park in New Hampshire. Located at the center of the White Mountain National Forest, the park is great for several outdoor activities. Whether you love to cycle, hike, or fish, this location is prime.
The park also contains quite a lot of natural wonders, including a fifteen-foot deep pothole, which was formed about 25,000 years ago. There are also Eastern Brook Trout, so get your rods ready!
Clark’s Trading Post
Located in Lincoln,Clark’s Trading Post is an entertainment hub that has been in operation for well over 5 decades now. A visit here will be more than a fun time, with a slew of performances that will keep you entertained. You can also ride a steam train, visit museums, and drive a Segway.
The Attitash Mountain Resort
Also located in the White Mountains, the Attitash Mountain Resort might be known as a premium spot for snowboarding and skiing, but it definitely provides much more than these. With a size of over 350 acres of skiable land, the resort also provides a zip line ride which spans from Bear Summit to the base of the Attitash Mountain.
The zip line takes you above several trees, with the opportunity to check out some awesome views. If that doesn’t prove to be enough of a thrill for you, then you can also check out a 2,800 foot mountain coaster and an alpine slide as well.