With its natural beauty and adventurous spirit, New Hampshire has a long tradition of welcoming independent vacationers. You'll find something special on tap year-round, from rugged mountains to scenic nature trails, skiing, crystal-clear lakes, beaches, charming villages – the list is almost endless. No wonder that a weekend getaway in New Hampshire, with a comfortable vacation home as a base, is a perennial favorite among savvy New Englanders.
New Hampshire weekend getaway ideas
Lake Winnipesaukee, a glacial lake with more than 200 little islands, has been a must-visit destination for in-the-know vacationers for decades. Whether you’re planning on boating, swimming, fishing, or simply relaxing with a novel in a hammock under a shady tree, this “Lakes Region” gem offers a tantalizing array of activities as part of a rejuvenating weekend getaway in New Hampshire. Nature lovers are also drawn to Woodstock, a pretty town surrounded by acres of forest and mountain hiking trails. It's also an ideal base for accessing the sprawling White Mountain National Forest.
One of the best weekend getaways New Hampshire has to offer is a visit to the state’s capital, Concord. Immerse yourself in the history of the city, as you visit the grand State House, constructed in the early-1800s. Be sure to take a leisurely stroll down historic Main Street and browse some gift and specialty shops to find the perfect souvenir. Keen golfers will love playing a round at Beaver Meadow, one of New England’s oldest golf courses.
Hampton Beach has become synonymous with weekend getaways in New Hampshire. Take an invigorating dip in this Atlantic Ocean, or saunter along the famous boardwalk. Savor deliciously fresh seafood in the numerous waterfront restaurants, or enjoy an evening of glitzy entertainment in a casino. For more dining, cultural, and entertainment options, visit Manchester, New Hampshire's largest city. Wherever you plan your weekend getaway in New Hampshire, you're sure to fall in love with this charming and varied state.