New Hampshire: From Sea to Mountains
Main routes include the Spaulding Turnpike (NH-16), Kancamagus Highway (NH-112), I-95, US-3, Route 302, and the Mount Washington Auto Road.
Here are 10 must-see stops along the way:
Strawbery Banke: A village within Portsmouth, this historic gem transports you back to the 17th century with a tangle of gardens and restored homes.
Market Street: Enough home décor, clothing, jewelry, toys, and cafes to justify its name.
Wallis Sands State Beach (Rye): Jewel of a curving, sandy beach 15 minutes south.
Friendly Toast: Heaps of delicious breakfast in a brazenly eccentric setting, heavy on retro Formica. Open 24 hours on the weekend.
Gundalow Piscataqua: From Prescott Park, along the Piscataqua River, float away on a full-scale replica of a traditional sailing barge.
Mt. Washington Auto Road
Kancamagus Highway (Rte. 112): A 34.5-mile thrill-ride along the spine of NH’s rugged White Mountains, through the heart of White Mountain National Forest, and a well-known moose-watching drive.
Ravenwood Curio Shop (Jackson): The calendar-pretty village of Jackson lives for cross-country skiing, but it’s gorgeous year-round, with a gift shop that feels like you’ve stepped into Hobbitville.
North Conway: Shop, shop, shop the day away at more than 200 brand-name outlets.
Chutters (Littleton): Sweet! This sugary paradise boasts the longest candy counter in the world – 112 feet of gummies, jawbreakers, licorice, and more.