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8 Roadside Attractions in New Hampshire

A visit to New Hampshire can yield full days of exploration, adventure, and a wealth of history. Plan your stay soon and be sure to check out these impressive roadside attractions in the Granite State.


1. McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Especially great for those traveling with kids, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is a real treat. Yielding edifying experiences galore, this must-visit attraction is found only minutes from downtown Concord along Interstate 93. Few destinations in New Hampshire can offer up the kind of fun the McAuliffe-Shepard Discover Center can. Take a peek at the Mercury-Redstone Rocket replica, tour the planetarium, and be sure to check out the 14-foot Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope. 

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Visit Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site

2. Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

West of Concord, along the Connecticut River in Cornish, the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site is a real gem. This site preserves the summer home and work space of the legendary 1800s sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Plan your visit for summer and check out any of the impressive art and gallery tours hosted by the Cornish Art Colony

3. Santa's Village

You can enjoy a Christmas celebration at any time of the year at Santa's Village in Jefferson. Make the quick drive in from nearby Franconia and explore this impressive and large holiday theme park. Reindeer Rendezvous is a petting zoo for all ages, and the Christmas Carousel is sure to entertain all the kids. 

4. Mount Monadnock

Plan a stay in the charming city of Keene, and be sure to spend a day exploring Mount Monadnock. Reaching a height of 3,165 feet high, Mount Monadnock is an ideal destination for anyone seeking outdoor adventures in New Hampshire. Check out the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, measuring in at 110 miles long, or the Monadnock-Sunapee Trail, which is only 50 miles in length. 

5. Redfern Arts Center

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Try to Reach the Summit at Mount Monadnock

Another top site to visit in Keene is the Redfern Arts Center. You'll find this located just south of downtown on the campus of Keene State College. Within Redfern Arts Center, you'll find eight art studios, four different theaters, and a host of other art-related fun. Explore the grounds at Redfern Arts Center, and enjoy stunning views of the Brickyard Pond.

6. The Colonial Theatre

Stick with the Keene attractions and head for the Colonial Theatre. Hosting a wealth of excellent live performances throughout the year, the Colonial Theatre is right in the heart of downtown Keene along Main Street and Commercial Street. Make the most of your stay in Keene and take in a live show. 

7. Granite Gorge

During a winter visit to New Hampshire, be sure to visit the Granite Gorge in Roxbury. Found within Pinnacle Mountain, Granite Gorge features an impressive and must-see 525-foot drop, and is home to the Sabbaday Falls. The skiing at Granite Gorge and the surrounding Pinnacle Mountain is always top-notch, with an assortment of areas and runs perfect for beginners to experts. 

8. USS Albacore

Make your way to Portsmouth and be sure to check out the USS Albacore. One of the state's most well-known historical attractions, the USS Albacore is one of the highlights found at the Albacore Memorial Park. This pioneering submarine was known as the "Forerunner of the Future." During your visit, don't miss the USS Albacore Visitor Center and Museum for exceptional insights. 

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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Concord Inn & Suites

97 Hall Street, Concord NH 03301-3421
Phone: (603) 228-4300  |  Fax: (603) 228-4301  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western White Mountain Inn

87 Wallace Hill Road, Franconia NH 03580
Phone: (603) 823-7422  |  Fax: (603) 823-5638  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Plus The Inn at Hampton

815 Lafayette Road, Hampton NH 03842-1257
Phone: (603) 926-6771  |  Fax: (603) 929-2160  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Plus Keene Hotel

401 Winchester Street, Keene NH 03431-3999
Phone: (603) 357-3038  |  Fax: (603) 357-4776  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Plus Executive Court Inn & Conference Center

13500 S Willow Street, Manchester NH 03103-2387
Phone: (603) 627-2525  |  Fax: (603) 665-7090  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Plus Portsmouth Hotel and Suites

580 US Highway 1 Bypass, Portsmouth NH 03801
Phone: (603) 436-7600  |  Fax: (603) 431-3903  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Silver Fox Inn

70 Packard's Road, Waterville Valley NH 03215
Phone: (603) 236-3699  |  Fax: (603) 236-4128  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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