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Top New Hampshire Vacation Spots

New Hampshire has a spectrum of beautiful destinations for vacations, from the beautiful coastal city of Portsmouth to a mountain escape like Lincoln. The state won't disappoint with its unique attractions, lush wilderness, top notch restaurants, and rich history. Follow us as we look at the some of the top locations and activities the Live Free or Die State has to offer.


Manchester is the state’s largest city, and a hub for fun activities. Outdoor enthusiasts will gravitate to nearly 1,000 total acres of parks, beaches, pools, and public gathering areas. Lake Massabesic offers visitors opportunities for boating and fishing in the summer and ice skating and fishing during the winter.


The world famous Currier Museum of Art features a vast collection of European and American art, as well as the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House.  Fans of classical music will appreciate that the New Hampshire Philharmonic calls Machester it's home, and can enjoy various concerts and guests musician performances throughout the year.


When you’re ready for a bite to eat, the city features a fine selection of restaurants that include Hooked Seafood, Republic Cafe, KC’s Rib Shack, Cotton, and the list goes on. Manchester has everything it takes to turn an average vacation into a getaway for the ages.


Portsmouth is in the heart of the Seacoast Region, near the mouth of the Piscataqua River. It was settled in 1623 and residents claim the city as the third oldest in America. The Strawbery Banke Museum offers a great example of local living history that features many buildings and homes as they were back in the early years of the city. The American Independence Museum highlights New Hampshire's role in the American Revolution, and features early drafts of the U.S. Constitution.


Taking a stroll on Harbor Trail is one of the best ways to get to know the city and see its beautiful waterfront. Along the trail, visitors will find many of Portsmouth’s defining scenic locations and historic buildings.


On top of all this history, Portsmouth is home to a variety of events and festivals, which have something to offer everyone. Portsmouth Restaurant Week features the culinary creations of the city's top chefs and Hit the Decks is a city-wide celebration welcoming summer.  


Lincoln is beautiful retreat destination in the heart of the White Mountains. It's the second largest city (by area) in the state, but by population, it's ranked 147th with 1,600 residents. With so much space for so few residents, visitors will have plenty of room to enjoy the city's sights, sounds, and activities, without being crowded.


The Kancamagus Highway is an American Scenic Byway that stretches from Bath to Conway and runs right through Lincoln. It's one of the best places in America for a fall leaf peeping trip. During the rest of the year, it's ideal for seeing the stunning natural landscape that surrounds Lincoln.


Franconia Notch State Park is another breathtaking location to observe the natural scenery. The park is perfect for just about any outdoor activity and is located just eight miles north of town. Lincoln is home to over 30 restaurants and is perfect for anyone looking for a meal after an activity filled day. Make sure to sample the cuisine at local favorites like The Common Man, Gypsy Cafe, and the ever popular Black Mountain Burger Company.


Jackson is a scenic mountain community with historical significance, natural beauty, and a spectrum of outdoor activities available. The Jackson Falls Historic District is the ideal place to learn about the town's rich history. It contains more than 15 buildings including Jackson Community Church and Old Town Hall.  


Jackson Falls is a great place to soak in the views, and it’s close to downtown. Visitors will encounter cascades, waterfalls, plunges, hiking trails, swimming areas, and plenty of room to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Marshville Station is the home of the world's first mountain-climbing train, and it's still in operation today. The station takes guests on three-hour guided tours that end with a stop at the top of scenic Mount Washington.


Jackson transforms into a skiing enthusiasts paradise during the winter season. Black Mountain and Wildcat Mountain are top notch skiing areas that have everything needed for a memorable skiing getaway.