With mountains, lakes, and seacoast all within a few hours drive, it’s no wonder New Hampshire is known for its spectacular natural beauty. Many visitors choose to explore the state’s highways and backroads, experiencing all that it has to offer. While enjoying these scenic routes, travelers are bound to pass several Ski New Hampshire resorts, which provide an excellent opportunity to get out of the car and enjoy some outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities.
The central part of the state is where you’ll find Ragged Mountain, on Rte. 104 in Danbury. When the snow melts, Ragged Mountain turns into a golfer’s paradise, with a scenic 18 hole championship course. Heading east, visitors will land in the heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region and Gunstock on Rte. 11A in Gilford. Here there’s mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking and many other activities.
Traveling up I-93 offers the best of both worlds with incredible scenery and stress-free driving. Exit 28 leads travelers onto Rte. 49 into Waterville Valley. This scenic ride ends in a valley surrounded by 4,000 foot peaks and offering more than 60 miles of mountain bike and hiking trails, with lift service on Snow’s Mountain. There’s also a 9 hole golf course, skate/BMX park, water sports and many other activities around the resort’s Town Square.
Further up I-93 visitors are rewarded with views of Cannon Mountain and Franconia Notch. Just south of the Notch at Exit 32 is the renowned Kancamagus Highway (Rte. 112), featuring Loon Mountain with horseback riding, scenic gondola rides, lift-serviced mountain biking and more. Those choosing to continue northward on
I-93 enter Franconia Notch, home to the Old Man of the Mountain and Cannon Mountain’s Aerial Tramway. Cannon’s tram whisks guests to the summit, with magnificent views of Franconia Ridge and Echo Lake. Walkers or bikers can really take in all there is to see in Franconia Notch on the State Park’s recreation path.
From Franconia Notch, Rte. 3 north to Rte. 302 East travels past Bretton Woods Ski Area and the historic Mount Washington Hotel. On the hotel’s property are 27 holes of golf, tennis, swimming pools, horseback riding, hiking and more. Rte. 302 continues through Crawford Notch to Attitash Bear Peak, offering scenic chairlift rides, two alpine slides, four water slides, golf driving range, horseback riding and more. Past Attitash Bear Peak is North Conway, known for its tax-free outlet shopping, local handicrafts, restaurants and active nightlife. Or, guests can reach the base of Mount Washington by taking Rte. 16 north before reaching North Conway. This passes Wildcat Ski Area with its scenic chairlift and nature hikes. Next up Rte. 16 is the Mount Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. This is an opportunity to summit Mount Washington by vehicle. Great Glen Trails also offers mountain biking, canoeing, wildlife tours and more.
Just past North Conway, East Madison is the home of Purity Spring Resort off Rte. 153. Purity Spring is famous for its family atmosphere and summer camps. There are a variety of water sports, nature tours, and many other outdoor activities offered.
New Hampshire truly offers some of North America’s most scenic byways. Combine this with the multitude of activities available and it’s easy to see that New Hampshire offers a great vacation for guests of all ages.