5 NH Summer Vacation Ideas You Can’t Miss
New Hampshire is one of the country’s most breathtaking terrain, and you’ll find plenty to do if you love being outdoors or behind the wheel of your car. Check out a central location such as Stonehurst Manor when you’re planning your White Mountain Summer Vacation to get the most out of your time.
1. Horseback Riding
If you’ve ever seen the movie “City Slickers,” then you might picture horseback riding as a hilariously uncomfortable activity, but it’s not. At places like Burnt Meadow Stables, even the newest beginner can get comfortable atop one of these graceful creatures while competitive riders will find horses and trails suitable to their level of experience when it comes to horseback riding. For example, Hunter/Jumper Equitation training is one area of focus, but the school offers other styles and even therapeutic training.
2. Take a Scenic Drive
Just because you have to get somewhere doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the ride, and Conway Scenic is an example of this. Bask in the glow of an old-fashioned Summer in New Hampshire on this route, which operates between North Conway Village to stops at Conway and Bartlett. You’ll ride in vintage train cars that provide elegant dining while passing by mountains, streams and bluffs provides background that will take your breath away.
Perhaps you’re a little more adventurous. For you, there’s ziplining. After hooking up to the line, you’ll zoom down 700 feet of mountain with nothing but the air beneath your wings. Zipline adventures are safer than parachuting or bungee jumping, but you’ll still get the thrill ride! Visit Cranmore’s Aerial Adventure Park, right around the corner from the Manor.
4. Tour a Covered Bridge
Historic New Hampshire offers dozen of classic covered bridges, and they’re as beautiful and interesting as they are functional. There’s a covered bridge map that you can load on your smartphone before you head out to see examples of classic covered bridge architecture. Start at the top of the state and make your way southward as you stop by each bridge, and take a stroll across the river or stream. Don’t forget to take your camera with you, too! Here is a map of all of the covered bridges!
5. Take a Scenic Drive Through “The Notches”
New Hampshire is full of what locals known as “Notches,” or mountain passes. One example in northern New Hampshire is Dixville, an unincorporated town that also happens to be the first location in the United States to turn in voting results. The White Mountains are especially known for their notches. Check out Pinkham on Route 16 that runs through, or hop on Route 13 to drive between Cannon Mountain and Mt. Lafayette.