Rochester Driving - Granite Ford

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Rochester, New Hampshire is not the most exciting place in the world, but it is a great place to live. One of the things that makes it a great place to live is all of the fun and exciting attractions that are within driving distance. Pack up the car, turn up the music, and head out to see the cool things that New Hampshire has to offer.

1. Mount Washington Auto Road

New Hampshire is home to the highest peak in New England, Mount Washington. You can get to the road that leads up 6,288 feet from Rochester in a little under 2 hours (80 miles). You can drive to the top and practically kiss the sky – it’s way up there! They offer guided tours and historical information as well; it will fascinate children and adults alike.

Remember to bring a camera; you’re going to want to bring back pictures to help you describe the magnificent scenery. During the winter, you can board Mount Washington’s Snow Coach for breathtaking views and a memorable family vacation.

2. Isles of Shoals

Just over 28 miles from Rochester on the New Hampshire and Maine borders are a group of islands in the Atlantic called the Shoals. Guided tours are offered which can take you and the family for an unforgettable experience. The M/V Thomas Laighton offers a unique cruise up through the Piscataqua River and through the Portsmouth Harbor. They put on a spectacular show and provide fun activities for the children. This little trip through a beautiful area is an excellent way to bond with the family.

3. Hampton Beach

35 miles from Rochester is the beauty of Hampton Beach. The clear blue waters are ideal for swimming, and the pristine beaches just beg to be used for sunbathing. You children will have the time of their lives building sand castles on the shore. If your family visits Hampton Beach often enough, maybe your kids will get good enough at building sand castles to win a prize in the annual competition. At night, put the kids to bed and return to the beach for late-night fun with the friends.

4. Lakes Region and Lake Winnipesaukee

This romantic vacation spot is only 35 miles outside of Rochester. You’ll love the gorgeous lakeside community that celebrates several exciting holiday events, like the Kellerhaus Yuletide Open House and the Gift of Lights. You’ll find excellent shopping and exquisite dining – a perfect place to relax and unwind during the holidays.

Travel from there and take in Lake Winnipesaukee, a beautiful body of water. You can hike around the shore and swim in the water. Book a cruise on the MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship and savor an experience that your family will remember forever.

New Hampshire has many other excellent locations to visit within driving distance from Rochester, but these few don’t take long to travel to, and they promise great experiences. Take a bit a time away from Rochester and go see some of the best places in New Hampshire.