Image via Flickr by Brave Sir Robin

Image via Flickr by Brave Sir Robin

Although New Hampshire is the fifth-smallest state in America, it’s rich in history and full of things to do. Bordering Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and Quebec, New Hampshire offers skiing, hiking, and historical sites for visitors to enjoy.


In 2011 CNN named Hanover the sixth best place to live in America. Hanover is perfect for family vacations, outdoor adventures, and romantic getaways. The Appalachian Trail passes through Hanover, and the city offers shopping, restaurants to suit any taste, and views of the Connecticut River. Check out some sports action at Dartmouth College during your trip, or at least walk around the stunning campus. 


Exeter, New Hampshire has many claims to fame. Founded in 1638, Exeter is home to the famous prep school, Philips Exeter Academy. Make sure to check out the town’s war memorial, which was created by Daniel Chester French who is also known for his work on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Exeter is also known in some communities for an alleged UFO sighting by two police officers in 1965. The Air Force was unable to identify the object, and the incident was made famous by the bestselling book, “Incident at Exeter,” written by John G. Fuller.


Located in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire, Rochester is the perfect place to drive to because of its easy accessibility off the Spalding Turnpike. Just an hour north of Boston, this picturesque town offers a wide array of things to do for the history buff, like the Rochester Historical Society Museum and the Durham Historic Museum. Rochester is home to the University of New Hampshire as well.


Hancock, named after John Hancock, is remarkable in that almost every building in the downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When visiting Hancock, make sure to stay at The Hancock Inn. If you’re only in town for the day, at least plan on having dinner at the Inn. The restaurant offers many delicious dishes, including fish-n-chips, duck, scallops, and homemade deserts.

If you need to work off a hearty meal, consider heading to the Harris Center for Conservation Education to get information on hiking and snow shoeing. There are trails ranging anywhere from .5 to 4 miles.

Sugar Hill

Although Sugar Hill is one of the youngest and smallest towns in New Hampshire, it’s definitely worth the drive on your next vacation. Located near many ski centers, many people travel to Sugar Hill in the winter to hit the slopes.  

When you’re not on the mountain, take the family to Polly’s Pancake Parlor for breakfast, which offers patrons homemade pancakes with its own New Hampshire Maple Syrup. Before heading out of town, don’t forget to stop by the Sugar Hill Historical Museum as well.

New Hampshire is a surprising state with lots to offer considering its size. Whether you’re interested in driving during the winter or the summer, there is plenty to do and lots to see.