New Hampshire Scenic Drives

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New Hampshire scenic drives offer an ideal way to see the state's ocean shorelines and mountain ranges. At the bottom of this page, you'll find links to articles about two particularly picturesque New Hampshire scenic drives, Kancamagus Scenic Byway and White Mountain Trail. Containing photos, highlights, and detailed maps, these articles will help you plan your driving trips through New Hampshire.

New Hampshire is one of the original 13 colonies, and its popularity as a destination increases during the presidential primaries once every four years. Visit during primary season and you'll have a very different experience than at any other time -- even on the state's rural routes, everyone here talks politics.


There is, of course, more to New Hampshire than politics. And you can experience all of New Hampshire's treasures by taking a scenic drive through the state. Here's a preview of what you'll find in our articles about New Hampshire scenic drives:

Kancamagus Scenic Byway

Climb 3,000 feet to Mount Kancamagus, and you'll pass numerous swimming holes in the summer, a leaf-peeping paradise in autumn, and the dramatic beauty of Rocky Gorge any time of year.

White Mountain Trail

Nathanial Hawthorne drew inspiration in the White Mountains, where loggers and early railroaders toiled between glaciated mountains and lowland swamp. Make sure to visit historic Mount Washington Hotel.

For more useful travel information about New Hampshire and beyond, see:

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