Skiing, Mountains and Scenic Views Make Great New Hampshire Vacation Ideas

A family vacation destination with action and adventure for everyone is Loon Mountain Resort in New Hampshire. Loon’s location, in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, offers you a wonderful setting for outdoor vacation ideas.

Loon Mountain Resort offers loads of things to do like horseback riding on the old logging trails. You can join a group ride for beginners or intermediates. Or arrange a private ride for just the family or a couple.

There are also well maintained trails for hiking or biking. Take a ride on the longest gondola skyride in the state. You will be in for a treat with the spectacular view and on Sunday’s enjoy the Mountaintop all-you-can-eat breakfast.

The adventurous can have a blast jumping high on the bungee trampoline! You may want to plan your vacation around one of their fun summer events.

These change each year but some examples are the Hot Dog Festival, Oktoberfest in the fall, the Mini Cooper Trek or the 6.2 mile Loon Mountain Race for runners.

If you are thinking about New Hampshire vacation ideas, be sure to include a visit to the Mount Washington Cog Railway. It’s in Bretton Woods, new Hampshire. This National Historic Engineering Landmark is truly a spectacular experience.

You will board the train at the scenic Marshfield Base Station which is at 2,700 feet altitude. Then the 19th century style locomotive and passenger car ascend the Cog Railway for a 2.5 hour roundtrip ride to the summit of Mount Washington at 6,288 feet above sea level.

The steam engine locomotive is the same as was used when the railway was built in 1869 except that today it uses innovative eco-friendly bio-diesel technology. The view from the summit is, well….spectacular. You are literally up above the clouds and on a clear day you can see all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

You can stay overnight at the 100-year old Mount Washington Resort that offers a spa, a fun Canopy Tour and the Donald Ross Golf Course.

Camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is an extremely popular vacation idea. Families in particular are often looking for a fun and cheap way to spend quality vacation time together. Here are a few of the many camping vacation spots available in this beautiful part of New England, the Whit Mountains.
    Ames Brook Campground is in Ashland, New Hampshire and close to all the area attractions The camp sites are large and sunny with electric/water/sewer/cable TV/Wi-Fi. Ames has been called the “Best Small Campground in New Hampshire”.
  • For some secluded wilderness camping, try Crawford Notch General Store & Campground. This campground is located on 95 acres in Hart’s Location in the heart of the White Mountains. Camping cabins and yurts are available.
  • For a fun themed camping experience there’s Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Ashland. Parents will appreciate the supervised activities for the kids. Private tent camping sites are available as well as log cabin rentals. Choom spots that are open, wooded or with a river view.
  • The great thing about Fort Jefferson Campground at Six Gun City is that is located next door to the fun-filled attractions Six Gun City and Splash Water Park. They have 100 sites that can accommodate tent camping as well as full RV hook-ups.

White Mountain National Forest
White Mountain National Forest
New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest is a great place for a scenic drive any time of the year. The White Mountains Trail is considered to be one of America’s most spectacular scenic drives.

For details on the trail routes you can go to Besides the main trail there are several other excellent scenic road trip trails.

  • The History Trail is an interesting look at the region’s historical sites.
  • The Covered Bridge Trail showcases some of the many old covered bridges that the New England area is famous for.
  • The Waterfall Trail features some of the White Mountains many beautiful waterfalls. Many of the waterfalls can be seen from the road but for some you will need to leave the car and hike to the falls.
  • The Steel Rail Trail gives you a good look at some of the area’s train sites. There are restored vintage railcars, or fancy dining cars or steam powered mountain climbing cog railways.

Waterville Valley Resort is an excellent vacation idea in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Only two hours from Boston, this self-contained New England style village sits at the edge of a 6-acre pond surrounded by the beautiful White Mountain National Forest. The natural setting is incredible and you will never run out of things to do all year round. Shopping, dining and entertainment are at the center of the resort. There are planned programs, activities and a recreation camp for the kids.

The pond has a beach and you can swim or rent a boat. Lifts take you to the network of trails for hiking and biking. The resort has a 9-hole golf course and 18 outdoor clay tennis courts. At the athletic club you can enjoy two pools, racquet courts, saunas and exercise equipment. Waterville Valley Resort makes a great spot for a family vacation or a romantic getaway.

White Mountain National Forest is a great spot in New Hampshire for an outdoor vacation. There are 1,200 miles of trails that wind through the rugged mountain peaks and rolling hills of this huge recreational area. These trails are super for hiking, backpacking, biking, horseback riding, skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling. Or if you are not so adventurous but still like to enjoy the outdoor views, take a road trip through the area.

The White Mountain National Forest really shows off the beautiful landscape that New Hampshire is famous for. This is a perfect spot to take a camping vacation. There are some excellent family-oriented campsites. Or head more into the wilderness and use some of the backcountry campsites.

Springtime in the White Mountains near Lisbon means it's time for the Memorial Day Lilac Time Festival. This 2-day festival celebrates the blooming of the state flower with a fire truck parade, an auction and carnival. Also fireworks and a golf tournament. It's good old fashion country fun.
Block Island is a favorite nature retreat and summer resort that sits 12 miles off the shore of Point Judith. One reason for its popularity is that, compared to the mainland, it is 10-15 degrees cooler in the summer and much milder in the winter. It is accessible by ferry.

The fishing is great; you can surf-cast on the beaches, fish the freshwater ponds or head out to sea on a boat trip. Swim and picnic at Fred Benson Town Beach. Check out the Southeast Light Lighthouse and the view from the nearby 185 feet high clay cliffs of Mohegan Bluffs.

A road trip along the 18-mile long New Hampshire coastline is a complete New England oceanfront experience. Rt. 1A runs from Seabrook Harbor up to Portsmouth. The towns along the way are a showcase of historical New England.

There are numerous public beaches such as Hampton Beach, North Beach or Jenness and Wallis Sands State beaches in Rye. Picnic, charter a fishing boat or set out on a whale watch tour at Rye Harbor State Park and Marina. Enjoy the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne State Park. The historic working port of Porstmouth is ideal for exploring on foot.

A cool idea for a place to go in New Hampshire is The Castle in the Clouds. It's a turn-of-the century castle-like estate that sits high up in the Ossipee Mountains and commands a panoramic view of the mountains and Lake Winnipesaukee. Tour this beautiful hand crafted house and enjoy the 5,000+ acre grounds owned and protected by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust.

There are waterfalls, easy access to 45 miles of well maintained, marked, and mapped hiking trails including an interpretive hiking trail great for the kids. Feed the giant trout at Shannon Pond. Throughout the year there are numerous events featuring artisans and craftsmen, hayrides, festivals, antique cars, and various musical events.

New Hampshire is a virtual haven for skiers. You will find some 38 Nordic and alpine ski areas. The average drive between these mountain resorts is 20-30 minutes so you could try several different resorts during your vacation.

From the exclusive and posh Balsams Grand Resort with its uncrowded slopes and lift lines, to the family oriented Cranway North Conway where you will find challenging yet kid-friendly trails. New Hampshire has a rich ski tradition plenty of choices for all types of skiing and winter sports.

Beaver Brook Association has over 2,000 acres where you can enjoy a variety of activities in a beautiful New England woodland setting. They are located in Hollis, New Hampshire. There are some 35 miles of trails winding through the woods and along the swamps and ponds. It's a great place for hiking, biking and horseback riding as well as bird watching.

Beaver Brook offers themed nature walks and nature appreciation hikes. During the winter, the trails and grounds are good for skiing and snowshoeing. There are 12 theme gardens maintained by volunteers and open for the public to enjoy. Throughout the year there are various workshops, lectures and special events held.

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