50 STATES BEFORE 30: NEW HAMPSHIRE
Oh, New Hampshire, you got such a poor deal on this quest! In May of 2016, my mother and I set out to New England, so that I could do some training for my work as a Learning Specialist, specifically Dyslexia Intervention training. We flew into Boston, and while doing my training, decided to visit all six states that make up the New England area in the North East part of the USA. New Hampshire got such a raw deal on it! I feel bad - but we weren't impressed, and I'm pretty sure it's because we were not in the parts of New Hampshire that were the best.
We drove from Quechee Gorge in Vermont, across the border into New Hampshire, and then took the scenic route through to Maine. The scenic route was lovely, but after the beauty of Quechee Gorge and Vermont, I guess we were pretty jaded. I was quite keen to travel further north and explore the more mountainous and more scenic parts of NH, but it wasn't possible with our time constraints. And by this point, five days of non-stop travel and a 15 hour workshop that was pretty exhausting, I was somewhat grumpy! We did however stop for lunch in my mom's favorite restaurant of the trip: a MAC AND CHEESE joint. I had picked the restaurant after seeing that they had a pretty extensive salad menu, and after a week of gorging myself on lobster rolls, I needed a salad. Of course, when we got to the restaurant, I realized they were Mac and Cheese salads... not the healthy option I was expecting! My mom ordered a pulled pork Mac and Cheese, and I got a Jalepeno something or other Mac and Cheese. Mac and Cheese is not my favorite meal, but I can say my mom's Mac and Cheese was excellent! We then carried on driving through NH to Maine.
Sorry NH, next time we promise we'll give you more attention and explorations!
THINGS TO DO IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
- Pan for gold at Ruggles Mine in Grafton
- Take in breathtaking views along the Mount Washington Auto Road, visiting the highest point in New England
- Hop on a train and explore the Conway Scenic Railroad
- Visit the Castle in the Clouds in Moultonbourough
- Hike the 40 miles worth of trails around Mount Monadnock
- Road trip the Kancamagus Scenic Highway
- Spend the week at Loon Mountain for some extreme winter sports adventures
- Cowboy it up at a dude ranch in Jackson
- Partake in many traditional outdoor activities throughout the state, such as hiking, fishing, boating, rock climbing, and the list can go on and on!
- Get your drink on at the Budweiser Merrimack Brewery
- Head north for the wonder of the White Mountains and all the activities it has to offer
- Visit America's Stonehenge in Salem, NH
- Spend the day in New Hampshire's beautiful Lake Region
- In winter, go and explore the ice castles around Loon Mountain
What else would you add to this list of things to do in New Hampshire? Tell me what I missed out in the comment section :)