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Description - New Hampshire's hallmark is the spectacular scenic drives and byways which travel past beautiful covered bridges, lovely New England towns, fabulous downhill ski resorts and through many state forests, state parks and deep into White Mountain National Forest.

Attractions - New Hampshire currently offers two National Scenic Byways, Kankamagus Scenic Byway and White Mountain Trail, as well as fourteen state designated byways.

The Kancamagus Highway is undoubtedly one of the most scenic routes through the White Mountains. "The Kanc," as locals call it, climbs to nearly 3,000 feet on the flank of Mt. Kancamagus.

White Mountain Trail travels through a New England rural area which remains unspoiled by over-development. You can enjoy uninterrupted mountain and river views, wetlands, woodlands, and charming 18th- and 19th-century buildings along the way.

New Hampshire's state scenic byways guide the traveler through outstanding examples of the state's picturesque environments.

Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic sites. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.

The outdoor recreation opportunities associated with New Hampshire's scenic routes are endless. They range from sunbathing at sandy white beaches along the Atlantic Coastline to exploring miles of trails reaching to mountain overlooks and deep cool gorges, many of which offer sights of waterfalls and woodland animals.

Climate - New Hampshire residents experience four distinct seasons. Winter can be cold with average temperatures reaching 25 degrees F in December, January and February. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.

Location - Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state.

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Filed By: Susanne Tracy (Hammonton, NJ)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Toughest the long drive from NJ to Pittsburg, NH (Moose Alley) My Reward was seeing this beautiful part of of our country and all the wildlife I love Moose it was the first time I ever saw one live and up close and the scenic views just on the trip up, Like The Old Man of the Mountain,Also the Conn.Lakes.A good place to stay Mountain View Cabins & Campground,There are a few good places to eat along Moose Alley especialy in town at the country general store and dinner. I highly recommend this area to anyone who loves and respects nature and a quiet part of the world to relax and unwind.I have been there in August and September and there is not allot of people.

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New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism, P.O. Box 1856 , Concord, NH, 03302-1856, Phone: 603-271-2665

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New Hampshire - New Hampshire is characterized by its spectacular beauty, rich heritage, and the strength of its people. The gorgeous landscape ranges from the Atlantic Ocean, White Mountains, rolling farmland, glorious lakes and rivers and quaint New England villages. New Hampshire also holds the distinction of having the longest wooden covered bridge in the country, the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge (built in 1866) spans the Connecticut River.


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