The Three Stars of New Hampshire

The Three Stars of New Hampshire

A perfect destination for nature lovers or the active sports enthusiasts, New Hampshire features landscapes of a serene countryside dotted with rolling hills and high mountains in the Northeast. Any season of the year is the best time to visit New Hampshire, but if you have summer in mind, you can enjoy riding in a hot-air balloon. If you are into country fairs, you can choose to attend the nation’s oldest crafts fair in Sunapee. History buffs will love to explore the undying treasures of Portsmouth. And don’t forget the classic Lake Winnepesaukee and the breathtaking White Mountains, filled with endless activities to beat the summer heat.

Let me introduce Lake Winnipesaukee.

If you didn’t know yet, Lake Winnipesaukee (win-uh-puh-saw-kee) located in central New Hampshire is the largest out of all the other lakes in the state. It consists of 300 miles of shoreline and 274 islands. Visit this gift of nature via a 3-hour cruise that departs from Weirs Beach landing, and you can enjoy any water activities you can think of as you journey across 50 miles of the lake.

If visiting Wolfeboro, you can also go up to see one of New England’s most amazing views—the early 1900’s Castle in the Clouds, where travelers fancy a relaxing walk in the woods or go horseback riding.

Another lake you might be interested in is Squam Lake, which is still popularly known to be the shooting location of the movie On Golden Pond. I recommend staying at a nearby bed and breakfast in Squam Lake to taste country living, homey amenities, and local menu.

Don’t miss the famous White Mountains.

The White Mountain region is a massive 768,000-acre mountain forest, featuring many ski areas and the majestic Mount Washington. If you want to go up on an excursion to the highest peak in the Northeast, take a choo-choo ride on the historic railway for a three-hour round-trip steep journey close to the summit. To reach the top, go on a winding auto road that ascends beyond the tree line. There you’ll be rewarded with a bird’s eye view of White Mountain National Forest on a clear day. Don’t miss the museum and gift shop as well for some memorabilia of this New Hampshire trip.

Go back in time when you visit Portsmouth.

An old maritime capital, Portsmouth tourists experience the early New England life as they visit the six houses built in the 18th century located on the Portsmouth Historic Trail. Colonial homes dating back from 17th century have also been preserved outdoors right next to the Strawbery Banke Museum.

Of course, it’s not all about history. In late June, jazz players and fans swarm into Portsmouth for the annual jazz festival at the waterfront. Another is the Prescott Park Arts Festival throughout summer with beautiful views of flowers and fountains.