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Sightseeing in NH ranges from lake cruises to gondola skyrides to cave tours

Sightseeing is a big undertaking in New Hampshire, where attractions and explorations for families or adults range from cruises to mysterious islands off the coast of Portsmouth to gondola skyrides at the state’s ski areas to tours of caves and deep forests to the north and west of the state. If rainy weather intrudes on your outdoor fun, there are fun and even slightly wacky museums and rainy-day activities like indoor playgrounds and arcades and all kinds of adult and children’s museums.

3 Crossing at Riverplace North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-3500

Enjoy fine dining aboard this lovingly restored train

What is more enchanting than a meticulously restored train rumbling through the peaceful landscape of New Hampshire’s White Mountains? It might be when an equally meticulous five-course dinner is served while lush mountainside and Pemigewasset riverside views roll by your train car’s window. One of only 12 moving dinner trains in North America, the Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train provides a 20-mile, two-hour ride south along original timber line rails from charming North Woodstock, giving travelers, at tables for two or four, time to enjoy the chef’s seasonal, local-sourced menu and extensive wine list. Before or after dinner, enjoy a classic cocktail or soak up the scenery in the City of New Orleans, an original dome car.

Route 16, Pinkham Notch Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: 603-466-3988

A one-of-a-kind sightseeing experience!

A trip on Mt. Washington Auto Road is a one-of-a-kind experience offering ever-changing weather extremes, panoramic views and the opportunity to pass through four distinct climate zones as you climb to the highest peak in the Northeast. Keep those cameras handy because once you arrive to the summit, you’ll be surrounded by the 750,000-acre White Mountain National Forest, where views on a clear day may extend as far as 130 miles to Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec, and at time even the Atlantic Ocean! Also on the summit, you’re free to explore the many historic buildings and exciting opportunities available. The Sherman Adams Visitor Center offers a cafeteria, restrooms and gift shops, while your paid toll includes admission to Mount Washington Observatory’s interactive “Extreme Mt. Washington Museum”.