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.

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Aerial View - Mount Washington Auto Road - Gorham, NH
Mt. Washington Auto Road

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

However you reach the top, the views from this mountain are vast and spectacular

Elevate your sightseeing opportunities by traveling the famous Mt. Washington Auto Road. Take the tour to the 6,288-foot summit in your own vehicle, earning the prized “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington” bumper sticker, or opt for a two-hour guided tour to the top, when you’ll also learn about the mountain’s history, flora and fauna. You can also hike one of several routes. However you travel, your reward is spectacular views into the Great Gulf Wilderness and Presidential Mountain Range. On clear days, views from the summit extend beyond New Hampshire as far as 130 miles to Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec and the Atlantic Ocean. Check the website for special ATV/UTV days as well as two special Sunday sunrise tours.
Riverside View - Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train - North Woodstock, NH
Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train

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

Lovely scenery, a gourmet meal and exemplary service: a winning mix on elegant dinner train

Ever-changing scenery and seasonally-changing meals make for a winning combination on board the popular Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train. The train’s lovingly restored vintage rail cars rumble through the Pemigewasset River Valley, through lush woodland, over three quintessentially New England trestle bridges, through a “jack-o-lantern” golf course and Christmas tree farm, on a two-hour, 20-mile round trip from the North Woodstock station. You’ll especially enjoy the scenery because of the delightful five-course gourmet meal you’re dining on as the train moves along. Creative offerings from top culinary teams are cooked to order aboard the train and served in style, as period music plays gently in the background. It’s a memorable way to experience this particularly scenic mountain region.
Classic Train Bridge - Scenic RailRiders - Concord, NH
Scenic RailRiders

188 Sewalls Falls Road Concord, NH, 03301 Phone: 603-931-1700

Here’s a new way to appreciate New England’s scenery: pedaling along a rail track

If you’re looking for an original way to appreciate New England’s picture-book environment, Scenic RailRiders has an idea: See it while pedaling custom-made Rail-Bikes! The pedal-powered scenic railroad company offers round trips from Concord to Boscawen, N.H. on the stretch of abandoned, now rehabilitated, tracks built for the Northern Railroad back in 1846. Two- and four-seat easy-to-pedal bikes (they can be linked together for larger groups) take you through woods, past farmlands and over a couple of bridges, all along the picturesque Merrimack River. Two guides will pass along some historical facts as you pedal along the 6.4-mile route, which takes a little under two hours. There are two turn-around points to stretch your legs and soak in the scenery.