1. Lake Sunapee
Spend a half or full day cruising the Sunapee Loop for one of the most photogenic town greens in America. The Sunappe Loop is approximately 140 miles of beautiful cruising.You can start or end this circular loop in Greenfield, where you can merge onto the Monadnock Region Loop for an extended scenic drive. You will cruise through Antrim and Hillsborough, making your way past Pillsbury State Park. The route winds south through New London, Sutton, Bradford and Henniker, and there’s plenty of scenic views and unique things to see along the way.
Enfield Shaker Village Scenic Byway: Take the path taken by the Enfield Shakers, passing by Mascoma Lake and Shaker Bridge.
Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway: Rtes. 103 and 11, Newbury to New London. This route features a beautiful state beach, wildlife refuge, and year-round recreation to enjoy.
2. Great North Woods
Be sure to stay on the lookout for moose on your travels! Up in the Great North Woods, there’s less people, more wildlife, and endless views to be had. From Gorham, go north on Rt. 16 to Berlin, a historic mill city. Begin the loop ride by continuing on Rt. 16 through the town of Milan and the beautiful Thirteen Mile Woods to Errol. Make your way through Dixville Notch to Colebrook; an extremely scenic stretch of driving. In Groveton, head east to Stark, which is particularly famous for its beautiful covered bridge, and make your way back to Berlin.
Connecticut River: This byway starts at the Fourth Connecticut Lake right near the Canadian border. It then follows along the river the length of the western border of New Hampshire.
Moose Path Trail: This byway begins at Rte. 16 north in Gorham, NH and ends in Dixville Notch to Rte. 3 north to Pittsburg, NH. This byway is perfect for an outdoor enthusiast looking for solitude and an abundance of wildlife.
3. Merrimack Valley
You can choose from 10 scenic drives and byways in the Merrimack Valley Region including Rt. 4, Boscawen, Rt. 127, Hopkinton to Salisbury, Rt. 13 & 77, Mont Vernon to Weare, and Rt. 28 to 28 Bypass, Derry & Manchester.
Canterbury Shaker Village: From Exit 16 off I-93 to Canterbury Shaker Village and back to Exit 18, I-93. The highlights of this route are Canterbury Shaker Village, which is a National Historic Landmark, as well as several conservation areas, marshes, stonewalls, cemeteries, pre-Revolutionary homes, and the beautiful Hutchins Forest.
Drive along the coast in New Hampshire for a Colonial history lesson along with its scenic beauty. Start the day in Portsmouth, one of the greatest port cities in New England and experience the historic downtown area along with the working waterfront. Cruise though Rye and North Hampton to Hampton; stopping at the beautiful Odiorne State Park, with an oceanfront beach. In Hampton Beach, cruise the boardwalk strip all the way to Kensington and Exeter, one of the four original towns in colonial New Hampshire.
Rte. 1A from Portsmouth to Seabrook. Running along New Hampshire’s coastline while hitting several historic sites along the way.
5. Monadnock Region
The Monadnock Region Loop is approximately 80 miles long and runs along some awesome New England towns. From the town of Keene, NH, drive southeast on Rt. 101 to Marlborough, then south on Rt. 124. This will take you past Monadnock State Park to Jaffrey, a popular place to hike in the East. East of Jaffrey, head North onto Rt. 123 to Peterborough. There’s plenty of places to go, sights to see, food to eat, and history to learn on this wonderful NH route.
Connecticut River: This byway starts at Fourth Connecticut Lake near the Canadian border and follows the river the length of the western border of New Hampshire.
6. White Mountains
The Whites have a reputation for being both beautiful and overwhelming, both in which are 100% true. There’s plenty of scenic routes in the part of the state, but the infamous Kancamagus Highway, a national scenic byway, takes the cake for the best views in the entire region by far. Cruise up the Mount Washington Auto road on a beautiful early Fall afternoon for some of NH’s greatest and most iconic leaf-peeping experiences.
Kancamangus Highway: The best spot for leaf-peeping during the Fall months. Plenty of pull-off spots to stop and snap some photos on your travels.
7. Lakes Region
The Lakes Loop, approximately 134 miles in length, snakes around the beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. From the town docks in Meredith on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, you will experience Center Harbor and Moultonborough along the way. Drive the windy and scenic route that offers views of the “big lake”. A true NH experience you don’t want to miss out on.