Historic New Hampshire Route 3 Retro Tour
Itinerary Reminiscent of 1950s & 60s
Before the Interstate System Was Built

Have you wondered what it was like to travel beautiful, rural, state highways
and local roads before the interstate system was built, like your parents may
have experienced? If so, New Hampshire’s
Route 3 Retro Tour may be the

“Travelers to and within New Hampshire are always looking for fun things to do
and our latest itinerary really highlights some cool stops from a bygone era when
‘getting there’ was half the fun,” said Tai Freligh, Communications Manager for
the NH Division of Travel & Tourism Development.

According to Freligh, the 133 miles of scenic byways between Tilton and
Pittsburg contain a treasure-chest of affordable, 1950s and 1960s-era, owner-
operated motels, motor courts and attractions.

“Like many family trips in the past, you can experience a stay overnight at a
place where you can swim and cook out, play a rousing game of badminton or
horseshoes and get to know the owners or proprietors,” said Freligh. “Have
breakfast in a diner or country restaurant then hang out in an arcade or play a
round of miniature golf. Take a few hours to experience one of the region’s
traditional family theme parks or beautiful natural attractions and be sure to
drive across a covered bridge or two along the way. “

Newbury, New Hampshire, resident Susie Riley and her husband Rick Kent took
their motorcycles on the Retro Tour over the summer and thoroughly enjoyed it.

"This tour is such a fun, off-the-beaten-path excursion,” said Riley.  “The roads
meander along, giving you plenty of time to really enjoy the best of New
Hampshire.  And these retro stops make things so much fun!  You feel like
you've stepped back in time.”  Riley added, “Fabulous comfort food, fun family
spots, beautiful scenery.  We are definitely doing this Retro Tour again.  I highly
recommend it!"

Click here to download the NH Route 3 Retro Tour brochure (pdf document)
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