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New Hampshire's Scenic By-Ways

With their well-maintained roads and picturesque landscapes, Scenic
and Cultural Byways are a wonderful way to experience
the Granite State. They showcase New Hampshire’s varied landscape,
from the Atlantic seacoast in the south, to the rich farmland along the
Connecticut River in the west, and the woods and wilderness of the far
northern reaches of the White Mountains and beyond. For more
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Scenic Drives

The White Mountains Trail:
New England’s most scenic 100 miles

In 1998, the White Mountains Trail was designated a national scenic and
cultural byway, the only byway in northern New England to receive this
prestigious distinction. The trail incorporates varying topography;
mountain and river views; a variety of vegetation areas, from ledge to
wetland and woodland; 18th and 19th century buildings and historic
sites; and some of the grandest scenery in the eastern United States. The
trail is a loop; you can drive its 100 miles in less than a day or spend a
whole vacation exploring its natural splendor, cultural richness,
historical charm and stimulating recreation.

The trail takes you past several of the White Mountains’ most popular
family attractions, as well as the Indian Head stone profile and the
museum commemorating the Old Man of the Mountain. Scenic vistas,
bike paths and hiking trails can be found in abundance, as well as the
Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway and the historic Mt. Washington Cog
Railway. The trail also takes you along the Kancamagus Highway, a
National Scenic Byway, from shopping mecca North Conway to ski
haven Lincoln. Along the way are campgrounds, covered bridges,
waterfalls and even a major moose wallow. The trail ends at the White
Mountains Visitor Center in North Woodstock.

In addition to the White Mountains Trail, New Hampshire boasts 14
state-designated Scenic and Cultural Byways, each with its own unique
character and flavor.

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Coastal Byway
Distance: 18.5 miles
Highlights: state parks, historic sites, beaches, islands, ocean views,
harbors and resort towns. This byway encompasses Route 1A from
Portsmouth to Seabrook and travels through a number of coastal towns.

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American Independence Byway
Distance: 21 miles
Highlights: historic Exeter, Phillips Exeter Academy, American Museum
of Independence. This circular route passes through the historic towns
of Exeter and Hampton.

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Amoskeag Millyard Scenic and Cultural Byway
Distance: one mile
Highlights: the American industrial revolution, urban history and river
recreation. This route passes through the heart of Manchester, the largest
city in New Hampshire.

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Canterbury Shaker Village Byway
Distance: 12 miles
Highlights: a historic Shaker village, rural farmland, forests, wetlands
and colonial villages. Canterbury Shaker Village, a National Historic
Landmark, offers tours of its 25 buildings and 694 acres.

Apple Way
Distance: 10 miles
Highlights: agricultural heritage
Trail includes visits to Londonderry’s five apple orchards.

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Currier and Ives Trail
Distance: 30 miles
Highlights: Native American heritage
Trail takes travelers on a tour of quintessential New England through
towns such as Hopkinton, Henniker, Warner and Webster and a visit to
the Kearsarge Indian Museum.

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Lake Sunapee Scenic and Cultural Byway
Distance: 25 miles
Highlights: state beach, wildlife refuge, scenic shoreline, boat tours and
year-round recreation. This route borders Lake Sunapee and is a slower
paced and beautiful alternative to Interstate 89.

Branch River Valley Trail
Distance: 14 miles
Highlights: agricultural, industrial and tourism heritage
This trail journeys through the small rural towns of Wakefield and
Milton and on to the Maine border.

Lakes Region Tour
Distance: 97 miles
Highlights: views of lakes, mountains and villages
The Lakes Tour circles New Hampshire’s largest lake, Lake

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River Heritage Tour
Distance: 120 miles
Highlights: river recreation, agricultural heritage, period architecture,
natural wonders. This route provides views of the beautiful Connecticut
River Valley as it winds through Woodstock, Plymouth, Haverhill and

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Presidential Range Tour
Distance: 115 miles
Highlights: four state parks, scenic vistas, historic villages, hiking trails
From Littleton to Lancaster, through Crawford and Pinkham notches on
to Bethlehem, this tour offer exceptional views of the White Mountains,
with access to abundant year-round recreation.

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Moose Path Trail
Distance: 98 miles
Highlights: wildlife viewing areas, national wildlife refuge, state parks,
state forests, woodland heritage. Moose, deer and other wildlife are
abundant in the Great North Woods Region in towns such as Gorham,
Berlin, Errol, Dixville Notch and Pittsburg.

Connecticut River Scenic Byway
Distance: 274 miles
Highlights: historic and cultural sites
This route is a two-state effort between New Hampshire and Vermont
highlighting the historic, cultural, scenic and recreational resources
along the Connecticut River.

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NH's Scenic Drives
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