by Jennifer A. Roberts
Escaping the crowds is often no easy feat, particularly during popular events like the fall foliage season. But, if you’re looking for out of the ordinary, here are a few spots you might consider. Starting in the north and working our way south, this road trip offers something for everyone- outdoor scenery that will make your heart race, a few pit stops to rest and relax, some oddities that will give you something to talk about on the trip home, and a fair dose of all that makes New Hampshire worth visiting.
This stop in the Great North Woods takes you to Beaver Brook Falls, one of the most dramatic waterfalls in New Hampshire. Bring your breakfast or a snack along to enjoy as you watch the water tumble down 80 feet of rock and boulders, into the stream below. Nearby, you can also see the beautiful Garfield Falls, the Dixville Flume, and Huntington Cascades.
No trip to New Hampshire would be complete without a visit to the White Mountain National Forest and a view of iconic Mount Washington, known as the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi. By climbing the nearby Mount Hight summit, you’ll enjoy 360-degree views of all the peaks in the Presidential Range as well as the Baldface Range, giving you a breathtaking view of Mount Washington without having to brave the Auto Road. This peaceful summit hike may just inspire you to stay longer and explore some of the lesser-known areas of the national forest.
Photo by Adam Chandler
Taking a Break in Littleton
Whether you’re young or just young at heart, there are a few places in charming Littleton where a traveler can have a tasty treat. The first is the world's longest candy counter at Chutters. Stock up for the rest of your road trip with treats that line the 112 foot counter. You’ll find all your childhood favorites as well as tasty, new treats. After you’ve had your sugar fix, relax for lunch or dinner at the Schilling Beer Company, which specializes in locally sourced foods that pair with their European-inspired beers. Housed in a renovated grist mill built in 1797, this taphouse and the town of Littleton boast hospitality and rustic charm.
Photo by Jason Eppink
Andres Institute of Art and Sculpture Garden
Combining art and nature for a mind and body experience, the grounds of this institute, located near Brookline, offer a different sort of nature experience. Hiking along the trails to view over 60 art pieces and sculptures will provide you with the opportunity to enjoy New Hampshire’s beautiful scenery enhanced by artists from all over the world.
Photo by angela n.
Much like its cousin in old England, this New England attraction provides fodder for the conspiracy theorist in us all. Explore the 30 acres, which include caves, astronomically aligned rock formations, and much more. The mysterious structures (there’s even a sacrificial stone) leave visitors pondering their origins and purpose.
Whether you follow the crowd or blaze your own trail, the Granite State will not disappoint, and there’s something for everyone in this northern paradise. Happy travels!
Jennifer A. Roberts lives a location-independent lifestyle with her husband, Chris, in their RV. They currently work and travel throughout North America, combining their passion for travel with a minimalistic life and freelance work. Jennifer is a former educator, an avid home cook, and an aspiring writer.