“USA 🇺🇸 ~Road Trip’n Through New Hampshire”
The further North we traveled in New Hampshire, the more I loved it!
The first two days after we arrived in New Hampshire, it stormed! We stayed two night in a border town and waited it out. Then, we had two beautiful sunny days, which only added to my photography. Dark weather causes grey photos.
At first, leaving Vermont for New Hampshire was a bit of a shock. I had only visited NH, briefly, years ago. Such a difference, between the two states, though they are right next to each other. Also, years ago I spent more time in Vermont, and fell in love with her, then, so I’m partial for sure.
The vibe and energy I felt in Vermont was not the same in New Hampshire. NH has a lot of old history, too, but it is not as easy to find, or to see. It does not seem like the state promotes its history, like Vermont does, imho.
What we did discover, was the scenic beauty, by the time we got going on our adventure. As a result of this realization, we set our sites on scenic routes, but always looking out for historic places, just in case.
New Hampshire has a lot of beautiful lakes; so many, in fact, several of them appear to be private access only, by its residents.
We are still looking for Moose, but none, yet. Nor, have we spied Sasquatch! 😁
We headed for State Hwy 4. It proved to be a very pretty Route.
This cemetery contains more than 2,100 interments, including 1,252 Union soldiers. 613 Civil War soldiers are buried as unknowns, and their graves are identified with six-inch square marble markers.
In the War of 1812, the United States took on the greatest naval power in the world; Great Britain, in a conflict that would have an immense impact on the young country’s future.
Causes of the war included British attempts to restrict U.S. trade, the Royal Navy’s impressment of American seamen and America’s desire to expand its territory.
The United States suffered many costly defeats at the hands of British, Canadian and Native American troops, over the course of the War of 1812, including the capture and burning of the nation’s capital, Washington, DC, in August 1814.
Nonetheless, American troops were able to repulse British invasions in New York, Baltimore and New Orleans, boosting national confidence and fostering a new spirit of patriotism. The ratification of the Treaty of Ghent on February 17, 1815, ended the war but left many of the most contentious questions unresolved.
Furthermore, many in the United States celebrated the War of 1812 as a “second war of independence,” beginning an era of partisan agreement and national pride.
was first settled about 1771 as a part of Alexandria. However, it was separated from the rest of the town by the mountains.
In 1795, it was incorporated as its own town. Lands from the towns of Wilmot and Hill were later added.
It was named Danbury after Danbury, Connecticut.
Time for a break, and enjoyed this old country store in Danbury
We changed to State Hwy 104 East, and headed for Meredith. Not to be missed!
New Hampshire is famous for its lakes, so of course there is a scenic drive that will take you to some of the most beautiful around.
We began in Meredith on Route 25. We followed that north, through Center Harbor and Moultonborough; two other towns on Lake Winnipesaukee.
We join Route 109 South in Wolfeboro. When that joins with Route 153, we choose to go north toward Conway, but you can go south to continue your drive around the lake.
On April 7th, 2021, Travel and Leisure published an article titled “10 of the best small towns on the east coast.” Meredith was in the top 10 covering areas from Florida to New York!
Meredith is such a unique lakeside village. It was incorporated in 1768 with only 881 residents back then. In 2018 that number had grown to 6,415 residents.
The town includes 40.3 square miles of land area and 14.2 square miles of inland water area.
Meredith is dominated by several large bodies of water, including: Lake Winnipesaukee, Lake Winnisquam, Lake Waukewan, Lake Wicwas, and Lake Pemigewasset. Meredith’s extensive shoreline also includes Bear Island, Stonedam Island, and dozens of smaller islands considered part of the town.
Hamlin Recreation Conservation area, Hesky Park, Leavitt Beach, Meredith Community Forest, Prescott Park, Clough Park, Swasey Park, Waukewan Highland’s Community Park, Waukewaan Beach, and the town docks offer unlimited forms of outdoor recreation.
is the largest lake in the U.S. state of New Hampshire, located in the Lakes Region at the foothills of the White Mountains.
It is approximately 21 miles long and from 1 to 9 miles wide, covering 69 square miles, and 71 square miles when Paugus Bay is included; with a maximum depth of 180 feet.
Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad
in Laconia, near Meredith, offers fun for the whole family; especially train enthusiasts of all ages.
The railroad, once part of the Boston, Concord and Montreal Railroad, was built in the mid-1800s.
Today, historic trains travel along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, passing by some of the area’s most beautiful resort homes.
There are two destinations that you can explore: Weirs Beach and Lakeport.
Riders can disembark at either place, and you can add on a Hobo Picnic Lunch in advance to enjoy.
We learned the train only runs on a few weekends, probably following Labor Day. We were bummed!
Next, on to State Hwy 175 North. The scenery just kept getting better. We had such a beautiful bright sunny day, with fall in the air.
Blair Covered Bridge
is a wooden covered bridge originally built in 1829, which crosses the Pemigewasset River near Campton. It connects New Hampshire Route 175 to the east and U.S. Route 3 and Interstate 93 to the west.
The bridge was damaged during Tropical Storm Irene on August 28, 2011, but repaired.
is a town in Grafton County. It is the second largest town by area in New Hampshire.
Lincoln is home to the New Hampshire Highland Games and to a portion of Franconia Notch State Park.
Set in the White Mountains, large portions of the town are within the White Mountain National Forest.
The Appalachian Trail crosses the northeast. Lincoln is the location of the Loon Mountain Ski Resort and associated recreation-centered development.
⬆️ The Hobo Railroad is based out of Lincoln New Hampshire, up the 93 corridor, right off exit 32, just South of New Hampshire’s beautiful White Mountains. The Hobo Railroad offers an 80-minute round-trip train ride on their old-fashioned rail cars.
On the train ride you will cruise in comfort along the beautiful Pemigewasset River and through New Hampshire’s woodland scenery.
The Hobo Railroad operates from late May, all the way through October during prime New Hampshire leaf peeping season.
It operates again from Thanksgiving through late December for rides later in the season.
⬆️ All that being said, the train is not operating, regularly, either, now, as it was closed up when we arrived, and we were disappointed again 🙄!
Riding Scenic trains was not meant to be for us, though we tried. The note on the depot door indicated some train dates, in the future, so maybe we will come back on our way south, after visiting Maine. We do love the historic trains.
The history of the White Mountains follows a path of destruction and recovery, similar to most of Forests founded under the Weeks Act.
The mountains were heavily logged in the late 1800’s to provide timber and create pasture land, but the area remained a popular vacation spot.
The cleared lands, erosion and fire damage brought about by the extensive timber harvest led concerned visitors to begin the discussion that eventually led to the passing of the Weeks Act.
The White Mountain National Forest was established in 1914, with 7,000 acres bought for 13 dollars an acre. Today the area has expanded to over 800,000 acres in New Hampshire and western Maine and the lands that were once razed and blackened are now vibrant and healthy.
One of only two National Forests in New England, the White Mountain is truly a unique natural wonder. As you wander through the lower-elevation mixed hardwood forests, it’s easy to stumble upon a piece of history, be it an old foundation, logging camp or railroad bed.
The area was fist colonized in the 1600’s, and before that it was home to numerous Native American tribes.
Moving higher in elevation, the forest notably shifts, with conifers like hemlock, pines and spruce dominating the landscape. The White Mountains are home to the most rugged and challenging terrain in the region.
Boasting some the of the highest peaks in New England, the tops of these mountains are home to unique heath communities and stunted krummholz forests of firs and spruces.
The most well-known scenic drive in New Hampshire is famous for a reason. We wound through the White Mountain National Forest, and had access to rivers, waterfalls, and beautiful vistas.
The scenic Route 112 stretches 34 miles, and we started our drive in Lincoln (with easy access to interstate 93), or in Conway.
⬆️ From the owners of the inn:
“Our Inn was aptly named for our most unique feature; our covered bridge.
When we were searching for an inn, we never dreamed that we would buy a bridge, but we did!
The historic Bartlett Covered Bridge, which spans the Saco River, is one of only 53 covered bridges left in New Hampshire.
Built in 1850, the bridge is 183 feet long, with single span, paddleford type construction. The span was strengthened for vehicular traffic by the addition of a pair of laminated wooden arches in the 1920’s. This bridge carried traffic travelling on Route 302 over the Saco River for over 80 years, until it was replaced by the steel bridge in 1939.
In 1965, the bridge and the land around it were sold to Mrs. Isabelle Casinelli who lived in this inn when it was a private residence. She had the 12′ x 80′ gift shop built inside the bridge.
We are the fourth owners of this historical property and plan to maintain the condition of the bridge for future generations to enjoy.
The Jackson Covered Bridge is located on Village Rd at the Route 16 intersection and crosses near the intersection of Ellis River and Wildcat River, downstream from Jackson Falls.
The Jackson Covered Bridge was built in 1876, by Charles Broughton of Conway, NH. Jackson covered bridge is listed in the World Guide of Covered bridges (WGCB), number 29-02-01, and is New Hampshire covered bridge #51.
The Jackson Covered Bridge is one of the most popular covered bridges in New Hampshire. Besides it’s beauty, and it’s location makes it a very popular route with tourists in New Hampshire,
The Jackson Covered Bridge is also known as “Honeymoon Bridge.”
WOW… Just WOW!
The Mount Washington Auto Road is a scenic drive like no other. The price to enter was a little steep (pun intended), and after we hemmed and hawed for a moment, we went ahead ($53).
We began this 7.6 mile drive from the mountain base in Gorham. Getting to the summit took about 30 minutes, and easily 30-40 minutes coming down.
This extra time, coming down, was needed to stop at the many turnouts to cool the brakes.
Of course, the photography was great, from “the roof of New Hampshire.”
Be warned, though, this drive is not for the faint of heart! You’ll want to be comfortable driving on narrow, winding roads and not be bothered by drop-offs on the side.
We drove right up into the clouds. Since the view was obscured, we did not hang out very long. Plus, it was (pleasantly) cold.
The history of the Auto Road began in the wheat fields of Canada.
There were huge crops to be shipped out in winter, but there was no ice-free seaport available. So, a railroad line was built from Montreal to Portland, Maine in 1851. It passed through Gorham and opened up the east side of the White Mountains to the tourist trade.
In 1850, the railroad had paid for rebuilding the road from Gorham into Pinkham Notch. Furthermore, the railroad financed the construction of the Glen Bridle Path to the summit of Mount Washington and started its own Alpine House Hotel in Gorham; one of the many fine hotelries of the Grand Age of Hotels.
It was a busy time. The first Glen House, at the foot of the Road, was completed in 1852; the same year that the first Summit House was built on Mount Washington. (There have been two other Summit Houses, since.)
The Tip Top House, still standing, was erected in 1853, and in that year, the New Hampshire State Legislature granted Gen. David O. Macomber of Middletown, Conn., the charter for the Mount Washington Road Company.
The grand plan envisioned horse-drawn omnibuses on the Road, a massive hotel and observatory. Not all that came about, but work on the road began in the summer of 1854.
Now that is some New Hampshire History!
⬆️ This is at the base of Mount Washington, as seen as we came back down.
On this new day, we continued North, for more scenery, and more hopes of finding a Moose for Daryl, I’ve seen Moose in Alaska, but no other state. So I’m looking toward to seeing a Moose, too!
We are looking at more storms moving in on us, so we are taking advantage of the sun when we have it!
We are pushing, even further North, for more spectacular views and hopeful glimpses of wildlife.
From Route 16 in Berlin, we headed North to Errol. Then, we turned on Route 26 through Dixville Notch, which had spectacular views of mountains, and lakes.
We continued on this winding road where this often-ignored corner of the “Granite State” is quiet, peaceful, and scenic.
We drove to this area in hopes of spying a Moose! This choice paid off when we finally spotted one! The Moose wasn’t as close as I had hoped, but clearly a safe distance. The scene was lovely, too!
Once we enjoyed all New Hampshire had to offer, we set a new course for Maine!
⬇️ Enjoy the scenic photos on our last day in New Hampshire.
This was GORGEOUS!
Good on the local residents!
A federal, state, and local partnership created the 13 Mile Woods Community Forest in Errol, but it took one man’s vision and the dedication and perseverance from the town’s citizens to conserve the 5,300 acres of working forest land along the Androscoggin River known as Thirteen Mile Woods.
The project was initially spearheaded by the late Fran Coffin, a former Select Board member and businessman who envisioned conserving the property as a working forest, and believed the property was an important recreational and economic development asset for Errol.
The Trust for Public Land helped the residents of Errol, acquire the property, and in late 2005, conveyed it to a nonprofit group established to manage their community forest, which includes nine miles of river frontage, as well as mature hardwood and softwood forests.
The land also offers hiking, hunting, fishing, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling opportunities.
Located adjacent to the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, the property is an important wildlife corridor, containing rare flood plain forest and trout streams.
We continued to pass through many old towns, which we always find enjoyable.
The North of New Hampshire was our favorite area for sure.
⬆️ There was no way this would happen to us. I was looking too hard to find them.
We saw this guy around Errol, NH ⬇️
Looked like a young Bull ⬇️
We waited for him to cross the marshy lake, in hopes he would cross the road to the other marshy lake. He actually began walking towards the road, but changed his mind, and, instead, walked into the woods.
⬇️ NOTE: these maps on distances are by major or minor highways, no where near the routes we took; as in state hwy and roadways. So multiple the miles and the time by three.
Once we got into Vermont, we left the interstates for the scenic beauty and wildlife opportunities. So these maps show directional, only. ⬇️
The primary states we are exploring!
STATES VISITED ON OUR USA ROAD TRIP
KONA, HAWAII: ✅
OREGON again: ✅
SOUTH DAKOTA: ✅
NORTH DAKOTA: ✅
NEW YORK: ✅
NEW HAMPSHIRE: ✅
UNITED STATES 🇺🇸
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- “USA 🇺🇸 ~Amish and Camping in Bird In Hand, Pennsylvania”
- Old Order Amish Tour in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
- “USA 🇺🇸 ~Mystic, Connecticut ~The Amazing Historic Shipbuilding Village”
- “USA 🇺🇸 ~From Massachusetts Through Rhode Island and Connecticut ~ More Lobster, Trains, and Historic Lighthouses”
- “USA 🇺🇸 ~From Maine Through Massachusetts ~Quaint and Charming!”
- “USA 🇺🇸 ~Maine Old Port of Portland Boat Tour ~Fabulous!”
- “USA 🇺🇸 ~Maine Scenic Views From Bar Harbor to Portland”
- “USA 🇺🇸 ~Maine Lighthouses, 2 Gypsies, and Lobster”
- “One Year Hair Anniversary! ~Daryl’s Hair Journey ~Part VI of VI”
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