Four-years ago, a friend of mine proposed we go skydiving. Jump out of a plane on purpose? It was summer, and we were bored, so I said, “sure”. I don’t think I’d do it again, but it was fun.
The best part was that when we were in the plane, I suddenly realized I had never been on a plane before. I turned around and excitedly told my skydive instructor. Without missing a beat, he responded, “you’ll still be able to say you’ve never landed in a plane.” A few months later, when I got on a plane to Seattle with my mom, she told everyone around us that story.
See, I didn’t start traveling until I was in my twenties. Growing up, I knew it was a little odd that I had never traveled to a state that didn’t border New Hampshire. But, I had spent my entire childhood on the ocean, boating up and down the coast, eating lobster and fish we plucked straight out of the water. Sure, I never visited the west coast, but I spent every summer weekend at the Isles of Shoals.
Over the past few years since my trip to Seattle, I’ve tried to make up for lost time, squeezing in as much travel as I can. My fiancé and I have explored more than a dozen U.S. states and a bit of Europe and spent some free weekends in Montreal.
Recently, I realized how much there is to see in my own state and how little I’ve seen of New Hampshire. Through my job (my day job and my freelance gigs with Plan NH and NH Listens) I get the opportunity to travel a bit around the state. It was a Plan NH Community Design Charrette in Bristol a couple months ago that inspired this post. Then, this past weekend, I was in Moultonborough working on another Plan NH Community Design Charrette. On the drive home Saturday evening, I thought, I have to explore more of this beautiful state.
When in Moultonborough, I, of course, visited the famous Old Country Store, but what else is a must-see? I did a little research and started a bucket list, but I really want to hear from the locals: if I were visiting your neck of the woods, what would you recommend? I am looking for landmarks, interesting architecture, art museums, parks, scenic drives, and quaint downtown areas.
Here’s what’s on my list:
- Covered Bridge Tour (especially the Blair Bridge in Campton, which appears on every “coolest covered bridges in NH” type of listicle)
- Central Square in Keene
- Currier Museum of Art in Manchester
- Mount Washington Auto Road
- Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway
- Franconia Notch State Park
- Lost River Gorge
- Kancamagus Highway
- Glen Ellis Falls
- America’s Stonehenge in Salem
- Ruggles Mine in Grafton (if it ever reopens to the public)
- Welch and Dickey Loop Trail
So, what’s on your list?