Scenic Drives in New Hampshire

New Hampshire has beautiful roads and scenic drives wherever you turn. There is one famous drive that no one should miss – the Kancamagus Highway (affectionately known as the Kanc).  Driving the Kanc in the fall should be on everyone’s list but note that it is closed during the winter months.

All of the general NH websites offer suggestions for fabulous scenic drives.  Take a look at our Play page for links to these sites.

Scenic drives – features an alphabetical list of scenic drives across the state and a foliage guide for fall leaf peepers.

Mile by Mile – features road maps, road condition photos, & highway RV travel itineraries.

National Scenic Byways Program – The National Scenic Byways Program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States

Factoid – The Kanc (New Hampshire State Route 112) is named for Chief Kancamagus, “The Fearless One.” Kancamagus was the last leader of the Penacook Confederacy, a union of more than 17 central New England Indian tribes, first forged by Kancamagus’ grandfather, Passaconaway, in 1627. Kancamagus tried to maintain peace between his people and encroaching English settlers, but war and bloodshed forced the tribes to scatter, with most retreating to northern New Hampshire and Canada.