5 Reasons Why NH Does Day Trips Best

When I ask people about their favorite part of living in New Hampshire, I’ve gotten responses ranging from “fresh lobster” to “leaf peeping season” to “making fun of flatlanders.”


Summit of Mt. Pemigewasset

But overwhelmingly, people respond with some variation of, “you’re close to everything.” If you’ve lived in New Hampshire for any amount of time, I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase or even have spoken those words yourself. And despite the cliche-ness of it all, it’s completely true. From where I live in Manchester, I can decide to go to the ocean, hike up in the mountains, or visit historical sites from the 1600s—all in a day trip.

And speaking as someone who didn’t grow up in a place with anything close to that kind of variety—those options are outstanding. Here’s why NH does day trips best.

  • 1. Proximity

There are so many fantastic things New Hampshire has to offer, all within a short distance of each other. Growing up, I was about 1,150 miles away from the nearest ocean and around 974 miles to the nearest mountain range. But now, we Granite Staters have both of those things (and more!) in our backyard.

  • 2. The Ocean

The sea is great. Everyone knows this. Also, seafood.

  • 3. Mountains

The White Mountains are great. Everyone knows this. Also, hiking and skiing are fun.

  • 4. History

Virtually every city and town in New Hampshire has a fascinating history. From the home of ee cummings to one of the best preserved Shaker Villages, to a vast amount of colonial landmarks, there’s a lot to explore.  To check out the list of historical markers by city, click here.

  • 5. Food (and beer)

Food (and beer) is great. Everyone knows this. Also, day trips are better when delicious food can be found across the entire state.

Not convinced? For example, when we woke up on Sunday with no plans in mind, we were able to lazily lounge around in the morning, watch some SNL clips and then take a day-trip up to the White Mountains. 

Our day included:

  • Heading over to the Flume Gorge area and hiking Mt. Pemigewasset
  • Saying “hello!” to all the dogs we passed on our hike
  • Swinging up to Schilling Beer Company to eat some pizza and drink beer, obviously
    (To read my past interview with Schilling’s CEO and Head Brewer, click here)
  • Soaking up some sun while drinking said beer on Schilling’s riverfront deck
  • Playing with miniature toy dinosaurs at just L modern antiques

Fantastic views after a brief 1.5-mile hike

My favorite things

My favorite things

This day trip is one of many I’ve taken since I’ve lived in New Hampshire, and one of hundreds at the disposal of Granite Staters. So, residents of Keene, Nashua, Portsmouth, Manchester, Concord and every town in between—I have a message for you. The next free day you have, get out of town. Go antiquing in Peterborough, shopping in Dover or hiking in North Conway. Drive the Kancamagus Highway, visit Mt. Washington or go canoeing on Squam Lake.

So, get out there! Day trips are the new brunch! Live free and take picnics! Keep calm and take day trips! (Sorry.)

Does anyone have any outing recommendations? If so, share in the comments section!

2 Responses to “5 Reasons Why NH Does Day Trips Best”

  1. Kate YarrisApril 20, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    Lauren, I’m originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and have called NH home for 10 years. I love it here! So close to everything, and after all this time, I still appreciate it and do not take it for granted. I could never move back to the Midwest!

    • Lauren SmithApril 21, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

      There’s just so much to do! It’s still baffling to me.

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