Best Scenic Drives in New Hampshire

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in New Hampshire. Use this list to plan your next New Hampshire scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Mount Washington - New Hampshire Highpoint


Highpoint rank by height: 18th. Yes, Mt. Washington is "that" place where the highest velocity wind gust in the United States was observed and recorded. Let's put one of those instruments on top of Mt…
From the guidebook "Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints"
Gorham, NH - Scenic Drives
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#2. Kancamagus Highway Scenic Drive


A 58-mile paved highway that traverses the scenic heart of the White Mountains between Bath and Conway in northern New Hampshire. The White Mountains, encompassing northern New Hampshire, form a brood…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New England"
Lincoln, NH - Scenic Drives - 58 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. The Kancamagus Highway


Beginning at the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln, climbing 3,000 feet along the side of Mount Kancamagus and then following the banks of the Swift River as you head toward Conway, the…
From the guidebook "Autumn Rambles of New England"
Lincoln, NH - Scenic Drives
Published by Hunter Publishing

#4. Kancamagus Scenic Byway


A 34-mile paved road through the heart of the White Mountains. The Kancamagus Highway climbs from Lincoln, elevation 811 feet, to an altitude of 2,855 feet in its first 10 miles. Then it slowly descen…
From the guidebook "National Forest Scenic Byways East & South"
Lincoln, NH - Scenic Drives - 34 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Upper White Mountains Scenic Drive


An 89-mile scenic drive through deep glacier-carved valleys along the winding Androscoggin River, and through Dixville Notch in northern New Hampshire’s White Mountains. This 89-mile-long scenic drive…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New England"
Errol, NH - Scenic Drives - 89 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Connecticut River Scenic Drive


A 41-mile scenic route along the pastoral Connecticut River Valley between Claremont and Orford in western New Hampshire. The 41-mile Connecticut River Scenic Drive explores some of New Hampshire’s mo…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New England"
Hanover, NH - Scenic Drives - 41 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Lake Winnipesaukee Scenic Drive


An 81-mile loop around the Ossipee Mountains and the north shores of Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake. The 81-mile Lake Winnipesaukee Scenic Drive follows a series of highways and back roads through…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New England"
Center Sandwich, NH - Scenic Drives - 81 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Monadnock Region, Southern New Hampshire


Think of Southern New Hampshire and autumn and it is most likely you will think of the Monadnock region. The reasons may be many, from the classic old New England towns to the lure of the mighty Mount…
From the guidebook "Autumn Rambles of New England"
Keene, NH - Scenic Drives
Published by Hunter Publishing

#9. Crawford and Franconia Notches Scenic Drive


A 55-mile scenic route through Crawford and Franconia notches in the White Mountains. This 55-mile scenic drive begins in Glen, climbs over Crawford Notch, and swings around the mountains to spectacul…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New England"
Glen, NH - Scenic Drives - 55 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Along the Connecticut River, Southern New Hampshire


River routes have a unique character all of their own. The mountains that we are used to in this area of Vermont and New Hampshire tend to fade into the background, while valleys and fields create a n…
From the guidebook "Autumn Rambles of New England"
Hanover, NH - Scenic Drives
Published by Hunter Publishing

#11. Bristol - Rumney Scenic Drive


A 63-mile loop through scenic hills and valleys on the southern edge of the White Mountains. This 63-mile loop drive, beginning and ending in West Plymouth just west of Plymouth and Interstate 93, tra…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New England"
Canaan, NH - Scenic Drives - 63 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Connecticut River


A 41-mile scenic route along the pastoral Connecticut River Valley between Claremont and Orford in western New Hampshire.…
From the guidebook "Scenic Routes & Byways New England "
Claremont, NH - Scenic Drives - 41 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Bristol–Rumney


A 63-mile loop through scenic hills and valleys on the southern edge of the White Mountains.…
From the guidebook "Scenic Routes & Byways New England "
Plymouth, NH - Scenic Drives - 63 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Lake Winnipesaukee


An 81-mile loop around the Ossipee Mountains and the north shores of Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake.…
From the guidebook "Scenic Routes & Byways New England "
Ashland, NH - Scenic Drives - 81 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Kancamagus Highway


A 58-mile paved highway that traverses the scenic heart of the White Mountains between Bath and Conway in northern New Hampshire.…
From the guidebook "Scenic Routes & Byways New England "
Woodsville, NH - Scenic Drives - 58 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Crawford & Franconia Notches


A 55-mile scenic route through Crawford and Franconia Notches in the White Mountains.…
From the guidebook "Scenic Routes & Byways New England "
Glen, NH - Scenic Drives - 55 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Upper White Mountains


An 89-mile drive through deep glacier-carved valleys along the winding Androscoggin River, and through Dixville Notch in northern New Hampshire’s White Mountains.…
From the guidebook "Scenic Routes & Byways New England "
Gorham, NH - Scenic Drives - 89 miles
Published by Falcon Guides