New Hampshire is a very beautiful state.  It is the 5th smallest state in the country and was the first state to have its own constitution.  New Hampshire attracts many out of staters with places such as New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Lake Winnipesaukee, various beaches, and the White Mountains.  It is a gorgeous state to drive through any time of the year.  In the Fall, leaf peeping season unleashes the rainbow of colors on the trees.   In the winter, a drive towards the White Mountains yields breathtaking views of the snow caps.  84% of New Hampshire is forested.  So no matter where you drive, there is the beauty of nature for your viewing enjoyment.

The White Mountains offers visitors a plethora of attractions. For those who like scenic rides, there's the Cannon Aerial Tramway, Conway Scenic Railroad, Gondola skyride at Loon Mountain, Mount Washington Auto Road, and The Ziprider at Wildcat Mountain.   All of these offer incredibly views while you ride to mountain peaks.   For the children there's Clark's Trading Post, Santa's Village, Six Gun City, Story Land, and Whale's Tail Water Park.  Each of these fantastic destinations offers enjoyment for the whole family.  One of New Hampshire's jewels is its maple syrup industry.  Late spring and summer visitors get to enjoy this sweet treat.  The maple sap is collected from February through April so visitors in the late spring and summer get to taste the freshest syrup money can buy.  So if you go out to breakfast, make sure to order local made syrup with your food.

Many of us want to enjoy the beauty of nature without paying an admission price.  The White Mountains offers a simple solution.  Hiking in the White Mountains can be as joyful as whisking across treetops of a Gondola ride.   One of the most rewarding hikes for novice hikers is one that concludes at a waterfall.  There are dozens of waterfalls in New Hampshire.  Ripley Falls in Hart's Location, NH is one of my favorites.  Bringing a picnic basket is advised.  The hike to this natural beauty takes about 30 minutes.  The water cascades down the stones into a pool of water below.  The sound is therapeutic and the view is simply breathtaking.  There are other excellent ones to view such as Sabbaday Falls in Waterville Valley, NH or Arathusa Falls in Hart's Location, NH.   On your vacation in the White Mountains, make a day of it and take a hike to enjoy the beauty that Mother Nature and New Hampshire have to offer.

Crystal Cascade in Pinkham's Grant NH