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Old 06-13-2015, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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My husband and I are taking a l-o-n-g road trip this summer, and will be spending three days in New Hampshire and Vermont. First night will be in Gorham, near Mt. Washington. We are looking for suggestions for the next couple of days. We ultimately will be working our way to Niagara Falls.

My husband has never been to New England, so we really would like to find some off-the-beaten-track quaint old towns (if any still exist) to experience the New England architecture and culture. We also enjoy scenic drives and some easy hikes. Since we'll be going in summer and the days are long, we don't mind driving for four or five hours and doing a bit of exploring. We can fit a lot in one day!

I would appreciate any suggestions to help us plan our trip. I've ordered travel guides, but usually they have more ads than helpful information. Thanks!
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Old 06-14-2015, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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Don't know if you've posted your query/request for info. in the state forums (NH & VT sections)-if not, I'd suggest that as well.

Lots of scenic geography/topography/vantage points along Connecticut River,
boundary btw. NH & VT. Interactive maps & itineraries:
Travel the Byway | Connecticut River Byway

Walking trails in VT (page has link for "display results on a map")
Vermont Walking Trails | TrailLink

This is in southwest NH, with views of southeast VT-the hike takes about an hour or so each way:
Chesterfield Conservation Commission | Mount Wantastiquet State Forest

Photo I took from top of ^that mntn. late May last year (glimpse of Ct. River is at bottom of image):

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Old 06-14-2015, 03:14 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Peacham or Danville in northeastern Vermont might be worth a stop.
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Old 06-15-2015, 07:55 AM
 
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cloven offered some great suggestions. Definitely don't miss Meredith, NH.

I would suggest making hotel reservations in advance. It can be very hard to find a room last minute, and prices can be beyond steep.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Thanks, all. I appreciate the advice (and picture)!
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:53 AM
 
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Woodstock, Vermont is lovely, as is the nearby Quechee Gorge.
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Old 06-15-2015, 12:03 PM
 
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Check out historic Portsmouth, on the NH seacoast. Lots of great restaurants, historic dsights (Strawberrry Bank).. Kittery, ME is across river for mega outlet shopping. There are cruises that can take you to the Isle of Shoals. Also close by is Kennebunkport anorher beautiful town.
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Old 06-18-2015, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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We circumnavigated NH in a day...it's not a big place!!!
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Old 06-18-2015, 03:22 PM
 
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We circumnavigated NH in a day...it's not a big place!!!
Then you missed an awful lot. Sad for you. You could easily spend a week exploring NH and another exploring VT.
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Old 06-18-2015, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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cloven offered some great suggestions. Definitely don't miss Meredith, NH.

I would suggest making hotel reservations in advance. It can be very hard to find a room last minute, and prices can be beyond steep.
I've been busy making reservations in both NH and VT, and can't believe the prices! Even a Motel 6 was over $100. However I have been able to find some cute inns in small towns that have good TripAdvisor reviews and run around $130. That's pretty good when it includes a real breakfast (not the waffle and english muffin stuff at the motels).

Thanks again to everyone for all of the suggestions. We marked everything on a map and then laid out our routes to try to cover as much as we can.
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