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New Hampshire itinerary: Northern Region


New Hampshire was the first vacation destination in the United States that flourished with the dawn of train travel. Stately resorts, and lakeside and mountain towns, dotted the northern half of the state. Use this New Hampshire itinerary to plan a trip.

Famous stories, such as Pollyanna and Curious George, were written while their creators lived and vacationed in New Hampshire. Although these authors enjoyed the natural assets, there was a whole other group who were turning the state into an adrenaline playground by chiseling the first hiking and ski trails in the country.

The following itinerary ideas were provided by the New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism Development.

Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway 

Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, Franconia, New Hampshire itineraryPhoto: Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway

Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, Franconia, N.H.


Take a ride to the top of the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain with Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway. At the summit, students get a bird’s-eye view of New York, Canada, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Riders enjoy a 360-degree observation deck and scenic walking paths at the summit.

Canterbury Shaker Village 

Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, New Hampshire itineraryPhoto: Canterbury Shaker Village

Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, N.H.


Experience how the Shakers lived at Canterbury Shaker Village. Immerse in the historical setting of the village while learning about a unique American religious society that was formed in the 18th century. Student groups can participate in hands-on activities and explore the village’s 25 restored buildings. Allow two to three hours to experience the village.

Mount Washington Cog Railway 

Mount Washington Cog Railway, Mount Washington, New Hampshire itineraryPhoto: Mount Washington Cog Railway

Mount Washington Cog Railway, Mount Washington, N.H.


Take a historical train excursion on the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway train, Mount Washington Cog Railway. The ride will take three hours, which includes an hour of exploration time at the mountain’s summit. Students will experience 360-degree views of surrounding states, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean.

Raft NH 

Dog sledding, Raft NH, Gorham, New Hampshire itineraryPhoto: Raft NH

Dog sledding, Raft NH, Gorham, N.H.


Turn up the tempo with an afternoon or sunset ride along the river with Raft NH. The company offers summertime whitewater rafting and year-round dog sledding experiences. Rafting trips range from mild class II to wild class IV. Students also have the opportunity to interact with and help harness the sled dogs. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount.

New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism Development


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