This is a great time of year to travel through Northern New England, so why not plan a drive along the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. A National Forest Scenic Byway, “the Kanc,” as it’s popularly known, has it all — lovely scenery, great swimming holes, forests, and waterfalls–and winds through the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. It’s a great trip that you can do in as little as an hour is your time is limited, but why not plan a leisurely journey to enjoy the scenery and the wildlife, and stop for a swim or to eat lunch beside a gurgling stream. Amenities are very limited, so plan accordingly and be sure that sunscreen and insect repellant are readily available.
While you’re in New Hampshire, you might like to look for finds at Antique Alley near the Lee traffic circle, about 45 minutes from Manchester. You’ll find all kinds of large and small antiques in the shops at Antiques Alley– at large and small prices to fit any budget. It’s always fun to see what you can find in a dusty corner.
For more information about these and other trips in New Hampshire and elsewhere in New England, I hope you’ll check out my new book, Backroads & Byways of New England: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions. There’s a link to Amazon on my website, or order from your favorite bookstore (and please consider supporting your local independent bookstore). Signed copies are available from me by email.
Wherever you travel in New England this summer, have a wonderful time. Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to post a note and tell me about your own favorite trip in New England or elsewhere.