36 days in New Hampshire Itinerary

36 days in New Hampshire Itinerary

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36 days in New Hampshire Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
Hillsborough
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cornish
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Sugar Hill
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
North Conway
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Portsmouth
— 9 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  9​h
End: Los Angeles

4
nights
Hillsborough

Hillsborough ©
Hillsborough, frequently spelled Hillsboro, is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. Visit Franklin Pierce Homestead State Historic Site and Frye's Measure Mill for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pickety Place and Cathedral of the Pines. Change things up with these side-trips from Hillsborough: Monadnock State Park (in Jaffrey), Bowerbird & Friends Antiques (in Peterborough) and Greenfield State Park NH (in Greenfield). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Carleton bridge, snap pictures at Thompson Bridge, trek along Ashuelot Rail Trail, and stroll through Cheshire Rail Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Hillsborough sightseeing planner .

Los Angeles to Hillsborough is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Hillsborough. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Los Angeles in May since evenings lows in Hillsborough dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cornish.

Things to do in Hillsborough

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Keene, Swanzey, Greenfield State Park NH, Cathedral of the Pines, Pickety Place
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Pickety Place ©
Pickety Place
Cathedral of the Pines ©
Cathedral of the Pines

6
nights
Cornish

Cornish ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and Mount Sunapee Adventure Park. Explore Cornish's surroundings by going to The Fort at #4 (in Charlestown), Bartlett's Blueberry Farm (in Newport) and Newbury (The Fells, John Hay National Wildlife Refuge, & more).

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cornish trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Hillsborough to Cornish by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sugar Hill.

Things to do in Cornish

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Newbury, Plainfield, Pete's Stand Vegetables, Bartlett's Blueberry Farm, The Fort at No. 4 Open Air Museum
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Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site ©
Pete's Stand Vegetables ©
Pete's Stand Vegetables
Blow-Me-Down Bridge ©
Blow-Me-Down Bridge

6
nights
Sugar Hill

Sugar Hill ©
Sugar Hill is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Harman's Cheese & Country Store and just L Modern Antiques. Step off the beaten path and head to Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge and The Gallery at WREN. Get out of town with these interesting Sugar Hill side-trips: The Rocks Estate and Christmas Tree Farm (in Bethlehem), Bath Covered Bridge (in Bath) and Franconia Notch (in Franconia). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Santa's Village, immerse yourself in nature at Franconia Notch State Park, see the interesting displays at New England Ski Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Echo Lake Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sugar Hill day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Cornish to Sugar Hill takes 1.5 hours. In May in Sugar Hill, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to North Conway.

Things to do in Sugar Hill

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Franconia, Littleton, Bethlehem, Bath Covered Bridge, Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge
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Harman's Cheese & Country Store ©
Harman's Cheese & Country Store
The Frost Place ©
The Frost Place
Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge ©
Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge

9
nights
North Conway

North Conway ©
North Conway combines colonial New England architecture with outlet shops selling goods from some of the world's most recognizable brands, all set amid the scenery of the White Mountains.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Old Country Store and Glen Ellis Falls. Flume Gorge and The Little White Church will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from North Conway: Mt Washington Auto Rd (in Gorham), West Rattlesnake Mountain (in Holderness) and St. Anne's Church (in Berlin). On the 7th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Wildcat Mountain. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Jackson Art Studio & Gallery, explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Ledge, take in the dramatic scenery at Echo Lake State Park, and find something for the whole family at Story Land.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the North Conway driving holiday website .

You can drive from Sugar Hill to North Conway in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Sugar Hill in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in North Conway, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Portsmouth.

Things to do in North Conway

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Jackson, Conway, West Rattlesnake Mountain, Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, Rocky Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Kancamagus Highway ©
Kancamagus Highway
Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm ©
The Old Country Store ©
The Old Country Store

9
nights
Portsmouth

Portsmouth ©
Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. Get some historical perspective at Canterbury Shaker Village and St. John's Episcopal Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portsmouth: Saint Joseph Cathedral (in Manchester), The Ridge Marketplace (in Rochester) and Dover (St. Thomas' Episcopal Church & Woodman Institute Museum). There's lots more to do: stop by Granite State Candy Shoppe, step off the mainland to explore Isles of Shoals, admire the majestic nature at Odiorne Point State Park, and get a sense of history and politics at New Hampshire State House.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Portsmouth road trip site .

You can drive from North Conway to Portsmouth in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Portsmouth are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Concord, Newington, Rye, Dover, Saint Joseph Cathedral
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Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden ©
Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden
Canterbury Shaker Village ©
Canterbury Shaker Village
Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse ©
Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

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